Lisa and I were standing outside the venue, watching the merrymaking in full swing, sipping our chardonnay, reflecting on the day's weather, the people's expressions, the cute stuttered vows and those quaint offbeat moments. We both sighed and nodded our heads in agreement - yes, this is what epitomises a marriage ceremony.
There are couples who quite simply remind you of what it's all about. Couples who share a genuine connection that you can't help but be moved by. Most of all, couples with whom you can freely have a hoot and laugh in their presence. That is Anna and Robbie.
While the rain did arrive and abandoned any hope of the intended beach ceremony, Anna never stopped smiling. In fact, Anna getting dressed was one of the most relaxing and fun vibes I've walked into for a long time.
Thank you Lady and Lord Cornwall, we had a "cracking time"!!
A certain person confided that she thought that this was the best wedding venue in the area, I have to agree, Umtamvuna River Lodge is Thailand meet Bali meet beach...just awesome!
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Dress: Temperley London
Bridesmaids' dresses: All Saints
Flowers: Twisted Willow (039 3052785)
Make up: Face Forward
I then blink and, without warning, we're suddenly bidding February a heartfelt fairwell and then, of course (caught off-guard), it's already much too late.
Well, this year I am doing a lot of things much more differently and, seeing as I've been given an extra day, with it being leap-year, I thought why not, before we advance full steam into the new wedding season.
As you would have gathered from this wee blog, I'm not much for resolutions, but, there is something incredibly gratifying about looking back and reflecting on all those great little moments that added up to one fantastic year.
Happy LEAP YEAR... and now for some of my favourites from the 2011 season:
Any wedding involving a barefoot bride and groom, cocktails on the lawn and some crazy dancing is a score.
Susanne, who works in event management, had put such care into every exquisite detail, that the whole day was literally bursting with purple prettiness! If you haven't gathered from the images, Susanne's favourite colour is purple.
Despite the torrential downpour earlier in the day, their ceremony took place on cue under the jacaranda trees, surrounded by friends and family that travelled from all over the world to witness Alan and Susanne exchange vows.
Thanks so much Susanne and Alan for giving us the opportunity to enjoy so much beauty in one day. I went a little overboard with the finer points, so grab your morning cup of java for this one!
The midget cake stalkers, you get them at every wedding.
I must also give a huge shout out to
Leeandra and Claire from Fields of Colour,
you ladies were a hoot!
As always the images are also on Facebook, feel free to tag and share.
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.
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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.