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!

Celebration of South Africa’s Women’s Day

I had breakfast with a fellow photographer the other day and we were chatting about the nuances of being a wedding photo-journalist. There are some photographers who don’t shoot a single portrait on a wedding day and never move a thing or direct a single moment to stay true to the ethos of documentary photography.

I personally believe that there is a place and a market for all styles and approaches, however I love photographing portraits. Depending on the client and what they want from their wedding day I often aim to create images which portray my clients as the beautiful souls that they are to me.

The Mouse House Refurb – Part Three

If you have wondered why I have been quiet of late, it’s because I bought an old house to renovate last year. My plan was to buy a lock up and go, but when Simon Nicholson from Remax first showed Riaan and I The Mouse House, we both fell in love with it and thought it would be a fun fix up project . Whilst there have been many moments of fun, it has up until this point mostly been the most stressful, expensive and all consuming thing I have ever done – LIKE EVER! We are finally nearing the end and only now the blood, sweat and tears are starting to seem like they have been worth it! I have a giant hole in my pocket but when I look at these photos I feel darned proud of us!!

My budget was rather limited so we didn’t have the luxury of a project manager or fancy builder/architect to co ordinate, which meant that we were thrown totally in the deep end. I didn’t’ even know what a lintel or a shadow gap was before embarking on this crazy ride!

Corrie Lynn Farm Wedding – Nicole + James

If you follow my blog you may recognize Nicole and James from their engagement shoot that we did on Kubu Island in Botswana last year. It was a crazy adventure and an experience that won’t be forgotten. It took a huge amount of effort and planning to make that shoot happen, but Nicole and James are not the types to do things in half measures and they wanted to create something that was uniquely them.

I knew that if even half the amount of dreaming, scheming and organizing went into the actual wedding as was applied to our Kubu trip, it would be something extraordinary. Little did I really know! The wedding exceeded all my expectations and must have had one of the longest event sheets in the history of most weddings!

Guests were transported up a Dargle mountain in a fleet of old land rovers to the ceremony site where Nicole and James were married under a beautiful custom made wedding arch by well known South African artist Kim Goodwin. After the ceremony they sipped G&Ts in their Safari themed outfits, which were the required dress code for the day, whilst vintage aircraft flew overhead, occasionally dive bombing the party. Later everyone headed over to Corrie Lynn farm where they were spoilt with lots of vodka, delicious food by The Farmers Daughter, a lesson in Scottish reeling and yet more vodka!