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Michael & Megan | A Family Farm Wedding

Michael & Megan | A Family Farm Wedding

I had so many favourite images from this wedding, that it was hard for me to choose which ones summed up Michael and Megan’s day in just one blog post. So it’s a bit of a long one… but here goes!

Michael and Megan got married on Megan’s family farm in Normandien, KZN. It was the brightest, sunniest day and one filled with so much love, and family.
Farm weddings are fun – lots of fun – and they’re a real taste of how a wedding can be done almost anywhere – but they’re lots of work.
I don’t think there was a single family member, bridesmaid or groomsmen who hadn’t done some sort of DIY or hard work on this day. And it all paid off because JUST LOOK AT IT!

Foliage was handpicked on the farm, little Nguni bulls were crafted and painted by Megan’s grandad, the bull design used throughout the decor was created by her cousin, the cake was baked by a family friend and Megan’s gran… there’s just so much to mention! They were even married by a friend who played a role in getting them together in the first place! And when the music stopped playing during their first dance… their guests started singing! It was the stuff of goosebumps!

It really was just a huge family and friend effort and that’s the recipe for THE BEST WEDDINGS!

The shed (which should really, REALLY be turned into a wedding venue for Newcastle) was SPECTACULAR and every little detail was thought of, organised and cared for.

Megan is an old school friend and we spent days on end at the farm as kids, running through fields to dams and hiking up hills and reading girly magazines till late at night. Some of my most treasured childhood memories are from this farm, and it was awesome to be back!

But enough from me… here’s a little peek into Michael & Megan’s beautiful farm wedding…

Hair and Make Up: Paula Moore Make Up Artist & Delilah
Bride’s Dress: Bride&Co
Groom’s Suit: Pierre Cardini
Florist: All done by family, sourced from the farm.
Catering: Lennox Guesthouse – Salome Froneman
Marriage Officiant: Eddie De Nobrega (Friend)
Cake: Denise Halgryn & Renèe Schwikkard
Videography: Studio Elle (Hennie)


Nelson & Chantal | Shalwyn

Nelson & Chantal | Shalwyn

You know, I love the weddings that move me. I mean, truly, deeply move me. It’s not something I can always explain or put my finger on, why I love one wedding more than the other, it’s not always the pretty details or the beautiful love. I see a lot of that at weddings. A LOT of that. And I love my weddings.

But then there are weddings like this one.

Where, from the very minute I arrived at Shalwyn, I was moved.
I loved the stories of how mom and daughter (and dad, and groom, and brother and an entire list of creative people) hand made almost every detail. Or getting to see the light that radiates out of Chantal’s face. Gosh, this girl radiates love and kindness and then she sings and you’re convinced she must be an angel!

Nelson and Chantal, you are two of the most beautiful people I have ever had the privilege to meet and photograph. Thank you, from the very bottom of my heart, for sharing your joy with me.

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Wedding Venue: Shalwyn Weddings and Function
Decor: Hamblins Catering and Mother of the Bride, together with family
Hair & Make Up: Kiss and Make Up
Groom and groomsmen attire: Suit Yourself
Cake: Baked by Mother of the Bride
Marriage Officiant: Kevin Gorrie
Wedding DJ: The Wedding DJ (John)

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Devlin and Amanda’s Wedding Day at Selborne Golf Estate

Devlin and Amanda’s Wedding Day at Selborne Golf Estate

Oh, I’m so excited to share Dev and Amanda’s wedding with you today!
Devlin and Mandy planned their South Coast wedding at Selborne Golf Estate from Johannesburg, and with the help of a few important people, their day was absolutely perfect from start to finish.
Mandy’s beautiful make up, dress and bubbly personality match Devlin’s calmness and together, they’re a powerhouse of love, enthusiasm, determination and friendliness.
Posing them was a breeze – Mandy is a professional ballerina and dancer and Dev, whose had years of experience in front of the camera, made me completely shutter crazy! I could have spent hours shooting them on their creative session!
But it was more than that that was so striking about these two – it’s their warmth and the way they make everyone feel like family. From the minute we arrived, Nats and I were made to feel like we were just part of the fam and at the end of the night when we were saying our goodbyes, we got to feel that all over again with the biggest hugs from everyone.

Thank you Dev and Mandy! Enjoy a peek at a few of my favourites from your day!

Venue: Selborne Gold Estate, Hotel and Spa
Hair and Make Up: Leandri Hattingh for Accentuate Hair and Make Up 
Bride’s Dress: Stella York Dress, RK Bridal in New York
Groom’s Suit: Zara
Decor: Cindy De Vries, Dee-Tale, Snooks
Cake: Mother of the Bride
Marriage Officiant: Father Joe Thompson
Photographer’s Assistant: Nats dos Santos

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Ashley and Kayleigh’s Beach Sunrise Engagement Session

Ashley and Kayleigh’s Beach Sunrise Engagement Session

I met Ashley and Kayleigh in January last year at Kayleigh’s brother’s wedding where they formed part of an awesome bridal party. I knew the minute I met them, that what they share together is magic. When Kayleigh smsed me to say she wanted me to photograph her wedding – I was BEYOND STOKED! YESSSS!
These two are the best of friends and have the cutest smiles that they share with one another. From the way they look at each other, to the way they do life together, they’re just downright awesome. I LOVE photographing them, and the way they laugh, love and relax together!

Ashley and Kayleigh wanted to do a sunrise beach engagement session at Ushaka beach so we hit the beach suuuper early and had some fun. I’ve wanted to do a shoot here for ages and it sure did deliver on a fresh Sunday morning.
Enjoy this peek! It’s going down as one of my favourite engagement sessions, ever.

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John and Natalie | Drakensbergkloof

John and Natalie | Drakensbergkloof

I arrived at John and Natalie’s wedding venue with very little signal and no real idea of where I was actually going. But the minute I arrived on the dusty tracks leading to Drakensbergkloof, I knew I was in for a beautiful day.
What I found when I finally hopped out of my mom’s car (thanks mom!), was a quaint farm house, a beautiful reception hall carved around an ancient rock and the most magnificent cave/overhang I have ever had the privilege of photographing in.

John and Natalie are down-to-earth people with an absolute love for God, each other and their family. They’re both the babies in their families, (I photographed John’s brother’s wedding back when I first started out in photography!) and share a deep love for music. To include this passion on their day, they incorporated a stage in their reception where invited musicians (and some of their close friends) performed. What resulted was a perfect wedding day, symbolising everything that is these two.

Thank you John and Natalie for choosing me to travel to Newcastle and photograph your day. It was so much fun and I wish you both loads of adventure and love in the years to come. x

 

Misty Midlands Wedding | Des and Jen

Misty Midlands Wedding | Des and Jen

Nats and I arrived at Corrie Lynn Farm early in the day and were met with the most exquisite wedding venue. It’s so evident why brides would fall in love with its rustic and farm feel – it’s a heart warningly beautiful place to say vows and marry your soul mate.
And that’s exactly what Des and Jen did in the barn with all their closest friends and family. Jen and Des are two of the kindest people I’ve photographed and I love their look on life, their commitment to one another and their love for their dearest.
Jen completely transformed the inside of the barn, including pops of hot pink, well wishes and photographs of their parents who couldn’t be there. What a way to celebrate your life – by including everything that matters to you on your wedding day!