Clarens Farmyard wedding at St Fort – Ronel + Jannie

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

Brides Dress: La Sposa Couture from Belle Demoiselle Bridal Boutique 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

Stationery / Graphic designer: Melandie Marais

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

Wedding Planner: me & my mom

Wedding Coordinator: Graham Hall & Leana Venter Their crisis interventions were priceless!


  1. ronel on March 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    You are amazing, the photos are fantastic. Thank you soooo much. Your photos almost caused a fistfight between me and jannie now as we both wanted the laptop in front of us (still has to work on the sharing is caring thing in our marriage, guess it takes more than a month)

  2. Ronel on March 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I officially have square eyes now, can’t stop looking!

  3. Louise on March 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Wow, amazing photos, you look out of this world and so so relaxed , will you please come back to Ireland and act as my wedding planner!! You can bring Jannie, he has to check out the Friesian herds here sometime!

  4. Annemie on March 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Jacki, you have a gift. Use it wisely. Bless you. The burkies

  5. Tony Jones on March 12, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Absolutely fantastic photographs and a trully deserving record of one of the most memorable days of my life.

  6. Amy oppermann on March 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Absolutaly some of the most beautiful photos I have ever seen. Die plaas atmosfeer en tog is alles baie ‘grAnd’ en stunning.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WELL DONE!!!!!
    Ek het nie genoeg woorde om te beskryf hoe mooi jul troue en die foto’s is nie! Nogmaals BAIE HARTLIK geluk julle twee’tjies! Liefde Amy

  7. rudolf on March 12, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Sjoe amazing Memories baie mooi fotos weldone

  8. jacqui on March 13, 2012 at 7:02 am

    stunning! so sad i wasnt there! cant wait to see the entire albumn. loved the rain, the laughter and you clearly captured the love! xx

  9. Jeanette on March 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Absolutely incredible images!! Wow!

  10. Kobus Tollig on March 13, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Really great post. It tells such a great story. Well done

  11. Lisa W on March 13, 2012 at 10:42 am

    wow these are really stunning Jax! loved the brides and bridesmaids dresses and what a gorgeous setting!

  12. carmen visser on March 13, 2012 at 10:47 am

    what a beautiful story : looooove the rain shots!!!

  13. Heather Steyn on March 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Wow you were born to do this! Such a phenomenal eye and breathtaking photos that really pull you into the wedding. Felt as if I was running with the guests out of the cloud burst. Love!

  14. Kerry on March 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Beautiful pics!

  15. Lee Hodson on March 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Stunning !!!!!!

  16. Brenda Pratt on March 13, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Obviously the Clarens countryside added a great deal but you have outdone yourself here, Jacqui. Your pictures capture so much more than just the wedding; there is family here, love, blessing, youth, the glitterati in sport, the beauty of the landscape, the dignity of older people gracing such a special occasion, the coming together of two families, the charm of the village and donkeys, the hard work of so many people, light in darkness, rain in sunshine – you name it, Jackie Bruniquel has captured it here. It makes me proud of be a South African when I look at the pictures of this wedding. Thank you.

  17. Adriana de Necker on March 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Wow! !!!!! Stunning foto’s. Elke foto vertel ‘n unieke storie soos dit op mekaar volg. Ek het al baie foto’s van troues gesien, maar hierdie is regtig iets besonders. Dit was voorwaar ‘n voorreg om dit saam met jul te kon deel – “rain and all”!! Baie seën vir julle vir die toekoms.

  18. Clee on March 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

    WOW WOW WOW WOW! I love that the rain came down and you caught them all running into the barn! Something SO romantic and special! GORGEOUS pictures as always Jacki! Such an inspiration!

  19. Sam A on March 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Gorgeous.. as ever Jacki! *love* the poplar trees – very ‘vrystaat’.

  20. Ronel on March 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Can’t agree more with Brenda Pratt

  21. Tricia on March 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Stunning photos of such a pretty wedding! I absolutely love the bride’s dress and those of the bridesmaids and flower girls. And, of course, the scenery is just breathtaking! Some beautiful, heartfelt moments captured – well done!

  22. Jacqui on March 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Wow these are stunning

  23. sharron van schoor on March 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Jacki these photos are simply stunning…they even had a rainbow…how lucky!!!

