The week leading up to Karel's and Justine's wedding revolved around checking weather forecasts, as continuous rains were predicted for that entire weekend.
Fortunately for us, the forecasts in Johannesburg are never reliable and we managed to avoid any downpours.
There are so many incredible moments to share from this marriage ceremony that I seriously don't know where to begin, but, I'll give it a bash any way.
We were lucky enough to shoot Karel's and Justine's creatives at Johannesburg's old gas works plant. Yes, I know, not exactly a "lovely gardens" vibe, but, going by Karel's list of pre-suggested locations, I knew that they were a little adventurous and would love the backdrop as much as I did. There are some serious favorites in here and I have been chomping at the bit to share them with you.
Setting the occasion; it was the last full moon of 2011, we had sky lanterns, a red velvet wedding cake, a sweet dainty flower girl, who went by the name of Olivia and, of course, an awesome bride, who claimed she hated the camera.- National Geographic here I come ;-)
Into the mix, a mighty fine groom too, so what more could one ask for?
So to Karel and Justine, it was absolutely wonderful spending the day with you and your family and friends...Thank you, a trillion times again.
Olivia's reaction when granny (Justine's mom) cried, she then decided to give granny a huge hug to make it all better.
Ice lollies were dished out to all the guests after the ceremony.
The urban reception in Braamfontein at Narina Trogon was a nice change to the normal country venues.
Oh, and before I log out, and address my editing backlog, there are a couple of extra images on my FB page.
I am busy finishing off Lauren and Darryls's wedding and wanted to share this image with you. Lost in the blog edit, rediscovered this morning.
There is something about it that I love, and I keep coming back to it.
I am not sure what it is, but, seeing an image published in a glossy wedding magazine makes it look sooo much better, than it does on my screen.
Thrilled to be included in the December / Summer 2011 issue of Wedding Inspirations magazine which goes onto the shelves today!
Their wedding ceremony was pretty much about a girl who once met a boy and then finally ;-) tied the knot, on that auspicious big day. Nothing at all else seemed to be of any importance.
It did not matter that Janine forgot to put on her garter and it didn't matter that there wouldn't be a second ring exchange - quite simply, Janine and Ashley were marrying each other and that was that.
It was a scorcher of a day and it would be earmarked as the very first and last time, I hear, that Ashley ever wore a suit.
Janine was calm, composed and looked beautiful. Ashley was eager and perspiring slightly in his first-ever Fabio (suit). The expressions and comments of their guests said it all and it was an honour to spend this day with them all.
Amazing. Thank you.
As always the images are on the FB page, feel free to leave some love or tag yourself over here.
PS: I also have to add that Zavion, the co-ordinator at Memoire, was razor-sharp and just a pleasant person to be around.
In this day and age, anyone with a mobile 'phone (let alone a camera) can take a photograph, and the results are immediate, so it's much easier to see immediately if you caught the moment or if someone's eyes were closed at that precise moment.
Despite the different technologies being used to capture a moment, I always get a little light-headed whilst I'm scanning through the sequence of events of a wedding ceremony; flicking through the day as it unfolded, the atmosphere, the people and the sheer timelessness of the activities that were captured right in front of me.
The piece of equipment that the photos were captured on is irrelevant, but, when I do happen upon a certain once-off unique frame, I get all giddy, especially when I know that this particular one is a cracker!! Indeed one for the blog, no less.
The calmness of Barbara getting ready, the flower girl who loved the camera, Craig's nerves before the ceremony and the expression on his face, the laughs at the reception, those unplanned moments and the guests who flew in from London, Zambia and from all over - everything captured and about to be shared with you, the blogging fraternity. Don't you just love the power of photography?
Thank you Barbara and Craig, plus, a big shout out to Lisa, who assisted me on the big day.
Those 'roses & petals' on the cake are made of icing - I kid you not!
....being a flowergirl is tiring ;-)
Please feel free to "like" our facebook page and tag yourself in these photos if you are in them, although I highly doubt that - considering bar one photo, it is all about Barbara & Craig ;-). You are also welcome to share with family and friends!