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!
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 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
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.