Zorgvliet Cape Town Winelands Wedding – Kelly + Mike

I would say I have traveled quite extensively and, after all the globetrotting, I still maintain that Cape Town is one of the most spectacular places in the world. The wine regions of Stellenbosch/ Franshoek area are equally mind blowing with their grandious mountains, endless vineyards and quaint buildings. It is for this reason that Kelly decided to make the trek from Joburg to the Cape for their wedding. Zorgvliet wine estate provided the perfect venue for their closest friends and family to celebrate with them. Kelly and Mike’s wedding didn’t have a huge guest list but it had loads of style!

On the day after their wedding they got back into their outfits and we headed into Cape Town to take a few more photos at Llandudno Beach. There are many folk who opt to do a trash the dress shoot after their wedding day where the bride will get into the water with her dress. In Kelly and Mike’s case it landed up being a trash the photographer shoot where I submerged myself into the icy atlantic to catch the perfect photo. It took me half an hour in a hot bath to warm up but I was super happy with the result.

I asked my clients to send me a blurb about their favourite wedding photos: Here are the surprising results!

A dear friend of mine recently asked me to photograph his wedding but he asked for “just a few funky portraits after the ceremony” ie just a creative couple session. I was a bit horrified, as to me, wedding photography isn’t just about pretty arty portraits, it is about all the moments in between and I really felt like they would be missing out. I thought about this for ages and then decided to ask my past clients to send me a little blurb about their favourite images. The results were surprising at times but mostly they were really moving. This exercise really made me realise the value of what I do for my clients and I shed many a tear reading people’s stories.

Best of Weddings 2014

2014 has been a profound year in the history of Jacki Bruniquel. There were intense periods where I felt as if I could hardly breathe, but there was also time for fun at Afrika Burn and time for reflection in Bali. Now that 2014 is over I can look back and say that I learnt a lot, I grew a lot and I have a lot to be grateful for.

Bali taught me that practicing daily gratitude is a key to living a happier life. I thank my lucky stars every day that I get to do a job where I get to be creative and capture beauty. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful people who have entrusted me to photograph their weddings in my own way over the past year. Huge thanks to all the special suppliers who have worked alongside me and special mention must also be made of my assistant Liz.

Sunnyside Park Hotel Johannesburg Wedding – Georgie + Chris

My favourite aunt Debs told me many stories about one of her best friends daughters Georgie and Jax. She told me about their creative, quirky ways and it was always very evident to me just how much she loved them. Then one day she mailed me to ask if I would photograph Georgie and Chris’s wedding. This was Debbie’s gift to them, so this is a special wedding for me and even though it happened up in Johannesburg it is close to home and my heart!

Georgie and Chris are both gentle souls who love their families and adore their two cats Bee Bop and Miso. They have been together for years and I think everyone was delighted that they finally tied the knot. The day started off in their homes, the ceremony happened at their church which they are both very involved in and ended with a reception at the Sunnyside Park Hotel. Even though these two both claim to hate being in front of a camera, they rocked it!