What a wedding day… Celebrating with these two love birds and the family and friends was one wonderful occasion to remember.
A beautiful venue, a beautiful autumn day, a stunning bride and her bridesmaids, Matt dressed as per the cover of GQ magazine, his groomsmen trying to match (jokes), what more can a photographer want.
What a wedding day… Celebrating with these two love birds and the family and friends was one wonderful occasion to remember.
This Cape Town photographer took a little trip recently to the warmer shores of Durban to capture the moments surrounding, and the wedding day of Tarlia & Bhav. I love shooting back in my old home town Durban, and this wedding day was just the reason I love being back there.
It was lights, cameras and action all the way. A day filled with golden moments, heartfelt romance, so many laughs and smiles and an occasion certainly to be celebrated and remembered.
Two wonderful friends of ours were recently married. I headed down to Llandudno beach to capture a few moments with them and their friends celebrating “beach style”. Sunset time on Llandudno is not stranger to this Cape Town photographer and on this day, there was simply no disappointing.
Kelly & Reece met with me a little while back in my home town of Melkbosstrand, here on Cape Town’s golden West Coast. Their wedding was some months away and they were in the country to chat to and catch up with their carefully selected wedding day suppliers. My first impression of the two of them was obvious, they wanted their wedding to be super laid back and full of fun, just like the two of them.
This was my first visit to The Dairy Shed on Contermanskloof Farm, Durbanville, and what an occasion it was for this Cape Town Photographer. I was there to capture treasured moments for Tammy and Bruce on this their wedding day celebration. A venue that truly suited their adventurous personalities and a venue that suited my style of creative photography.
Natasha & Michele wedding at Die Woud was another wedding day I will hold fondly in my memory for years to come. Not only was the day perfect and the location magnificent, the celebration of this marriage was one to behold. Friends and family arrived from afar and celebrated whole heartedly as these two walked back up the isle as husband and wife.
Haute Cabriere in the beautiful Franschhoek is one of the venues I have longed to shoot at since moving to the fair Cape. Thank you to Grace & Mark whose wedding I covered just a little while ago, I had the opportunity to do so. Not only was this a wedding of beauty and hearty celebration, but also a venue with one of the most picturesque landscape backdrops in the whole of the Franschhoek valley.
Stephanie, a doctor from San Francisco, CA & Brandon, a scientist with NASA, made contact with me a little while ago about covering their wonderful destination wedding here in the Western Cape at the beautiful Mont Rochelle Hotel in Franschhoek. Without hesitation, this Cape Town based photographer was delighted to be available on their wedding date and the relationship was set in motion.
More often than not, as a professional wedding photographer, I get to experience couples that come into my life and I get to experience them from more of a friendship perspective rather than a client only perspective. This I believe is what sets true professional wedding photographers apart from others, the personalisation and friendship relationship one can build in only a very short space of time.
This Cape Town Photographer loves travelling back to KZN to photograph, especially if it’s to photograph a wedding at the beautiful Hartford House in the KZN Midlands just inland from Mooi Rivier town. Kate and Marvin choose this lovely venue to celebrate their wedding day with their nearest and dearest friends and family.
Babylonstoren is truly a place of beauty, nestled on the infamous Cape wine route in the Simondium area, the Cape Dutch farm is in the Drakenstein Valley en route to Franschhoek. What a venue to celebrate a wonderful international wedding at. Eliza and Jon decided that South Africa it was for their wedding day, and what a celebration it turned out to be. Guests from Australia, the UK, the States and pretty much all over the globe flocked in to share the love at their best friend’s union.
This Cape Town photographer headed back to KZN recently for the wonderful wedding day of Heidi & Dusty Rich at the Orchid House on Collisheen Estate, in Ballito. Knowing quite a few folk at a wedding is always a treat, when you are the selected photographer. You get to hang out, feel like you are part of the festivities as well as capture some amazing moments with the lovely couple.
So it was back to Kwa Zulu Natal a few weeks back for this Cape Town based Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer. This time it was to the picturesque Boma wedding venue in Bisley near Pietermaritzburg for the wonderful wedding of Sarah and Daniel. How can I describe this couple, well to put it simply… they are rockstars.
