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The Best Of: The Oyster Box Hotel Weddings

A while back the marketing ladies from The Oyster Box Hotel asked me if I would be open to them using some of my imagery on their website. This beautiful Umhlanga hotel is one of my favourite place to photograph weddings in the whole of South Africa so I was more than happy to comply! I have shot ALOT of weddings at The Oyster Box over during all my many years of being a wedding photographer and whilst gathering the images together I realised it would make a fabulous celebratory blog post!

This luxury five star hotel is a prime South African wedding destination for so many reasons! It overlooks a pristine beach housing the iconic Umhlanga lighthouse, the decor in the hotel is breathtaking which for an artist like me is so inspirational, the service is through the charts, the food is absolutely delicious and the staff are all so friendly. If you are a couple who are looking for a classy wedding by the beach without the beach sand, this may be the venue for you!

Celebration of South Africa’s Women’s Day

I had breakfast with a fellow photographer the other day and we were chatting about the nuances of being a wedding photo-journalist. There are some photographers who don’t shoot a single portrait on a wedding day and never move a thing or direct a single moment to stay true to the ethos of documentary photography.

I personally believe that there is a place and a market for all styles and approaches, however I love photographing portraits. Depending on the client and what they want from their wedding day I often aim to create images which portray my clients as the beautiful souls that they are to me.

Corrie Lynn Farm Wedding – Nicole + James

If you follow my blog you may recognize Nicole and James from their engagement shoot that we did on Kubu Island in Botswana last year. It was a crazy adventure and an experience that won’t be forgotten. It took a huge amount of effort and planning to make that shoot happen, but Nicole and James are not the types to do things in half measures and they wanted to create something that was uniquely them.

I knew that if even half the amount of dreaming, scheming and organizing went into the actual wedding as was applied to our Kubu trip, it would be something extraordinary. Little did I really know! The wedding exceeded all my expectations and must have had one of the longest event sheets in the history of most weddings!

Guests were transported up a Dargle mountain in a fleet of old land rovers to the ceremony site where Nicole and James were married under a beautiful custom made wedding arch by well known South African artist Kim Goodwin. After the ceremony they sipped G&Ts in their Safari themed outfits, which were the required dress code for the day, whilst vintage aircraft flew overhead, occasionally dive bombing the party. Later everyone headed over to Corrie Lynn farm where they were spoilt with lots of vodka, delicious food by The Farmers Daughter, a lesson in Scottish reeling and yet more vodka!

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 once the ceremony was underway as 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.