Ever so often you experience something that just keeps on replaying in your mind. This was definitely the case after Anne and Craig’s spectacular wedding in the small local town of St Francis, South Africa.
For days after the wedding, we kept speaking about how great their bridal party was; each and every one, excited for the couple. We laughed about all the funny moments that happened during the day, like Anne’s little shoulder jiggle after the paster announced her as Mrs Galloway, to the crazy dance moves by some of the more respected leaders of their church community. Even Anne and Craig’s thank you tokens left us with a treasured memory;
“He loved her, of course,
but better than that,
he chose her, day after day.
Choice: that was the thing.”
- Sherman Alexie.
It’s moments like these that remind us why we love to tell honest stories… because they are the ones that keep replaying in your head, days, weeks and years after the fact.
If all you knew about these two, was how happy they make each other, you would know that they were destined to be together. We walked into this wedding as strangers but by the end of the night it felt as if we walked away with two new friends!
Details of the day.
Flowers: Must love Flowers
Jewellery: Dear Rae
On the outskirts of Uitenhage, just a stone’s throw from Port Elizabeth, the Klein Rivier farm has been a special place for the Roux family through-out Karlien’s life. Their holidays were often spent camping in the valley and hiking through the mountain gorge, so it was no surprise to us when Karlien suggested we take an extended stroll to find some beautiful spots for their photoshoot.
We were completely blown away by the natural beauty that surrounds this part of the Eastern Cape. Their intimate ceremony was held in a sheltered opening on one of the hiking trails, allowing for all their friends and family to be covered from the bright summer sun by the tree canopy. Afterwards we all headed down the dirt road to the main camping grounds for a proper South African braai. The relaxed atmosphere around the fire was contagious and we couldn’t help but feel part of Karlien and Francois’ celebrations.
We walked away from this wedding so glad that we had the pleasure of being part of our second Roux wedding. Both Karlien and her sister Jeannie have set the bar very high for non traditional weddings and we are so honoured that we got to be part of this one too!
Nina and Brian decided to shrug off convention and celebrated their love with a humble shindig along the banks of the Piesang River. Their guest list was short, but it wasn’t difficult to see that everyone there was incredibly close to their hearts.
Nestled in the valley on the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, the Emily Moon River Lodge was the perfect spot to watch the sky turn blue as friends enjoyed a glass or two of vintage wine and the children toasted roosterbrood over the fire. Local musicians Brent and Lorette filled the dinning room with their melodies as everyone tucked into the four delicious courses prepared by Chef Hartley. The evening quickly dissolved into nostalgic laugher as Brian - jamming away to Tiggers cover renditions - raised yet another toast to their closest friends and family.
We walked away from this beautiful wedding with a whole dinner set in hand (handmade by Nina herself) and a collection of visual stories that we are so excited to share on this page.
Details of the day.
Venue: Emily Moon River Lodge
Flowers: Pippa's Flowers
Catering: Deidre Hartley
Wedding Film: Stuart Brink Films
Nestled in between the Compassberg mountains in the Karoo, the small village of Nieu Bethesda, has become a cultural hotspot in recent years, with many South African artists calling it home. It was here that our friends Tom and Sarah invited us to document their wedding day, set in the middle of the dusty street that runs through the centre of the village.
Tom’s parents invited us for breakfast that morning and went out of their way to make us feel a part of the family and their celebrations. It was an absolute pleasure to photograph their wedding, from Sarah’s nervous excitement to Tom’s check cracking grin whenever he looked at his bride, their day was a reflection of everything that their love is.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the amazing work of our friend Jacques Muller and his rustic venue Die Waenhuis that provided the perfect backdrop to Tom and Sarah’s reception. Authentic Karoo doesn’t even come close to describing his vision and hospitality. It was truly a bitter sweet moment when we bid our friends farewell, perhaps only saved by the blanket of stars that filled the clear night sky as they drove off on their new adventure.
You’d be hard pressed to find a happier bride than Lanice.
Her infectious smile is able to light up the entire room, and it was difficult to take a photograph where she didn’t look like it was the best day of her life. From the moment they met in the aisle, it was obvious that Daryn knew he had made the best decision of his.
We were so excited when we were able to convince them to brave the oncoming storm and sneak away for a quick portrait session along the wild coast. Away from the energy and excitement of their friends, we found a raw intense love between them, that we hadn’t expected. Their quietness allowed us to create some of our favourite images from the day, and showed that whether in laughter or silence, with every glaze they fell more in love.
It was beyond a privilege to be part of their awesome wedding day and we love each and every honest moment that we captured.
Details of the day.
Venue & Catering: The Plantation
Flowers: Floral creations
Hairpiece: Kary Meyer
Hair: Silverstars Summerstrand
Make up: Iris Gomez
Cake: House of Bake
Shawl: Mohair South Africa
Bridesmaids dresses: Hoiden
Kara and Pietman’s day personified everything that a wedding needs to be; a gathering of all your favourite friends and family who want nothing more than to celebrate your love for each other.
We could describe the rustic beauty of the barn, or the elegant, organic decor, but when you watched as they read their vows to each other, you would understand that for these two nothing else mattered except that very moment.
As their friends relaxed on the lawn outside the Rose Barn, sipping drinks and seeing who could land their golf ball closest to the wildlife in the next farm (top prize goes to their pastor, Jaco), you could sense a quiet happiness spread over them as they realised that they had truly just embarked on the most amazing adventure together.
We are truly thankful for being introduced to this awesome couple, and honoured that they would choose us to document their wedding day!
When your day start with a bride walking down the stairs, drumsticks in hand to sound check with the band, you know you’re in for an awesome party!
