There are few statements that make me shudder... One that comes to mind is "I am a photographer" and the second... "The venue has a . . . 'nice' garden".
Let me start off by saying I haven't a problem with "nice" gardens...DH (Dear Hubbie) is an avid gardener, so I do know the difference between a Geranium and a Gerbera...and really do appreciate our "nice" garden. And, there really is nothing more rewarding than pottering around in your own garden. BUT, when it comes to wedding photography and if someone describes the venue as one that has a "nice" garden...I tremble.
"Nice" gardens are wonderful to get married in, to sit in sipping your chardonnay, listening to the kids laughing, and running through the sprinkler, but, 'nice' gardens makes it very difficult to acheive awesome creative portraits. That is why I generally look for an alternative location for the creative portraits. Chris and Elzerie got married at Kleinkaap, which is a stunning venue with "lovely gardens".
We had already used the scrapyard for Marné's wedding, so I did not really want to use the same area. Chris is a budding phototographer, so I had a double whammy..."a photographer" and "nice" gardens...but Chris and Elzerie were really open to every suggestion, so I think they got some pretty cool pics...in a lovely garden that we kinda coverted to the Amazon come Garden of Eden, combined with some at the "canal". (Luckily for me Kleinkaap were in the process of building on an extention!)
Chris and Elzerie were a joy to work with, Thank You! for allowing Belinda and I to share this magical day with you. You both had so much fun on your wedding day and we both enjoyed photographing the two of you!
I know there is nothing more boring for brides than reading through stories of "my kids are so wonderful", so onto something much more exciting; the wedding of Yolandie and Westley.
Another mighty fine-looking couple (I promise they are not models I hired!), another great venue, and another great celebration! Tanja and I got up at some outrageous hour of the morning to board our flight to Durban...a breeze for me (I have 15-month-olds), though, not so easy for Tanja...the pre-toddler phase being but a faded memory. So, off to Durban - and not a beach in sight! We were welcomed by both families with open arms and were almost in a time zone - you know, the days where everything takes longer and things were made to last.
The days of cupcakes, Frank Sinatra, a vintage MG and romantic music. Who said romantic weddings have to be boring? Landie and Wes are the picture-perfect, storybook couple, probably the nicest, kindest people you could ever meet...and both damn good looking...Life just isn't fair! Their day was truly special and I am glad we both had the opportunity to experience it! OK..STOP! ...enough of this "gushy" "mushy" loooove stuff!...onto the photographs: