I have always loved photographing Hindu weddings, in fact one of my best friends always jokes that I must have been an Indian in my past life because I am so fascinated by the culture! I was with Yajna and Preston on their wedding day from morning to late at night. We started with morning prep as they got into their outfits bought especially in India and photographed everything in between until the night time rituals where Yaj symbolically left her parents home for the last time and joins Preston’s families house. With all the venue changes and driving around there was a general sense of chaos on the day and yet there was also a deep sense of quietude during the actual ceremony. I find myself going into a meditation when I shoot hindu wedding ceremonies. Perhaps it is the music and the incense that allows me to delve completely into the moment or perhaps it’s because they aren’t rushed! I am also always smitten with the colourful saris, the jewels, the mendhi, the decor and the fact that these weddings are so family orientated! Yajna and Preston are both very close to their families and it was a beautiful thing to witness these two becoming one! They have been together since they were in high school and I could just tell that the whole family was delighted that they had finally tied the knot!
Tamarin and Eric have a beautiful story and I love a good love story!
Tam left South Africa with a ticket bound for Hong Kong and infused with wanderlust and a mission for adventure. Being an avid coffee drinker she wandered into the Starbucks downstairs from the apartment she was staying in not realising that her life was about to change forever! On that day she met Eric who was between jobs and working as a barista in said coffee shop. Fast forward a few months and they found themselves falling in love while chatting till dawn wondering the sparkly streets of Hong Kong. Close to seven years later they got married in a devotional ceremony in a forest at Crystal Barn in the KZN midlands.
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