How would you like to come to Thailand to shoot our wedding? Damn guys, yes of course I would! Was the immediate response my mind was giving, but being the professional Cape Town Photographer that I am, I just played it cool and said, hey that sounds amazing, let me check my availability and get back to you soonest. Well as it turns out, this guys was available and was doing a little happy dance. With a sit down drinks meeting (the best kind of meeting OF course) at Greenpoint Hudsons, the deal was struck and four or so months later I was jetting off to the wonderful Thailand island of Koh Phangan.
So after a brief meeting, a beer and a bite to eat I knew straight away that Stephanie and Christopher’s wedding was going to be one to remember. These two seemed to be the happiest couple in the whole of Cape Town as they chatted through their wedding day ideas with me and well… in all honesty, their wedding day was certainly one to keep in this Cape Town Photographers memory banks for a very long time.
A beautiful day and a wonderfully warm wedding. That is what this Cape Town Wedding & Lifestyle photographer was in for when he headed up the coast to the little fishing village of Arniston, which lies on the East Coast of the Western Cape, about 210 km from Cape Town city. Kimberley and James are a bubbly and fun filled couple that only wanted to have the best possible wedding day for themselves but mostly for their friends and family.
Devine & Liam had a stunning Friday Wedding at the wonderful Asara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch and I was the lucky photographer tasked to captured the day for them. A small, intimate wedding with close friends from throughout the globe. Relaxed and fun filled is how I would describe these two newlyweds and in fact it’s exactly the way I would describe their whole wedding day.
I recently had the pleasure of capturing Rozanne & Daniell’s wedding at the wonderful Schaftplaas wedding venue in Langebaan. What a stunning occasion with heartfelt and warm friendships, a very earthy styled wedding with decor to compliment this lovely couple’s personalities, many moments to remember and a party to top off this altogether beautiful day.
So this Cape Town Wedding and Lifestyle photographer headed out to the wonderful Old Mac Daddy in the Elgin Valley to spend a day with Angelique and Justin, capturing all the moments from their happy wedding day. The skies were blue, the sun was shining and all in all their wedding was an absolute stunner.
A preview from Joleen & Yasha’s lovely wedding at the beautiful Woodridge Country Estate back in KZN. This Cape Town Photographer loves travelling back to KZN for special occasions such as these.
Alexia and Pierre’s wedding was definitely one to be remembered. A handsome couple, a fantastic celebration and a genuine “kick ass” party to finish off the night. A beautiful location with settings every photographer dreams of capturing is what Hartford House has on offer.
I love travelling, so when the opportunity came to jump on a plane and head back to KZN to capture a stunning wedding at Netherwood in the Midlands, this Cape Town based wedding photographer did not hesitate. Tatum and Clint were to be married, and having covered their engagement shoot and the formal wedding a little while earlier, it was only a pleasure for me to be involved with their beautiful affair at this Midlands wedding venue gem.
Probably one of my favourite parts of Sunday’s styled shoot was the images I captured here in the stunning Bo-Kaap residential area of Cape Town, just below the infamous Table Mountain Reserve. Being a Cape Town based wedding photographer has it’s spoils and shooting in this little neighbourhood was definitely one of those. The bright colours of the buildings and the colourful nature of the ever tolerating residents makes this spot a definite stop on every tourists “places to visit” map.
Sunday afternoon a week back saw us on a little trip to Cosy Bay on the Cape Peninsular, with a really brave model who had agreed to get into the cool Cape Town waters for this part of my styled shoot. Cosy bay is a beautifully little hidden bay just below the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, very popular for picnics, sundowners and photo opportunities. This day was overcast and a little dull so it was refreshing in a way to have this little Cape Town gem all to ourselves for the hour we were there.
On Sunday morning this proudly Cape Townian based Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer headed into the city armed with cameras, a fantastic model and make up artists, and with a bag containing three stunning wedding gowns from a top Cape Town Designer. The first stop was to the streets of Woodstock for a few images along Albert’s Street colourful houses. The wind was howling and caused chaos with my model Keryn’s hair but made for some wonderful natural laughing images. Having a professional Make Up artist like Lesley-Ann Solomons on the ball, made both Keryn and my life a whole lot easier, fighting the elements.
