Grant and Robyn came out from Perth, Australia to get married in Robyn’s home town of Umhlanga. I only met them on the wedding day so despite not being able to plan anything in advance, the day still went smoothly. We did the photo shoot at the Umhlanga lighthouse at the request of the bridal party, so between the travelling and the freezing cold weather we only ended up with a few minutes to shoot. Luckily the bridal party were all great in front of the camera and Robin was smiling continuously which made my life a lot easier.

The reception décor was classic and elegant, the hall looked so stunning that I ended up clearing everyone out just so I could capture it all without guests and waitresses in the background of the photos. Congratulations to Grant and Robyn, hope you’re enjoying Bali!

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I had been looking forward to shooting at Lythwood Lodge again, I shot a wedding there about 5 years ago and for some reason hadn’t been back since. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is still as leafy and colourful as I remember. The wedding co-ordinator Lisé is brilliantly efficient, so definitely check it out if you’re looking for a stunning KZN midlands venue.

I only met Michael and Janine for the first time on the day of the wedding, so we weren’t really able to chat much about exactly what they expected from me as their wedding photographer. So my plan was to simply do what I do the way I do it, to take all the usual expected photos along with the natural and candid moments in between. The ceremony was concluded with a heartfelt prayer, the sun went down behind the mountain and the reception ended with some brilliantly fun dancing. Congratulations Michael and Janine!

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It’s always a treat to get away to a game reserve for a day and shoot a wedding, considering I’m a bit of a wildlife photographer too. Adam is from the UK, Danielle is South African. These two are adventurers who like to travel around Africa in their beloved Land Rover, so it only seems fitting that they would choose a game reserve as a wedding venue. Danielle chose a pastel blue / grey colour for her bridesmaids dresses, and the décor was full of colour with splashes of purple and orange. It was an intimate wedding with just the couple’s nearest and dearest, who surrounded them with sparklers during the first dance.

Gwahumbe Reserve is a great venue if you’d like something a bit off the beaten track, it has a wonderful spa, restaurant and pub. The accommodation is great and the views are magnificent from the infinity pool. It was a memorable wedding, congratulations Adam and Danielle. Thanks for choosing me to document your big day!

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Peter and Claire are a wonderful couple who had a beautiful wedding at Old Halliwell in the KZN Midlands. The ceremony was held in the garden overlooking the magnificent view, it was conducted by Beulah who is always great to work with. When Claire told me that they were having an outdoor ceremony at midday I was instantly concerned about the harsh midday sun causing a lot of shadows in the photos, as well as the heat which could make everyone look sweaty. Luckily it all turned out completely fine, there was just enough winter coolness left over to make it all ok.

The newest trend is to have soft pastel colours throughout the wedding, so when I saw all the bright oranges and reds I was automatically thrilled. It brought a lot of colour and saturation to the photos. Congratulations Peter and Claire!

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Grant and Roxy are a full-of-fun couple who had a wonderful wedding at the ever beautiful Zimbali. Roxy is the niece of Lori who is married to John who is one of my life long friends, we were also in a band called Spoonfeedas together for over a decade. Lori wasn’t only a bridesmaid, but I later heard that she made the wedding cake too. Roxy looked stunning in her white princess dress with long vail, and her bridesmaids complimented her in their lovely pink dresses. The boys looked dashing in their suits and were good fun during the photo shoot.

The ceremony was held on the picturesque chapel deck at Zimbali Country Club, followed by the photo shoot on the beach and reception. During Roxy’s speech she told the story of how she sent Grant out on a cold and rainy day to gather branches out of a field to use for their table centrepieces, it looked like it was well worth it because the décor was magnificent. Congratulations Grant and Roxy, you guys were super awesome to work with!

