Thankfully, it ended up with the discovery of a tucked-away little entrance and, with the help of Darryl's crafty plan, we were able to shoot the creatives at that hush-hush setting - albeit, with a security guard entourage in tow. What a great laugh.
Thanks, Lauren and Darryl.
The toughest thing I find about posting weddings, is coming up with the appropriate words to describe the day and, most of all, not to repeat certain aspects over and over again.
It's hard not to declare that your couples are legends, when Lauren and Darryl really were and I know I have said it before, but, Lauren's and Darryl's day really was a feel-good, romantic wedding, steeped in emotion and surrounded by a close-knit and adoring family.
I know that Lauren is reading this post from her 'phone in Mauritius ;-), so enjoy the sneak peek and have a margarita for me!
Would you believe that Lauren did not like her original wedding dress so sourced a new dress one week before the wedding.
Another thoughtful gesture - A special birthday cake for Grandpa.
Grainy? ..Yes....but I really do love this image.
Gosh, it's Monday already and here I am, seated in my usual nook, facing my computer, and feeling as though our drawn out 7-day holiday is now all but a faded memory.
We have been back for over a week and it has been a little busier than normal, but, that's what it's like at this time of year - things only seem to gather more momentum.
Just a quick post to announce that the bugs which had managed to infiltrate the blog before we departed are now under control, but, they have now migrated into my e-mails. I only discovered today there are 181 unopened mails that were lounging on the server.
In any case, here's a few from the holiday at the coast and with any luck, full wedding blogging will resume!
...and hopefully some sunshine too.
Just wanted to let you know that we are away for a wee break and the studio will be closed until the 10 October 2011.
Please direct all price enquiries to the automated email address: email@example.com, all other e-mails will be addressed on my return.
Have a great week ahead!
The whole thing about capturing the true essence of a wedding is a rather strange concept, when you contemplate it. The bride and groom invite a total stranger, with a nice camera, into their lives as well as that of their families'.
For one day you are privy to the family dynamics and honoured with the privilege of witnessing the anticipation, the nerves, the tears, the emotions and dearest moments of what they feel for each other. For one day, guests and relatives treat you as a family member; openly exposing their true selves in the hope that special moments will be captured in pictures to be treasured permanently.
Nicola and Slade, I thank you. Your wedding was certainly one that will remain close to my heart, given your amazing, tight-knit troupe of family and friends, who came from all corners of the world, were also so much fun to be around.
Nicola rocked that Pronovios dress like no-one's business.
I often wonder, when getting the dress fitted in some little up-market London boutique shop, how the dressmaker would react if he/she saw where this bespoke frock would be traipsed around in South Africa. Well, not only did Nicola rock this exquisite gown, she was even able to gracefully outrun Oom Eddie in this dress :-).
...and finally, here you are, a glimpse from their wedding day.
The brooch on Nicola's boquet was from her 92 year old granny.
On the right; Nicola's Dad's reaction when he saw Nicola in her dress.
A big shout out to Tracy and Florian, who recommended me to Nicola. I do not usually mention referrals on the blog, but, having past clients vouch for me to family and friends is truly the biggest compliment I could receive.
Those who prefer FB to blogs, then Nicola's and Slade's images can be seen here.