Siobhan & Duncan’s wedding from a couple of weeks back was set in the heart of Ballito’s Collisheen Estate at The Orchid House. This was certainly one to remember. This Cape Town photographer has a history with Duncan and his mates having photographed them many times in the Durban based punk band Sheep Down. It was actually quite sobering to see all of the guys formally dressed with gentlemanly behaviour, a far cry from the sweaty, jumping, rift ripping musicians from not that long ago.
A little while back, this Cape Town Wedding Photographer had a wonderful wedding couple to shoot in the little town of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, at a stunning venue called The Plantation. Being very familiar with the “limelight”, Gareth and Megan were amazingly relaxed and easy to have in front of my cameras. Gareth being a well know and established comedian, and with South Africa’s very own Dusty Rich as his MC, you can surely understand that the day went from one laugh to the next. Here a just a few images from their amazing wedding day.
A little while back, this now Cape Town based Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer, exhibited a photograph into a competition to potentially win the title of Photographer of The Year at the CTICC in Cape Town. A little cheeky as I was still based in KZN at the time, but hey that’s what competitions are all about, exposing great photography no matter where you hail from. So after the three days of voting, your’s truly walked away with the title with this winning shot.
Absolutely loved this Wedding at Izotsha Creek on the KZN South Coast. I met up with Monica and Neil again in Muizenberg for their Trash the Dress shoot with some really beautiful Autumn skies with the scattered beach huts in the background.
What a wedding. Amazing locations, wonderful weather, stunning lighting and a fantastic couple… Wilma & Regan’s wedding took place recently at the beautiful Mofam River Lodge, situated in the Elgin Valley here in the Western Cape. As a Cape Town Wedding Photographer I must admit I am truly spoilt with the endless natural beauty that is found in this lovely part of our planet and with the ability to be able to capture the beauty it offers. Long summer days and breathtaking sunsets are all part of the deal here in the fairest Cape.
That market is flooded, that’s a fact. So who is not good, who is great and who is exceptional and how can you tell?
Amanta and Stuart are wonderful people, full of smiles and laughter and there to have the best fun they can with their closest and dearest friends. That is what this wedding was all about, friendship, fun, laughter, smiles, craft beer and amazing food.
Heading down the western coast through Cape Town city, past Camp’s Bay Beach and on the drive towards Llandudno Beach, Sandy Bay and Hout Bay there is a wonderful, and now famous, hotel called The Twelve Apostles. I had never photographed there before and was only too happy and excited to be on my way to photograph the wedding of Grant and Nicola.
Malmesbury Home Affairs was the start of the wedding day for this Cape Town Photographer. The Rhodes’ would soon be arriving and their small group of amazing friends, all dressed in white, waited outside the home affairs office to welcome the soon to be newlyweds. Local town folk, smiles beaming with excitement and car guards running around hysterically announcing the arrival of their all time cricketing hero with his beautiful bride in hand.
New Years Eve, the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. Lizani & Henry invited me to shoot their wonderful and romantic wedding in Paternoster on the West Coast of the Cape Province. For this Cape Town Photographer this was quite a big occasion as I had never visited this sleepy little fishing village and it’s beautiful surroundings before.
I chose to come home for my wedding: “Both Troy and I were born in SA and spent our childhoods family holidays experiencing the beauty of SA through wildlife. Although we live in London now SA will always be our home and you just cant shake that love for raw African nature and that’s why we both knew this was a memory that had to be create there.”
Jessica & Scott flew into South Africa for their beautiful wedding at the wonderful Zorgvleit Wines Wedding Venue in the magnificent Stellenbosch area of the Western Cape.
So on Saturday the 8th December this Cape Town Wedding Photographer headed out to the beautiful Riebeek Kasteel region, here in the Western Cape, to photograph the wedding of Ronel & Neil Coetzee at the wonderful Delsma Farm, which is about 15km outside the town itself. Passing through the little town of Malmesburg en route to Delsma, reminded me of the wedding I had photographed just two weeks prior, that of Jonty Rhodes and his wonderful lady, Melanie - (post coming soon)
Over the years my work and style has evolved and refined itself. One thing remains, I try and create a relaxed photo friendly environment on the day and endeavor that the impression of the day I leave the couple and their family and friends with is one that was fun, fresh and exciting. After all, it is the best day of your life.