From confetti canons that literally knocked us sideways during the first kiss, to the best food truck chefs in the city, Alida and Richard’s wedding was an absolute blast to photograph! We left the wedding with our feet completely danced off and spoke about the celebration for days afterwards! No one could of pulled of a rockstar wedding better than these two.
Christine and Thomas’ wedding day took us on a road trip to the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. We met them on the Friday afternoon, basking in the breathtaking afternoon light with all their friends and family as the sun set over Morgan’s Bay.
Waking up with just the sound of the sea outside your window set the perfect tone for their beautifully relaxed wedding. In their quant little room overlooking the ocean Tina and her bridesmaids laughed the time away as they got ready while Thomas and his friends grabbed a couple of beers and headed up to the cliff tops to see who could make the furthest shot.
The South African sun blasted down onto a hundred happy faces as Tina and Thomas (or as she loves to call him, Moose) said their vows with nothing but the roar of the ocean to distract them. It was hard not to grin along with them as the confetti started to fly. We returned from our little escape with the in-love couple to the great excitement of everyone under the tent, who wasted no time in kicking the party into high gear.
It would be tricky to describe the jol that went down under the stars that night, but if we were pushed to answer it would probably be down to Christine and Thomas opening the dance floor to Proudly South African by Mango Groove. What a spectacular moment! From then on the dance floor rung to the sound of squeaking takkie and bass as their friends joined in to show Morgan’s Bay what it truly means to dance your socks off!
Then I have a secondary question. I have searched online and on your site and would like to know is there a way to create an index on the right or lefthand side of my blog that shows the different categories or tags for ease? One evening we received an email from Jeannie, she went on to explain how she wanted to strip away the cliches, cut off the frills and instead have a raw, intimate wedding on a rooftop with a just few friends and family. The part of her message that stuck with us most was her desire to be a trendsetter, to break the norm and steer away from the stereotypical images of a bride getting ready and long receptions, and instead have a simple wedding that focused on what is important to them; their commitment.
After chatting, we realised that she wasn’t a bride that needed one of our full packages but instead a raw, gritty, to the point one...much like her mail. She asked if we could make her a custom "Asphalt package”, which we then decided to dub the Charcoal Collection to give it a nicer ring.
A week prior to the wedding we got to meet them both at a local pub in Chapel street where Ebert told us about how they first met and they explained what makes them both tick. We then hit the street towards the rooftop where their wedding was to be held and walked around the neighbourhood of Donkin Hill, Port Elizabeth. As we walked past buildings both old and paint-less, and those already influenced by the inner city gentrification Jeannie and Ebert explained how they thought the renewal was a perfect metaphor for love, taking the old yet strong, and allowing it to be transformed and reborn into something more beautiful than it was before.
The view from the Rooftop Garden Bar showed Central in all it’s rawness, and provided the perfect backdrop for their special day in front of their friends and family.
Maboneng, meaning "Place of Light" is an urban neighbourhood on the east side of Johannesburg’s CBD. But more to the point it was home to Art on Main, the perfect location for Faye and Paolo to tie the knot - and any documentary photographer’s dream location to shoot in Gauteng.
Saturday in Maboneng means markets, and the street were bustling with life as we made our way through the busy neighbourhood. However all the noise faded as Faye’s mother and father walked her down the tree lined aisle to a very excited Paolo who lifted her clean off her feet.
One of our favourite moments during the ceremony was when Paolo whipped out his phone in order to get a once in a lifetime selfie of himself and Faye just moments before they were announced as husband and wife.
We hit the streets outside Art on Main and got some awesome shots along the art stricken walls before heading up to a nearby rooftop. Wow - we were taken back by the raw beauty of Johanessburg’s skyline at sunset. It was a dream working with Faye and Paolo and we were honoured to be trusted with documenting the best day of their lives.
It’s difficult to not get excited when a wedding allows you to explore a new corner of your country. As summer slowly turned to Autumn we headed out into the winelands of the Western Cape to photograph Robyn and Gavin’s wedding in the small town of Wellington. From Gavin's majestic ginger beard to Robyn’s amazing smile it took very little effort for us to capture the love and beauty that these two exude.
For many men, being turned down once is enough to make them give up, however Gavin clearly understood the amazing woman he was pursuing as he did his best to brush off Robyn’s self confused friend-zoning six more times before she agreed to a date. Not even the fact that she was then currently half way around the world could stop him from packing his bags and jumping on a plane.
Their wedding was a true testament to who they are as a couple, and the kind of community they have around them. Everything about their celebration was built from scratch by the hearts and hands of the people who love them. Robyn’s passion and (slight) obsession with boxes was even present with the 2000 plus hand folded boxes that Gavin and his friends hung around the lawn of The Provence where they were to be married.
As Robyn’s father lead their ceremony, evoking tears and laughs in equal measure, we were reminded that a wedding doesn’t have to be small to be intimate, all you need is to be surrounded by friends and family that love you.
She sees the beauty, the love, the chaos, the mystery of life.
She sees it clearly
And she reflects it in herself.
She is the beauty, the love, the chaos, the mystery of life.
- Daisy Field, Divine Feminine
There was a palpable magic in the air as the Karoo sun rose in Nieu Bethesda that morning, and it left us in total awe of this beautiful couple and their amazing wedding day.
Standing in the centre of a ring of their closest friends and family, surrounded by the beautiful trees that fill the Nieu Bethesda forest, Megan and Riaan couldn’t have chosen a more perfect place to make their promises to one another. Their day was a reflection of everything they hold dear; Mother Nature, love and the feminine divine.
A special mention needs to go out to Jacques Muller - owner of Die Waenhuis for all his amazing work!