Forgive me readers, as I know you've been waiting to see some more weddings, but, it's the busy season at the moment, which means that I have neglected the blog a little.
I recently had the pleasure of photographing Natalie's and Rashaad's wedding and if I'm to be totally honest, the one single episode that flashes to mind from their ceremony, almost like one of those facts you find on a Chappie wrapper, is that "in over 50 years James Bond has sex 64 times."
Nothing poignant, I know, nothing romantic. Then again, anyone who was at the wedding will recall the animated sermon that was delivered by their minister, Andrew Christie, which was filled with meaningful advice, spiced up with anecdotes and unforgettably appropriate wit. And just like the 007 excerpt, that I know will stay with me for years to come, their day was truly one to remember.
Natalie had hired me because she'd wanted a true, documentary-style coverage of their big day, as it unfolded, with not too many posed photographs.
Their energy, Rashaad's wicked sense of humour, their love, their gorgeous daughter, plus their amazing family and friends made documenting it in a relaxed manner all too easy. Thank you, Natalie and Rashaad....and now the pictures;
Decor & Flowers: Beatrix Events
Minister: Andrew Christie
Cake: For Heaven's Cake
Lighting: Delight Events
It has been a wee bit hectic this past fortnight and I've a lot of editing and blogging to catch up on, but, I can't wait to share all the incredible weddings I've photographed recently.
So without further ado, let's jump straight into it with Janie and Jaco.
As I was driving home from Janie's and Jaco's ceremony, it dawned upon me that whenever I pick up my camera to shoot a wedding, I am always completely surrounded by ceaseless throngs of wholesome love and laughter - my job being merely to capture it all and at the end, someone hands me a pay cheque. What can I say? I would say that is a pretty good deal☺.
Janie's and Jaco's day was just that: a day engulfed in pure love, unabashedly fantastic people and oodles of good cheer. One of those days when, from the very start, you just know it's going to be an excellent one and you also know, no matter how hard you try, you won't have sufficient words to describe it.
.... and finally, some images from their absolutely perfect day.
If you would like to tag yourself or share the album you can find the facebook post over here.
My internet and emails are down L
I am trying to get through it all with visits to the local internet cafe and via my Blackberry, I may however, be a little slower than usual with my responses. I should be up and running in a couple of days.
I turned 40 a few days ago. Yes, I know, it's hard to believe given my youthful appearance and still oozing that young-at-heart personality, so I reckon you're probably thinking. . . how is that possible? After all, she looks and acts so young? ;-) But, it's true. Therefore, with the onslaught of this almost-midlife turning point, I elected to broaden my horizons this year, by throwing caution to the wind and assuming a different approach to my usual photographic pursuits.
In the past, with three small children, I wasn't really able to take on any far-flung weddings, mainly because it was much more important for me to be at home with my boys, as opposed to travelling to out-of-town assignments - let alone internationally.
So when Casey contacted me in January this year to shoot her wedding in the USA, I decided to go for it hook line and sinker. Besides, my boys are now old enough, I was verging on 40 and it was time to go for a certain degree of change.
So, with that caution to the wind, I set aside my day-to-day routine (everything a Virgo craves), to photograph Casey's and Aaron's illustrious wedding in Georgia and I'm so very thankful that I did. It was just what I needed.
I am not sure if it was at the rehearsal dinner, or on our wild dash to get to the service itself, but, when Casey's brother's best friend, Jamie, mentioned to me in passing that Casey's family is one of a kind, for me that was a categorical understatement, because THAT they certainly are.
Why, you may ask? Well, on the actual big day, whilst Casey was preparing herself upstairs, it seemed as though each time I popped downstairs for certain odds and ends, there was Casey's dad, Larry, meticulously and devotedly stirring the pasta. Besides Larry's steadfast dedication, Casey's mum, Victoria, took it upon herself (with the help of family and friends) to almost single-handedly cater for the entire host of VIPs, involving no less than 150 wedding guests!!! And all because Casey absolutely adores her mum's home-cooked cuisine. So there you have it; they're downright one of a kind indeed.
To say the very least, it was a complete honour to be flown all the way from South Africa, to join Aaron and Casey on their truly epic wedding day.
I'm going to apologise in advance for the complete and utter size of this post, as well as the slow download, because (quite naturally) there are far too many gorgeous images, plus lacking the culling willpower on my part.
Thank you, Casey and Aaron, from the bottom of my heart. It was a privilege to experience Southern Hospitality at its unimpeachable best!
Casey and Aaron decided to do a "first look" before the ceremony.
Homemade desserts - yum! ...and by the way the caprese starter was to die for.
Videographers: Absolute Wedding Films
Flowers: Le Petit Jardin
Assistant Photographer: Julie Neill
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From my handwritten notes;
I'm unwinding on my own (insert smug grin), lazing in a rocking chair, sipping a glass of chilled Californian chardonnay and listening to the cicadas in the pecan trees, whilst also enjoying the peaceful star-lit sky, scattered with fireflies. . . sheer and utter contentment.
I have this tendency to downplay exciting events for fear that they may somehow fall through, so I never really get to take pleasure in the prelude to anything remotely awesome ..... but, Sweet Mother of Pancakes, here I AM on a porch, amidst the verdant pastures of Morgan County, Georgia the US of A - the exact coordinates being the quaint vintage town of Madison!!
Feeling totally flabbergasted, overwhelmed and oh-so incredibly blessed that some sweet soul actually wanted to fly little ol' me all the way from South Africa to photograph her wedding.