Event & Fashion Show Photography - Here are some of the images I took on the closing night of the fashion show in Cape Town.
These two awesome people met in Thailand and fell in love on their overseas adventures. Soon they were on their way home with wedding news and baby on the way. It was so awesome shooting at Cranford Country Lodge before we left for Cape Town. This romantic wedding was just the perfect one to end off in KZN with bright pops of red and tattoos!
Soon before we left for Cape Town we photographed Robyn and Gareth at Docklands Hotel in Durban. We met Gareth through Suit Yourself where he worked in Durban North. This was the ultimate DIY wedding, with many aspects, all in black and white. What a beautiful day of family and love.
Debra & Bruce hail for the small town of Underberg where Bruce is a beef and dairy farmer.
Debs, with a psychology degree, works at Riverview Manor Specialist Clinic.
These two lovely people had a beautiful, fun filled wedding at the wonderful Lake Eland in KZN.
BOY! Did these guys have energy! For one Shanna did not stop dancing all day and by the time it came to the wedding reception she still had a enough energy to squeak takkie some more.
Alicja’s wedding was very galmourous with powerful pops of pink so thats why she told us “I love anything bedazzled and old Hollywood” and their wedding definitely mirrored this.
A doctor and an executive chef meet online, one to meet friends, the other as a joke. They figure out that they are totally matched, fall in love, they plan a crazy awesome carnival/dark-circus style wedding, dye their hair, wear lots of red and kilts and have one of the best weddings in the country side ever!
Now tell me you do not want to click the “read more” button after that.
We all have weddings we are particularly excited to shoot and when we met Emrys & Ros for coffee just before the wedding we were very stoked to be a part of this special day. Emrys is a software developer and Rosalind is a flight attendant - but this is not even the most exciting part of this intriguing couple.
We loved every minute of this wedding from the vegetarian menu to the fantastic cake. Thank you as always to the great staff at the Three Cities Docklands Hotel which is situated next to Wodka restaurant on Mahatma Gandhi Drive.
“We had a such a fun time, every one was chilled out so made for a stress free day! We just loved how the whole day came together, absolutely perfect for us.”
Tracey & Pieter’s wedding was beautifully constructed and executed by themselves. Their ceremony was held in a chapel which has a gaping window of a beautiful view of the dam and the beautiful Drakensberg mountains. It was a first for us to be shooting at this beautiful quaint farm barn-style wedding and we loved every moment. Thanks guys for being so very being so fun and embracing your mustaches for the pics.
A little time ago, my beautiful wife Jaimi and I were married at Tala Private Game Reserve and it is always a special occasion for us to return to this amazing venue to shoot other awesome couples. Sarah & Sarel are just such a couple and it was an absolute privilege for me to be able to capture these two tattooed love birds celebrating with their family and friends.
Back in 2012 I had never been to the gorgeous arty little town of Clarens. Jaimi had visited nearby at Paul Roux but in that January we were asked by a good mate Duncan to shoot his wedding in a forest off the Fouriesberg Road, now two years later Candice and Lad asked us to shoot their special day - only this time we would be shooting at the amazing Gourmet Shed. We were so happy that after shooting a couple family weddings that Candice & Lad asked us to be at there’s too!
Jaimi caught up with Melissa a couple of weeks back just before their one year anniversary this month.
Jaimi and I still talk about this wedding to this day, the craft market vibe, the school desks pushed together, the intimacy of Irene’s letter to her late Dad at the wedding ceremony, the craft beers, the milk tert shooters, the live band Snowing Down South and burgers and pizza for dinner are just some, and I mean JUST SOME highlights. As you will see by my abnormally long 170 image post - this one was one for the books. Oh my word and the DOOS-WYN, how could I forget :). You will see what I mean.
Jade & Jason were married at Tala Game Reserve. The light was beautiful at this wedding which made my job really easy on the photo-shoot. This particular shot was taken on the Acacia deck at Tala Game Reserve over looking the waterhole. Another awesome event at Tala with our good mates, Scott & Kate Bain of Wedding Co South Africa.
