Jody & Chevaughne got married under a large tree on the bank of the Dudley Pringle dam in Tongaat, which is very near Ballito. The venue that is fortunate enough to be so conveniently situated is Eagles Cry. They have a few rooms in which the bride and groom can get ready too, which makes it very convenient. This was a really fun wedding, with Jody and his groomsmen providing the constant jokes and laughs throughout the day. Chevaughne wore a stunning dress with a lovely long veil which always helps for some wonderful photos. For the first time in a while the bridesmaids weren’t wearing infinity dresses, instead they were wearing lovely elegant pink dresses which Chevaughne picked out.
It was also great to work with André from Gouveia Video. Congratulations to Jody and Chevaughne!
Since Jess was very young she wanted her wedding to be in a castle, and the colour scheme would be purple. She’d meet her handsome prince who would adore her and they would be betrothed in a small ceremony with those nearest and dearest. Jess’s dream came true when Chris and her were married at Greesleeves at Camelot in Hillcrest.
They had originally booked another photographer, who ended up going overseas for another wedding so I was referred over. It was such a nice change to shoot a wedding so close to home, literally 5 minutes down the road. We had a brief but magnificent sunset which I took full advantage of. It was a wonderful day, congratulations to Chris & Jess!
I had been looking forward to James & Trisha’s wedding for quite some time, partly because they had their ceremony at the beautiful Renishaw chapel where my neice was also married, and partly because they were a really fun couple to work with on their engagement shoot. The stunning Lynton Hall gardens was the venue for the cocktail hour, photo shoot and reception which was held in a marquee.
Trisha hails from the USA, and she had a large group of friends and family come out to sunny South Africa for the wedding. James is from KZN, he tells me he also enjoys wildlife photography. The two met while working at a game farm together, as told by James during his wonderful speech. Congratulations to Trisha and James!
I love shooting at game reserves, whether it’s a wedding or wildlife I just love being in the outdoors with my camera. I have actually done a bit of wildlife photography on a few trips to game reserves around the country including the Kruger National Park. You can see some of my Kruger photos here and here, and some Tala photos here. Chris and Tunya also happened to go to Kruger for their honeymoon, what a treat!
They had a wonderful wedding at the Fig Tree Barn at Tala Game Reserve, with an outdoor ceremony on the lawn in front of the stone chapel. The decor was put together splendidly and the ambiance inside the reception venue was wonderful. They had a great bunch of guests who were keen for a good party to celebrate the union of their best friends. I also spotted a few familiar faces because Chris and Tunya are a locally based couple. Congratulations to Chris & Tunya!
Duncan & Taryn live in Australia now, but came home to KZN to get married at the ever beautiful Rain Farm in Compensation, Ballito. I always love visiting game farms, especially to shoot a wedding. I had an extremely bad bout of flu, but I didn’t let it stop me from working as hard as always. As usual I was rolling around on the ground and walking through long grass to get the shots.
They had a wonderful ceremony in the picturesque chapel, followed by the photo shoot for which we drove around on the game viewer with all the bridesmaids, groomsmen and children. The speeches were hilarious and I loved the big fire in the centre of the reception hall. Congratulations Duncan & Taryn, thanks for choosing me!
I hadn’t been to St Ives in the KZN Midlands for quite a few years, I even remember that at one stage there were some signs outside saying it was on auction. It has since been taken over and the new owners seem to have spent some money. There is now a magnificent chapel overlooking the dam, the gardens are immaculate and the whole place is just buzzing with a newfound energy. I can see clearly why Mervyn and Andrea chose it as their wedding venue. We had a magnificent sunset which always makes for spectacular photos, and there are no shortage of spots to do photos too.
Mervyn is a funny guy, full of jokes and laughter with his groomsman. He also happens to be the cousin of my friend and wedding photographer Tyrone Crossman. Andrea is as cute as a button and looked like a princess on her special day. It’s always wonderful shooting for a lovely down to earth couple. Congratulations to Mervyn and Andrea!
Junaid and Anthea have already been married for 20 years and have two grown up children, but they never actually had a wedding back then. They dreamed of one day having a proper wedding in a beautiful venue in the Drakensburg, and it was an honour for me to be the photographer. The day started out with Junaid getting ready with his son as groomsman, he was a bit camera shy but co-operated with the crazy photographer. Anthea decided on a bright red dress which was beautiful, I was told that is suited her go-getting personality. Their daughter was the bridesmaid. Interestingly they asked all the guests to wear white.
It’s always a treat shooting at a stunning venue like Cathedral Peak Hotel, especially with a bride and groom who are willing and keen for great photos. Congratulations to Junaid and Anthea!
Darrin and Sarusha’s wedding was great, I always love the colours and the atmosphere at Hindu weddings and when it’s held at a stunning venue like Zimbali it can only result in a wonderful day. Sarusha has a very kind nature and a bright smile, and is always up for a bit of adventure. They didn’t mind doing anything I suggested during the photoshoot. Darrin came across as very thoughtful, and his love for Sarusha is very evident. I shot two of the events leading up to the wedding too, which enabled me to meet the families and get to know everyone a bit. I also did an engagement shoot for Darrin and Sarusha.
Dave from Brand New Day Imaging was my video partner, and it’s always a pleasure working with Christo from Zimbali too. Thanks so much for choosing me to document your journey Darrin and Sarusha, congratulations!
Robin and Sharon came out to South Africa from London where they met and live, Sharon is from KZN and Robin is British. It was a wonderful intimate celebration of love between two people who are from opposite sides of the planet. A good bunch of their friends brought their beards from the UK to celebrate too. These two must be some of the most genuine and humble people I have ever met, and I really enjoyed being part of their big day. It was a real honour and a pleasure. The Estuary Hotel now caters for smaller weddings too, with Robin and Sharon only having about 40 guests.
The creative shoot was my favourite part, with them wanting natural photos without too much posing, it’s always nice to do some extra documentary style photos in between. We shot on the beach, in the sea, along the roads and what’s great is that we didn’t have to rush. Thanks go out to Robin & Sharon for choosing me for their big day!
I was looking forward to Nathi and Bandile’s wedding since their engagement shoot, because this is a couple who like to have good fun. Bandile wore two dresses which were both very elegant and stylish, she has great taste. I knew their wedding was going to be magical, especially at a venue like Collisheen who have staff that are extremely experienced and efficient. The day went off without a hitch and ended off with a good party. It was a big surprise for the couple when the SA Idols 2013 winner Musa Sukwene appeared and sang to them for their first dance.
Congratulations Nathi and Bandile, it was an honour to be part of your big day!