  24. Bruno Bruniquel on March 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Well done Jax! Really great pictures. It seems like everyone had a good time and you managed to capture the ‘gees’. Proud father!

  25. liz brown on March 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    What a joyous wedding. So many beautiful photographs. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

  26. samantha maber on March 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! well done jax these are amazing!!!

  27. leana van wyk ( Wedding Coordinator @ St Fort on March 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Jacki , you are indeed a most talented photographer ! with such a beautifull wedding venue – St Fort , on the foot of the mountains , with breathtaking scenery – it is not difficult to make every wedding a most extaordinary event , but you managed to capture the beauty , the special moments , the excitement , the happiness of the day and wondeful memories ! As Brenda said , the unique little town , Clarens , and the beauty of the landscape at St Fort , is every bride’s dream , but it needs a photographer like you to be able to remember……

  28. Katrien Grobler on March 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    A-mazing, dit is werklik beeldskoon!!!!

  29. jacqui on March 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    just looked at them again – the moments that you captured are incredible. stef says he would buy the pics as art!

  30. Chanelle on March 14, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    aaaah Jax this is so fantastic! Love the shots of everyone running inside due to the rain. Fab wedding!

  31. Rob on March 15, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Awesome, Jax! I run South Africa Travel Online, and am busy setting up a page on Clarens, and want to link to the best blog entries on the town. I’m also a huge rugby fan, so was thrilled to see Jannie du Plessis getting married! Of course, I’ve linked to your blog – see our Clarens page.

  32. John Pauw on March 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    John sê:

    Pragtige troue en wondelike fotografie.

  33. Janene on March 18, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Been waiting so long to see anyphoto, a photo !!!! UNBELIEVABLE !!! Dis die mooiste foto’s en die dag en alles lyk stunning

  34. nicole on March 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    jacks this may be your best one ever – the rainbow shot gave me goosebumps!

    nicole x

  35. Laurie on March 26, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Wow – What an amazing wedding! You’ve captured such a great story Jax! The rain and then the rainbow to start of their new life together – lucky… Beautiful overall 🙂

  36. nastassja harvey on March 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    oh Jacki, your work takes my breath away EVERY single time. that photo with the little girl behind the little boy, doing his tie – incredible.

  37. cara ferrar on March 28, 2012 at 9:53 am

    How did I miss this one? I am such a fan of family-farm weddings : )

    Congratulations Jannie and Ronel – what a gorgeous collection of photos of your great day. And what a day it was! Rain and rainbow to boot.

    Well done, Jax. Beautifully captured and put together. As always.

  38. Jess on April 4, 2012 at 11:59 am

    You take breathtaking photots… Such a lasting momento of an obviously special day! These photos made my heart ache, as I was born in the Eastern Freestate. and spent a lot of my growing up years there. Having now lived in KZN for 20-odd years, I don’t get the chance to go back very often. When I saw this was tagged with “CLARENS” I had to look… Almost makes me tear up thinking about the unique beauty in that part of our country. You did it justice! =]

  39. Jess on April 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    You take breathtaking photos… Such a lasting momento of an obviously special day! These photos made my heart ache, as I was born in the Eastern Freestate. and spent a lot of my growing up years there. Having now lived in KZN for 20-odd years, I don’t get the chance to go back very often. When I saw this was tagged with “CLARENS” I had to look… Almost makes me tear up thinking about the unique beauty in that part of our country. You did it justice! =]

  40. Rosa on April 8, 2012 at 8:52 am

    These are the most unique photo’s I have ever seen. You captured emotions like the bride’s serenity, Rose (one of the flower girls ) total involvement with every nuance of the wedding, the love, fathers pride and joy of everybody. The beauty of the eastern Freestate and quaintness of Clarence the rain and rainbow brings tears to your eyes. Thank you for capturing the beautiful memories and hard work in idillic photos. You are amazing!

  41. Alana Meyer on April 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Amazeballs!! 🙂 really gorgeous!! 🙂

  42. Esme vd Walt on April 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I am such a HUGe fan of Jannie and Bismark! You did great capturing the emotion (as always) – love theses pics!!!

  43. Ronel on May 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Can’t believe I’m an ‘older entries’ already. My 15minutes of fame felt way too short!

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