Many happy memories come back to mind when I shoot at this location. Our wedding venue. A little over two years ago, I walked down the aisle at this very same place, Kleinevalleij. Eretia and I go way back. Some years ago, I walked into her at a wedding. I couldn’t believe the girl I was [...]
We arrived at Grootbos at about 14:00. We walked into their room and I saw Alicia finishing up Melody’s hair and make-up. Christopher was standing outside, admiring the gorgeous view. There was a feeling in the air that I really liked. Relaxed, comfortable and real. Nothing makes me more excited than a couple that are down to earth, friendly and 100% approachable. And that’s exactly what I experienced with Christopher and Melody.
I didn’t know what to expect. They told me there was going to be many tears, but that’s all I knew. She didn’t know I was coming. The secret was very well-kept, between her mother and her boss, Andre. Earlier that week, they told her sisters. But they were sworn to secrecy.
Andre was the master mind behind all of this. He contacted me months ago asking whether I’d be available for the 6th of October. I was. So he booked me. But I wasn’t allowed to say anything or even add their names to my online calendar. Nothing was allowed to leak out. I had to communicate via secret text messages and a few emails at specific times, where Lize wouldn’t check her mom’s computer. This was huge. I was booked to shoot Lize and Deon’s wedding in Pretoria, without them knowing. Something I haven’t done before.
Kate and Andrew tied the knot under a tree in the middle of the Cederberg. Their wedding was on a Monday. Unusual, you might think, but if most of your guest are coming from the other side of the ocean, the day of the week does not matter.
The drive to the Cederberg felt like holiday. The open skies and countryside all around me, makes this one of my favourite places. After the last town, before you drive out to Bushmanskloof, you loose all cellphone reception. Something that makes me feel ‘free’, even though most of my work is linked to the digital world.
Her dad and brother came to say ‘hi’ and then the first tears started flowing. I knew this was going to be a day I wouldn’t forget. The rain was pouring outside and the wind was blowing, but Eva smiled.
The ceremony was on the patio of the gorgeous Lourensford Esate in Somerset West. Despite the crazy weather on my first wedding of the season, Eva and Nyagaka were very brave to take photos outside. A huge thank you goes out to them for trusting me to take their photos outside in the cold. You guys made my season!
One of the best parts of my jobs is that I get to travel. Shooting wedding in other parts of the world is always a huge highlight on my calendar. I still think South Africa is one of the most beautiful places in the world, but photographing in Europe is always an enormous treat.
Amongst our travel plans here in Europe in July, was to photograph Katja and Chad’s wedding in Quakenbrück, a very small, country side town in the north of Germany.
The tent and the party was wat they were looking forward too, so I only took them for a few moments of couple photos and then the party began…
At the church, the guests were welcomed with some delicious hot chocolate to warm them up from the chilly weather outside. It was raining, just as she hoped it would.
When she arrived, there was a entourage of umbrellas leading her into the Toring Kerk (church) in Paarl. Her dad walked her down the aisle, where he was waiting for her. During the ceremony, the guests were wowed by the voices of Romanz, a well known South African vocal quartet. After the ceremony we all headed towards Val de Vie Estate. The canapés and drinks were beautifully styled. And while guest enjoyed some sushi and champaign, we slipped away for a few moments for photos…
Olga and Hanjo had their 600 guest wedding at Val de Vie Estate in Paarl, on the 30th of June. It was winter. It rained. And it was beautiful!
Their wedding was a glamorous affair in a massive glass tent, on the Val de Vie Polo fields. They had the most gorgeous desert table!! Everything was the finest and showed off Olga’s great taste!
When I heard they invited 600 guests, I realised I would never be able to cover everything by myself, so I brought in the help of some of my very good photo friends, Yolande Marx, Catherine Mac and my darling husband Iaan Van Niekerk. As much as I wanted to do everything, there was just no way! They all helped me put together these amazing photos. (Thanks guys!!)
While Catherine and Iaan covered the photos of the boys enjoying some whiskey, cigars and a round of poker, Yolande and I photographed the girls getting ready, as well as the beautiful styled tea party. The girls then slipped into their beautiful black outfits and we headed for the church. (part 2 will follow)
Luanda reminded me of Dubai a few years ago. My parents lived there for about 4 years and with every visit, we would see new buildings and streets being built in the city. Luanda is currently developing at an extraordinary pace and the mix of old and new, modern and rustic vintage is absolutely beautiful! I took some iPhone pics of the city, that I will share later this week.