I am an emotional wreck! Over the past two weeks I have discovered I am not equipped psychologically for this wedding photography thing. Last week's wedding I brushed aside - it was a once-off and it won't happen again too soon, I thought. Well, enter Grant's and Elizabeth's ceremony. I actually lost count of how many times I shed a tear. I write 'shed a tear' in an effort to downplay the situation, as in reality there were a fair few "pure sobbing" moments. I may need to get some Help! (Not sure if I am sending out the right message here? "Hire me - I'm an emotional wreck!")
Elizabeth and Grant: your day was one I will truly not forget; packed solid with uniqueness and sensitivity. Elizabeth is the type of person who has the most smallest detail covered and, for such an organised person, I must say the getting-ready part of the day was one that will go down as the most chilled and hassle-free. I am really at a loss for words here - this is about the sixth draft and I'm still unable to describe the day.
So my apologies to all and hopefully the images will cover my literary shortcomings. Oh well, if the photography side doesn't work out, I certainly see a market out there for a "wedding crier"
The bride and flowergirl arriving at the ceremony.
The ceremony was held outside with a perfect sky.
Tasteful, intimate, emotional and exceptional are the words which come to mind in describing Nicki's and Dave's wedding. The ceremony was nothing short of utterly beautiful, in a forest strung with crystals - and, not a dry eye in sight.
It's especially great to see (and capture) such genuine and spur-of-the-moment emotions; shared between two people. (Sorry, Dave... I didn't mean to spill the beans on the tears, but let's face it - you had every single guest grabbing a Kleenex too).
The reception was a luxurious picnic on Toadbury Island - a unique little part of Toadbury Hall I never knew existed. Originally, I was a little annoyed with myself, tackling a wedding on my birthday weekend, but as it turned out, I couldn't have planned a better day out; doing what I love most, in great company with truly special people who clearly adore life to the full.
My second shooter. . . yep, you guessed it, the gaffer himself. In fact, you can see Dror's version of events here; http://www.droreyal.co.za/blog/nicki-and-david-at-toadbury-hall/ You will also see the pic, which had intimidated me a little; added to which the comment implying I'll be posting "Killer Bee" images and, hence, the selection dilemma, plus delayed post! That's it. It's official - blame Dror for the delay! (nothing like passing the buck)
I have learnt three things this week: One: Tree hugging is not all it's cracked up to be. Two: A chicken sarmie can buy you a small exotic island (If you know how to barter) . And, three: Photographing the groom is so much fun!
I was once again honoured to get the opportunity to second-shoot with Dror Eyal this weekend, where I had to photograph Johan (the groom). Photographing the groom is something I have not done in a long, long time.
I then realised the groom actually gets very little limelight on this blog of mine, so I have decided to dedicate this post, to the groom - so, Johan this is your 5 minutes of fame.
Those of you who'd like to see how gorgeous Nicole looked, can click through to Dror's blog here, http://www.droreyal.co.za/blog/. I don't doubt he is a bit behind with his Mauritius weddings, but am sure it will be there soon. BTW: I changed my logo for this post, so that it is a little more masculine! When Oliver saw this pic he said "That man is silly, he doesn't know how to do Incy, wincy spider properly"
I received a call from my brother last week Thursday, enquiring what plans I had for the following Friday. . . because. . . he and Ursula were getting married.
Well, the original courthouse ceremony kinda transformed itself into a very cosy affair under the trees at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens.
Whipped together in just a week, but, really in essence, what it was all about was the sacred exchanging of vows in the presence of those closest to you in your life.
I, or should I say they, were very, very lucky to have Dror join us. I am not really sure if he was there as a guest or second-shooter, but I did not hear the end of it from the newlyweds, that wicked sense of humour and great images...it does not get better! (You can see what he snapped here www.droreyal.co.za/blog/ )