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.