Netherwood Wedding – Emma + Murray

Em and Murray got married at Netherwood in the Natal midlands and she was definitely one of the most chilled brides I have had the pleasure to work with. Alot went wrong in the build up to their nuptials, but Em seemed to just smile through it all! The day before the wedding the sky went black and angry clouds stormed up a scene that looked as if it were out of the apocolypse . The marque which had been set up outisde the chapel to seat all the extra guests blew away. As Em arrived in the chapel my hair caught alight (no I am not kidding .. it actually flamed and smoked) There were many glitches along the way but in the end ……. there were only happy hearts and lots of laughter.

Em and Murray met whilst studying at Stellenbosch University many years ago. It’s no secret that the Stellies folk know how to have a good party so I predicted a bit of mayhem!! Then I was told that all of the groomsmen have nicknames like Panty, Bus and Veg, and this just reaffirmed my hunch that their wedding could potentially compete for Reception bash of 2012! I wasn’t wrong! For Emma and Murray it was important that I catch all the real moments and particularly the fun reception times. They weren’t into a 2 hour creative shoot or millions of portraits … they were into having fun and having that spirit captured in an honest way.

Thanks so much for picking me …. it was a joy to work with you guys and your wonderful familes!!

PS The decor at this wedding was off the hook …..  they had actual trees growing through each table! Mrs Walker you rock!!

Venue: Netherwood

Hair: Drew Christie – Evolve Hair. 031-5646035

Make up: Candice Mac Nicol:

Church flowers, bouquets and button holes: Donna Walker (my mum) – 033-3472074

Decor/Flowers at the Venue: Donna Walker (my mum) – 033-3472074

Brides Dress: Gideon: 031 – 3039228

Brides Veil: Gideon

Bridesmaids Dress:  Tik Lee: 011 – 7844576

Wedding Coordinator: Donna Walker (my mum) – 033-3472074

Wedding Decor: Donna Walker (my mum) – 033-3472074

Videographer: Mark Thompson:

DJ: Jason Elkington, Loud Sounds – 033 3966 494

Trees: The idea of the trees came about because I had to think of a way to get my mum (whose an amazing floral artist) to be a part of all the fun and preparations without slaving away at the flowers for days before as she normally does. Telling a floral artist that you don’t want flowers is not easy but I knew she would have other types of magic up her sleeve. Also, by using trees we could avoid throwing away heaps of flower arrangements the next day. Our trees are going to be planted at the beautiful Camp Orchards where we can watch them grow.

Graphic Design: Anelle Mostert:


  1. Emma on October 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

    jax, you are so awesome. i love you to bits xxx

  2. Colin Browne on October 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Excellent work as always Jacki. Love your ‘moments’ shots!

  3. Dave Atkinson on October 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Aah looking awesome Jax… Getting excited!!!

  4. Liz Brown on October 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    THis stylish wedding is so stunningly captured by you Jacki. Love the bridal gown. So good to see something different.

  5. Frances on October 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Absolutely incredible wedding & great photies.
    LOVE the decor!
    Congrats Em & Muz

  6. Kate Steyn on October 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    You blow me away Jax, you managed to capture so many incredible moments from an extra special day. All my love x

  7. Lindy Barbour on October 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Simply Magnificent! Thank you, I feel like I was there! Bridal couple stunning and decor out of this world!

  8. cara on October 17, 2012 at 3:11 am


    What a pretty, pretty bride! And so many nice touches. I especially liked the groom & groomsmen’s socks and ties, the place names and the stamped place mats. What nice ideas! Congratulations Emma and Murray! I’ve no doubt you’ll look back on your wedding pics fondly forever.

    And once again, Jacki – well done. How you capture wedding after wedding after wedding with enthusiasm, individuality, fun and respect ALWAYS amazes me! So deserving of your busy schedule and outstanding reputation! x x

  9. Kelly on October 17, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Oh Jacki! These are gorgeous, gave me serious goosebumps!

  10. rebecca on October 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm


  11. ved on October 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    beautiful photos! thanks for sharing

  12. Mark on October 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Hey Jacki
    I love the way you manage to capture Murray and Emma’s personalities through your images.
    It was a great day with a great couple!

  13. Tricia on October 24, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Stunning decor, beautiful photographs!

  14. AdonyeJaja on October 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    So great! This is beautifully photographed, well done Jacki!!

  15. Luisa on October 26, 2012 at 9:20 am

    What delightful photos, that really capture the essence of Em and Murray’s wonderful wedding day. Jacki you really have the most amazing eye!

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  17. Lauren Kriedemann on December 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    you are the queen of party shots. Love your work as always xx

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