Netherwood Michaelhouse Wedding – Carolyn + Chris

I met Carolyn a good few years ago when she was still working as the venue co- coordinator for Netherwood. The first thing that struck me about Carolyn was her radiant warmth and so my assistant and I nicknamed her Sunshine and we became firm friends.

Since then I have seen her grow into a dynamic businesswomen who runs her own wedding planning, décor and flower business. I have also seen her fall in love, but mostly I have seen her shine. Carolyn is a gem of a lady and her Chris is a very lucky man to have nabbed her. I must however mention that Chris brings out the best in Carolyn. I have watched this grounded, solid man support my friend through thick and thin and I am sure that anyone who is close to her will agree that she smiles even more since this man walked into her life.

Their wedding was held at Netherwood in the Natal Midlands, a place which Carolyn and Chris both hold dear. They got married at the Michaelhouse chapel in the morning and the day unfolded into drinks and a picnic feast on the lawn. This was then followed by a sumptuous sit down lunch and speeches in amongst the most incredible décor, which can only be likened to something out of a midsummer nights dream! After a very quick portrait shoot in the howling wind the dance-floor was opened and guest partied until midnight. Being in the wedding industry, my friend Carolyn knows just how quickly a wedding day can fly, and so she cleverly planned a day that would move slowly. I loved watching them grabbing hold of every minute and loving every second of their special day.

Carolyn and Chris thank you so much for picking me to be your photographer. I love you more than words can say.

And now for the credits and a few words from the bride

But first thanks to my assistant Liz for working so hard and to Derryn Semple for the last pic of Ca and I.

Over to Carolyn ……

Chris and I had the happiest, most love filled, heart felt and beautiful day ever. We absolutely loved our wedding and sincerely wish with our whole hearts that every single couple in the world gets to experience a day like we did. It was just the most amazing day! From the beginning our hope was that our wedding would be a day where we could share the most beautiful promise we made to one another and God in front of all our most favourite people, that it would be a day full of love, full of happiness, full of good food and good wine and lots of flowers. We have been so blessed! That is exactly what our day turned out to be. We are so grateful to all our family and friends who were able to be a part of it and share the magic with us.

Being a part of this special wedding industry meant that we were very privileged when it came to our suppliers. There are the most generous-hearted humans in this industry who participate in making people’s special days come to life on a weekly basis, and it is an absolute honour to get to work alongside you to make that happen. The way each of you blessed us with your generosity and talents on our own day is awe inspiring! Not once did I even think about worrying about a thing because I knew that we were in the best hands. Thank you, each and every one of you, for your passion for what you do and for making this planner’s day completely stress free. Greatest love to you all.

Venue: the one and only Netherwood! I know I’m biased because I have such a special history with this venue, but I honestly do just love this place! A sincere thank you to Rob and Annelie Kleinloog, and the the entire Netherwood team for basically welcoming me “back home” and letting us have free reign of the space. There is no where else we could ever have celebrated our special day. Deepest love for you all x

Wedding planner: Me

Decor: Adore Weddings again

Flowers: The Adore Weddings team assisted by the most amazing Mom’s of the Eston and Mooi River communities. Growing up in a farm community is an absolute privilege, one that Chris and I have each been blessed with. Without the help of both my Adore team and all these incredible “other Mom’s” Chris and I share, the flowers for our day would not have happened. With sincerest thanks to each and every one of you for making our wildly foraged, enchanted forest wedding come to life! Another very special thank you to Chris and both our special Dad’s – Mike and Gavin, for the “civic pruning” they did in the gardens of friends and family to source the enormous tree branches we used everywhere. These are three very special men and I’m beyond blessed to have them in my life.

Hair: Laura Halgreen, Nixon Assisted by: Wadene, NixonMake up: Lindsay Nixon, Nixon

Lindsay, Lau and Wadene, I just love you guys! These amazing women had to do hair and make up for eight women, and we all had to be ready by 10 am. They were up at the crack of dawn to be with us in time to work their magic. My gratitude for your kindness, professionalism and talents knows no bounds! Lau and Wadene had us in stitched all morning while they worked their magic, you are the best. Lindsay, you are a genius with a brush, thank you for making us look and feel so pretty! It was as always such a pleasure to work with you all.

Brides Dress:  Julia Ferrandi Julia is a genius! We basically went on a journey together for the creation of my dress (which for the record is my favourite, prettiest, most comfy dress ever). In the very beginning the only thing I knew I wanted was a dress that I could breathe in, and that I could comfortably sit on the floor in. The end result blew me away! Jules and Lyle were an absolute delight to work with. You guys were friendly, calm, creative and just so much fun throughout the entire creative process, and I love that you were as excited as I was about my dress! The very first time I tried the basic mock up of my dress on I got so excited I cried, the end result was phenomenal. It was even more of a dream then I ever thought was possible. I absolutely love it! Thank you both for everything!

Brides shoes: Bought on sale at Cotton On – ha ha ha! Worn at the ceremony, otherwise barefoot, as a farm girl would …

Bridesmaids dresses: Julia Ferrandi

Groom’s Suit: Carla & Gaby at Belle & Bravado Carla and Gaby are brilliant. They dealt with our motley crew of boys with ease (impressive) and they delivered in record time! Thank you beautiful souls for being our go to people for suiting up the guys!

