Archive: Real Weddings

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.

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!

Red Ivory Hartebeesport Dam Wedding – Kea + Themba

Kea and Themba’s wedding is the last wedding of 2016 to hit my blog and by no means the least!

When Kea first enquired about having me shoot her wedding I sent her a response telling her that I wasn’t free that weekend, but that didn’t stop Kea. No, this lady is a determined one! She called me shortly after I had sent said email and won me over with her charm and delightful personality and I realized that she was the type of client that I love working with. Between the two of us we were able to shift a few dates and their wedding date was booked in. Then the unthinkable happened, I fell off my bike, broke my collarbone and knocked myself unconscious a few weeks before their big day. I had to call Kea and tell her what had happened knowing full well that if I didn’t shoot her wedding she would be very sad. The great thing about having clients who I really enjoy is that I was able to put my own injury aside and tap in to their energy. And there was a lot of energy at this wedding!

Kea and Themba got married at The Red Ivory in Hartebeespoort Dam on an incredibly hot December day. The things I will remember the most about their wedding are how incredibly proud Kea’s Mom looked as she walked her down the aisle, I will remember Themba’s vows, the impromptu dancing around the reflection pool during the reception, the beautiful views from this magnificent venue and Kea’s warm hug when she first greeted me!

Durban Hindu Wedding – Sunira + Avi

Sunira is one heck of a catch. Not only is she gorgeous to look at, she is also a medical doctor who is currently studying her MBA! Avinesh her new husband is also blessed with good dollop of good looking and a mighty fine brain. Brains and beauty are fine attributes but its peoples hearts that I am most interested in and these two have alot of heart! They are a couple who aren’t afraid to grab life by the horns and these are my best kind of people.

I was so looking forward to shooting their wedding after our first proper meeting, and then a few weeks before the big day I broke my collar bone and bashed my head after falling off my bike. Sunira took it all in her stride, and her calm and gentle attitude and confidence in my ability was all the inspiration I needed to get through the day. I have always loved shooting Hindu weddings and it was so easy to be engrossed in the moment with all the colour, ritual and love that was part and parcel of their wedding that I soon forgot about my injury.

Hartford House Documentary Wedding – Alice + Seamus

I have always loved the quote by Annie Liebovitz “The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.” I have always got totally lost in the moment when looking through a lens and this focus is what got me through Alice and Seamus’s wedding.

You see two and a half weeks before their big day I I fell off my bicycle and broke my collar bone and concussed myself something silly. Apparently one of the first things I said to the doctor when I was totally out of it and in the hospital was “I don’t care what you do, I have to shoot a wedding in a fortnight – fix me!” And so the doc operated and put a pin and a few screws into the bone to speed up the healing process. One cannot call in sick if you are a wedding photographer and I knew it would be incredibly difficult to find a replacement as they got married on a very popular date of the year.

Alice gave me very strict instructions that she didn’t want loads of posed photos – she wanted me to capture moments, emotion and atmosphere, and this is what allowed me to forget about my physicality and be transported by this focus that comes with looking through the lens.