There’s a new venue opening up in the KZN Midlands called Crestwood Estate, it’s along the Curry’s Post road close to other wedding venues. It has some beautiful spots for photos including a tree lined driveway, a dam and one of the most magnificent views in the midlands. Tyrone and Jo-anne made the trip up from Ballito to do the shoot, of which photos from it are going to feature on the new website.
I also did photos of all the room interiors and exteriors for the website which I’m also in the process of building.
I’ve known Jade for a number of years through the wedding industry, she used to work at Collisheen Estate in Ballito as one of the in-house wedding co-ordinators. She was always efficient and we got on well, soon after she left she asked me to design a website for her business Delicious Events. Then when it came to her wedding I was surprised and honoured that she asked me to be the photographer. During her wedding planning she entered a competition and won the use of the new venue for free.
It was a wonderful day and it was a privilege to be part of Jade and Williams big day!
Ashley and Bernita had a multiple day celebration for their wedding which included both a traditional ceremony and a western reception, the traditional ceremony happened the previous weekend and they hired me to do the video for the reception at Wingrove Valley. It was lovely spending time with this wonderful couple and their hospitable families.
I was booked to shoot both photos and video at Ricardo & Shanice’s wedding, my lovely talented wife Ruth did most of the video camera work. It was a pleasure working with Tamsyn from Designer Decor, it was soon after I shot her own wedding up the road at Camp Orchards. Shanice looked lovely on her wedding day, she took it all in her stride and had a few emotional moments. Ricardo wanted everything to be right, and very much wanted photos with the array of cars they brought in for the day. It was also great to work with Pierrre Venter-Maher the DJ and Cameron Claasens the MC. Congratulations to Ricardo and Shanice!
It’s always such a treat to shoot proposals, there is a feeling of excitement and anticipation until the time comes for the big moment. Diego told Samari that they’d be doing a couples shoot, but he didn’t tell her he was going to drop to his knee in the process. We did a few shots first, then we went to the spot where he wanted to pop the question. I stood back a decent distance to give them some privacy, luckily Samari said yes because I have no idea what I’d be expected to do if she said no!
We had a wonderful golden sunset which added a real romantic feel to the photos. Congratulations to Diego and Samari!
Quinton and Samantha had a stunning wedding up the KZN north coast at Palm Dune, the ceremony was held on the beach deck and the reception was an outdoor one on the upper deck. Immediately after the ceremony they did the garter and bouquet tossing on the beach, and they also did their first dance as they entered the reception. It was great to work with Jonathan Payne again. Congratulations to Quinton and Samantha, thanks for picking me to shoot your big day!
We shot both photos and video for Sanele and Segametsi, they had a wonderful wedding reception at the same venue Ruth and I got married. It’s a real privilege being able to visit there so many times. The ceremony was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses down the road, which was the second time I’ve been there too. Segametsi was so full of fun and she couldn’t stop smiling all day!
Tim and Maike live in Germany and had two weddings, one there and the other one here in Maike’s home town of Howick. They did everything themselves with help from their family, the only professional wedding service provider they hired was myself to do the photos. We didn’t meet before the wedding, in fact we barely spoke so I had no idea what to expect. It turned out to be a wonderful blessing and celebration with their closest family members, with the ceremony and all the rest of the formalities conducted in German.
Congratulations to Tim and Maike, it was wonderful sharing their special day!
I got an enquiry from Henry who told me that he was a British doctor currently serving in Iraq, and he was coming to South Africa to marry his South African fiancé at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. I was reluctant to accept the booking on the basis of my last experience shooting a wedding there, the wedding co-ordinator at The Oyster Box is a tyrant. Luckily Henry and Diana were a wonderfully open and fun couple who didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits. Unfortunately I didn’t get to do any bridal portraits before the ceremony and I wasn’t allowed to do the family photos in the best spot, but I worked my hardest and did my best for this stunning couple. There was a brief moment when the rain subsided so we shot outside and did a few pics by the pool.
Diana wrote me a wonderful email after receiving her photos for which I’m very grateful for, she absolutely loves her wedding photos. Congratulations to Henry and Diana!
I shot one of the first wedding at Orchards soon after they opened in 2014 and strangely haven’t been back since. It’s a stunning venue with wide open spaces and a river that flows through the grounds, the chapel and reception hall is spacious and modern.
Hlengiwe and Tamuhla’s wedding was full of spontaneous singing, dancing and heartfelt speeches. My wife Ruth and I spent the full day shooting both photos and video for these two doctors, who had planned their wedding brilliantly!