When Derryth and Cael’s mail arrived in our inbox we required very little convincing to get excited. “We would like to have a very laid back, ‘Kuier’ style wedding, because that's the type of people we are. Our wedding day will be about having a good time with our friends and family and not worrying too much about keeping up appearances”.
To say we were sold is an understatement.
We arrived the day before and had the pleasure to meeting their friends and family at a chilled braai in her hometown of Graaff Reinet. Rather than splashing out on a trendy wedding venue they had both agreed to instead host their down to earth celebrations at Derryth’s alma mater, Union High.
Taking only a handful of weddings a year has allowed us to be selective about the days we want to keep for ourselves, New Years being one of them. So when Karla dropped us a mail we sadly replied that unfortunately we weren't available. Not long after hitting send we had Sean on the phone, who did a commendable job of convincing us that their wedding would be such a jol, that we'd be disappointed if we weren't a part of it. Hearing their excitement for their wedding day was convincing enough, but who wouldn't want to welcome in the new year at the best party in town?
We're so glad we made an except for these two rockstar sweeties! From a table full of instant film for their friends to go wild with, to hand-written New Years cards for each guest, Sean and Karla pulled out all the stops to make sure their wedding was the best party of 2017, and 2018! Despite all the awesome touches that this power couple brought to their day, it's the basics that they did best; great food, better music, and a evening filled with love and laughter.
It would be impossible to talk about Karla without talking about her laugh. Raw, infectious and hilarious are words that come to mind. But what truly melted our hearts was how Sean looks at her when she's happy. Just take a scroll for yourselves and try not grin at these two amazing hooligans.
So we had a little afternoon outing with these two awesome folk, before they jetted off back to the UK. We wondered the streets of a near by neighbourhood, found some interesting spots to take a couple of shots and be a little silly, lost a phone, and had a drink to calm the nerves.
All in a days work with these two, never a dull moment. We ended up with a bunch of images that we are excited to share! Thanks Sean and Karla, for an awesome afternoon filled with laughter!
It’s amazing when you start photographing a wedding, and for some reason just feel so part of their day. We walked away thinking “what a cool couple” - Little did we know that both their families go way back with Jess’.
As soon as their sneak peek hit our Facebook page, we found out just how interconnected we all were. Family friends for years, almost every holiday spent together, it was no wonder we felt so relaxed with Olivia and Richard! We walked away from their wedding with new friends ourselves. So without further ado,
Here is a post about an awesome bunch of people under one roof!
I found a love for me
Darling just dive right in
And follow my lead
Well I found a girl beautiful and sweet
I never knew you were the someone waiting for me
'Cause we were just kids when we fell in love
There is something magical about the autumn weather in Nieu-Bethesda. That crisp Karoo air that makes your ears and nose tingle, yet somehow manages to make you feel as if the whole town is frozen in time and all that matters is what’s happening right there and then. Just add a plate of Liz’s culinary delights, the warmth and charm of the Jacques’ Waenhuis, and the love between two awesome people, and suddenly there couldn’t be a better place to be!
Every so often you get a wedding that you just love. The moments. The details. And the day itself. As we go through Ryan and Nicole's images, it's like there were stolen moment that we captured that speak so loud...we could try put these moments into words, but we'll let you live them for yourself.
We had the tremendous privilege to document Martin and Sam’s wedding celebration in the heart of our home town. They said their I do’s in one of the grandest Catholic churches, in the city. Sam looked breathtaking in her, oh so vintage gown, whilst Martin waited in the front of the church looking dapper in his blue suit. It all came together beautifully as their guest continued their celebrations in the “newly” renovated historical building, now known as Savages, Victorian Veranda, a real gem hidden amongst the trees and greenery that surrounds St Georges Park.
Sam, a trendy fashionist and Martin being a mix of rock star and engineer, made for an interesting mixture of friends and family under one roof to celebrate their love. Looking at this collection of the photo’s, it feels a little surreal that we where able to attend and document these moments that they will treasure for a lifetime.
We always get excited when we receive a mail from a fellow creative, even more so when they’re living half way across the world in the Netherlands! Liesje and Arnout had gotten engaged during a trip to visit their families in South Africa, and we thought it was incredibly special that they decided to say their I do’s in the same spot where Arnout had proposed.
Emily Moon River Lodge is one of those magical little venues that can't help but welcome you in with its mix of old and new world charm. And the deck overlooking Plettenberg Bay’s Bitou River bends felt like the perfect place for Liesje and Arnout to gather their friends and family from afar, to celebrate their marriage whilst soaking up the natural beauty that has us in love with the Garden Route!
Ever so often we get to document a wedding on a rainy day, but as we drove out to Wedgewood Estate we watched as the much needed rain faded away leaving the most beautiful sky behind in its place. And as luck would have it, a perfectly positioned rainbow.
