On the 10 February 2014 I received an email from a bride-to-be named Lauren who said she was getting married in March 2015 in Muldersdrift, Gauteng. The venue was going to be Memoire which is known as one of South Africa’s top wedding venues. I replied to her email not really expecting to be booked, but to my surprise she replied saying that she had seen the photos from another wedding I had done for some friends of hers in the KZN Midlands, and that she didn’t want any other photographer. I was quite flattered, thanks so much Lauren.

It was wonderful to shoot for a couple who were really amped for good photos. We had an excellent time doing the creative photo shoot, with groomsmen all involved and helping out. Lauren is softly spoken with an infectious laugh and keen for all things creative, Rann is a go-getter who is both humble and confident simultaneously. The ceremony was emotional, light hearted and fun. The décor was classic and elegant.

Thanks so much for choosing me to shoot your wedding Lauren & Rann, it was an honor and a pleasure!

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I met up with this awesome couple at Melville Koppies in Johannesburg, they wanted to do their engagement photos at their favourite spot. They tell me that they like to go there once a week because it’s one of the few spots in JHB that doesn’t feel like JHB, and the view of the city from the top is magnificent. We were blessed with some golden sunset light, but what made this shoot so special is that these two are so kind to each other and just have a natural chilled out way about them. They had to include their fur baby which added to the playfulness. I think I need to go shoot in Joburg more often if I’m able to get results like this.

I’m looking forward to the wedding which is going to be on the beach in KZN in October. It was wonderful to spend an hour or so with this great couple, thanks for choosing me guys!

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Faaria is Muhammad’s sister whose wedding to Rumaisa I shot last year, it was wonderful to see some familiar faces amongst the guests. The day started at Faaria’s family home in Durban where all the ladies were having their make-up and hair done, then I headed off to the NMJ Islamic Centre to take photos of the magnificent décor, followed by the arrivals and the rest of the wedding day. Yaseen and Faaria opted to do a post wedding shoot which we did at the Fairmont Zimbali resort on a cold and rainy day, so I had to make use of the hotel interiors. There are so many nooks and crannies at that hotel that I really didn’t battle for locations at all. They were very relaxed in front of the camera and great to work with, Yaseen is a man of few words and wanted to keep his beautiful bride happy, I barely had to ask Faaria to do anything because she was a natural. They were very brave at the end of the shoot when they were willing to walk on the narrow ledge of the pool in the pouring rain, all because I had an idea for a photo.

Thanks for choosing me guys, I wish you all the best for the future. Hope you like the pics!

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Adriaan & Lindsay’s big day had the makings of a stunning rustic chilled out wedding, at one of the most scenic venues on the KZN north coast. It was a scorching hot morning which I wasn’t prepared for because I was rushing around shooting in a black shirt and long trousers, then the afternoon cooled down in time for the outdoor ceremony on the bank of the river. I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of people who I know, first was the legendary Durban musician Dave Birch who I shared a stage with at Splashy Fenn and other music festivals back in my band days, then my mom’s oldest school friends son named Boris was there with his wife, he works for the same company as Adriaan, and lastly there was also a videographer whose name escapes me who I had worked with at a wedding.

There was a lot of décor for me to take photos of including a bicycle with a flower basket, mason jars, books, pots, suitcases and ornaments. The juice dispensers and sweets table were a hit. Open air receptions that are dimly lit are always tricky for photography so I used a mixture of prime lenses and flash. By the end of the formalities when the summer rain started I was hungry, thirsty, tired and drained so I packed up my equipment and began the long journey home. I put in a good days work at a memorable wedding!

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Liezl is a school teacher and Justyn is a plumber, personally I can’t really think of two more honest salt-of-the-earth professions. They have a beautiful young daughter together and the time finally came for them to get married. Liezl booked me a long time ago, and I had been looking forward to their wedding since. I met up with Justyn at his parents home where he got ready, on my way out the electric gate closed on my car which resulted in it being at the panel beaters at the moment. Liezl got ready at the Assagay Hotel where her and her bridesmaids rescued a kitten. It was a morning wedding with a lunch time reception, and we finished off the day with some extra creative photos just down the road at Summerveld.

It was a wonderful day full of laughs and a few scottish traditions including a bagpipe player and kilts. Thanks so much for having me along on your big day Justyn and Liezl. Congratulations!

