When Monique first mailed me and told me that her and Craig were going to have a fly fishing themed wedding in the Drakensberg, my creative spirit was instantly tickled. Then she mentioned a 4pm service, going up the mountain on horses, coming down the mountain on a tractor and a reception arrival by boat. It was at this point that a little voice in my head said…. “is she crazy, she is getting married in the Berg in the afternoon in early summer which is pretty much when it thunder showers every day?”I am always up for a challenge though, and love shooting weddings with some gutzpa. I also had the inside track that Monique had been to see an astrologer to find out the exact time for their nuptials!
We arrived to a very damp Sani Valley the day before the wedding and the first thing that struck me was the wonderful sense of community and spirit between all the guests at the wedding. Everyone seemed to be involved in some way or another to make the wedding happen.
Wedding day arrived, the sun came out, beautiful clouds painted the sky, the light glittered and everyone beamed. Monique, Craig and every guest just exuded happiness. A truly perfect wedding day for a couple matched by the stars!
Venue: Sani Valley Lodge: www.sanivalley.co.za
Hair: Tracy Fletcher and Charmaine Michel (gorgeous bridesmaid and sister)
Make up Liz Valentine 082 331 8410
Church flowers, bouquets and button holes: Janet Visée (mother of the bride) with help of bridesmaids and family. Carol Taggart for the purchasing and advice on the flowers.
Wedding Co ordination: Angela Blythe 083 501 1187
Brides Veil: De La Vida www.delavida.co.za
Bridesmaids Dress: Various! Bought and Made
Groomsmen hats: Burger Brothers – Beyes Naude www.bbrothers.co.za 011 782 1055
Groomsmen suits: Burger Brothers – Beyes Naude www.bbrothers.co.za 011 782 1055
Groomsmen braces: Burger Brothers – Beyes Naude www.bbrothers.co.za 011 782 1055
DJ: Paul Tavares 084 697 7807
Cake: Porterble Pantry – Mrs Rosebud Norton www.porterblepantry.com
Videographer: Oliver’s Twist – Lauren www.oliverstwist.co.za
Wedding dance: Miss Texeira – Arthur Murray Studios www.arthurmurrayza.co.za
Second Shooter: Natasha Schoeman