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.
A 16 hour flight over the Bermuda Triangle, and here I sit in a quaint little B&B, called Brady Inn, typing my out of office. A tad excited and a wee bit nervous, to be shooting a wedding on this side of the world ;-)
I will be back on the 28th August 2012. I have no access to my emails and will address all enquiries on my return.
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Oliver turned eight two weeks ago. Yes, eight. Can you believe it?!
I reckon being a mother has intensified my need to preserve memories, as I'm flabbergasted at just how quickly these years are going by and how fast my boys are growing. The thought of missing the simplest moments of day-to-day life; the thought that I am not paying close enough attention, or the thought of missing frames like these make it all worthwhile lugging it around.