Tam and Eric have a beautiful story and I love a good love story!
Tam left South Africa with a ticket bound for Hong Kong and infused with wanderlust and a mission for adventure. Being an avid coffee drinker she wandered into the Starbucks downstairs from the apartment she was staying in not realising that her life was about to change forever! On that day she met Eric who was between jobs and working as a barista in said coffee shop. Fast forward a few months and they found themselves falling in love while chatting till dawn wondering the sparkly streets of Hong Kong. Close to seven years later they got married in a devotional ceremony in a forest at Crystal Barn in the KZN midlands.
Tam and Eric may have many differences but they also have so many similarities. The most notable for me are that they are both their own people who live life to their own beat. These are my favourite types of clients and I am sure that you can tell that I so enjoyed making these pics for them.
Tam and Eric thank you so very much for trusting me with these precious memories! I so loved getting to know you both and hope I get to come visit you in Hong Kong one day!!!
And now for the credits and a few words from the bride
Venue: Crystal Barn Country Estate http://crystalbarn.co.
We found out about Crystal Barn quite accidentally while holidaying in Umdloti last July. I began googling venues and came across Emily Moon (Plett). It’s a warm rustic venue with a mix of African, Scandi and Moroccan vibes. My parents live in Jeffrey’s Bay, so it kinda made sense and seemed doable. I fell in love with the venue on Thursday night, messaged a good friend about it on Friday. She happened to be on a shoot and showed the photographer, who was reminded of Crystal Barn. I contacted Kate (from Crystal Barn) on the Saturday, drove up to the midlands on Sunday and then left South Africa on Monday. WHAM BAM! We were ruined – it was perfect! Crystal Barn only had one day available and it happened to be the only day that we had available so it was a done deal. Charge it please, thank you very much. That day, the big dinner and dancing wedding we always swore We’d never have, went out of the window. Death by blue doors, mismatched chandeliers and pine trees.
Second Shooter/ Assistant: Liz Donnell and Charne Wesner
Wedding planner: The bride (#elope)
On the day co-ordination: The incredible Carolyn Hall at Adore Weddings & Events http://adoreweddings.
Flowers: Carolyn Hall at Adore Weddings http://adoreweddings.
Hair: Alana at Kiss & Make Up http://kissandmake-up.co.
Make up: Alana at Kiss & Make Up http://kissandmake-up.co.
Brides Dress: Rania Hatoum https://www.
Brides Socks: Tutu Anna Japan http://www.tutuanna.jp/
Brides shoes: Betty Page Shoes by Ellie at Top Vintage https://topvintage.
Earings: http://m.asos.com/ (
Bridesmaids dresses: I went for mismatched florals because I strongly dislike the matching dress thing. I am captivated by finding the balance between collective bussyness and the calm it creates in my mind. I chose floral prints because real flowers remind me of death (don’t tell Carolyn – she’ll be devastated!) so I wanted a way of bringing colour in, without me thinking ‘we all just gonna die’ the whole day. I also chose bold prints because my bridesmaids are all very strong woman. They are all so different too – body shape, height, temperament. So I felt the fabric was perfect for each of them as strong mismatched individuals.
I sourced the fabric in Hong Kong – but the dresses were all made separately. Kathrin Kidger made Carmen’s beautiful green dress because they are friends. I went with Angela to a little Chinese lady in Hong Kong to make hers and I’m not sure who made the others. https://www.
Groom’s Suit: Pants by Cotton On, shirt by Zara, braces by ASOS
Cake: Candice at So Whipped http://www.sowhipped.
Music: Grant Boonzaier at Sounds Unique http://www.
Videographer: Lauren Oliver at Oliver’s Twist https://www.
Priest: Ant Redman and his wife Lesley are just incredible. I knew them before moving to Hong Kong and they have helped bring freedom and grace into my life through their authenticity and humility.
Catering: Crystal Barn
Tattoo: Ross Turpin at Star Crossed Tattoo http://www.
Lanterns and fans: https://m.taobao.com/
Wedding favours: http://www.bearbrick.