This was my first wedding of 2013. We were due to shoot Sboniso and his groomsmen playing golf at Camelot on the morning of the wedding, but it was cancelled at the last minute. Instead I headed straight to The duBoirs to have another look around the venue and possibly find some spots I hadn’t shot at the previous time I was there. It was threatening rain the whole day, it had rained the night before too so I was a little worried about their outdoor ceremony and creative shoot. Luckily it held off for the ceremony but as soon as we started the creative shoot it started coming down with a vengeance. We carried on regardless and we used umbrellas for a while until it cleared.

Dave from Brand New Day Imaging was the videographer for the day, it’s always a pleasure working with him. Congratulations Sboniso and Ntsiki, it was great being a part of your big day.

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Craig & Lisa was my last wedding of 2012, and it was great ending the year off at a stunning venue like Providence. The amount of attention paid to all the details was incredible, well done to everyone involved.

It was a really hot day, one of the hottest of the year I believe. When I arrived to photograph Craig’s preparation he was in the pool, and that’s where him and his groomsmen stayed the whole morning. I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same myself. From there I went to a salon where Lisa was having her hair done, then to her parents house where she had her make-up done. The ceremony was held in the chapel at Providence, there was a lot of laughs and had a real close family feeling about it. Lisa’s dad and sister played in the band for the hymns and they had a bagpipe player too. An interesting fact is that Lisa, along with her two sisters (who were both bridesmaids) used to work at Providence while they were studying.

Congratulations Craig and Lisa, it was an honour capturing your big day. I hope you enjoy the photos.

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I don’t do many Hindu weddings, despite living in Durban, but Vernon & Janine were so very cool to be around. They are both highly successful in their respective fields and I can appreciate that. Apparently Janine wakes up at 4am every morning without fail to work out at the gym too, now that takes discipline.

Vernon & Janine had their traditional Hindu ceremony at the Umgeni Road Temple in Durban, followed by the creative shoot at the mangrove swamps in Umhlanga, and ended off with a western style reception at The Square in Umhlanga. She got ready at the Hilton Hotel. Vernon hired a porsche for the day for them to drive around in. The ceremony was a wonderful intimate family affair, everyone had a lot of fun and it was very light hearted. Congratulations Vernon & Janine!

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The Windmills in Nottingham Road have just opened 6 new self catering lodges, and they commissioned me to take photos of them to use on their website, brochures and other marketing material. The lodges are stunning. They’re spacious, modern and all fitted with jacuzzi’s and fireplaces. They’re situated in vast open land, so don’t be surprised if you’re sitting in your jacuzzi and a zebra comes to say hello.

I spent the day there, and went to each one individually. In between photographs I was shifting furniture around, climbing on top of walls and baths so I can get great angles of each room. For each photograph I took, I set my camera to take 3 different exposures (called ‘bracketing’) and stuck them all together with photoshop glue.

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There’s something about Bulwer. It seems every time I go there I feel awake and alive, maybe it’s the fresh air and wide open spaces. I was stoked when Jennifer called me to say they had changed their venue to a farmhouse with an amazing view in the country. The only trick was that I had just stepped off the plane home from Kobus & Lynn‘s wedding the day before in Muldersdrift, but the tiredness disappeared as soon as I got out the car and breathed in the fresh air. With camera in hand, I went in to cruise control.

The setting was absolutely stunning and the weather was perfect. Ryan and Jennifer along with their closest friends and family were all smiles the whole day. Congratulations guys, I wish you all the best for the future, and thanks so much for considering me when you changed your date too. It was a real privilege spending the day with you and your loved ones.

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The Moon & Sixpence has to be one of the most beautiful venues I’ve had the privilege of shooting at, I could have spent three days shooting there and I probably still wouldn’t have run out of shots. Kobus and Lynn both live and work in Secunda, although Lynn is originally from the KZN South Coast. They’re a really fun couple who had so much fun on their wedding day, and everything just went swimmingly from the morning preparations through to the reception dancing.

This was my first of three weddings in a row, so we caught the morning red eye flight back to Durban the day afterwards for Ryan & Jennifers wedding in Bulwer.

Thanks so much for your hospitality Kobus & Lynn, see you in Durban soon!

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Everything about Patrick & Lauren’s wedding was just stunning. The boys got ready at Springholm Resort which is right next door to Providence, they were full of fun. One of his groomsmen was a photography lecturer from Joburg, no pressure for me then! I only met Patrick on the day of the wedding, which isn’t unusual because a lot of my couples are from out of town.

Lauren was seemingly as calm as any photographer could ask for, she got ready at Brookwood Manor in the Midlands. Her maid of honour was her sister, and she helped out in any way she could.

I didn’t have an assistant at their wedding, so I must say a huge thanks to the groomsmen and bridesmaids who stepped in to hold my reflector here and there. Congratulations Patrick & Lauren, your wedding was wonderful and I wish you all the best for the future!

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When Sikhulile first mailed me I was already booked for his wedding date, but the other wedding ended up being cancelled so I got in touch with Sikhulile and they booked me. There is something a bit deeper about Sikhulile, a bit of a quiet strength about him. Tema had a very emotional morning, as she was getting ready she got a phone call from one of her family members to say they were running late. She burst in to tears, but after a bit of gentle comfort from her bridesmaids she was ready to take on the world. She has the most pleasant nature, shy but smiling and she enjoyed her wedding day.

Even though I always make sure I shoot all the expected photographs of the details and family members at every wedding, my blog is the place where I showcase my favourite images and the ones that showcase my style. These are some of my favourites from Sikhulile & Tema’s wedding. Enjoy!

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We did this cutesy shoot for Justin & Shiraz with lots of pastels at Madame Zingara. The weather was overcast, which is a photographers dream. With such a great couple and such a great venue, it was easy to take wonderful photographs!

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The are three words I can use to describe Danie & Natascha’s wedding at The Boathouse in Ballito. The first is ‘wind’, the wind was so strong that it was blowing my tripods and lights over. Natascha’s hair and vail were blowing all over the place, to the point where her dear sister and maid of honour Zelmarie was actually holding it in place through most of the ceremony. It also presented a challenge when it came to doing the photo shoot. The second word is ‘family’. All the family members had flown in from all over the country for the wedding, and from what I was told a lot of them had lost their tickets back home because of 1Time closing down. It didn’t effect the mood at all though, because everyone was in the greatest of spirits and did their best to make Danie and Natascha’s wedding wonderful. The third word is ‘love’, because sometimes you can just feel the close and deep love that not only the bride and groom have for each other, but all the family members too. There was an extraordinary amount of laughs, fun and hugs all around and everywhere you looked.

It’s not often that the groom goes to the photographer at the reception to ask if he’s had dinner, but that’s just one small example of how great this couple are. What a wonderful wedding, congratulations Danie & Natascha. Thanks for choosing me to capture your big day, it was a real honour!

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