Cathedral Peak Winter Wedding – Nastasha + Till

In the week leading up to Nastasha and Till’s wedding there was a snow warning by the weather folk. The photographer in me started to get excited about the possibility as I have never shot a wedding in the snow, let alone a wedding in the Drakensberg mountains in the snow! Being a South African wedding photographer I am far more used to shooting weddings in 35⁰ temperatures as opposed to zero degrees!

It poured with rain on the day before their wedding and it poured with rain on the morning of their wedding. The temperature dropped to zero degrees. It was literally freezing. The clouds were grey and ominous covering any hint of a mountain let alone a snow-covered mountain. I was beginning to feel rather sad for Nastasha and Till as they had chosen to get married at The Cathedral Peak hotel in the Drakensberg because the natural beauty of these spectacular mountains is held dear by both of them.. Till is German and many of his guests had flown out from Europe the idea being to show them how beautiful South Africa is. The Germans have seen enough wintery, wet skies and yet in the hours leading up to their wedding all one could see out the window were big grey stubborn clouds. Miraculously this all changed as the ceremony ended and the clouds slowly parted to unveil majestic white peaks, a beautiful sight to behold! We didn’t get to play in the actual snow as it was miles away but it was such a blessing to be in this magical place at such a special time.

Nastasha and Till are a special couple who walked a long journey before arriving at that cute, chilly mountain chapel and I was so elated that mother nature delivered a very special present for them in the end. They certainly deserved it! There was so much joy at this wedding and I have yet to see a bride enjoy the dancefloor just as much as Nastasha did! Her colourful personality was matched by her colourful décor and outfit change which I just adored!

Nastasha and Till, thank you so very much for picking me to be your photographer. It was truly an unforgettable experience. We have just loved getting to know you both.

And now for the credits and a few words from the bride …..

Planning this wedding was really fun because I got to be creative and see my all my drawings and designs become reality but as it got closer to the day it started becoming a bit of a nightmare and what stressed me the most was the fear of all of my ideas and strange colours looking awful on the day. I was really stressed that it was going to be a bit of a mess but on the day Tilmann and I were just overwhelmed with all the love and care from our wonderful family and friends. From making things to organising things to transporting things to making sure that everything ran smoothly and stress free for us on the day but mostly for the emotional support we are so grateful! Special thanks to charlotte for the invites and table runners, danai for my bachelorettes and for keeping me stress free on the day, kirsten for videography and the beautiful guestbook, michael for helping with the trees and all the running around on the day, teresa for all the lovely surprises including the special video and timo for being the best MC ever! Thanks also to Jax and Liz who spent most of the day flat on the wet and freezing ground to capture our wonderful memories so beautifully; you guys are legends!

Second Shooter : Liz Donnell

Venue: cathedral peak hotel www.cathedralpeak.co.za

Wedding planner: none

Decor: diy

Draping and Flowers: Annelie and Vicky from drakensberg decor and draping www.ddad.co.za

Hair: Sioux Salon 072 568 4202

Make up: Sioux Salon 072 568 4202

Brides Dresses: Jo Maema 078 765 9744 – this guy is absolutely amazing! And hes a fantastic dancer and dance teacher as well (he choreographed our wedding dance)

Brides shoes: Africulture 073 589 1610

Bridesmaids dresses: … my phones broke so i lost the number, will try get it for you

Groom’s Suit: woolworths haha….but both ties and waistcoats by jo maema 078 765 9744

Cake: Kim Atkinson www.kimatkinson.co.za

Music: Cecil Fourie www.executivedjs.co.za