It’s been an incredibly busy season in Jax land. KZN winters are not quiet that is for sure! Here are some daft photos that Lizzy has taken of me in action over the past while. When I see photos of myself shooting I can only wonder what my clients must think but I am sure they are thankful I don’t wear dainty dresses and heels when they see the results!
Naomi is from Australia and Angus is South African. They have lived together in London, Prague and Seattle and have traveled extensively for fun. It is not surprising then that they had a travel themed wedding which had friends and family flying in from all corners of the globe. Many of the guests had never been to South Africa before and I am sure they were all wowed by spectacular Oyster Box hotel in Umhlanga where they chose to get married.
Both Naomi and Angus are very relaxed and so is there super cute baby boy, Thomas. So often babies play up at weddings, but Thomas took it all in his stride and was a much celebrated feature of the day. Considering that Thomas was born in Prague, now lives in the States and attended his parents wedding in South Africa, it would be fair to say that he shares a globetrotting status like his Mom and Dad.
Angela was such a vision as she walked down the aisle she even had me shedding tears behind my lens. As for her husband Justin, he can blame the supposed swarm of bees that had the tears streaming down his face as Ang made her appearance, but we all know there wasn’t a bee in sight, just a gorgeous ballerina bride with a heart of gold.
Angela and Justin got married under an enormous tree at Eagles Cry which is just outside of Tongaat on the Dudley Pringle Dam. It was my first time shooting there and I was really well impressed. There was alot of pretty at this wedding … incredible décor, gorgeous bridesmaids, a drop dead amazing wedding dress and a magnificent setting. My most beautiful memory of this wedding however was watching just how happy these two were to finally say their I do’s and also to see just how much fun they both had with their friends and family.
I have always enjoyed photographing Hindu weddings. I love the vibrant colours, the rich fabrics, the smell of the incense and the fascinating rituals, but for me the joy in photographing Bhav and Yash’s wedding was watching just how much these two adore each other. When we first started chatting about me shooting their big day Bhavna told me “Our story began as kids, as we grew up in the same neighbourhood, went to the same schools and had the same friends. Yash always fancied me and I didn’t give him the time of day but as time went on we became best friends who fell in love in the most beautiful way.” As a wedding photographer I spend a lot of time watching and analysing people and I was particularly struck by how strong Bhavna and Yash’s friendship is and this really echo’s the words in that original email.
Anastasia is half Greek and half Afrikaans, and Ty is Jewish. Instead of trying to amalgamate all three wedding customs, they ignored the wedding traditions that didn’t suit them and kept the ones that did. We started our day with a quick portrait of the Groom and his pet Bearded Dragon called Salvador. Photographing a groom with a giant lizard was definitely a first for me, but then again I have never shot a Greek/Afrikaans/Jewish wedding so there were a few firsts for me that day! After stopping in at the girls, we all headed to the Breakers Hotel for their ceremony and reception under the palm trees and next to the pool. Durban must be one of the best places in South Africa to have a winter wedding as the sun shone all day and there wasn’t a breath of wind. Friends and family gathered from all over the world and I am sure you can imagine the atmosphere with such a cultural smorgasbord attending!