Greek Kenyan Netherwood Wedding – Lara + Michael

It’s hard to really describe a Greek wedding unless you have actually been to one. The Greek’s don’t do anything in small measures, and Lara and Michael’s wedding was no different. There is just so much to say, that I don’t even know where to begin, nor will I be able to get through most of it in words here, luckily I speak in pictures! So far as words go …. I will start with my first thought, I smile a bit inside when I think of the two of them. They are both total romantics with a kindness and a generosity of spirt that would make any parent proud. Michael comes from a Greek Cypriot family who live in Durban, Lara grew up on flower farm in Kenya and they met while studying at hotel school in Switzerland.

What I loved about this wedding is that there were so many personal symbols incorporated into the decor and other elements of the wedding. The white butterflies were there to remind everyone of Michael’s late Mom, the acacia trees represented Lara’s Kenyan roots and all of the roses came from Lara’s Dad’s rose farm. It was a huge wedding in the sense that there were lots of guests, lots of bridal party members, lots of lavish decor, lots of whiskey bottles on the tables, lots of delicious food and lots of tule on the dress, but that didn’t detract from the sincerity of the occasion and the deep love that Lara and Mike have for each other and their families and friends. Big weddings risk being somewhat souless, but this definitely wasn’t the case with their wedding.

Michael’s Mom was a Greek dancing teacher; it is therefore not surprising that not only is Mike a ridiculously good dancer, but there was a lot of plate smashing and leaping in the air! I have always really enjoyed photographing the dancing segment of any wedding and so I was really excited for all of the action! I wasn’t let down! These boys seriously went for it! It was also really touching to watch Lara’s dance and see just how much she embraced Greek culture and truly became a blonde haired Greek goddess for the occasion.

Thanks so much for picking me. I have so appreciated all the love, patience and understanding you have shown me over the course of our dealings together and I have loved every second of us working together.

PS In case you are wondering they got married at Netherwood in the Midlands and Carolyn from Adore Weddings did all the wedding planning. All the service providers in this wedding were an absolute dream team and you can find their details at the end.

And now for a few words from the bride

From the start of the day waking up at the crack of dawn with excitement, to eventually heading to bed after an amazing day it truly was the happiest day of our life! Weddings truly are so special as you are surrounded by only your very special friends and family! With advice from several people we truly savoured every moment of the day together, and we made sure that at times we snuck off alone just to take everything all in and realize just how lucky we are to not only have found each other but also by the loved ones that surround us. During the day everyone kept asking us how we felt and this made us think we should have been more stressed or nervous, but we both simply felt so happy, relaxed and excited for the day ahead and we both just could not wait to marry our best friend and soul mate!

Our wedding had a lot of symbolic and sentimental meanings to us within the decor. The acacia trees represent where I was born and brought up in Kenya, our farm is surrounded by acacia trees. All of the roses came all the way from Kenya from my Dads rose farm. The white butterflies where in rememberence of Mixalis special Mum, he always believed that she came back as a beautiful butterfly.

We can’t thank everyone enough, we truly had our dream team when it came to our suppliers, of which Jacki, Carolyn, Floey and Drew have become very special to us also as friends now. Our friends and family have been incredible and will always be treasured. The biggest thank you is to our parents, without them we would be nothing, they are our everything, and they made this special day possible, we love you from the bottom of our hearts. Lastly each other, we are grateful every day that our paths of life crossed and now we begin our special journey through life together for an eternity.

Big love and hugs to everyone that was there for our special day and also for those that could not make it, we love you all.

Mixali and Lara


Venue: Netherwood – Keri Bainborough

Second Shooter: Tash Schoeman

Wedding planner: Carolyn Mc Neil –

Decor: Paul Mann –

Flowers: Floey Van Der Plank – and

Hair: Drew Christie –

Make up: Natasha Papadopoulos – and ( bridal party make up) , Kendyl McPherson – Nixon Makeup –

Brides Dress: Pronovias Barcelona, Johannesburg –

Brides shoes: Benjiman Adams London, Johannesburg – and Toms

Bridesmaids dresses: Bianca Warren – shoes from Toms

Groom’s Suit: Terrance Bray – . He also did the grooms men’s waist coats and ties. The tie material was from liberty London

Cake: Penny Mc Loughlin 0825693766

Music: Zaffa ( Rob and Garth warren ) –

Videographer: Dawn Oosthuis – Beyond Measure –

Priest: His Eminence, The Orthodox Archbishop of Cape Town, Sergios Kykkotis and Pater Kostandinos

Food: Harvey’s Catering -

Wedding stationary design – Fathima Kathrada –

Wedding staionary printers – Crystal Printers –


  1. Lara Joannou (Mousley) on April 1, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Wow Jacki, you truly are sensational! You really captured each and every special moment, turning these special moments into treasured memories! Big love and hugs from us both! Xxx

  2. Mandy Christodoulou on April 1, 2014 at 11:25 am

    WOW! These pix are gorgeous Jacki. You’ve captured amazing moments of this gorgeous wedding!

  3. Sheugnet Christie on April 1, 2014 at 11:54 am

    OMG Jacki – you never cease to surprise me! Once again my love you have turned this wedding into a photographic master piece! You are an artist indeed!!! Words cannot express what I’m feeling – just STUNNING!

  4. Sarah jones on April 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Jacki, your photos just get better and better! What a beautiful wedding, perfectly captured by you. X

  5. Stella on April 2, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Absolutely love each and every one of these images – great work as always!

  6. Taz Botha on April 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Jax, your photos are just astounding in the best way possible! You are just sooo blessed with talent. I wasn’t even at the wedding nor do I know the couple, but I feel so emotional just looking at the photos, you capture the heart beat in every photo you take.

  7. Tricia on April 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Sjoe, good looking couple! A beautiful wedding with such attention to detail and so beautifully photographed!

  8. Erasmia on May 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Jacki you captured the love, the joy, the good relationship between the couple’s friends & family, and every photo told a touching story, especially to me and my family living in Greece now, far away from our friends. I knew Michael’s mom Irene since childhood, so I couldn’t help crying at the sight of the butterflies. May this beautiful couple have a long, happy life together.

  9. Sue Westgate on February 20, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Absolutely loved the essence that you captured! well done. Hats off to you Jacki.

    I couldn’t stopped thinking about Irene when looking at the ‘Greek’ theme, only to read further on that it was her son’s wedding. She and I were friends back in the day as singles working at Unicorn. To the newlyweds, congratulations! Absolutely wonderful selection of photographs

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