I consider it a privilege to be able to do photography for a living, and it’s an even greater privilege to share in one of the biggest days in so many couples’ lives every weekend. Never before though, have I felt as privileged as I did when shooting Gary & Lee-Anne’s wedding. These are two of the kindest souls I’ve ever met, who have only had eyes for each other for their entire adult lives. Finally it was time to make it official and they did it at one of the most stunning venues that the Drakensburg has to offer.
I’ve never witnessed so much love and support for a couple by their closest friends and family. Lee-Anne works at Fulton School for the deaf which means a lot of the wedding was accompanied by a sign language interpreter. Gary is a graphic designer, which is what I used to do back in my corporate days. They didn’t ask any of their guests for gifts, but instead asked for all of them to rather spend the weekend with them in the Drakensburg celebrating their vows. It was a real honour to be part of this wedding, congratulations Gary & Lee-Anne!
I’ve been looking forward to getting André & Brigitte’s wedding photos edited, their engagement shoot was featured on the Wedding Friends blog a few months ago and turned out to be a real hit. It was a good example of what can be achieved with some planning and a concept.
I arrived early to find that the boys had decided to do a bit of clay pigeon shooting, so I took a walk down the rolling garden and grabbed some shots. From there I went and got some pics of the reception decor, which was lovely and elegant. Brigitte’s preparation was the typical hustle and bustle of a brides wedding morning. After a dose of Rescue she was ready to walk down the aisle and get married to her man. After releasing helium balloons they released homing pigeons, then cut the cake and we headed off to do some sunset photos. By the end of the evening the dancefloor was rocking so hard that I ended up staying right up until the couple departed. It was also great working with Karen from Videoccasions again. I wish you all the best guys, it was a real honour to capture your day. Hope you like the pics!
When I got back from Donna & Ricky’s wedding I had to charge all my batteries, back up all their photos and try get some sleep because the very next day was Siddhartha & Vishantha’s wedding at the Durban Country Club. There’s always a vibrance about traditional Hindu weddings. I love all the bright colours, the smells, the traditions and not to mention the food. Of course it also helps that the couple are two successful attorney’s who live in Johannesburg. Vishantha also spent time in India where she learned how to dance and she delighted her new husband and wedding guests with a wonderful artistic display.
The ceremony started a little later than planned, which means we had a short time to chase a bit of light. We walked around the golf course and when I spotted something I just said, “Hey guys, let’s do some shots here” which turned into them standing literally inside a bush at one stage, I hope it was all worth it. Congratulations Siddhartha & Vishantha!
I remember becoming an uncle for the first time when I was a young teen. It was huge. The phone call came through, then the family piled in to the car and headed off to the hospital where my older sister Julia had just given birth to a beautiful baby girl named Donna. I remember looking at this tiny baby through the glass thinking “That’s my niece!” A few years later I remember carrying her on my shoulders while hiking during a family holiday in the Drakensburg. Then it was school, then her 21st, then in June this year I had the honour and privilege of shooting her wedding.
It’s very different shooting a family wedding, the major one being that I obviously knew almost everyone’s names (besides some of Ricky’s family) and I knew who needed to be photographed with who and it made life easy for me. I also got to sit down for a bit during the reception, and at one stage I was actually ordered to put the camera down and go dance! It was a also a little difficult getting through the editing process without shedding a tear at the more emotional shots. Congratulations Donna & Ricky!
Richard and Tatum were the wonderful couple whose engagement shoot we did on a misty morning in Summerveld a few months back. Richard is a graphic designer, which is what I was before I started doing photography full time, and Tatum works in public relations. Their wedding arrived and it it was a perfect day of clear skies, family and a big celebration. The Zimbali beach is always a stunning in that it’s flat, secluded and sheltered which is perfect for a wedding ceremony. The sun always sets over the hill at the exact right time of day too.