Cake: The amazing and beautiful Kerry Eb from Lemon Canary Bakery My friend, you are ridiculously talented! Thank you so much for spoiling us with the blessings of your skills. Those cakes were AMAZING!

Music: Daniel & the band from Beat Route You guys are incredible, thank you for quietly doing your thing and creating mood magic for us. We are so honoured you were able to be a part of our day. It was, as always, an absolute pleasure to work with you. I love your work!

DJ: Sean Swanson from Sound Mechanix Sean is the most patient man in the world. Chris and I literally chose our various songs the Thursday before our wedding (how organised is this wedding planner?), Sean with his usual grace and good humour simply rolled with it. Thank you Sean! Thank you too for keeping us dancing until the wee hours of the morning. We had a blast and my feet were sore for the next two days after our wedding. The true sign of a great party!

Videographer: Wes and Stace from The Shank Tank – love these two! They are the merriest delights to work with. Having you capture our day was easy guys! Not once did I get stage fright and start doing the weird backing away from the camera with my neck thing. Legends! Thank you for sharing in our celebration, and for being such a delight to spend time with.

Priest: Alan Smedley, Michealhouse Chapel. What a special man. Thank you Alan for your words, and for being such a special part of our journey. It has been a pleasure to get to know you and Kate. Thank you for your blessings over our day, we are so grateful.

Rings: Leigh Berry from Lea-Chi. Leigh met with Chris and I, and managed to scratch out what we liked from our heads – not an easy task given neither of us had a clue going into our meeting! Thank you Leigh for designing the most beautiful rings ever. You rock and we love them!

Caterer: Margie Harel and her phenomenal team from Aubergine The food was honestly just incredible. Not only was it a delight to the taste buds, our meals looked like beautiful food art too! As always, the greatest delight to get to work with you and your team Margs. I love how no matter how many times we work together, nothing is too much of a problem and everything always just runs so smoothly. Having you take care of feeding the hungry masses was the best! Thank you for blessing us so richly with the work of your hands. Just love you.

Vintage Car: Colin from Vintage Hire, a true gentleman and a very generous soul. Thank you Colin, we so appreciate you being a part of our day, and loved arriving in style!

Stationery: Liesel & Gitta from Glee Projects You ladies are truly next level. Liesel and Gitta literally nailed our stationery on the first try, they are amazing! It was an absolute pleasure to work with both of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And then there is you my Jax. My friend, mentor, fellow wine drinker, sometimes festive yoga instructor and colleague. Beloved Jax you have been such a great blessing in my life. It is because of you that I even figured out I could play with flowers for weddings. I am so grateful for all the love, support, joy and advice through good times and bad. I still remember the first time you met Chris, you gave him your penetrating stare, asked a couple of questions and quietly said to me that when I marry him you’re doing the photos. That was many a year ago my friend! It mean the world to us that you could be such a precious, integral part of our day. Love you to the moon and back!

Thank you too to Lizzy for being the most amazing second shooter and for getting that awesome pic of Jax and I doing yoga on the side of the dance floor! Epic my Lizzy, absolutely epic. Love you.

A special thank you needs to be said to our awesome bridesmaids and groomsmen. You guys have been a part of our lives since childhood and we couldn’t imagine doing life without you. Thank you for all your love and support during the wedding planning process, and for being total rock stars the day before and weekend of our wedding. SO blessed to have you stand alongside us! Thank you for everything.

A final thank you to our amazing parents who have raised us, guided us, supported us, and loved us through thick and thin. We are so incredibly blessed to have the foundations that the four of you have laid in our lives to grow our marriage on. For all your sacrifices, love and generosity, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Love you lots xxx


  1. Natalie Martyn on December 3, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Well this just about finished me off. Gaaah. How much love can fit onto one page? A whole bucketload it would seem. The flowers oh, the flowers. The dress, dreamy. The food, I’m sorry but did you see those cakes? The way Sammy & Dean are looking at each other in that one pic (you guys are just too cute it’s insane!) Did I mention the flowers? The brides credits. Ugh. I’m done – hand me my mascara it appears to be running down my face.

  2. CL on December 3, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Such a phenomenal day captured to perfection! Jax and Liz these are amazing and tell the story of the soul of this amazing celebration! Ca and Chris – huge congratulations. Hands down the BEST WEDDING I have ever attended! <3

  3. Derryn Schmidt on December 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Oh – my – flipping – word!!

    What incredibly beautiful photos of an absolutely incredible wedding. Jax, outstanding work as always. Ca&Chris, I’m just so happy for you guys.

  4. Jolene Gallet on December 3, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Absolutely Beautiful !!! Such a special day. Well captured Jax xxxx

  5. Tricia on December 4, 2015 at 7:47 am

    What a stunning, stunning wedding! Love and happiness just shines out of these images. Beautiful indeed.

  6. Bron Fourie on December 4, 2015 at 10:27 am

    best photos of the BEST people!!! caz- those words to each and every person- you’re just the most wonderful soul. jax- these photos are phenomenal!! well done on making me feel like i was there, when i was SOOO sad to miss it!! BIG love to you all xxx

  7. Tash on January 19, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Wow! The day and the bride looked as amazing as the images. Good job Jax! Always pushing for better.

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