Lena & Rune (Mountain Shadows, Paarl)

Posted on: 18 August 2009 | Category: Decor/Food, Weddings
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I’m not sure if this is my first wedding of the 2010 season or the last of the 2009 one? I think I’ll call it my first, seeing I’ve already been on my winter vacation and getting ready for all the up and coming weddings and engagements.

I’ve been corresponding with Lena via email for the last few months and even before we met in person I could tell Lena was going to be a sweetheart. She is such a fun person, she was smiling all day and I could see she has a huge heart!Lena and Rune are both archaeologist. They studied here in Stellenbosch and they both spent a few years in Cape Town, where after they returned to Norway. When it came to deciding on the venue for their wedding, they decided on Mountain Shadows in Paarl. A beautiful, family run estate.

Over some coffee I asked them why they chose South Africa over Norway and then Lena explained that they loved good food and that when she stayed in Cape Town she’d always walk past Charly’s Bakery. She then said that there was just no place in Norway that made the same delicious chocolate cake as Charly’s Bakery! You’ve got to love that story! Priceless.

The cake was cut with one of their archeology tools..I really can’t think of the name now LOL but you can see a picture below…Pictures are better than words anyway :)

As a surprise for the guests, Lena and Rune added an African element to their wedding, by inviting a group of gumboot dancers to preform a dance.I love this landscape shot! The weather was freezing and poor Lena was walking around with no sleeves,but the cold was worth it! Thank you to Michelle Hendriks for assisting me!


  1. 18/08/2009 , 7:48 pm

    Good job met 023!

  2. 18/08/2009 , 8:05 pm

    Wonderful images Christine! It is interesting to read your reference to seasons since we are totally opposite here in the US.

  3. maisy
    18/08/2009 , 9:26 pm

    Beautiful! I just love your work!

  4. 18/08/2009 , 11:42 pm

    Those low clouds made for a really interesting background. Nice eye Christine!

  5. Rozette
    19/08/2009 , 11:27 am

    Wow!

  6. Dianne
    19/08/2009 , 1:28 pm

    Gorgeous! Love the landscape photo’s – gumboots with a wedding dress, what fun! :)

  7. Vernon
    20/08/2009 , 1:15 am

    Stunning images….love it !

  8. 20/08/2009 , 11:23 am

    What an awesome start to your 2010 wedding season. Thank you for being an incredible inspiration. You ROCK!

  9. Elizna
    20/08/2009 , 2:51 pm

    I love the contrast between the black and white shots and then the sudden warm bursts.

  10. 20/08/2009 , 4:47 pm

    ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING Christine!!!! You rock!

  11. 24/08/2009 , 12:45 pm

    Beautiful wedding and amazing photography!

  12. 28/08/2009 , 12:56 am

    Absolutely gorgeous photo’s!
    They are truly breathtaking, like the bride and groom, and the colors and focus, and settings are perfect! I am in love with this set! Congratulations again to my friend Lena, who made a beautiful bride! Congratulations! Love, Noelle

  13. 28/08/2009 , 5:15 pm

    Loving the richness and seeminly contradictory lightness of your tones!

  14. 06/10/2009 , 2:22 pm

    However did you find that amazing location?! Is that how it look in South Africa?!? I have to start saving and tell my loverboy that we are headed down south on our next vacation…

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