All the elements that make up a fabulous wedding were there on Friday.
A stunning bride, a handsome groom, good laughs, a picturesque venue, and beautiful details all tied into one!
Tracy and Florian just radiated happiness and are absolute naturals in front of the camera - no directing needed.
It was, quite simply, a relaxed celebration with very few of the traditional wedding rituals.
We did, however, have a couple of wardrobe laughs which I had to mention.
On the bridal-side, Tracey decided, before the wedding day, that the train of her dress was just "too much" - soooo not her ;-), so she decided to simply cut it off, as you do, much to the horror of the designer, I am sure!
On the groom-side, Florian had a major co-operation issues with his tie, getting the optimal length, (personally I think the tie was scared of heights), which meant there were about 20 attempts to get it "just right".
Ursula and I felt truly welcome, as if we were part of the family. We felt continually grateful to be there, to capture it all, as well being honoured to have such an important job.
Thank you both for your hospitality.
Enjoy Botswana - it's out of this world!
The sealing "I do" kiss looks so natural that it almost looks posed, don't you think?
The beauty of having two shooters is that you get two different perspectives on a moment, above right picture taken by Ursula (probably one of my favourites from the day) and below mine.
After many, many, many rainy weekends it was with great relief we had an overcast, but, DRY Saturday.
A tad heavy on the overcast side, along with constant threats of a downpour, but, it did remain DRY!
Karen and Greig were married at the Rosebank Church and chose Hazeldene Hall as their reception venue.
Even though it is most probably one of the most beautiful grand old buildings in Johannesburg, we decided to do the creatives elsewhere.
Thank you for letting Chantal and I be a part of your wedding day and for trusting me with your memories.
A fantastic time was had by all!
Another couple who belong to the "don't look good in photos" support group. (Yeah right!... these guys always hide it so well!)
A bit more than usual, but, I am sure the bride stalkers out there will not object to more photos being posted!
I wish I could hire someone with PR skills like Amori. She has managed to get her wedding (and my pictures!) into another bridal magazine, I need some wine to celebrate!
There is also an online version that seems like a pretty useful guide for brides.
Karen & Greig's wedding in a couple of days time.
It really does make me proud and excited seeing my pictures published.
And, no less, we made the third edition of Konfetti. Well done Alisdair & Gemma. (featured on pgs 44-47)
I must also confess I just love the cover image taken by Christine Mentjies.
Introducing the wedding of Sarah and Martin . . .
Sarah's mum, Suzi, booked me and mentioned Sarah's wedding would be a fuss-free and relaxed affair - and that it was.
Martin and Sarah, who both reside in the UK, found a true undiscovered little gem when they selected Thandeka Lodge as their venue. Just the perfect bush setting for their beautiful ceremony.
There were so many little moments that made me smile and people who made me laugh, but, to mention each individual one would require a story of its own, rendering this post as long as a novel.
So let's just leave it as an awesome wedding with oodles of character.
There are a few more images than usual, but, I realise I am dealing with some seriously deprived readers, who have been tormented by the Carlyles' holiday pics and haven 't seen a wedding post in a little over two weeks...
Sarah and Martin were married in the middle of the bushveld and the venue staff had literally mowed a pathway through the grassland to create the aisle and a patch where the vows were to be exchanged.
The "church" was surrounded by savannah and the guests were seated on hay bales.
Sarah being walked down the "aisle" by her dad
Another obsession of mine is flare, and a little OTT on the flare side, but, I love this pic.
To me, it really does "tell the story...as it was".
Eccentric priest, scorcher of a day and exchanging vows in the middle of the African Bush.
Thank you Sarah & Martin for being so understanding, and thank you Belinda and Jonathan for helping out.