Nadja and Sandile are the type of people who I love to photograph. Besides being fun loving, well traveled, interesting humans with ambition and drive they have the best facial expressions! I was so pleased when they chose me to photograph their three wedding ceremonies. Yes you heard that right – They shall be saying ‘I do’ three times and I get to capture all the magic. These pics here are of their legal civil ceremony which happened at Churchills restaurant in Morningside. Next year I will be photographing their traditional white wedding and traditional zulu wedding. After the ceremony we went to take a few fun family portraits and their kids were so well behaved and so much fun!
I started my First Mouse House Blog with a reference to the fact that “You never know what is around the corner.” This seems to be a bit of a theme for 2016 in Jax land!
In case you didn’t catch that first post, I bought a house and we are now on a huge renovation mission. The plan was for me to document every step of the way but work has taken me away for a large chunk of the proceedings and am currently out of action with my arm in a sling! Yip I fell off my bicycle last week and landed up in hospital with a concussion, a broken clavicle and no recollection of what actually happened! Luckily I had taken some time out of work to deal with the house and the surgery all went well, so besides being an enormous frustration, feeling rather kak with the concussion head and bloody sore in the collar bone area I haven’t been too affected.
On the up side, I recently won the Admired in Africa Wedding Photographer of the year and with this came the incredible prize of a Fjui XT2 which I will definitely be using to take pics of the house! Right now I have been told to rest so …….. Watch this space for new pics.
In the meantime here are some photos of the demolition craziness that has been happening at the mouse house. Most of these were shot by Riaan on his phone.
Litha and Vusi met over ten years ago during their orientation week at University. Litha must have made an enormous impression on Vusi as he told her within an hour of meeting her that he would marry her one day! This doesn’t surprise me though, Litha is the kind of girl that makes an impression on everyone . She has a way of looking at the world through those almond shaped eyes of hers that often had me guessing what she was thinking.
Over the last decade Litha and Vusi have done a lot of thinking together. What started out as a friendship and study partnership turned into a beautiful romance and they have both successfully qualified as doctors! There is a maturity and respect between the two of them that is beyond their years and I am sure this could be attributed to the trauma that comes with studying medicine!
These two both have a passionate need to live life to the fullest and make a difference, and I am sure that they will continue to inspire each other to do great things. I for one am going to be very interested to see where life takes them in this next decade!
It has been said that couples who play together stay together! The first time I met Antonella and Ryan they were tearing up the dancefloor with wild abandon. Antonella describes herself and Ryan as being opposites. She is short like a smurf (her words not mine) and is a feisty Italian while Ryan is calm, tall and South African with a dash of Scottish. They may have differences but they sure do know how to have fun together and make each other laugh and this is what I love about them.
They got married in a marque in Anto’s parents backyard and their party was off the darned charts! The decor was a pure colour fest, the food was absolutely delicious, there were cocktails on tap and the music rocked. The thing that made this party so wonderful however was the mad, crazy, beautifully fun group of people who all know how to get down and have a good time! I absolutely loved shooting this wedding!
They say that you never know what is around the corner and I would tend to agree as something rather huge has happened in Jax land! I have bought a house!!!! This was honestly the last thing I ever expected to do this year, in fact 2016 was meant to be the year where I would chill more and take some time out to go India to travel for a bit and not put so much pressure on myself. Life however had other plans for me and we landed up in a situation which led us here! And here is not a bad place to be.
The housey which shall forever be named The Mouse House is a real little gem with loads of character and a viridescent green garden lined with a canopy of indigenous trees. My favourite thing about the house is that it has a perfect verandah overlooking all the magic. The Mouse House was built in 1967 and it sports some delicious terrazzo tiles which most people would rip out but which I absolutely adore #ihavethisthingwithfloors Riaan would say that the best part is that it is right by a forrest and has two double garages and I would say that the best part is that it has soul and a wonderful energy which so many new builds are lacking these days. Riaan loves the 70’s vibe and I love the view. It has however also suffered from some pretty ridiculous design features which were so typical of that time, like compartmentalised spaces, a grotty kitchen and a less than spa like bathroom. Despite these, Riaan and I fell in love with the place on the first time that our estate agent Simon Nicholson showed us the property and we decided to take on this enormous project and refurb! It’s going to be one heck of a task and there are moments where I wonder what the heck I have done but I know that in the end it will be wonderful to create a space that is uniquely ours.