The Rose Pavilion Plettenberg Bay Wedding – Jani + Petri

Jani and Petri met whilst Jani and her family were on holiday in Plettenberg Bay. Jani and her brother were keen to try their hand at surfing and so Jani’s Dad organised them a lesson with Petri who had taken him and his wife on a safari around Africa. The rest they might say is history as this was the first and last surfing lesson Petri ever gave, and he caught more than one or two waves, he found his wife to be!

Petri knew the Jani wasn’t one for a traditional proposal so he planned something rather spectacular. They got engaged at the Victoria Falls after doing a tandem bungy jump together. He popped the question while they were still hanging in mid air surrounded by beautiful rainbows and the sound of thundering water. This man clearly knows how to sweep this girl off her feet! Besides her love of adrenalin and adventure Jani is absolutely mad about flowers, and so they decided to get married at The Rose Pavilion in Plettenberg Bay. If there was ever a wedding that was about love, flowers and family this was it!

Cairn of Old Kilgobbin Wedding – Pierre + Jolene

I have known Pierre for a very long time. We have seen each other grow through many milestones and supported each other through life’s ups and downs. Pierre is one of those dear friends who I can always rely on to understand me. He is a good person, a great friend and someone who I cherish and respect. When Jolene walked into his life I noticed a distinct spring in his step, a joyful note in his voice and a sense of calmness that I had never seen in him before. He told me not long after meeting her that this would be the girl he would marry. When I met Jo I realised why. They truly are a perfect match! In fact it would be fair to say that Jo is the more chilled girl version of Pierre! Both of them are very tall and lean, so much so that their wedding invitation featured two entwined giraffes inviting guests to the wedding of the Tallies!

Pierre and Jo didn’t want a typical wedding and chose the Cairn of Old Kilgobbin in Dargle as their venue. They discarded so many typical wedding traditions and just kept the ones that suited them. They didn’t sweat the small stuff and were probably the most relaxed couple I have ever shot for. The wedding ceremony happened at 10 am at the Crabapple Chapel and the day eased along at an amble into drinks on the lawn followed by a delicious lunch, heartfelt speeches and finally an impromptu dance off in the rain. I was there both as photographer and guest and was given strict instructions to enjoy the wedding and not get too hectic with the photos! They wanted me to capture moments as opposed to loads of posed portraits and I hope I did justice to a day that was so filled with love and authenticity!

Burnt-out and finding Balance in the wedding Industry – A Personal Post

Can you remember how inspired and excited you were when you first started your business in the wedding industry? You were so filled with hope and energy, delighted at the prospect of making a living out of doing something you love. You did the happy dance every time you got a job and spent days and months scouring the Internet to learn as much as you could to better your craft. Your new job was your passion and you had so much ambition and drive. Your focus was razor sharp and Enthusiastic was your middle name!

Then just like that, the newly engaged couples found you and you were so busy with wedding bookings that before you knew it you hadn’t had a weekend off in months. You found yourself working 6½ day weeks and your friends just stopped inviting you to social functions, as you were never free. You headed straight to the computer after waking and often didn’t even notice that you were still in your PJ’s at 2.30pm. Breakfast? Who needed breakfast? You survived off coffee and whatever was quick to stuff down your throat. You were so happy work was going well that you started to become a bit obsessed. You often put your clients before your partner, family and friends and everything became work, work, work. The person that came last in all of this was you. You didn’t have any time for family or friends, let alone yourself! You didn’t have time to exercise … damn you hardly had time to eat!

Talloula Botha’s Hill Wedding – Zanele + Basil

I was rather nervous about meeting Basil, as Neurosurgeons have a bit of a reputation and the truth is I am rather in awe of anyone who saves peoples lives for a living!!! I was soon put at ease by his humble and gentle personality as I discovered just how down to earth he is. Both Basil and Zanele are doctors and have been blessed with the clever gene. Basil specialised in Neurosugery while Zanele is a Radiation Oncologist. They met each other on a blind date and have been smitten every since!

They got married at Talloula, which is up in Botha’s Hill near Hillcrest and the whole day was extremely stylish with a sweet twist. I just loved the beautiful flower wall and the soft pastel colours. What I loved even more was watching Basil watch his beautiful bride!

Golf Estate Wedding – Jo + Craig

Craig told me that Jo’s family is so obsessed with golf that he realized quite early in his relationship with her that he would have to learn to play if he was going to get the girl! Little did he know that he would be celebrating his marriage vows to this girl on a golf course a couple of years later!

Besides the love of golf The Mount Edgecombe Country Club had a large enough hall to seat all of Craig and Jo’s guests and so it became their chosen venue. For some reason KZN doesn’t have many large wedding venues and it was important to them that they find a “venue to fit the number of people” rather than choosing “numbers to fit a venue”. The larger guest list was a testimony to how many special people there are in their lives and how loved they both are.