One thing I love about photographing weddings is the way you feel you've learned so much about a family, after only spending a few hours with them.
There are so many emotions, small dynamics and then the characteristics of people, which are revealed on a wedding day.
Nicky and Graham, who stay in Hong Kong, are such a lovely couple. Their family and friends were so warm and inviting - and some of them just plain ole crazy.
For the creatives, we took a drive a tad away from the actual venue and I am so glad we did - you just can not beat the highveld bush, scattered with giraffe and buck.
I kid you not! In the middle of our shoot, giraffe and buck decided to cross the road and it was such a lovely moment!
It felt almost like a movie set. Oh, how I love South Africa!
Here are a few from their day and I am almost sure there will be a second post to this one.
Loved the antique necklace, which has been passed down in the family, even the box made with love & care.
I also have to mention that on the reverse side of the name tags Nicky had a personalised message for each and every guest
Both pictures (above) taken by my second shooter Paul.
Nicky apologies - I just had to post this I just love the expressions!
For the avid photographers: I usually have my WB on cloud as I find I get warmer colours. On this shot I played with my White Balance. To get the blue tone I set the WB to tungsten.
There it is, the giraffe crossing the road, you can also see him in the horizon in the previous image.
I have been asked quite a few times whether I handover black & white images on the final disc.
Well, the answer is yes, I do.
Basically, I play around to see what B&W treatment suits the wedding I am editing and then run a conversion on nearly every image, so that you have a colour and monotone version of the same photograph.
I have just finished with Simone's & Willem's wedding and thought I would post my favourites, in what I will call my Chocolate Milk B&W treatment.
It was a freezing winter start, but, in the end, it all turned out perfect and once again we were blessed with a beautiful sky (and insert a beautiful couple!)
Catherine and Shaun's wedding was full of beautiful details and wonderful moments. The speeches induced tears and whole lot of laughter. The dancing was crazy. The food was yummy.
Your day was perfect. Nothing short of perfect and I'm honored to have shared it with you. Thank you for inviting me into your lives on your most special day.
I have much more images in this post as my morning has been chaos, I can not find my 5 minutes of uninterrupted peace (so that I can narrow it down) - so just posted them all.
Catherine's mom handmade her beautiful dress.
Love these two below, natural "belly" laughter and awesome sky - can't get better than that!