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I didn’t get a chance to meet Jacques and Sally before their big day and we hadn’t chatted much over email either, so I had no idea what to expect. I was feeling a little bit apprehensive while I was on my way there, but when I arrived and saw Sally’s bright purple hair I just knew it was going to be a good day for photos. Jacques explained to me that they were actually already married, and that this is more of just a celebration with their close friends and family. So that’s the reason why they did a lot of things differently, to start with they didn’t mind seeing each other while they were getting ready, there was no-one officiating the ceremony so it ended up being just them exchanging rings and sealing it with a kiss, and then later there was no throwing of the bouquet and garter or first dance. They also opted for a bonfire on the beach instead of dancing. It was just a chilled day of laughter and togetherness.

As I’m typing this I just remembered that Jacques also mentioned they were in the process of packing up and moving overseas, so my best wishes and thanks so much Jacques and Sally for having me document your wedding celebration!

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I’ve been looking forward to getting this engagement shoot edited for Jacqui and Jason, we actually did it quite a while ago but my editing queue has been really backed up since the busy December season. This is a two part shoot, the first was a natural and fun daytime shoot up at Midmar Dam in Howick. Weirdly this is the second engagement shoot in a row where a couple have brought a bicycle as a prop. I’d been wanting to do a fashion inspired James Bond style shoot in an underground car park for a while, so when Jacqui told me they were keen I went location scouting and made some phone calls. For the first time in years I took my studio lighting out on location and actually used it for the purpose that I bought it for, it was liberating and daunting at the same time because I don’t usually work with so many flash lights. I believe the results were worth the effort!

Jacqui & Jason are both veterinarians. Jacqui told me she grew up on a farm which is one of the reasons why she wanted a photo on a field of cows, and it’s pure coincidence that when I drove past the cows I thought the same thing. The wedding is going to be at Calderwood Hall in May which I’m really looking forward to. Thanks so much Jacqui and Jason for being so cool to work with!

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Nonhlanhla & Sphe’s wedding was my last of 2014, and it was definitely one of the most festive. African weddings tend to be wonderfully laced with spontaneous dancing, singing, smiles and laughter. Nonhlanhla decided to follow tradition by getting ready at her family home in Pietermaritzburg, followed by the ceremony at St. Vincent’s Parish and reception at Ascott Inn. Despite a little bit of rain during the photo shoot, it all went brilliantly.

It was nice working with them again, they did an engagement shoot with me too which you can see here. I thought it was going to be tricky because of the height difference, Sphe is very tall while Nonhlanhla is very short, but it was absolutely fine. We had good fun taking photos and I did the same thing that I always do, try my best to capture their personalities and natural interaction with eachother in between the more structured shots. Congratulations guys, thanks for choosing me to shoot your big day!

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Kyle and Lauren are a fun down-to-earth couple who had a stunning wedding at Chantecler Hotel in Bothas Hill. I’ve shot there many times over the years, and I decided it was time to ditch my flash for the ceremony even though it’s one of the darkest chapels around. I’m glad I did, the ceremony pics look far more honest and a lot closer to how it actually looked. It was also great to shoot so close to home for a change, it was about five minutes drive and I was already walking through my door.

There was a bit of a threat of rain during the morning, then it cleared, then it came down again during the creative shoot, then it seriously came down during the reception. Lauren and Kyle didn’t let that bother them though, they loved their wedding from beginning to end. Lauren had wanted to wear ballet shoes at her wedding since she started dreaming of her big day, I love it when couples do things that are a bit different or unique. Thanks for having me document your big day guys, congratulations!

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I loved shooting Damian & Elaine’s wedding, they were an absolute pleasure from beginning to end. They even arranged to get ready at two separate friends houses in Hillcrest because they knew that I live in the area and they didn’t want me having to drive down to Durban for Damian’s preparation then back up the hill to Hillcrest for Elaine’s, that was really thoughtful. It also makes such a difference when couple’s really want the best wedding photos, which means they’re prepared to do whatever it takes. At one stage during the creative photo shoot I was lying on my stomach in a wet field while Damian & Elaine danced in front of me in the pouring rain but with the biggest smiles and having the most fun of their lives. It’s couples like this that keep me shooting weddings.

The décor was stunning, the Collisheen food was delicious as always and DJ Vivian Westergreen made sure the dance floor rocked all night. Congratulations Damian & Elaine, thanks for choosing me to capture your big day. I wish you all the best for your new life in the UK!

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