Archive: Real Weddings

Home Affairs Signing and Brides on a beach – Charelle + Candy

I met Charelle and Candy about seven years ago when we all lived on the same property in Umdloti Beach. Life has sure changed for the three of us since then! I have seen these two go through many ups and downs and grow and flourish in the years that have followed, but the one thing that has always remained constant is their love and respect for each other.

Charelle is an extremely talented make up artist and as a result we have worked on so many weddings together over the years. She is one of the only make up artists who I trust to do my face and not come out looking like a drag queen or a geisha! When she told me that it was finally her turn to be the bride and that her and Candy were going to tie the knot in a civil ceremony in Home Affairs in Durban I know I had to be there to document the occasion! It’s not every day that one sees a Casey Jeanne creation in those government offices in Umgeni road. I don’t think the officiant had ever witnessed such a happy or stylish union! Later we went down to the beach to take a few quick portraits after a lovely lunch at Mundo Vida which another photographer covered!

Crystal Barn Wedding – Marilyn + Mike

Marilyn and Mike have a very special love story which all started whilst Mike was scrolling through his Facebook feed! Mike noticed Marilyn’s sparkling eyes and enormous smile staring at him from his screen and knew that he had to …

Traditional Zulu Wedding – Nadja + Sandile

Nadja is a striking women with long blonde hair and twinkling eyes, she could be a German princess from a by gone era although her expressive face and enormous smile might have been too much for royalty of the passed. They always seemed to look so sad with those deadpan expressions in old paintings and pictures, and deadpan is not a way I would describe anyone from this family! Animated, inspiring, joyful, kind hearted, motivated and enlivened are however words that could be used! They are the type of people who I love to photograph. They are the type of people I love to be around!

On the 3rd of September 2017 Nadja married her Zulu prince for the 3rd time in a traditional Zulu ceremony in Eshowe where Sandile grew up and his family still live. It was such a wonderful experience for this photographer. I am fascinated by culture, by colour, by people and by emotion. This celebration was one of my most favourite weddings to shoot in my whole career and I hope you can tell!

The Orchards White Wedding – Sandile + Nadja

There is a famous Annie Liebovitz quote which says “A thing that you can see in these pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people” I wouldn’t be so bold as to ever put my work in the same league as Annie but I am going to steal her quote for this wedding story! I have found that I produce better work when I get to know my clients and when I first met Sandile and Nadja it felt like we had already known each other for lifetimes.

Sandile is South African Zulu and Nadja is German, they met in Africa, fell in love, fell pregnant, merged stories, cultures, families and lives. Years later they made it official and brought Nadja’s closest family and friends from abroad and got married under the African sky in two ceremonies. The first “white wedding” happened at The Orchards up in the KZN Midlands and the second traditional Zulu wedding happened in Eshowe a couple of days later.

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!