In one of Phillipa’s very first emails she said “We are so lucky to have Carolyn, her enthusiasm is simply infectious. And we’ve managed to book you as well! I’m sure it can’t all be this easy?! It must mean that it is going to rain on our wedding day!” Well rain it did, but that rain was kind enough to stay away during their ceremony which was held under a grove of trees enveloped in a cloud of mist. This all took place on Wychwood farm, a magical flower farm which grows hydraengas and proteas and is found nestled in the greenery that is Hilton. The flower theme ran throughout the wedding, from the baskets of flowers running down that misty aisle to the gorgeous lace embellishing the bodice of her floaty dress. The only person more mad about flowers at this wedding was the wedding planner and decor consultant, Carolyn McNeil from Adore Weddings, which definitely explains Phillipa’s comment in that email from way back!
There were often moments during Lindsay and Nick’s wedding where I felt as if I were a fly on the wall during the filming of a British sitcom. This is by no means an insult, on the contrary Nick’s wacky sense of English humour had my assistant and I in stitches throughout the day. Every wedding I photograph has that one special sparkle and I will always remember this one for all its laughs.
Nick is, not surprisingly, from the UK while Lindsay is from South Africa. Lindsay may now live in London but she holds South Africa very dear in her heart. Not only does she have an absolutely enormous family back home in SA, she spent most of her school holidays in Pennington. With this in mind they chose Lynton Hall on the KZN South Coast as the venue to say their I do’s. People jetted in from all over the world for their wedding and when that happens a party usually follows!
I always ask my clients to tell me a bit about themselves in an email. This is partly because it helps me figure people out and partly because I am a soppy git and love a good love story.
Carson had me in the first paragraph when he wrote: “I fell in love with Anja at first site, but was too shy to ask her out until a year later. It was an excruciating year. We nearly failed our 2nd year of architecture school because we spent too much time running off to the beach or exploring the Cape together when we should have been working. We were and still are soooooo in love 12 years later.”
These two have alot in common. They are both architects, they both went to UCT, they both have a huge appreciation and for beauty, light, art, humanity and their families and they both have mothers with foreign accents. Their biggest similarity in my opinion is the fact that they are both just so darned sweet! Anja and Carson are currently living and working in the States but their love for South Africa and Cape Town runs deep and this is why they chose to get married in the heart of the city.
Their wedding was anything but conventional. They got married at the St Mary’s Cathedral, followed by refreshments at The National Gallery, a walk through Government avenue and then finally a reception at the Welgemeend Manor House in Gardens. Common features of this adventure were beautiful architecture, great mountain views and smiles all round.
“You are shooting a wedding on New Years Eve? Who gets married on New Years?”
I heard that a bunch of times before I packed up my gear and headed to the Midlands to photograph Natasha and Molefi’s big day. Here’s the thing though, we all seem to have such huge expectations around New Years Eve, and going out to celebrate this hyped up night can so often be an expensive let down. A New Years wedding however is a huge party with free food and wine! In Natasha and Molefi’s case it was so much more then that. Natasha and Molefi got engaged on New Years eve and Molefi’s family has a tradition of spending New Years together so this is a very special time for these two. They invited their nearest and their dearest to celebrate their marriage and the turn of the calendar on the 31st December 2015. The words nearest and dearest may evoke the idea of a small intimate affair but both of them have enormous families so it was a humdinger of a party.
Kylee and Mark have a couple of daschunds names Frank and Bean. They love animals, their families, friends and traveling. Their were no dogs at their wedding but there was a four week old kitten and loads of loved ones who had traveled in from all over the world. When Kylee and I first chatted about their wedding pics she mentioned that she might want some pics with horses and a perhaps a hay stack. Good thing they got married at Hartford House which is on Summerhill stud farm here in Natal and has around 800 horses in the vicinity. Horse and haystack photos solved!