One of the real highlights of the wedding for me was hearing a song which Tatum had recorded in a studio prior to the wedding, it was called ‘I Adore You’ and it brought tears to the eyes of everyone in the room followed by a standing ovation. John Roux from The Wedding DJ was on the decks to make sure the party didn’t stop. It was great being at Rich & Tee’s wedding and playing my part in making it the success that it was. Congratulations guys, hope you like the pics!
Clayton and Nicolle strike me as the sort of couple who have been through one or two rough times, but have worked through them and are now stronger and more in love than they were before. They seem to share a very deep bond, and they have a beautiful baby daughter too. They celebrated their marriage with their family and closest friends at the picturesque Calderwood Hall in Boston, Kwazulu-Natal. There was a feeling of undying support from everyone around them, of which some had flown in from abroad. Nicolle’s dress was hand made by Clayton’s sister Natalie, and her husband Richard and son were the MC and DJ respectively.
We were fortunate enough to have a wonderful sunset to work with for the photo shoot, together with with the long grass, deep valley and forest areas. The bridal party were a hoot and were keen to have a good time, ensuring it was a great day and a wonderful celebration. Congratulations to Clayton & Nicolle, thanks for having me document your big day and for the lovely bottle of wine!
I’ve always supported The Windmills as a wedding venue because I was there before they started doing weddings, and I helped rebrand the venue from when it was still called Stonehaven Lodge. One of the ways I’ve supported them is by exhibiting at their bridal show, which is where I met Pam and Romano for the first time. They came up to my stand, looked through my albums and we chatted a bit. Then soon afterwards they emailed and booked.
It was a very emotional day, with a lot of family present. Pam arrived at the chapel on a horse and carriage, then was walked down the aisle by her two brothers as they sang. Luckily the weather held out for us and we ended off the reception with a good party. Congratulations Pam & Romano!
David and Cassandra live in Wales but came to South Africa to get married, Cassandra is originally from SA but David is a true Welshman. It was a pleasure shooting their wedding and meeting their guests who came from all over the world to share in their big day. Cathedral Peak was as breathtaking as ever, the weather was perfect and we had plenty of time to do our photo shoot.
I never noticed this on the day of David and Cas’s wedding, but while I was editing the photos I realised that Cas has a resemblance to a young Princess Diana. David also has a striking resemblance to a friend of mine who’s name is also Dave. How peculiar. In a way I kind of felt like I already knew them, which made the day all the more easy and pleasurable to shoot. Cas told me she had been following my blog leading up to their big day, it’s always nice to know things like that because the couples who are enthusiastic about the photos are the one’s who get the best pictures. Congratulations guys!
Before every wedding I go back through all my emails and interactions I’ve had with the bride and groom to make sure I haven’t forgotten a special request and that I’ve got all my ducks in a row, and as it turned out Stacey first contacted me in April 2013 and enquired about me being their photographer. That’s over a year in advance, which is almost unheard of nowdays. As it turns out my wife Bronwyn went to school with Heath, funny coincidence. Thanks to my friend John who volunteered to film Heath and Stacey’s wedding, I’m sure you’ve put together a wonderful video for them.
I loved shooting their big day because I knew that Heath and Stacey were enthusiastic and willing to do what it takes to get great photos. The venue was decked out brilliantly with loads of personal touches, the retinue were good fun and the golden light turned up too which made for some great shots. Thanks so much for having me shoot your big day Heath and Stacey, hope you like the pics!
I did another engagement shoot at Tala Game Reserve, this time for Hollis and Nikoshia. These are two scientists who are shy by nature but very sure of what they want. When they told me they were brining props to their shoot I got a bit nervous because I’m not really one to incorporate props in my photo shoots. I like to take natural photos and I have a very free-flowing style of shooting. Somehow I think it turned out brilliantly, it turns out they were right all along. I’m guessing that neither of them are generally wrong about anything judging by their professions and the amount of effort they put into this shoot. Thanks guys, you made me look good.
We were blessed with a golden sunset which we took full advantage of. I was doing my usual leopard crawling in long grass, climbing trees and walking in ditches to get those different angles. Hollis and Nikoshia decided on a change of outfit mid way through the shoot too for a different look. I’m looking forward to the wedding!