There’s always something special about a young couple who are madly in love tying the knot, especially when the wedding is upbeat and fun. Lindie has a lot of very expressive mannerisms which provided me with a lot of great photos throughout the day. The wedding was a mixture of Afrikaans and English so I had to listen carefully to know what was going on. The sunset didn’t arrive for the photo shoot but luckily the Secret Garden has plenty of places to shoot so it was nice to get creative and use the venue to it’s full potential. It also helped that Sean and Lindie didn’t mind walking through long grass, standing amongst trees and having a lot of fun with their bridal party. Steven Heyns from The Wedding DJ was on the decks to make sure the party was rocking till the wee hours, it’s always a pleasure working with experienced professionals.

Thanks so much for choosing me Sean and Lindie, congratulations!

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Matthew and Bridgette had a wonderful wedding at the stunning Calderwood Hall in the KZN Midlands. It’s always a treat shooting there, regardless of the weather, which was a little cold on the day of the wedding. Luckily the landscapers had planted some beautiful flowers in the front garden which I took full advantage of during the photo shoot. The décor and co-ordination was done by Midlands Style Events who are always on the ball and made sure everything ran smoothly. I didn’t get to meet or chat to the bride and groom about their expectations before the big day so I had to simply shoot away like I normally do and hope they were happy with it. All in all it was a stunning day with friends and family from all over the world.

Congratulations Matthew and Bridgette, I wish you guys all the happiness in the world and a prosperous life in the UK. Thanks for choosing me to document your big day!

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There’s nothing like going on holiday, finding a beautiful beach spot and deciding to one day get married there, which is exactly what Jono and Robyn did. They also found a guest house close by and put up a tent on the tennis court for their reception. It was a perfect day on Munster Beach and guests came from all over the world to celebrate with this great couple. A few parts stood out for me during the speeches in that Jono’s best man described seeing Jono dressed in lycra from head to toe, because like me he is also a cyclist and sometimes we need to wear ridiculous looking aerodynamic clothing. Robyn’s dad brought a home-made Christmas card that she had made him when she was a child and described it while Robyn had tears in her eyes, it was a really special moment.

I also did an engagement shoot for them in JHB last year which you can see here. Jono tells me they’re now moving to the UK to begin their lives as husband and wife. Congratulations Jono and Robyn!

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It was a rainy day up at Providence in the KZN Midlands, I arrived at the family farm to shoot the preparations but couldn’t make it across some of the roads because of all the mud. As a result I never got to shoot Michail’s preparations, he wasn’t all that fussed. Luckily Annika was on the same farm so I went straight there and carried on as usual. Annika is a former waitress at Providence and Michail is a farmer in the area, so it seemed logical to get married at a venue that was close by and that they knew well. Also, if there’s one venue that’s prepared for the rain as well as still being able to take good photos regardless of the weather, then Providence is it.

I have to say a huge thank you to Michail and Annika for their patience in receiving their wedding pics, I fell so far behind on my editing last year and these two were unfortunately one of the few couples who have waited a few extra weeks. Congrats Michail and Annika!

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I met Mithesh & Sharlene at the crack of dawn on the Umhlanga beach, it was just a few days before the wedding so they were very excited. We had a magical warm sunrise with a dramatic sky and a perfectly quiet beach besides a few fisherman. Some couples can be really shy in front of the camera, in which case I have to give more direction and set things up more. Fortunately, Mithesh and Sharlene were really fun to work with, so for a lot of the shoot all I had to do was position them in good light and tell them to interact naturally. We started off by the lighthouse, then went to the pier and finally to the lagoon for something a bit different.

Thanks for being so fun to work with Mithesh and Sharlene, your wedding pics will be up next.

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It was an absolute honour to shoot for Grant and Kelly, one of the reasons is because this is the fourth or fifth wedding I’ve shot for this group of friends and family. It’s so great to be shooting and to see so many familiar faces. I must say a huge thank you to Grant and Kelly for being so patient in waiting for their photos, it’s been quite a few weeks since their wedding but I just haven’t had enough time to get down to editing.

Talloula is a stunning venue which is located in Botha’s Hill, about 10 minutes from where I live. The food is delicious, décor is modern and contemporary and it just has an arty feel to it which I love. It was also such a pleasure to have such a quick drive home and a relatively early night. We had a glimpse of a sunset during the photo shoot before it clouded over, so I made sure I took full advantage of it. Congratulations Grant and Kelly!

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Luckily Kesendra and Selina were a dream to work with, because their wedding was the last in a series of about 18 in a row that I had shot without a weekend off. I was starting to feel really burned out and dangerously close to throwing all my camera equipment in the bin to rather go search for greener pastures. It was the day after Clint & Gaynor’s wedding and I dragged myself down to Collisheen, thinking “Oh it’s just another wedding” but when I arrived there was an excitement in the air that was totally infectious. Selina was relaxed as a bride could possibly be, everything was ready for me due to Amanda from Collisheen’s excellent planning, and once Kesendra joined Selina there was so much laughter and their natural interaction with each other was so fun and happy. It turned my whole mood around and I suddenly remembered all the reasons why I do wedding photography in the first place.

Congratulations to Kesendra and Selina, your wedding was wonderful. Thanks for choosing me to document your big day!

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When I first met Clint and Gaynor they were quite keen to meet at the estate where I live, called Plantations in Hillcrest. During the meeting they expressed an interest in doing some photos along the main walkway of Plantations, I wondered how it would be possible logistically considering their wedding was going to be taking place in Durban. They said it didn’t matter and subsequently hired a limousine to drive them and their bridal party around. Now that’s my kind of couple, because it shows that their photos are important to them and they made sure their wedding day was absolutely perfect in every way. After the Plantations shoot we headed off to Summerveld to do some more bridal party photos, then back down to Durban. Gaynor’s make-up was done by one of Durban’s finest make-up artists Charelle Mcallister, the team from Beyond Measure Productions did the video.

Congratulations Clint & Gaynor, it was an honour being part of your big day, hope you like the pics!

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One of my favourite weddings of the year so far is Darren & Lucy’s at the stunning Zimbali Lodge, everything was just perfect. The bride and groom were both easy going and a pleasure to work with, their adorable children were smiling all day, we had a beautiful golden sunset for the photo shoot, and to top it all off we were at one of the most picturesque venues in KZN. I almost felt like I had been too spoiled at this wedding, all I had to do was aim my camera properly.

Darren and Lucy came out from the UK for this vow renewal, Darren is originally from Durban and Lucy is British. They have three beautiful daughters together who were all a big part of the wedding. On arrival at the reception there were zulu dancers who jumped around and beat their drums much to the delight of the UK visitors. Steven Heyns from the Wedding DJ was on hand to spin the tunes till the early hours. Congratulations Darren and Lucy, it was a pleasure being part of your big day!

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When Darren and Lucy first contacted me about doing an engagement shoot I thought it would be another one like all the others, they also said they were wanting to incorporate some fitness photos to be used for their business interests. I told them that I hadn’t done a fitness shoot before but I’d give it a bash, and for the first time ever it was the couple who were guiding me on the different poses they were doing instead of me being the director. There was also an element of a family shoot in this one too, because they have three daughters. So we all headed down to Umdloti beach early one morning and shot away. One would never believe that Lucy had given birth merely a few months before doing this shoot, these two are some of the fittest looking people I’ve ever met. One would also expect people who look like this to be very inwardly focussed, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that they are also modest, kind, relaxed and engaging.

It was an absolute pleasure shooting for these two and their family, their wedding at Zimbali which I shot a few days later will be next up.

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