Indian wedding – Sasha and Rajiv

I’ve probably mentioned this somewhere on this blog before, but Indian weddings comprise probably half of the weddings that I shoot. It’s an interesting mix of being at the right place at the right time, i.e. knowing what is going on in the ceremony and being prepared for the fact that there are going to be a lot of people on a very small stage.

About eight years ago when I shot my first Hindu Ceremony, I think it was somewhere in Lenasia, don’t quote me on that though, I remember thinking wow, this is so emotional, even the groom is weeping. Stand on the mandap and get a little closer to the fire and when that smoke starts getting in your eyes and you may find that your photographer might be looking a little emotional as well. The trick … wear glasses, and try not to get smoke in your lens.

So everyone obviously arrived on indian time, which meant that I had a couple of extra minutes to shoot Sasha and Rajiv, which made for some amazing pics in the veld outside the venue.

So many more images from Sasha and Rajiv’s very stylish wedding can be found on our facebook page.

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

Indian wedding Benevuti

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Oakfield Farm – Prelina + Yoshlyn

This summer business is getting out of hand out here in Joburg. I love hearing on the radio how it’s going to go up to 31C and looking at the thermometer and it’s reading 38C and it isn’t even 10am yet. So the fan is on, cause my sinuses can’t handle air conditioning in the studio, the air out here is already so dry. There are water restrictions in place so the grass is dying outside. It’s starting to feel like Africa out here, brown dust and insane heat. As V likes to say Africa isn’t for sissies. I suspect I may be one.

On the other hand if one was to give an award for the most bad ass bride ever, Prelina would be somewhere in there with a shot at gold. Just calm, relaxed, going with the flow, raising one arm in a power salute after she and Yosh are announced as husband and wife. It might run in the family though, cause I was seated next to an aunt and uncle, and they were pretty badass as well. I know what you’re thinking, so it was an Indian wedding? Yes … a hindu ceremony? yes – was there paneer? Yes, there was.

More pics from Prelina and Yosh’s very very rock ‘n roll Indian wedding can be found on our Facebook page.

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

Indian wedding at Oakfield Farm

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Summerplace, Houghton – Orisha and Thiru

I’d do pretty much anything for a good paneer, ok, so I’d do most things for an average paneer as well. So it’s probably a good thing that at least half our weddings are Indian weddings. I’ve been trying to get the kids into curry, and Ariella loves it, The Bear not so much, but then he isn’t big on food – I’m not big on food either, unless it happens to be a really hot paneer.

It’s funny cause I’ve probably photographed over a hundred Hindu weddings, and the guru or priest always still tells me what is about to happen next and where I should stand. Orisha and Thiru were cool to hang out with both on the wedding day and at their respective Nelengu(s?) – what is the plural of Nelengu? – there were some cool wedding games involving an apple, killer speeches and and a series party.

You can see more images from their Indian wedding ceremony on our facebook page.

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

Indian wedding at Summerplace

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White Light, Lanseria – Candice and Warren

So a new venue has popped up around the corner from our studio in Lanseria – it’s White Light and it’s from The Forum company. I’m always excited to go to new venues, you may need to get there a bit early to have a quick scout but there are always amazing opportunities to shoot images that have never been done before. White Light is pretty incredible all beautiful and evenly lit structures that give it a Great Gatsby kind of feel. A beautiful outdoor tent for dancing, and just a really nice palette of greens and whites to work with. It didn’t hurt that Candice and Warren and their friends really know how to party.

Ok, got to mention this, the food there was pretty spectacular.

You can see a whole bunch of more images from this super relaxed White Light wedding, including an insane oyster bar, on our facebook page.

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

White Light Wedding Lanseria

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The Living Room, Maboneng – Daniel and Carla

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you probably know that I love shooting in Joburg. Not just the hip areas like Braamfontein and Maboneng, but Newtown, the Nelson Mandela Bridge, the old CBD around Fox Street, the old Chinatown. There is just so much history and authenticity in those places. I love the way that Joburg is a million things to a million people but it’s always Johannesburg, whether you’re in Bree Street next to that guy that sells dentures on the side of the road, or on top of Randlords looking down on a million twinkling lights.

So when Carla called up and said they were having their wedding at The Living Room I was pretty excited. The area around Arts on Main and Maboneng is just too easy to photograph and they seemed like the most relaxed couple. Just at ease with being themselves and excited to be getting married. Carla’s only request was a photo with the Maboneng sign in the background, and I did put old Daniel on the spot at one point and asked him to write on the wall what he wanted to do before he died. I thought he did pretty well …

You can see more pics from Carla and Daniel’s most chilled inner city wedding on our facebook page.

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

Maboneng inner city johannesburg wedding

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Lion Sands – Alicia and Michael

As much as I love Joburg, it’s nice to occasionally just get out into the bush. So I packed a small bag and boarded a very small plane to Skukuza, out there by the Kruger Park, near Sabi Sabi. Fifty minutes later I was in the tranquil space that is Lion Sands Tinga Lodge, for Michael and Alicia’s very cool, out in the bush with the wild animals, wedding. The kind of place where when the lions roar at night they aren’t in the lion park, and in the early morning you can spot a leopard stalking some buck. Incredible and awesome and Michael and Alicia were the two nicest people to hang out with. I could shoot a few more of these :)

You can see many more images from their Kruger Park wedding on our facebook page.

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

Sabi Sabi Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Wedding

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Bushwillow Tented Camp – Donna and Jiten

It was early in the afternoon when I met Donna and Jiten for a coffee and a chat. I usually only meet couples on the evening so it made for a nice change to get out of the studio and into a bit of early spring sunlight.

We were talking and, I think it was Donna who casually mentioned that they were going to have their reception first and then their ceremony. I remember thinking that a sunset wedding sounds cool, some golden light coming through trees and the sun setting in the background. I made a mental note to make sure that we shot their portraits first while there was still light and then the family portraits.

I may have mentioned something to that effect when Donna said that the ceremony will be after sunset. Errm, ok, I’ve done some indoor weddings which were pretty killer bee. This one however was going to be outside, Donna and Jiten are both vets and they wanted to get married in nature. I was nodding, probably a little too nervously at this point. I blame it on the three espresso I’ve had in last two hours. I could bring some flashes, not what I’m known for but I’ve done many years in studio photography and I can light up pretty much anything.

Donna gave that smile of hers and dropped the final hurdle, she didn’t want any artificial light, only candles. I smiled back, so to recap, you want a nighttime wedding, after dark, lit by candles, outdoors, and you want all your portraits and ceremony shots without any artificial light? I smiled and may have said, makes for a nice change.

Weeks later, during their portrait shoot, Donna turns to Jiten and laughs “I was going to dip you during the first kiss, you stole my thunder.” He smiles back and she grins back and dips him in the candle light … All good stories should end this way.

More photos from Donna and Jiten’s Bohemian Chic Wedding can be found on our Facebook Page.

 

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

Night time wedding photography

 

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