Archive for 'Weddings'

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March 21
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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!


 

 


Suppliers:

Wedding coordinator – Nadia from Shepstone Gardens
Catering – Taste Explosion
DJ – Henk from ZoomDJ
Marriage officer – Ryan Hogarth 

 
October 31
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Elsabe and Garth got married on Saturday. A wedding at Casalinga in Muldersdrift is always such a special affair. I just love the chapel and the gardens at Casalinga, not to mention the incredible food they serve in the restaurant!

I met Elsabe at Monchique Guest House, where she was getting ready with her mom. I do enjoy doing getting-ready photos. Getting to work with the dress and all the details before the bride gets dressed in her finery is always such fun.


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See this gorgeous chapel? It’s one of the reasons I love taking photos of a wedding at Casalinga.

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I just love how the cake mimicked Elsabe’s dress.

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I really do enjoy intimate weddings like this. Most of the guests played some kind of part in the wedding, and because there weren’t so many guests, the couple really did get to spend time with every person that was there.

Elsabe’s son walked her down the aisle.

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Garth’s daughter read out a poem.

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And then seven guests came up one by one to light a candle and say a prayer for the couple. It was so special.

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As I left, the wedding party went into a private dining area in the restaurant for their dinner. The menu looked amazing! I’m sure they enjoyed their special evening with their close friends and family.

Suppliers:

Flowers/Cake/venue set-up – Shiree Vorster
Dress – Enzeoni Beautiful – Bridal Wardrobe Melrose Arch
Shoes – Hush Puppies – Bridal Wardrobe Melrose Arch
Hair – The Senate Hair Salon – Pivot Monte Casino
Make-up – Candy-Jane Professional Make-Up Artist
Skin & Body Treatments – Life DaySpa Fourways
Nails – Life DaySpa Fourways

 

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June 11
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When I met Michael and Elizabeth a few months ago to chat about their wedding, Michael and I worked out that we’d known each other for about 8 years on Twitter. That’s pretty good going. And it was the first time I’d met him in real life! LOL!

I was thrilled to get asked to take their wedding photos… I loved that it was a small intimate wedding, and that their dogs had to be a part of their day. They have 5 gorgeous huskies, so you know they’re my kind of people 🙂

Elizabeth got ready at her parent’s home in Discovery. And Erin, one of my favourite make up artists, was there to do her hair and make-up.

I just loved this clock on the table in the lounge, I had to use it for Liz’s detail shots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we beetled off to Discovery Methodist Church for their wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think this may be my favourite shot…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had photobombers throughout the family photos, and just embraced it… I LOVE this!

 

 

How awesome is the cake? The figurines were made based on a photo of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers: Bliss Floral Creations: www.blissfloralcreations.com/
Dress: Sevenov Design House: www.sevenovdesignhouse.com/
Hair & Makeup: Erin Smylie: www.erinsmylie.co.za
Catering: D-lite-ful Catering: www.dlitefulcatering.co.za/
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Carlene: www.facebook.com/Cakes-by-Carlene-756262607753280/

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April 26
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It was Sharon and Ronald’s wedding on Saturday. They got married at a gorgeous hotel in the Midlands, called Lords of the Manor.

Sharon is my cousin, so it was really very special to be able to take her wedding photos. It was so awesome to see her get married to the love of her life, in a beautiful venue, surrounded by their close friends and family.

It was an Old English styled wedding with navy and gold as the colours. So perfect for the gorgeous manor house which was covered in ivy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald’s daughter Emily was as good as gold! It’s not often that a little flower girl concentrates so much on her flower duties. She was awesome!

Then Barry and Jessica walked Sharon down the aisle 🙂

What a special ceremony for everyone. Sharon’s uncle Gavin, who flew out from the UK with his family, conducted the ceremony. Weddings blessed by family of the bridal couple always mean so much more.

 

 

 

There has to be a photos of everyone! Love these group shots 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was such an amazing weekend spent with my family 🙂 I was so honoured to be there.

 
December 18
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I flew to Harare this weekend, with Lerika, to take photos of Eusebia and Kuda’s wedding.

This was the first wedding I’d done at Wild Geese Lodge, and I was blown away by the venue. What a gorgeous place! We stayed there for the weekend too, and could not fault the rooms or the food at the lodge.

Eusebia and Kuda now live in Australia, and came home to Zimbabwe for their wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This little one had the best idea in the heat… have a nap on mom’s bed before her parents got married 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I do like that Pastor Nick told the guests to remain in their seats, and to let the videographers and photographers do their jobs. He didn’t stop the phones and tablets though… which I think is cool. I do think it’s awesome to get a few different angles of your wedding day from your guests.

 

Listening intently to her daddy 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suppliers:

Makeup by Vault
Gowns by Allure