While many brides might have let a morning downpour or a broken zipper on their maid of honor’s dress dampen their spirits, Karen is far from average! And the only thing damp on their wedding day was Ross’ jacket as he (barely) saw her walk down the aisle. The rains (and Ross’ eyes) soon cleared, and we were all blessed with an amazing evening filled laughter, bubbly and a whole lot of love!
When you get a mail quoting your favourite line from your favourite film, you realise that you have not choice but to be part of this celebrations.
The greatest thing you will ever learn,
is just to love and be loved,
We headed to a little part of the South Africa we didn’t even know existed - Salem. We were met by some warm weather and clear sky in the middle of the Eastern Cape thicket and you could feel the excitement in the air as Jessica and Wayne saw each other for the first time down the aisle. The whole day was relaxed and filled with laughter and bubbles. The way a wedding should be.
Take a look and see for yourself :)
Courtneigh and Eden's wedding was one of the first weddings we got to shoot at Werk_ something we have been wanting to do since Jan first started the awesome initiative to rejuvenate the industrial space in Baakens Valley. So much talent has been poured into the space, the perfect spot for a celebration. And what a celebration it was!
Feast your eyes upon this wedding that was full of happiness, love and good vibes!
Nestled in between the Compassberg mountains in the Karoo, the small village of Nieu Bethesda, has become a cultural hotspot in recent years, with many South African artists calling it home. It was here that our friends Tom and Sarah invited us to document their wedding day, set in the middle of the dusty street that runs through the centre of the village.
Tom’s parents invited us for breakfast that morning and went out of their way to make us feel a part of the family and their celebrations. It was an absolute pleasure to photograph their wedding, from Sarah’s nervous excitement to Tom’s check cracking grin whenever he looked at his bride, their day was a reflection of everything that their love is.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the amazing work of our friend Jacques Muller and his rustic venue Die Waenhuis that provided the perfect backdrop to Tom and Sarah’s reception. Authentic Karoo doesn’t even come close to describing his vision and hospitality. It was truly a bitter sweet moment when we bid our friends farewell, perhaps only saved by the blanket of stars that filled the clear night sky as they drove off on their new adventure.
When you love someone, you jump on a plane and travel half way around the world to be together. However no matter how exciting your new adventures are, you'll always know where home is. There is something so special about returning to the town where all your friends and family are, just to share these special moments and celebrate with them. This was exactly how is was for Lauren and Gareth ... and what a celebration it was!
It has been such an honour to get to know these two lovely indiviuals over the past year and to document their "official" wedding. A true reflection of who they are - happy, in love, and definatly the life of the party!
We live in an often overlooked city in South Africa, Port Elizabeth. We are a little coastal town, blue flag beaches, a nice mix or warm and cold waters. Our creative scene is young, but after much hard work and dedication has finally started to come alive; live festivals, food trucks and markets helping to bring the PE scene together. Creatives often struggle in our very laid back city, and so many have taken the leap and headed to the creative hub of SA, Cape Town. A move we ourselves have considered many times. However when you come from PE, even if you don't want to admit it, you miss it. It’s got a small town charm to it that makes people that much friendlier, and that’s hard to say goodbye to.
We hit the streets outside Art on Main and got some awesome shots along the art stricken walls before heading up to a nearby rooftop. Wow - we were taken back by the raw beauty of Johanessburg’s skyline at sunset. It was a dream working with Faye and Paolo and we were honoured to be trusted with documenting the best day of their lives.
"We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet... I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things... all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying:
‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness'."
- Susan Sarandon
When we were approached by Rebecca from Runaway Romance to document our first ever elopement, we were beyond excited! Kat and Kobus were exactly as she described; loving and down-to-earth. Fellow introverts like ourselves, for them it made perfect sense to say their I-do’s with only the creatures of the Knysna forest listening in.
They spent a relaxed morning getting ready together at Forest Edge Cottages. While Rebecca prepped their beautiful decor, only a few steps away Kobus suited up in anticipation to see his bride to be. On their own time the two of them slipped into the overgrown forest to make their personal vows. Their ceremony reflected the spirit of their relationship; simple, beautiful and intimate, joined together with a promise.
We touched down in a sunny Johannesburg just in time to join the lovely Sashe and Ayrton for their pre-wedding, ceremony at their family church in the heart of the city. Their choice to honour their traditions was heartwarming and it was beautiful to witness the love that their union created within their families.
Sunday afternoon saw Sashe arriving at the little chapel at Oakfield Farm in true fairytale style, and as her father walked her down the isle there was not a dry eye in sight. Even though they had exchanged vows just a day before, it was amazing to see how they both struggled to contain their joy and excitement that their wedding day had finally arrived.
True love will never go out of fashion. And every time we are able to witness it we are grateful for the opportunity to document the very best part of what it means to be alive.