Emma and Cheryl have been together for twenty one years and engaged for nineteen of those years. In that time they have lived in London, South Africa and now Sydney. They have been there for each other through thick and thin and many highs and lows. It’s plain as day to me that even after all these years their feelings for each other still burn brightly and there was a sense joy and emotion at their wedding that gave me goosies and had my eyes tearing up behind the camera! This is a special love. A love that existed long before gay marriage was even possible.
Hartford House is truly one of my most favourite places in the world to shoot! It has so many things I love, horses, countryside, top class hospitality, incredible scenery, beautiful gardens and quirky decor! It is also known for its delicious food! Even though this is a luxury boutique hotel there is also an element of homely comfort which is a difficult pairing to get right and Duncan and his team at Hartford do it so effortlessly! It really is a special place and I feel so very lucky whenever I book a wedding there. I feel particularly lucky when I land up shooting for clients like Jenny and Twain!
If I had to choose one word for summarise Tatum and Terence’s wedding it would be FUN with a bunch of added exclamation marks! These two enjoyed every darned second of their wedding and it showed! The guys began their day down at the dam on Tatum’s Dad’s Tzaneen farm. They swam, swung, skottel-braaied for brunch and drank whiskey. They had so much fun that the girls could hear them splashing and whooping whilst they were getting their hair and make-up done at Tatum’s sisters house. Claire, also known as Fro, lives in a house perched on top of a hill overlooking the dam mentioned which meant that they could watch all the crazy antics of Terence and his men! Whilst there were no backflips happening in the girls corner, there was much laughter and a lot of talk about cats! After a rather toasty marriage ceremony conducted by their good friend, the bridal party sped off on motorbikes for one of the most fun bridal party shoots I have done in a while! There was a moment where I was balanced rather precariously in the front of a moving farm vehicle in order to get ‘the shot’ so much so that I questioned my sanity but it was worth it! Once the bridal party left we ventured into a local avocado plantation and the light was nothing short of magical. It was my first time in Tzaneen, which is a mountainous farming area up in northern Limpopo, South Africa and I was really blown away by its beauty. I so wished I could have stopped time and have at least an extra 300 extra hours to shoot more! There is so much to explore up in Limpopo! Alas the sun went down and we headed back to the reception which happened in a stretch tent set up in Tatum’s Dad’s backyard
Someone must have sped up the clocks last year. I feel as though it is still June 2017 and yet here I sit on the 3rd of January 2018 about to hit “publish” on my yearly Best of Weddings blog post!
Melodi and Alex met in Muscat, Oman and made a life together. As with most ex pats they have friends from all over the world who have become like family. Melodi is South African and Alex is British so their families are also of different nationalities and scattered in different parts of the globe. After Alex got down on one knee in Lake Como and they started planning their wedding, they made a decision to prioritise the experience of their guests over any other wedding tradition. They also wanted to give their guests enough time to make a plan to attend, this meant that Mel and I were chatting for a long time before we actually met!
She has a delightful online personality and I loved receiving her chatty emails over the year of planning. When we finally met in Elgin the day before the wedding it was confirmed that her cyber character is as awesome as her in person persona! Melodi was very honest about the fact that her and Alex suffer from FOMO and didn’t want to be away from their guests who had flown in from all over the world for very long. This was a destination wedding with a capital D!!! They had guests from all four corners of the globe and Rockhaven was the perfect venue to show all the foreigners a good time! It’s an hour and a half from Cape Town and so picturesque boasting mountain, vineyard and orchard views.