SpiritFest – A Yoga, Dance and Music festival held in Citrusdal South Africa

Festivals can sometimes have the reputation as being debaucherous affairs frequented by folk who love to party. It would also be fair to say that most of them entail camping, music and dirty feet! SpiritFest involved all of the latter, but none of the former. It is a festival where alcohol and any other mind-altering substances are not welcome, but open hearts and kindness are a requirement. If you have never heard of SpiritFest I will fill you in. It is a yoga, music and dance festival, which happened this year on the banks of the Citrusdal River.

The festival was spread over four days and sported a jam-packed schedule of yoga classes, dance sessions, talks, guided meditations, music performances and DJ’s. It is worth noting that SpiritFest is a child friendly event and they had a whole schedule organised for little ones. It is also a meat free event and there were lots of food stalls offering delicious vegetarian meals to satisfy one’s hunger. For those who like to shop there was a market of varied and interesting goodies to buy.

There was so much going on that it was impossible to attend everything, and the weather was absolutely gorgeous so dips in the cool river and taking the time to sunbathe on its banks under the majestic mountains were a welcome distraction. The yoga classes ranged from Kundalini and Forest Yoga, to Hatha, Vinyassa, Iyenga and Acro Yoga and it was fabulous to try so many different styles and teachers. I love doing yoga to music and there was a yoga DJ at every class I attended. Another highlight for me were the dance sessions. Again these ranged from a spirited NIA class to 5 Rhythms Dancing to free dancing sessions with DJ Epple-Sauce, which my sister nicknamed the “sober rave time”. One minute there would be a class of 100 people doing yoga, and the next the marque would be transformed into a rocking dance floor with everyone flocking in for a quick sober jam and a whole load of fun!

Sandile Zungu’s Great Gatsby Birthday Bash at the Zunguness

I always get excited when Tshego from Meletlo Celebrations calls me to do a job for her! This lady and her team are dynamite and the events that they put out are always spectacular. The function that you will see in this blog is no different, in fact I am sure that all of the guests who attended will attest to the fact that it was nothing short of jaw dropping. The pics you here are from the 50th birthday bash of Sandile Zungu.

Sandile is an esteemed businessman and entrepreneur with a cheeky smile and a brilliant sense of humour. He happens to own The Zunguness which is a popular Midlands wedding venue and also the location for his Great Gatsby shindig. Sandile sure knows how to throw a party and treat his friends. This celebration featured ALOT of entertainment, there were zulu dancers, an orchestra, a choir, a fashion show and a musical production. Guests were treated to delicious canapes, a three course meal, champagne on tap and beautiful decor.

Creative Family Photography in Durban

People often ask me why I don’t publish family pics on my blog and my answer is simply that weddings are my speciality and when I am crazy busy with weddings I don’t have much time for other work. However I often do maternity and family shoots for previous wedding clients which I love, as it is so special for me to keep in contact and capture the important milestones of peoples lives.

If you follow me on social media you will know that we are in the middle of a massive house refurb at the moment and my gosh building is expensive! I have therefore opened up my diary over the school holidays and will be taking on a limited number of family portraits sessions on my 2016 prices. The same will go for individual portrait shoots or couple shoots. So if you have been keen on working with me but needed an excuse – drop me a mail on jacki@jackibruniquel.com and I will send through some info.

Haycroft Midlands Farm Wedding – Floey + James

The first time I met Floey she was arm deep in a bucket filled with flowers. She had a twinkle in her eyes and a soft sweet smile and whipped me up the most gorgeous bouquet in a nano second. Floey was working as a florist at Boston Ivy in Durban North in those days and our paths crossed quite a few times as often happens in the land of wedding photographers and florists!

A couple of years after our first encounter we worked on a styled shoot together and I noticed that there was a spring in Floey’s step and that the twinkle in her eye had grown into a sparkle. There was a talk of a new man! The man in question however lived in Kenya and took tourists white water rafting and hiking up Mount Kenya!

Fast forward a few years and the relationship has definitely worked out! Floey and James got married at Haycroft Farm in the Natal Midlands in the forrest under the most spectacular flower arch. It was a small and intimate wedding filled with love and joy. On Floey’s hip sat their little girl who unfortunately had come down with a ghastly cold! Besides this unwanted invasion of germs everything ran without a hitch and Floey absolutely glowed. The flowers were beautiful as was to be expected (Di from Boston Ivy is really something special), the weather played along so guests could sit under the trees and later even have a dip in the dam, the food that was lovingly prepared by Jen from the farmers daughter was nothing short of sublime and the gin cocktail bar was a serious hit! Day weddings are usually such chilled affairs and this really suited Floey and James, two of the most delightful, laid back and genuine souls one could ever meet!

Couple Shoots by Jacki Bruniquel – From Durban to Botswana and beyond

I love photographing people and telling stories with my camera! This is why I so enjoy engagement shoots and couple shoots, although you would never say so judging by the fact that I haven’t blogged any of these for so long! I decided it high time to change this today and so I gathered up some of my favourite pics from couple sessions that I have done in Durban, Botswana, Joburg and Madikwe Game Reserve and am presenting them to you here at long last!

Whenever I do a shoot like this, my first step is to ask my clients who they are, what they do together, where they live, what makes them tick and what makes them excited. Armed with this information we decide upon a theme, location and dress code and we go out and have some fun together. The result is that each shoot is specific to each couple rather than me just sausage factory churning them out. A few of these shoots are engagement shoots for couples who’s wedding I went on to photograph. Engagement shoots are such a great way to get to know your photographer and it makes having your picture taken on the wedding day way less intimidating. They are great for us photographers as they give us the opportunity to learn how you roll, what makes you laugh and what your best angles are . A few of the shoots shown here are of couples who have been married for some time. One couple were celebrating a 10th year anniversary and her husband bought his wife the shoot as a gift and another couple never had a big wedding with a photographer so these pics were a celebration of their union and their life together now.