It was Danielle and Jonathan’s wedding at Motozi Lodge this weekend. Motozi Lodge is just outside Hartbeespoort and the reception venue has the most incredible view over the area.

You may recognise Danielle and Jonathan from the engagement photos I took a few weeks ago. I didn’t realise that their theme was partly Joburg city based, so the engagement photos in the CBD were absolutely the best idea ever!

I absolutely loved the garden setting for their ceremony, although the low hanging branches of the tree proved to problematic with Jono’s height! If you’re wondering why they’re on opposite sides to the way they’re supposed to be standing.

Gosh, between the simple flowers with gorgeous proteas and the Joburg skyline I reckon their decor was my best ever! You know how much I love proteas, and of course I love the Joburg city!

I love that they chose to have dried leaves to throw instead of petals.

I’m really so glad I was facing the girls as Danielle walked out of the room. Their faces were priceless and they asked her to twirl in her gorgeous wedding dress.

After the family portraits were over, I took the couple and their wedding party onto the road to take their photos. I just love dirt roads, and the view with the mountains in the background with the dusty haze was perfect!

We ended the couple shoot in a small garden area that reminded me of the Harare weddings that I’ve done in the past.

The officiant at the ceremony closed off with a Dr Seuss quote, and I really loved it so much that I have to add it here. It really so perfect for a wedding!

CONGRATULATIONS! TODAY IS YOUR DAY. YOU’RE OFF TO GREAT PLACES! YOU’RE OFF AND AWAY!

YOU HAVE BRAINS IN YOUR HEAD. YOU HAVE FEET IN YOUR SHOES. YOU CAN STEER YOURSELF ANY DIRECTION YOU CHOOSE. YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN. AND YOU KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW. AND YOU ARE THE COUPLE WHO’LL DECIDE WHERE TO GO.

YOU’LL LOOK UP AND DOWN STREETS. LOOK ‘EM OVER WITH CARE. ABOUT SOME YOU WILL SAY, “I DON’T CHOOSE TO GO THERE.” WITH YOUR HEAD FULL OF BRAINS AND YOUR SHOES FULL OF FEET, YOU’RE TOO SMART TO GO DOWN ANY NOT-SO-GOOD STREET.

AND YOU MAY NOT FIND ANY YOU’LL WANT TO GO DOWN. IN THAT CASE, OF COURSE, YOU’LL HEAD STRAIGHT OUT OF TOWN.

IT’S OPENER THERE IN THE WIDE OPEN AIR.

OUT THERE THINGS CAN HAPPEN AND FREQUENTLY DO TO PEOPLE AS BRAINY AND FOOTSY AS YOU.

AND WHEN THINGS START TO HAPPEN, DON’T WORRY. DON’T STEW. JUST GO RIGHT ALONG. YOU’LL START HAPPENING TOO.

OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

YOU’LL GET MIXED UP, OF COURSE, AS YOU ALREADY KNOW. YOU’LL GET MIXED UP WITH MANY STRANGE BIRDS AS YOU GO. SO BE SURE WHEN YOU STEP. STEP WITH CARE AND GREAT TACT AND REMEMBER THAT LIFE’S A GREAT BALANCING ACT. JUST NEVER FORGET TO BE DEXTEROUS AND DEFT. AND NEVER MIX UP YOUR RIGHT FOOT WITH YOUR LEFT.

AND WILL YOU SUCCEED? YES! YOU WILL, INDEED! (98 AND 3/4 PERCENT GUARANTEED.)

SO… BE YOUR NAME BUXBAUM OR BIXBY OR BRAY OR MORDECAI ALI VAN ALLEN O’SHEA, YOU’RE OFF TO GREAT PLACES! TODAY IS YOUR DAY! YOUR MOUNTAIN IS WAITING.

SO… GET ON YOUR WAY!

Congratulations again!

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