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

 

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

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Mauritius Wedding, Long Beach – Kim and Bryan ( Part II)

I’m not sure how much more there is to say about this bad-ass Mauritius wedding, met some cool people, people who warned me about the cold weather in Canada, well they did actually say that some parts aren’t so bad and only drop below freezing during winter. It is 15 degrees celsius in Joburg at the moment, I have two jerseys on and what can only be generously described as a robe. I’m not the kind of person who handles cold well.

Right, so part I of this wedding blog post can be found here, as always there are loads more images from this killer bee wedding on our Facebook page, go look, click like and if you were a guest you’re welcome to leave a message.

A couple of things from the vendor side:
Vedna Essoo from Marry Go Round did an insanely amazing of keeping everything hassle free and on track. A real pleasure to work with, if you’re planning a wedding in Mauritius contact her now at info @ marry-go-round.mu.
If you’ve ever chatted to me about wedding videos, you know I’m not a huge fan. AVS Productions made me a convert, speak to Dam Nayna. They wore ties were on the ball and seemed to be everywhere without getting in the way.
Thanks to everyone else who made me feel welcome, even though I suck at volleyball.

 

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius wedding Photographer, Long Beach Hotel

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Long Beach, Mauritius Wedding – Kim and Bryan (Part I)

Funny thing about winter is that night time sounds seem to travel longer distances, I’m back home from a very sunny Mauritius, back to the freezing cold of Joburg. The soft snoring sounds of Ariella and Bear down the corridor, a rogue biker revving his engine somewhere towards Lanseria and the roaring of the lions at the Lion Park down the road. Early mornings, the least likely time to be finding me asleep. I’m usually writing, or trying to write blog posts anyway. Somehow it’s difficult to write about sunny endless white beaches and tropical cocktails when you’re bundled up, holding a cup of coffee in your hands to keep them warm.

I can tell you that I’ve been waiting for Kim and Bryan’s wedding for almost two years now, I knew it was going to be epic. Really amazing people to be around and just a lot of fun – although I’m pretty sure that half the time they didn’t understand my accent, and there was that incident where I started eating what I was told was jellied eel which tasted a little odd, and … well, after several explanations turned out to be jellyfish. Add firebreathers, a breath taking sky … and fireworks and sega dancers and an insane view … it was that kind of wedding.

I’m going to make this one a two parter (part II is here). Its cold, I can hear Ariella chatting to herself in the room next door and it’s time for another cup of coffee. There are loads more images from Kim and Bryan’s ultra romantic Mauritius beach wedding on our facebook page, if you know them or you were a guest, you’re welcome to tag yourself in or leave them a message.

Just want to add major props and congratulations to Vedna Essoo from Marry Go Round, who organized and coordinated everything. She really really rocked it.

 

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

Mauritius Wedding Photos at Long Beach Hotel

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Megan and Carl’s Namibia Wedding Featured in Style Me Pretty.

Yep, Megan and Carl’s way out there in the Namib desert wedding got featured in Style Me Pretty. They said some pretty nice things about it as well –

I’ve seen a lot of amazing weddings grace the pages of SMP, but this desert beauty at Sossusvlei Lodge captured by Dror Eyal Photography and planned by Christelle Du Toit  is in a a league all of its own. Incredibly intimate and ridiculously stylish (hello gorgeous Jenny Packham  gown from Little White Dress Bridal Shop, I’m talking to you…), every moment sitting in this gallery is one for the books.

I do love Namibia weddings, loads of images from this incredible desert wedding on our Facebook page as well.

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Ariella Eyal

For those of you keeping score – Meet Ms Ariella Eyal, or Ms Ariella as we like to call her – V is working on shortening it to Ella. As tiny as The Bear is big, with the sweetest lopsided smile, and a habit of being dressed in pink (not her fault, I’m working on it). She digs the Rockabye baby versions of Metallica, and lately has been getting into LL Cool J’s Bigger and Deffer LP.

 

image by Andy Nix Pix

 

Thanks to everyone who sent well wishes, clothes, cards, blankets, sms, whatsapps and asked us to see a photo of her.

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East London Wedding – Zimbini and Tim

I think the last time I was in East London was when I was a student at Rhodes, we used to drive the 170 odd kilometers from Grahamstown to East London because they had KFC in East London. Of course these days we have a KFC about five minutes away from the studio. I don’t recall ever going to that one.

So stepping off the flight from Joburg I was a bit homesick for my student days, the days when you got five of your friends squashed into a tiny car for two hours because you were craving KFC … and no, this wasn’t a Harold and Kumar moment, we were just after something deep fried.

Zimbini and Tim’s wedding was of those affairs where firstly everyone seemed to have multiple PhDs, MBA’s, and a serious penchant for having fun. A super chilled jazz band called Voodoo, some feta and olive artisinal bread, a autumn leaf covered floor, a praise singer, some serious dancing, and a really photogenic color scheme from Otto De Jager Events.

Here are some pics from their reception – winter is here with a vengeance, it’s getting colder, I’m getting lazier at blogging, but you can see a whole lot more photos from their super relaxed East London, Gonubie wedding on our facebook page.

 

East London Gonubie wedding

East London Gonubie wedding

East London Gonubie wedding

East London Gonubie wedding

East London Gonubie wedding

East London Gonubie wedding

East London Gonubie wedding

East London Gonubie wedding

East London Gonubie wedding

East London Gonubie wedding

East London Gonubie wedding

East London Gonubie wedding

East London Gonubie wedding

 

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Gaborone, Botswana Wedding – Huma and Aatique

We’ve been shooting a lot of Muslim weddings and Indian weddings lately, which means some seriously spicy food. Thanks to Libyan grandparents it happens to be my favorite kind of food – except for that time in Durban when I put a heaped plateful of what was labelled ‘lamb casserole’ on my plate and literally felt my teeth melt.

So we headed out past Koster to Gaborone, Botswana for Huma and Aatique’s fabulous wedding. A three-day affair with the Dholki at the Phakalane Golf Estate, the reception at The Gaborone Sun and the Walima up at Roof Of The World in Mokolodi. Days later, back home in Johannesburg, a slight cough turning into flu, I’ve been taking a lot of medication that says Do Not Operate Heavy Machinery. I have happy memories of Aatique and Huma’s old world charm, that riotous dancing at the Dholki and the secret promise I made to myself to take some Bollywood dance classes – that looked like insane fun.

I probably won’t take up Bollywood dancing, I’m not that co-ordinated.

Many more photos from Huma and Aatique’s rocking Gabs wedding on our Facebook page, if you were there or are a friend you’re welcome to leave them a message or tag yourself.

 

Muslim Wedding Dholki Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Dholki Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Dholki Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Dholki Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Dholki Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Reception Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Reception Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Reception Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Reception Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Reception Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Reception Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Reception Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Reception Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Reception Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Walima Gaborone Botswana

Muslim Wedding Walima Gaborone Botswana

 

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