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.
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
You’ll often hear a photographer say they shot such an amazing wedding, that it’s definitely going down in their top 10.
This year, I’ve been so fortunate to have worked with the most beautiful of people and share in their days with my photography. It’s such an honour each and every time and I always go into a wedding day with all my heart.
And then came the Vermolen sisters. I first photographed Kirsty’s wedding in Umdloti in January this year, and in May, I photographed Kim’s wedding at Cranford Country Lodge. These two are so kind, so selfless and so warm, that you can’t help but call them friends and want to surround yourself in their warmth. Yes, their two weddings were huge highlights for me this year.
Charl and Kim got married at the picturesque Cranford Country Lodge in the Midlands and could not have asked for a more beautiful day. What makes a wedding so special? The love, the laughter and definitely, families and friends.
What made Charl and Kim’s wedding so special for me to photograph? That these two wear their hearts on their sleeves and aren’t afraid to share their kindness, love and warmth with everyone. That every detail was thought of, and every person, including me, the photographer, was made to feel special.
Thank you Charl and Kim, from the bottom of my heart.
Their wedding was held at Lastingham in the Midlands Meander and was a little different to most weddings. Guests arrived sometime before noon and were welcomed with soft drinks and the breathtaking views of the Meander under the hot afternoon sun. Shortly after their very memorable ceremony (which almost had me in tears, it was so moving!), guests enjoyed a picnic and later an Easter egg hunt (ladies won!) and a few games on the lawn while the bridal party went off for their creative session.
Guests also got to enjoy the ultra-amazing coffee from Jacksonville Coffee as the Midlands started to cool down. Once the sun had settled and most guests had left and only closest friends and family remained, everyone gathered together for an intimate steak dinner with the newly weds. Just perfect!
Solethu and Nokukhanya’s Braeside wedding in Ballito was such an elegant affair, I’ve been dying to share the pics with you!
Every detail of this wedding was spectacular and romantic, from Sol’s classic tuxedo to Nok’s exquisite lace dress by Janita Toerien Couture and Jimmy Choo shoes. This was a wedding that dreams are made of.
A few words from Noks:
It was such an amazing day that the whole day was one massive highlight.It was really nice to see everything finally fall into place like one big puzzle. A few things that really stood out for me :
My mom getting me into my dress.It was such a special moment.I will forever cherish it.
My dad’s face when he walked into my dressing room and saw me in my dress for the first time.Completely priceless.
And most definitely walking down the aisle towards my husband when everything came to an absolute standstill!
Thank you for letting me capture your special day Noks and Sol, I enjoyed every minute of my journey with you.
This lovely couple were a real pleasure to meet and photograph. David and Tricia will be tying the knot in April in the Midlands and I can’t hardly wait! It’s going to be stunning. Tricia is Canadian but has fallen so in love with our country that she’s made South Africa her home. David is the proud South African who swept her off her feet.
Here’s just a few pics from their engagement session last weekend. The shoot was done on the greens at Cotswold Downs in Hillcrest.
Can you believe it’s that time of the year again? I am so happy to share this nostalgic Christmas session with you all.
When Jana from MooiGoed approached me to do this shoot, I felt so incredibly honoured. She had managed to gather some of Newcastle’s most talented creatives to collaborate and share their work for this styled session.
For our Summer garden Christmas shoot, we used natural textures and elements with hints of lace and sweet-smelling, delicate flowers to bring the whole look together in a soft and romantic tablescape.
Koot, from Posh Nosh prepared a delicious meal for the occasion with the most flavoursome food served to the table.
The menu for the lunch included a starter made of pistachio biscuits with camembert brûlée, Rooibos infused gingerbeer gammon with green beans and sticky roast potatoes and a roast vegetable and ricotta quiche. To top it off, dessert was waffles served with an orange Cointreau and fresh cream and cherries. DELICIOUS!
Chantelle from The Pretty Box created the most amazing printables for each setting which included the words to Afrikaans Christmas carols.
Chantelle is a free-spirited, passion-driven creative who loves making pretty things.
I love how pretty things can cheer people up, and make them appreciate the beautiful things in life.
The incredibly talented Natasha from Chewz – Homemade Sweets & Treats made the nougat, to-die-for chocolate & coconut and mint flavoured macaroons and Christmas cookies. Chewz is a home based confectionary/ bakery business started by Natasha and her husband, Neil. While Natasha works her magic in the kitchen, Neil takes charge of the photography and marketing aspects. A match made in heaven, all while they juggle regular day jobs! Hetta is an extremely talented florist with a passion for floral design and styling. No doubt, her daughter’s talent stems from this zest.
Christmas is all about sharing, giving and spending time with those you love most. To spread this festive kindness, Chantelle, Koot and Hetta have decided to share their talents in giveaways.
The Pretty Box
The Pretty Box will be giving away a decor sticker to the value of R200. To enter like her page (click here) and share the giveaway you will find on her page.
The Flower Box
Hetta is giving away a R200 Christmas arrangement, perfect for your Christmas celebration!
To enter like her page on Facebook (click here) and share the giveaway you will find on her page.
Posh Nosh Café
This Christmas, Koot, who owns Posh Nosh Café and is well known for his mouth-watering meals and generosity, is giving away a delicious veggie tart. To enter please like the the Posh Nosh facebook page<— click and follow the instructions found on the page. Easy peasy!
Terms and Conditions for The Flower Box, Posh Nosh and The Pretty Box giveaways on each facebook page.