Forum Homini wedding – Anke + Henna

Forum Homini is one of those secret Joburg places that not many people know about. Kind of an eco-hotel with some amazing architecture and food. There’s a hippo around the corner, yep, I said a hippo. Zebras running around the place and some of the most photogenic spots in all of Johannesburg.

As I was driving in I spotted it, a dried out wetland. Kind of a perfect circle of cracked dried out mud. I had to try sell it as a photoshoot location. Anke was keen, Henna lifted her up and off we went. It was actually dry and hard enough to walk on. The photos, well, you can judge for yourself but I think they’re kindda killer bee.

Many more pics from their very relaxed and sophisticated wedding can be found on our facebook page.

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

Forum Homini Wedding Photography

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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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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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Kasane, Botswana Wedding – Nadine and Andrew

It had been raining on and off for the last couple of days, turning the area around the airport into a muddy field. I was wearing the shoes I usually wear for long trips, comfortable, but the grip on the soles had been worn off a long time ago. I was heading back home to middle-class suburbia, where we don’t serve warthog chops for supper, monkeys don’t make a grab for your beer and there isn’t a river teeming with hippos, crocodiles and tigerfish a couple of meters away from your doorstep. I’m the last off the taxi to the Kasane Airport, holding on to my camera gear, I misjudge the slipperiness of the mud on a step and slip.

It’s now a couple of days later, Joburg sunshine, messing around the garden with The Bear and trips to the local Pappachinos for Mediterranean wraps and watching The Bear play on the jungle gym. Some killer bee images from the trip, soft memories of a trip into the mother of storms on the Chobe River and a pain in my right hip where it connected with the edge of the taxi. A new year awaits. Thank you to everyone who welcome us into their lives in 2013, we had serious fun, serious adventures, and have some amazing memories.

More photos from Nadine and Andrew’s rocking Botswana wedding can be found on our facebook page, including images from the most badass Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the African bush. If you were a guest or you know them, you’re welcome to leave a message or tag yourself.

 

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

Chobe Botswana Wedding

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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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Red Ivory Lodge wedding – Kele + Peo

From the moment I walked into that room at Red Ivory I couldn’t get that notion out of my head. Thinking back on it, I’m not even sure what it was, that jumped out at me. It may have been the eyes, or the hair. Probably the way that she held herself. Whatever it was, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head that Kele should have been painted by Tretchikoff. It’s not like I’m a Tretchikoff fan, or could even pinpoint a painting that she looked like. It was just an idea that kept rattling around my head.

The day itself was beautifully lit, Peo looked like he walked out of an audition for the next Bond movie. I kid you not, suave white suit and all. You really can’t beat that soft light that rolls off the mountains as the sun is setting. My favorite part of the day, the best man’s intro … unlike the sisters, we didn’t grow up without having a hand raised to us, that table over there beat us, and that table over there beat us … I still laugh when I think about it. Deadpan delivery as well.

Ok, so more photos from this killer bee Red Ivory wedding can be found on our Facebook page. If you were a guest or you know Kele and Peo, you’re welcome to tag yourself in or leave them a comment.

 

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

red ivory lodge wedding

 

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