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
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.
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
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!
Family – Just the right mix of chaos and love.
I absolutely loved this lifestyle session at the Linde family home. I arrived early with everyone still in their pyjamas and after coffee and some pigtails, we got to having fun, exploring the garden, play area, books, veggie patch and dad’s hammock.
Oh, how I know these photos will be cherished for years to come!
Where do I even start with these two?? Kailey first contacted me for her wedding at Granny Mouse Country House at the end of last year and immediately booked her wedding.
It was only later this year, that I finally got to meet Jaco and Kailey at a coffee shop. We immediately connected and I was so excited that these two were going to become one of my bridal couples!
Kailey is the kind of person that you fall in love with instantly – she’s kind and caring, heartwarming and graceful. Her beauty shines from the inside, out and it’s obvious why everyone around her simply adores her.
It’s no wonder she found her match in Jaco – who is the epitome of a gentleman with integrity, pride and love for those in his life. These two have the best hearts – and ensured all their guests, and service providers, felt appreciated and cared for.
Their day oozed with sophistication and heart, country warmth and Midlands magic. Granny Mouse never fails to impress with its rustic elegance and was the perfect backdrop for Jaco and Kailey’s day. I love the Granny Mouse Chapel and gardens so we used both as spots for their creative session, as well as the beautiful view of the Midlands from just behind the chapel.
Here are just a few of my favourites from their beautiful day!
Thank you to my assistant and special friend, Chloe from Dear Chloe Photography for assisting me and feeding my creative heart. <3
(PS. You can view their engagement session here!)
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Bride’s dress: Blissfully Bridal by Enzoani
Bride’s Hair and Make Up: Blend Hair and Make Up
Groom’s bespoke Suit: Cavalier, Melrose Arch
Flowers and Decor: E by A (Events by Anne)
Venue and Catering: Granny Mouse Country House
Cake: Smith’s Bakeshop
Pastor: Mark Price
DJ: KZN Wedding DJ
Wedding rings: Marion Rehwinkel Jewellery
There is so much I could say about this couple. But I’m going to save it for when I publish their wedding photos!
Jaco and Kailey arrived in Durban two days before their wedding in the Midlands, so the day before, we headed down to the beach to do an engagement shoot, and prepare them for their wedding day photographs.
I love this idea – and it was a great way for them to get to know how I photograph, and how they can get the best out of themselves during their wedging day creative session.
Being comfortable in front of my camera plays a huge role in getting the soft, romantic photos that I try to create – and I know that’s not always easy – being in front of a camera! But with gentle guidance and prompts, it’s easily achievable and soon the camera is all forgotten.
You can read my tips on how to rock your couple shoot here!
We ran, we splashed in the ocean, and we took photos on a beautiful rock overlooking the sea. And when we were done with that, Clinton and Carla got to have some fun with their two favourites – Glencoe and Snowy!
Carla has been following my work for the longest time, and has also shown the kindest support with lovely comments on posts. So it was so amazing to be able to have her in front of my lens and create magic for her.
When discussing locations, Carla wanted something that reflected ‘them’ and so this lookout point was chosen and couldn’t have been more incredible.
I can’t wait for their wedding next year, and get to create beautiful photos all over again!
With the new wedding season, comes the super busy engagement season right on its heels too so I thought what better time to talk about engagement shoots and how to rock your couple shoot?!
The new season starts next week for me, and I am so beyond grateful that my year has been booked out! It does mean sacrificing my weekends with C and Ella, but it also means I get to do what I love with some amazing people, and share in their happiness too.
For some (most) people, having their photo taken is downright unnerving. I completely get that! I can’t tell you how awkward I am in front of the camera! But whether you love it or hate it, there’s no better way to celebrate your engagement than with a couple shoot to remember this time of your life by.
Here’s a bit of advice I’ve put together to help you prepare, and make the most of your shoot!
WEAR WHAT YOU LOVE
Being YOU is the best way to get great photos. I can only capture who you are, if you be YOU. Wearing clothes that you are comfortable, and confident in, helps to make you feel more at ease in front of my camera. Keep it simple and clean.
PICK AN ENVIRONMENT THAT REFLECTS WHO YOU ARE
Whether that’s sipping on your favourite latte because you’re a coffee addict, or climbing up rock faces to overlook the sea, choose a location that encompasses your lives together. Surround yourself by what you love. Don’t have your shoot on the beach when you haven’t been to the beach in years! Or hate beach sand. Have your shoot WHERE YOU ARE. If that’s at home, get the kettle on, I’m coming over!
FORGET ABOUT THE PHOTOSHOOT
Forget about what you should be doing, and how you should be doing it, and just be you. If you’re shy, be shy. If you’re loud, be that. I want to keep your couple shoot natural and honest to who you are, and I can only do that if you’re being true to who you are. I shared an image of my daughter having tea with a plastic toy falcon, and people LOVED IT because it was an image of her, in her environment, as she is now, doing what she does now. I’m going to treasure this image forever.
IT’S A KIND OF MAGIC
This engaged feeling. This love. It’s a kind of magic. Embrace it and enjoy it. Spend the day doing fun things together. Take a break from wedding planning. So when it comes to doing your shoot, it’s not just something you’re ticking off your wedding to-do list, but rather another magical part of an already amazing day!
I promise to give you gentle guidance, so there won’t be any of that awkward ‘what do I do with my hands?’, but more natural laughing, sharing and creating. But it’s still up to you to bring YOU so I can capture you as you are.
Ready to start this adventure?
While the rain poured down, love and the joyful sounds of singing raised the roof on Thobeka and Thobezweni’s wedding day.
Everything from the beautiful location, sparkly fairy lights to Thobeka’s A M A Z I N G McCarthy Wolff wedding dress was just a pleasure to photograph and Nats and I loved every second.
Thobeka and Thobezweni are two of the world’s warmest and most loving people who ensured everyone at their wedding was thought of, cared for and having a good time. When the rain finally stopped us photographing, we rushed back to the reception and were met with more entertainment and cheering.
We quickly sneaked off for five more minutes out over the dam.
Thank you Thobezweni and Thobeka for sharing your special day with us – we loved photographing it! <3
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Venue: St Ives, Midlands Meander
Bride’s Dress: McCarthy Wolff
Bride’s Make Up: Zee Ntuli
Groom’s Suit: Kurt Geiger
Decor: Intwenhle creations
Cake: The Frost Goddess
Marriage Officiant: Reverend Norman Raphahlela
I met Craig and Chantelle in a coffee shop, and immediately liked them. And when I heard how much DIY was going into their wedding at Hilton Bush Lodge, I really liked them!
I love DIY. And I love when brides take their ideas, whether that’s from their own imaginations or loaned from an idea on Pinterest, and interpret that idea into something magnificent.
THAT is what Craig and Chantelle did.
They took family heirlooms, family recipes, creative ideas and fresh approaches and they created a wedding that is every DIY bride’s dream wedding. Every little detail was thought of, and Chantelle went out of her way to ensure every person in attendance knew they were loved.
THAT is what I love about photographing weddings. And that’s why I loved photographing this one so much.
Here’s a little peek into all the love from their wedding day. x
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Venue: Hilton Bush Lodge
Hair and Make Up: Make Up by Charelle
Bride’s Dress: VIP Brides in Hillcrest
Marriage Officiant: Warwick Nelson from Dream Ceromonies
Decor: Bride and family and friends.
Suit hire: Johnson’s Suit Hire
Bouquets and flowers: Gordon Stuart Landscaping Company