When Ronel first approached me about photographing their wedding at St Fort in Clarens she said “I love music and I love playing the piano. In Ireland last year I couldn’t travel with the piano so I bought myself a violin and taught myself to play; my Irish roommate and I are still friends, so I couldn’t have been that bad. I also like painting, drinking wine, growing a veggie garden and sleeping after a nightshift!” I knew then that she was my kind of bride! I also knew that the wedding would be a cracker as Clarens is just such a gorgeous place to shoot.
You may recognise Ronel’s other half Jannie Du Plessis. Jannie is a well known Springbok rugby player who currently plays for the Natal Sharks. At a glance I would have never put this arty girl together with a rugby player but they actually have so much in common. Both of them are doctors, both of them come from farming backgrounds and have a deep connection with the earth and nature, both of them are very family orientated and both of them are extremely friendly, funny and fun loving. On their wedding invites they wrote “Ons trou want ons is absoluut mal oor mekaar”, for those of you who don’t understand Afrikaans this means “We are getting married as we are absolutely mad about each other”. And that pretty much sums it all up!
Thanks guys for picking me. We loved our time with you!
Venue: St. Fort, Clarens
Second Shooter: Natasha Schoeman
Hair & Make-up: Lorinda Janse van Vuuren & Dean Karageorgiades from All Hair Academy
Nicolene Alberts (who iʼm currently very cross with, cause she asked way too little for all her hard work – and worse of all thatʼs the portion Jannie has to pay for! – I say let him pay up sister!)
Decor: Hernel, Reitz firstname.lastname@example.org
Brides Dress: La Sposa Couture from Belle Demoiselle Bridal Boutique www.belledemoiselle.co.za Bianca made sure it all happened in time
Flowergirl dresses: My multi-talented mommy, Rosa (who recently changed her name to Coco)
Groomʼs Suit Suit yourself (no weʼre not being sarcastic), Kensington Square
Cake: Baked by Jannieʼs aunt: tannie Minette Decorated by me and my sister Annemie (we work together at dangerously high speeds – partly due to being in sync, and partly because one of her 4 kids are screaming ʻmommyʼ and she has to run)
Food: Francine van Niekerk email@example.com
Stationery / Graphic designer: Melandie Marais www.imdesign.co.za
Donkeys: Jannie & Bissieʼs donkeys earning their keep through hard labour on the farm. Their names are ʻMeisiekindʼ and ʻSal Sienʼ. Stuurman was our chauffeur.
DJ: Francois at White Feather productions firstname.lastname@example.org
Wedding Planner: me & my mom
Wedding Coordinator: Graham Hall & Leana Venter Their crisis interventions were priceless! email@example.com