Rockhaven Elgin Wedding – Melodi + Alex

Melodi and Alex met in Muscat, Oman and made a life together. As with most ex pats they have friends from all over the world who have become like family. Melodi is South African and Alex is British so their families are also of different nationalities and scattered in different parts of the globe. After Alex got down on one knee in Lake Como and they started planning their wedding, they made a decision to prioritise the experience of their guests over any other wedding tradition. They also wanted to give their guests enough time to make a plan to attend, this meant that Mel and I were chatting for a long time before we actually met!

She has a delightful online personality and I loved receiving her chatty emails over the year of planning. When we finally met in Elgin the day before the wedding it was confirmed that her cyber character is as awesome as her in person persona! Melodi was very honest about the fact that her and Alex suffer from FOMO and didn’t want to be away from their guests who had flown in from all over the world for very long. This was a destination wedding with a capital D!!! They had guests from all four corners of the globe and Rockhaven was the perfect venue to show all the foreigners a good time! It’s an hour and a half from Cape Town and so picturesque boasting mountain, vineyard and orchard views.

Rainy Evening Engagement Shoot – Shani + Ash

I have been wanting to do an evening shoot after the rain for some time now. I love the way the street lights are reflected in the puddles and the beautiful glow that happens as light is backscattered into the night. I mentioned this to Shani whilst we were chatting about possible themes and locations for their shoot and she loved the idea but they were flying into Durban especially for their engagement shoot so this was not something that we could specifically plan for. As the shoot day drew closer we watched the weather and saw that we might be lucky with a post rain shoot, what we didn’t expect however was torrential downpours and an “armageddonish” storm!

Home Affairs Signing and Brides on a beach – Charelle + Candy

I met Charelle and Candy about seven years ago when we all lived on the same property in Umdloti Beach. Life has sure changed for the three of us since then! I have seen these two go through many ups and downs and grow and flourish in the years that have followed, but the one thing that has always remained constant is their love and respect for each other.

Charelle is an extremely talented make up artist and as a result we have worked on so many weddings together over the years. She is one of the only make up artists who I trust to do my face and not come out looking like a drag queen or a geisha! When she told me that it was finally her turn to be the bride and that her and Candy were going to tie the knot in a civil ceremony in Home Affairs in Durban I know I had to be there to document the occasion! It’s not every day that one sees a Casey Jeanne creation in those government offices in Umgeni road. I don’t think the officiant had ever witnessed such a happy or stylish union! Later we went down to the beach to take a few quick portraits after a lovely lunch at Mundo Vida which another photographer covered!

Crystal Barn Wedding – Marilyn + Mike

Marilyn and Mike have a very special love story which all started whilst Mike was scrolling through his Facebook feed! Mike noticed Marilyn’s sparkling eyes and enormous smile staring at him from his screen and knew that he had to …