Nicola & Grant Olivier got married at Talloula in Bothas Hill, their day was seamless. The feel of the wedding was uncluttered and classic with a definite feeling of involvement from the couple. The day played out really relaxed with a good family heart to heart reception and the food and wine was awesome. Thank you for allowing us to blog your special wedding.
The reason this question is raised is because after all is said and done, you will be left with an album of memories. Will this be an album that you cannot wait to throw in the lap of your guests and friends to look through or will you be embarrassed and hesitant to share your special day with others because your pictures do not truly reflect your personalities, your special day or what you were expecting from your service provider?
I have been prompted to write this article based on many years of requests from couples to have their creative shoot re-shot because of failure on the part of the hired “professional”.
Sometimes you get the gift of finding friends in your wedding couples. Sometimes its a match made in heaven ;) so we would like to thank Debbie from Etc Events for being the catalyst in this situation. Our journey with who we then called “Candice & Mark” started in about July 2011 when they booked us for their wedding, there were nuances of it being a “different wedding” - now sometimes you do not take that too seriously because almost everyone feels that their wedding is unique in their own way, which they are. BUT not like this.
So I give you Mr & Mrs Pants as we now affectionately call them.
What a beautiful day we spent with these two amazing love birds and their friends.
We met Claudia and her awesome Mom Les over a year ago now, Claudia loves Photography and was super keen for us to shoot the wedding. In the interim we were able to use Claudia as a model in a fashion shoot for Wylder Jane and Claudia photographs really well so we were sure of awesome photos at the wedding.
For many choosing a first dance song at their wedding can be difficult, some have really alternative choice in music and will have difficulty choosing a song that will not scare the guests or maybe the couple is not big into music and will choose something off the radio. I think for everyone it is different but as music lovers, Adrian and I were quite picky with our first dance song. We have also been pleasantly surprised of late, of the gravity away from the common pop songs and more towards meaningful and different songs. Here are some of my favourites: (some from weddings, some from my iTunes list)
- Keane - “Somewhere only we know”
- Death Cab for Cutie - “I will follow you into the dark”
- Kings of Leon - “Revelry”
- Stateless - “Bloodstream”
- The Rolling Stones - “Stateless”
- Incubus - “Monuments & melodies” - I also am a big fan of their song “Dig”(M&M was Adrian and my first dance song)
- Pearl Jam - “Nothing as it seems” - as well as “Lay down your arms”
- Foo Fighters - “Everlong”
- Foo Fighters - “My hero” (Paramore does an awesome version - it was my dad-daughter song)
- The Smiths - “There is a light that never goes out”
- The Cure - “Love song” (Adele does a beautiful version as well)
- Lana Del Rey - “Blue Jeans”
- Ben Harper - “Waiting for you”
- David Gray - “Sail away”
- Blink 182 - “Miss you”
- The Doors - “Love her madly” ~ a nice dancey first dance song
- Louise Armstrong - “What a wonderful world”
- Red Hot Chili Peppers - “She looks to me”
- Blue October - “She’s my ride home”
The tradition dates back to royal balls where royalty or guests of honour opened the dance floor. At weddings, the couple are essentially the guests of honour and thus they open their dance floor. Ideally they should start their wedding party with a song they love. Do it =)
Recently browsing my mini feeds I receive awesome notifications from local and overseas blogs showcasing Photographers who have successfully captured DIY and budget weddings. But when it comes to some South African DIY/Budget Weddings there is a trend of using “the budding photographer”. Now before I get slammed for abusing the new-be photographer, I understand that everyone starts somewhere but also know a second thing. The top Photographers in our industry are fully booked and cannot want for more work so this is not about anyone “stealing work” or anything like that.
Recently a local Photographer blogged the good, bad and ugly of wedding photography and outlined the job at hand of being the one who captures someone’s special day Photographically. So this gave me an idea for an article about how to justify what you are spending on your special snaps.
After the countless hours you have spent trying on dresses, choosing stationery, trying menu’s and sampling cakes and booking your venue you will be left with one of the most important items on a wedding to do list - your Photographer. This is both a tricky and time consuming task for some because there is the delicate balance of cost vs quality and what you can actually spend. So how can you justify what you spend on your Photographer for your wedding. Well let me walk you through a little bit of what goes into your special day.