Our first few days in Balangaan Bali

I am sitting on our villa’s stoep listening to an orchestra of Christmas beetles, frogs and geckos, the air is balmy and I am sipping on a glass of wine which was left by our hosts. I keep pinching myself that this is all real because it’s hard to imagine that I was in South Africa stressing my head off in a total tizz trying my utmost to get all of my work done before leaving on a two month sabbatical just 8 nights ago.

Zunguness Notthingham Road Wedding – Linda + Bruce

It feels like just the other day that Linda called to make a time to collect her brother Sbu’s wedding album from me. I so clearly remember her complimenting me on the pictures and telling me that I would be taking her wedding pics one day, just as soon as she found the right man. Fast forward a year and some, and there I was, camera in hand watching Linda say her I do’s in an absolutely ravishing champagne coloured Francois Vedemme gown to a man she clearly absolutely adores.

Bruce and Linda got married at The Zunguness in Notthingham road and although their wedding could be described as extravagant there was a deep reverence and respect that ran through all proceedings of the day. Both of them hold their familes in very high regard and it was really lovely for me to watch just how close the Thusi family is all over again. There was alot of energy at this wedding, ALOT of speeches, the most delicious food, incredible outfits, spontaneous singing and impromptu dancing. It was just as you would expect an African wedding to be and I felt really privileged to be a part of all the excitement and spirit.

St Fort Clarens Winter Wedding – Kristen + Costa

My sister and I have always been very close, so it figures that I heard alot about her university friend called Kristen Broberg way back when they were both still students. Lisa told me stories about Kristen’s incredible make up skills, her beautiful voice and flawless skin. It’s been many years since these two lived in Tugwell res and there have been many visits and glasses of wine in between. I am sure that none of us would have believed that I would land up photographing Kristen’s wedding if we had to go back in time to those ugly Rondebosch towers!

Kristen and Costa are both creative souls with sensitive hearts and an eye and ear for beauty. I knew that it was totally unlikely that they would have an ordinary wedding and what they created was nothing short of extraordinary! They got married in Clarens in the middle of winter and allowed the season and the vast landscape to guide all of their choices when it came to outfits, food and decor. Winter in Clarens is all about texture, fire places, red wine, blankets and keeping warm and snuggly. It has a beauty like no where else I have been at that time of year with it’s massive maejestic beige mountains and splindly leafless trees riddling the crisp blue chilly sky. It’s a romantic place so it is not surprising that Kristen and Costa chose this town to say their vows in front of their most favorite people as they are enormously affectionate and totally smitten with each other. To watch Costa’s face as she walked down the aisle in her ravinshing Kluk CGDT dress brought a tear to my eye and his admiration for her is only equalled by Kristen’s admiration for him. They walked a long road to that aisle below the trees and this made the wedding that much more special.