It was Frances and Sarah’s wedding at Shepstone Gardens in Johannesburg yesterday. It was such a beautiful wedding. The two brides looked absolutely amazing and they were surrounded by close friends and family who’d travelled from far to be with them. To top it off, Shepstone Gardens was as beautiful as it always is… so it was the perfect recipe for a perfect wedding.
When I met Frances and Sarah a few months ago, they were quite clear about what they wanted in their photos. They didn’t want photos of the getting-ready part but wanted to make sure that I captured their family and friends enjoying the day.
They met each other whilst they were at Cambridge, and Sarah eventually moved to South Africa to be with Frances. I loved hearing their story being told by so many of their friends and family throughout the day in various speeches. It was so very special to have so many close friends and family travelling from the UK to be with them.
How awesome are these guest gifts? Sarah made the pottery pots, and the succulent were potted by their friends on a “crafter-noon” a few weeks ago. The name tags are made out of plantable paper, so they can be planted by guests instead of being thrown away.
Oh I absolutely loved the cake! It was so very yummy too!
Shepstone Gardens is such a magnificent venue, I just love all the photo opportunities it has.
The brides came down the aisle flanked by their parents.
Isn’t this setting just magnificent?
A few special people were asked by the couple to do readings as part of the ceremony. As a photographer, I really enjoy this, especially when the readings or thoughts are personal because I get to know the couple better. By the end of the wedding, after listening to all the speeches I feel like I really know them and their family. It makes it so much easier to properly tell their story through the photos.
Once the formal family shots were done, it was time to relax with their retinue.
And then it was time for us to have some fun… the couple shoot. Luckily, Frances and Sarah didn’t have stiletto heels on, because I got them to climb along all various pathways! LOL!