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!

I have so loved seeing Floey blossom from the sweet shy girl in the florist to a drop dead gorgeous mother, bride and wife and I really couldn’t have asked for a nicer wedding to start my 2017 off with. Floey and James thank you so much for picking me to shoot for you. One day we are going to come visit you in Kenya!!!

What a wedding! James and I are so lucky to have each other and Farrin. When planning our wedding one thing was very important to us, it should be easy for everybody and even our suppliers should look back at our wedding and think that it was enjoyable. I spent so much time working on weddings that I knew what I didn’t want. It’s not about the dress, shoes or the weather. It’s about each other and all those that you love and that love you being there to celebrate with you. It was just perfect and we couldn’t have wanted for anything. Thank you to everyone for making it the spectacular day it was!

Jacki and Liz, thank you for being kind, gentle and patient with us. You guys have some incredible stamina and nothing is too much work or too big an effort for you. We loved having you around. What people may not realise is that on your wedding day you probably spend more time with your photographer than any other one person (apart from the groom) so it’s wise to pick people that bring joy to the day – and that you certainly did – lots of laughs, joy and phenomenal talent. Love you guys! (Ps. We decided it must have been you two that broke the toddler by making her work so hard at her shoot on the Thursday!)

Venue: Haycroft Farm http://haycroftfarm.com +27834528088
Philippa is my twin (we’ve grown up together and were born on the same day) and I could think of no where else I would rather have been married because it didn’t feel like a venue, it felt like being home. Thank you Philippa, Carol and Dudley for beautiful Haycroft and letting us take over for a few days!

Wedding planner: Myself

Decor: Vases for the tables and gin bar from Finishing Touches Sandy +27826039100 or Mandi +27833013694 these ladies have such beautiful decor items to hire!

Table runners I had made and bought the fabric from an online shop: https://shop.missmatatabi.com

Vintage collection of plates and cutlery hired from The Farmer’s Daughter, https://www.facebook.com/farmersdaughterkitchen/

Catering: The Farmer’s Daughter https://www.facebook.com/farmersdaughterkitchen/
Absolutely delicious!! Thanks Jen for making sure we ate!

Flowers: Diane Nightingale, Boston Ivy Flowers diane@bostonivy.co.za
I started working for Di and Ursh when I was probably 20 years old and could think of no one else I’d have trusted with my flowers than the person I learn’t to do flowers from. Di, we have spent who knows how many hours (and cups of coffee) side by side doing flowers for so many weddings over the years and I feel blessed that you did my flowers. They were more beautiful than I could ever have imagined. Thank you for the magnificent flowers but even more for so for the special chats we got to have in the days leading up to the wedding. How beautiful was my arch???!!

Hair: Make up by Charelle http://www.makeupbycharelle.co.za

Make up: Make up by Charelle http://www.makeupbycharelle.co.za
Charelle, you are so talented!! Thank you for just making it so easy and being so lovely to have around.

Brides Dress: La Palma by Laure de Sagazan https://www.lauredesagazan.fr bought from The White Gallery Boutique http://www.thewhitegalleryboutique.co.uk

Rings: http://www.eternityenterprise.com/contactus.html

Brides shoes: Hobbs https://www.hobbs.co.uk

Bridesmaids dresses: n/a

Groom’s Suit: Jacket and shirt: https://www.paulcostelloeman.co.uk, Tie: http://www.libertylondon.com, chinos: Trenery at Woolworths, Shoes: http://www.barker-shoes.co.uk

Cake: Smith’s Bake Shop +27837972017 https://www.facebook.com/smithsbakeshop/
Thanks Taryn for the beautiful cake!

Stationary: https://www.bashpaperie.co.za Thanks Gitta and Liesel for listening to my ramblings about everything being different. It was beautiful!

Music: http://beat-route.co.za

Videographer: Dane Forman +27826053037 https://vimeo.com/user1254019 Thanks Dane for your cool and calm attitude, it really made it so easy for us. We hope you’ll come and climb Mt Kenya soon!

Ceremony: Emily Stockil-Smith is not a priest but she did the most phenomenal service for us and I cant tell you how special it is to have someone who’s known you since you were 12 marry you and bless you with song. Thank you Em x

Gin Bar: James and I love a good G & T and decided to make the gin bar our project for the wedding.


  1. Sandy Lunn on March 1, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Wow what a beautiful wedding… Jacki you captured the love those two share.. Every photo was amazing I especially love the one of Floey looking over her shoulder .. You have to enter this one in the bride of the year !!

    As for the flowers Di you are a master that arch was simply stunning, so natural .. We loved it..

    Floey and James we wish you both a long and happy life together ..
    Sandy and Mandi xxxx

  2. Lesley Scott on March 1, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Jacki, your talents as a photographer are something special and I love seeing the images from each wedding you post. I have to say though, that these photos were particularly touching for me as it was apparent how joyous an occasion it was and how wonderfully family and friends of all ages seemed to be having the best of times! Congrats to a beautiful family x

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