In my last blog post I mentioned how Lisa had contacted me to ask my opinion about which month the best month to get married in Natal. I of course mentioned that June is called the champagne month by photographers because of it’s warm sparkly light. A few months later Lisa got back in touch to tell me that Shawn had whisked her off on a surprise visit to Mauritius to get down on one knee and ask for her hand in marriage, and so the planning for a Rain Farm Game Lodge June wedding had began.
There is something incredibly magical about the light in Natal in June. As the sun starts heading to it’s hiding place behind the hills in the evening everything in it’s path is bathed in a warm gentle glow. With the sun setting in the west we Durban folk don’t get the spectacular ocean sunsets that Cape Town does. I do however know of a certain lagoon which is painted yellow, orange and then pink as the sun dips.
When Lisa first contacted me about possibly shooting their wedding she asked my opinion about what I thought the best month would be to plan a Natal wedding. I could tell that light was very special to Lisa. I naturally told her that June would be the month I would choose to get married and when she asked me to do their engagement shoot on the beach I naturally chose my special lagoon!
When my little sister called me to say that she would be organizing her wedding in just 4 months I thought she was totally bonkers, but Lee-Ann is an extraordinary lady, and when she puts her mind to something there is little that can stop her! The first two things on their wedding to do list were easy to cross off. The venue would be their home and guest lodge in the Transkei, and the photographer would be me! They also knew straight off the bat that they wanted the theme and atmosphere of the wedding to fit in with the surroundings.
If you haven’t ever been to the Transkei coast I would suggest you take a trip down there. It is an incredibly special part of the world with an untouched beauty that is absolutely breath taking. Lee-Ann and Justin have recently finished building their guest lodge, Swell Eco Lodge in Umdumbi . Now I realize I am a bit biased, but they have done a phenomenal job and the lodge is really outstanding. Besides all the lovely finishes, comfy beds and fab decor, Swell Eco Lodge sits in one of the most spectacular locations I have been to in South Africa! It is nestled right in the middle of rural Transkei on a hill overlooking an enormous white sand beach and winding river mouth. This makes for a most memorable holiday getaway but an even more magical wedding destination!
Hey Jax, Great pics of Tash and Neil’s wedding. I just wanted to ask how you managed to get that pic of them being pelted with Holi powder without damaging your camera. Hope you don’t mind me being nosey. Lara …
On the 30th of May 2014 I got up from my comfy bed, slung on my butterfly caftan, packed all my gear into the car and headed to a barn in the middle of no where to photograph a wedding. It’s true that I am known by many as the wedding photographer who sometimes kicks off her shoes, but I can assure you that I don’t ordinarily where caftans or flowers in my hair while on assignnment! But this wasn’t any ordinary wedding! This was the wedding of Raj and Parrot.