Reading through my notes from Marli's and Chris's wedding, the one word that particularly keeps swimming around in my head is GENUINE.
There is little I desire more in photography than authenticity and yet it often seems so elusive and difficult to capture. You point the camera in someone's direction and, instead of snaring the unassuming moment you originally saw, the person then immediately foils the opportunity by reacting quite oppositely - yes, they'll look at the camera and smile.
Well, Marli and Chris, on the other hand, wear their hearts on their sleeves and are genuinely unaffected people, who are not afraid to show their emotions to those around them, which made capturing their wedding day so very easy.
Their day was emotional, fun, intimate and, of course, full of GENUINE moments - all the things I love about weddings.
Those that may want to tag people or share the album amoungst friends, can view the Facebook version album here.
So, yet another year fizzles out and here we are in 2012. Gosh!! It seemed as though 2011 whizzed by in the blink of an eye; gone so fast. Then again, it is said that time goes quickly when you're having fun, so I reckon it all makes sense, after all.
At this time of the year, I suppose that I should be reflecting back on the previous twelve months, with a best-of-2011 image gallery, or perhaps making some resolutions, but, such pursuits really wouldn't be me, so I'll plunge straight into the here and now with this next wedding post.
As I tinker away at my keyboard, I'm desperately racking my brains to forge the words best fitting to describe Hayley's and Mike's wedding day, but, to be honest, I am not sure that I should write too much, as I genuinely believe that the images themselves say it all. You can see from Hayley's and Mike's pictorial debut that they are a pretty chilled couple and seem to be laughing most of the time, which is exactly how they were - relaxed, fun and happy-go-lucky.
I would have to say that, besides Kim's and Dale's ceremony - of course ;-), this was easily one of the most laid-back weddings that I experienced in 2011.
One thing that I do want to share with you is that Hayley is the first bride I've ever photographed that literally trashed her matrimonial dress (well not really, as the revised version looked just as good) and on the big day itself. That's right, you read right!!
Apparently, Hayley realised at the reception that her gown was impeding her dance moves. At that particular moment, I was tipped off that something was going on and heard Hayley say: "It's not like I am going to wear it again" and then, just like that, SNIP!! We had half a dress...and then the party began in full earnest.
Hayley and Mike, thank you so much for the experience and, of couse, all the laughs. Langebaan is in for a treat!
The wedding cake consisted of an apt cake topper (Mike is in the airforce), cake pops and macaroons ...yum!
This is the part where the dress is being cut off.
I have snuck in a before and after picture into the Facebook gallery, it is not such a pretty picture, but if you want a peak, head on here . Just scroll through their album it is there towards the end.
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!