Best of Weddings 2012

On New Years day 2013 I woke up in the mountains and watched two swallows flying in and out of their perfectly constructed mud nest in the verandah roof.  I sat there for ages watching, thinking and reflecting.

My plan for New Years Eve was to party with all of my good friends from school days. We had all gone up to the Drakensberg for the weekend and had planned a big feast followed by champagne, dancing and fun. New Years eve morning rolled in and I woke up with a horrible tummy bug and proceeded to spend the next 24 hours in bed!

My plan didn’t work out but waking up on New Years day hangover free and feeling a lot better gave me the chance to quietly give thanks for the blessings of 2012.

2012 was very good to Jacki Bruniquel Art and Photography. She took us from the Karoo to the Caribbean. Clients ranged from a Stay at home Mom to a Springbok rugby player, from an Accountant to an Architect to an Actress. We photographed a wedding in India. We photographed weddings on farmyards, in gardens, in fancy hotels and in the bush. Some weddings were grand, some were humble.

Every one of them was different and in every one of them there is a common thread.

That common thread is the thread of Love.

I love making pictures about love. I love making photos of the human narrative. I love finding that little thing that makes everyone unique in his or her own way and making pictures about that.

Here is my personal best wedding work of 2012.

Huge thanks to all of my clients for believing in me, for picking me and for becoming part of what was a hugely special year for me.

Thanks also my amazing assistant Tash. She is the hardest-working, loveliest human ever and I owe her more than words could ever express.


  1. nicole on January 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    you! are! amazing! honestly, you were meant to do this.
    wishing you the most fabulous 2013, filled with more special weddings (i covet on your blog) lots of yoga, and lots of reflective time too 🙂

  2. Tricia on January 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Each and every one breathtaking ….. and FULL of Love!

  3. Jane on January 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Love love love! Even though a few of our pics featured, i’m absolutely in love with each and every pic!
    Thanks for making our year so special!
    Much love xxx

  4. Lisa on January 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

    You rocked 2012 Jacki!!!

  5. Lex on January 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Awesome Jax!! Completely and utterly awesome!

  6. Sue Glendinning on January 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Stunning photographs, every one of them! I was especially touched to see the one of Emma Walker with her great-uncle, John Walker, who is my dear old dad. He passed away last month, just 2 months short of his 90th birthday. (Eleventh image from the end.)

  7. Zoe Mey on January 7, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Beautiful Jacki , looking forward to the next one xx

  8. Krishni on January 7, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Awesome Pics!

  9. Margaret Mervis on January 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Jacki – what amazing photographs! You are a great artist! I wish I were getting married again, just to have you take the photos! xxx Margaret

  10. Monica Dart Photography on January 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    ….and this is why you are going to photograph my wedding….x

  11. Chantelle Goosen on January 7, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Absolutely breathtaking.. Love!!!

  12. Tony Jones (Wales) on January 7, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Brilliant – Im so glad you are a Nikon lady !!!!

  13. Carmen Roberts on January 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    what a treat! you continue to create and inspire xxx

  14. David Wahlman on January 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Amazing shots! It’s apparent that you’ve been doing this for a while. lol

  15. Rachel on January 8, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Amazing! That is an incredible year!!

  16. Laurie on January 8, 2013 at 4:45 am

    What great memories of your 2012 year Jax! Stunning 🙂

  17. Kim Capstick on January 9, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I am blown away! You truly have a special talent, capturing the moment with love. Loved looking through your photo’s – made my heart happy, and I can just imagine how happy the couples were to receive your albums.

  18. Fareeza on January 9, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Great photography…

  19. Taneal on January 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    your photos are magical!

  20. Roxy on January 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Wow Jacki! And to think that the photo’s you took for wedding have featured more than once!
    You have an incredible eye for capturing the smallest detail, and brining it to life. Thank you for being the most wonderful person to work with, and for our incredible photographs. We were (and still are every time we look at them!) thrilled.
    All the very best for 2013 Jacki, may it bring you more opportunities to work your magic!

  21. Candy on January 10, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Wow these are incredible! I really hope that one day i will be so privileged as to have you as my photographer!

  22. charlie runge on January 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Love your pics!

  23. Kat de Sarigny on January 11, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Your work is MINDBLOWING!!!!!!!! WOW!! wow!! WOW!! So inspiring! 🙂

  24. steff on January 11, 2013 at 11:22 am

    absolutely beautiful!!! so inspiring, you are such a rockstar!!!

  25. Danel on January 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Truly Fabulous Photography!

  26. Derryn on January 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Goodness Gracious me! Incredible Jax – just incredible. Bring on 2013.

  27. Emma on January 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    brilliant jax. you’re so clever xxx

  28. Nicola on January 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Oh my word Jacki….I am at a loss for words! There is not one image in this post that is predictable or boring. I am completely in awe and feeling completely inadequate as a photographer when I look at your work! Well done!

  29. Michael Marker on January 24, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Such a amazing wedding photography – what a great year you’ve had.

  30. Warren Williams on January 31, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Stunning Jacki – very, very stunning. Love the total passion!

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