I’ve always loved shooting weddings on game reserves, not only because I enjoy doing a bit of wildlife photography occasionally but also because of all the wide open spaces and the feel of being out in the African wilderness. It’s even better when it’s close to home, Tala is only about 30 minutes away from where I live in Hillcrest so it’s a quick trip home. Ryan and Candice’s wedding was stunning in every way, with the bridesmaids wearing shorter-than-usual blue dresses and the groomsmen all dressed in smart grey suits. We encountered some giraffe while we were out doing the photo shoot so we sneaked up and got as close to them as possible.
It was great working with my friend Steven Heyns from The Wedding DJ, and Gabby Fick who co-ordinated everything splendidly. Congratulations Ryan and Candice, and all the best for your new life over in the UK!
Today is a bumper wedding post. I shot two pre-functions plus the actual wedding for Manisha and Sam, the first was the Mendhi which was held at Manisha’s family home in Simbithi followed by the Hurdee at the Square in Umhlanga. Generally the sort of people who have the bigger and fancier weddings aren’t particularly the nicest people, but Manisha and Sam are completely down to earth and such a lovely couple. Their families are exactly the same, they welcomed me into their lives for a few days to share this special moment and I couldn’t have felt more welcome.
I worked with all the best wedding suppliers, it makes such a difference with A-players. Everything runs smoothly and is well organised. Congratulations Manisha and Sam!
When a couple comes home from the rainy UK to get married in sunny South Africa, the last thing they want is rain on their wedding day. Unfortunately this is exactly what happened, but Shaun and Rachel didn’t let it bother them at all. They had a wonderful wedding despite the odds, we did a good long photo shoot and they danced the night away with their friends from SA and the UK. It was definately one of the more spirited parties I can remember from recent weddings.
Umtamvuna River Lodge is one of the venues I enjoy shooting at a lot, there is plenty of spots for photos if you look hard enough. Congratulations Shaun and Rachel!
Stanton and Zenilla had two wedding ceremonies and two photo shoots, the first was a Catholic ceremony and the second was a traditional Hindu ceremony which was held at Coastlands Hotel in Umhlanga.
I normally do outdoor photo shoots at sunset, but with the way the day was planned out it wasn’t possible so we did a lot of indoor and night shots at the hotel. I was taken completely out of my comfort zone but I believe they turned out great. Congratulations Stanton & Zenilla!
It was wonderful spending the day up at Haycroft Farm shooting Barend and Elserie’s wedding. The ceremony was held in the forest next to the lake which was stunning in every way, it provided plenty of photo opportunities for later too. The reception was in the main hall which was kitted out in loads of wonderful décor, all of it being very special to the bride and groom. It was a daytime wedding, so it finished quite early and there was no dancing. One of the best things for me is that Barend and Elserie were keen for good photos, so they didn’t mind climbing over rocks and doing all the crazy things I asked.
Congratulations Barend & Elserie, thanks for having me document your big day!
Njabulo and Nombulelo came down from Johannesburg to Alpine Heath resort in the KZN Drakensberg to get married. They had a wonderful celebration full of joy and laughter. Njabulo got ready at the venue, while Nombulelo got ready at her parents house as per tradition, and arrived already in her wedding dress and ready to get married. We did half the creative shoot straight after the ceremony and the other half at sunset after the reception, both times a chap from the venue came along with a white horse which we used for some of the photos.
Congratulations Njabulo and Nombulelo, your wedding was stunning.
Tobias and Prinita had a multi cultural international wedding, with guests from five continents. Prinita is originally from Durban, she met Tobias while she was living overseas and the two got together. Tobias is from Germany, but has lived in different countries all over the world and collected friends all along the way. They live in Germany now that they are married, and kudos to Prinita who taught herself the German language and can speak fluently.
The wedding started off with a traditional Hindu ceremony, followed by canopés, then the Christian ceremony followed by more canopés and finally the reception which included video messages from friends all over the world and a fireworks display. It was great working with pros like Jonno from Videoccasions, Dave Yapp from Top Jocks and the band Afritude.
It’s not often one gets to be a bridesmaid or a groomsman at one of your parents weddings, but that’s exactly what Malcolm and Roz’s children were. This was a really fun wedding with major emphasis on having a lot of laughs and a great celebration. Roz wore a Marie Antoinette inspired dress and a bouquet full of baby’s breath, Malcolm and his groomsmen opted for brown waistcoats and trousers.
It seems like every time I shoot a wedding at Cranford Country Lodge it ends up raining, which really emphasises the green outdoors country feel of the venue. Luckily it held out just long enough to take a walk around the dam and get some photos, and we went in when it started coming down again. Congratulations to Malcolm and Roz!
Denver and Sam have only been together for a short time, but knew they were right for each other from the start. They were married at a lovely guest house in Durban called Lambert House which has a magnificent view of Durban, and had an open air reception. It was an intimate ceremony with just those that are closest to them. Sam was feeling a bit ill the night before her wedding but she pressed on and made the most of it. There was a lot of laughter, smiles and emotions.
Thanks for choosing me to be a part of your wedding day Denver and Sam, I wish you guys all the best!
Exactly nine weeks after I shot James & Trisha’s wedding at Lynton Hall, I was back again to shoot Neil & Keshani’s big day. It’s amazing that even though it was the same venue, same setup and basically same time of year, it was also completely different. Photos that I took which came out brilliantly at the last one didn’t work at all this time, and vice versa. It just goes to show that it actually doesn’t matter where you take your vows, what you’re wearing or what your décor looks like, the most important thing is the love, commitment and family around you. The things I look for when taking photos are the moments in between the moments and the natural interaction between the couple. I often crack silly jokes or act like a clown in order to pull the smiles out of people, but at the end of the day it’s the love and the light that makes for great photos.
It was great working with my friends from Beyond Measure Productions who did the video. Congratulations to Neil and Keshani!