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/ )