When Derryth and Cael’s mail arrived in our inbox we required very little convincing to get excited.
“We would like to have a very laid back, ‘Kuier’ style wedding, because that's the type of people we are. Our wedding day will be about having a good time with our friends and family and not worrying too much about keeping up appearances”.
To say we were sold is an understatement.
We arrived the day before and had the pleasure to meeting their friends and family at a chilled braai in her hometown of Graaff Reinet. Rather than splashing out on a trendy wedding venue they had both agreed to instead host their down to earth celebrations atDerryth’s alma mater, Union High.
The church bells rang in the dusty streets of Graaff Reinet as Derryth walked down the aisle, her father on one arm, and her eyes glued to her husband to be. From the moment he saw his bride Cael couldn’t look away, even as we took a little road trip up to the Valley of Desolation these two only had eyes for one another.
We often tell ourselves we shouldn’t overshoot on a wedding, but when you have some of the Eastern Cape’s most spectacular scenery right in from of your eyes, and a couple so excited and in love, it’s difficult to not get a little carried away. We had an amazing time with Derryth and Cael and were just a little bit behind schedule as raced down the mountain side to the celebrations in the town below.
When it came time to say our goodbyes we couldn’t help feel that the day had turned out exactly as Derryth had hoped it would, and we jived back to our car, feeling lucky that we had the privilege to document this lovely couple’s wedding day.
Well if you are, what you love,
And you do, what you love
I will always be the sun and moon to you
And if you share, with your heart
Yeah, you give, with your heart
What you share with the world is what it keeps of you
- Noah and the Whales Give a little love
Driving into Stef’s family farm, we were unsure whether we were at the right place. Tucked away on the outskirts of George, this rustic little farm house did not say wedding at all. Instead we arrived at a little stretch tent decorated with multicolour banting, wheel barrows full of drinks and the coolest stripy, yellow floor. To say this wedding was refreshing, would be an understatement. The chairs were begged, borrowed or stolen, the aisle was splashed with purple petals from a nearby bush and Christine’s wedding shoes were her favourite pair of boots.
Stef and Christine’s wedding was perfection. The night was lit by the glow of fairy lights, that we can only assume came from everyones Christmas storage and we were all kept warm as we drank our wine out of paper cups around a roaring bonfire. Whenever we look at this collection of images we hear the laughter and happiness that filled the air that night, and we remember that all your need for an amazing wedding is good friends and a lot of love.
When I was younger I saw my daddy cry
And curse at the wind
He broke his own heart and I watched
As he tried to reassemble it
And my momma swore
That she would never let herself forget
And that was the day that I promised
I'd never sing of love if it does not exist
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
- Paramore: The Only Exception
As creatives, we often find that we are so consumed by our work, that we seldom make time to have fun and experiment with couples. That's why it's great when friends get engaged. They know you and trust you enough to stand around while you do little dances of excitement over the latest image that you created.
Zinzi and Asa, organised access to the newly renovated Tramway Building in Port Elizabeth, so that we could play with all the awesome light and their pretty faces. We left that day (luckily after forgetting to lock our car in the CBD) with some awesome images, and a really fun time with our friends.
Come on, HOW COOL ARE THEY!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.