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Eden Lassie has such beautiful surroundings, add some great afternoon light to that and a bridal couple and you can’t help but take some beautiful photos. I felt quite spoiled at this wedding because I was also working with a bride and groom who really appreciated good photography and didn’t mind walking in a bit of sand and grass to get them. Linda chose a wonderful olive colour for her bridesmaids to wear and a beautiful pink bouquet which really made the photos pop. Mlondi and his groomsmen looked like James Bond in their tuxedos and the children had some excited smiles on them.

Mlondi and Linda are quite reserved and shy, the deep and thoughtful type. They planned their wedding immaculately and it was an honour to be there to document it, here is a small selection of photos. Congratulations Mlondi and Lindokuhle!

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I had been looking forward to shooting Avi and Sheri’s wedding since we did the engagement shoot, they were a great couple who were full of fun. Sheri had her pre-function and got ready at a stunning house on Forest Drive in Umhlanga overlooking the ocean, then she was chauffeured to Coastlands in a Rolls Royce. Avi arrived in a stylish Porsche. The schedule for the wedding day worked out that we had to do the creative photo shoot at midday, which if you ask any photographer is simply not possible. I’ve even turned away photo shoots before for people who want to do them at midday, you just can’t get great photos outdoor unless you’re shooting at sunrise or sunset. So I had no choice but to find indoor and shady areas in a hotel with limited locations, it’s challenges like that which keep me both humble and on my toes.

It was an absolute pleasure shooting for these two wonderful people, and I must say a huge thanks for being so patient for the photos. Congratulations Avi and Sheri!

 

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Last month I was out doing a photo shoot for Collisheen Estate, one of the wedding venues where I often shoot. The phone rang and a lady introduced herself as a representative of a sports management company, she said that one of the Sharks and Springbok rugby players is getting married and she wanted to know if I’m available for the date. So I checked my calendar quickly and told her that I am indeed available. She also sent a follow up email which I replied to and then I didn’t hear back from her, so I just wrote it off thinking that they’d decided on another photographer. Then a week later I was on my mountain bike in the middle of the Giba Gorge bush, I stopped to take a drink of water and a felt my phone buzzing in my pocket. I reluctantly answered it and to my surprise it was the same lady, wanting to know if I could do Lwazi & Steph’s engagement shoot the following day. It was a tight one because the day after that we were going to be leaving on a photography trip to the Kruger Park for a week.

I’m so glad that we ended up doing this shoot. Lwazi and Steph were full of fun and smiles, we all got on really well and we got some great shots. I’m looking forward to the wedding next year!

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What do you get when you take two educated people who are madly in love, a stunning venue like Calderwood Hall, a dam with a boat and a golden sunset? The answer is the picture below which has to go down as one of my favourites ever. The boat had to be carried from the one side of the dam to the other which Jason and groomsmen did in their suits, now that’s some serious dedication.

It was an absolute honour to be part of Jason and Jacqui’s wedding day, and I have to take my hat off to them because they’ve been waiting patiently for their photos. The wedding day was absolutely perfect, and I always know it’s going to be a great ceremony when Jonathan Payne is the officiant. It was brilliant working with a couple who put a lot of value on their photos and were happy to structure their day to get the most out of their photography. I think I may actually be looking forward to seeing their final printed wedding album just as much as they are. We did their two part engagement shoot earlier this year which you can see here. Congratulations Jason & Jacqui!

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From the moment I met Marc and Vicky for coffee I knew that is was going to be a great wedding, they chose Far Side Farm as their venue which is on the same road as Providence in the KZN Midlands. Before the ceremony they did an exchange of letters which they’d written to each other before hand, it was a really special moment. I have no idea what Vicky whispered into Marc’s ear but his reaction was a deep breath and big smile. The look on Vicky’s dads face when he saw Vicky in her dress was priceless.

We had a wonderful sunset for the photoshoot, complete with the boat photo which I seem to have become known for recently. The reception was so much fun that I could have carried on shooting until midnight. Thanks so much for choosing me Marc & Vicky, you can be proud of a perfect day!

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