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!

Hong Kong Portraits – Saysana + Brendt

We may not live in the same country or even the same continent, we may not have the same accent or the same orientation, but I know that no matter how much time passes between visits, it’s as if not a moment has moved on the clock when I see my two dear friends Saysana and Brendt.

Here is a series of portraits I took of two of my most favourite people on this earth whilst I was in Hong Kong.

Lebanese Wedding Toadbury Hall Johannesburg – Toni + Anthony

When Toni and I first chatted about her wedding photography, words like fun, emotional, unposed, loud and authentic were thrown about. When the big day came, these words couldn’t have been more apt to describe the overall essence and spirit of the day. Toni and Anthony insisted that they didn’t want any pics of themselves standing in a field gazing lovingly into each others eyes, they wanted documentary images which captured the atmosphere of their wedding, the people that are important to them and their love for each other.

Anthony is Lebanese and so alot of the guests flew in from Lebanon especially for the wedding, this meant that there was a lovely merging of two different cultures. It also meant that their big day was one heck of a party! These folk definitely know how to have a good time and that dance floor didn’t stop. In fact the dancing kicked off early in the evening when Toni’s brother surprised them by hiring a well known band called the George to play during dinner. Another notable lovely touch was that instead of giving guests wedding favours that so often land up left behind or in the bin they used this money to donate to cancer research.

Toadbury Hall in Joburg was a great venue for all of this fun and even though it threatened to thunderstorm all afternoon the clouds kept their bounty for the day after their wedding. I am sure the bad weather was welcomed by all of those nursing hangovers in bed!