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Wayne & Dominique | Khaya Ndlovu Manor House, Hoedspruit

The wedding of Wayne & Dominique took place exactly a week after the previous wedding I posted and it was in the same general area near Kruger National Park.

The big question I had the whole winter through was whether or not to stay in the area between weddings, or to go back home after the first wedding and drive back for the next. Eventually I decided to camp in Sabie (the town) for the week. I had visions of sitting by my tent tying flies during the day, and catching trout in the late afternoons. I would be hiking in the mornings and reading books on my Kindle at night to the background music of hooting owls and a bubbling stream.

Sounds idyllic, right?

Well after day three it felt like a bit of a waste, I was missing my family and experienced strong feelings of guilt, the fishing sucked, it was hot as hell during the day and at night I barely slept because of the cold, my food left much to be desired, and it turns out my tent had a leak and all my clothes got wet after an evening rain storm. I really felt like time would have been better spent sitting behind a computer. Yes, it was that bad.

Enter the wedding of Dominique & Wayne. They booked a room for me at the Khaya Ndlovu Manor House near Hoedspruit where they celebrated their wedding. Heaven, in the form of a proper shower and clean bed sheets!!


On to the wedding itself. Die hard stalkers may remember this Facebook post from almost exactly 2 years ago. Yes, it finally happened, after 10 years of shooting weddings someone finally incorporated one of my favourite love songs into their wedding day. I was almost as thrilled as they were 🙂 My favourite image of the day is them kissing each other for the first time as husband and wife, and in the background is Dominique’s father wiping away a tear.

Wayne & Dominique also opted to have their wedding portraits taken the morning after the wedding. That meant a 4:30 wake-up call for Dominique and her MUA and I had my doubts over whether it was actually going to happen as in the early hours of the morning I was woken up by thunder, lightning and a rain storm. I half expected an sms calling the whole thing off. After much second guessing and a freezing drive looking around for a suitable location, it all turned out absolutely beautifully.

In the end I knew I got some killer images, heaved a sigh of relief, pointed the Volvo homewards, and hummed Peter Gabriel for 7 hours straight.


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Chris & Clare | Ulusaba Game Lodge, Sabi Sand

It’s a little crazy if you think about it. I’ve gone on those morning walks in Kruger National Park before and have never seen anything except a fresh pile of elephant dung and a zebra, but have your wedding ceremony out in the bush and suddenly elephants, giraffe, hyenas and rhino come around to say “hi” seemingly on a regular basis.

My first wedding of the new season kicked off in September at Ulusaba Game Lodge, just outside Kruger National Park in the Sabi Sand Reserve. Chris and Clare celebrated their union in a dry riverbed with close friends and family from all around the globe, followed by a game drive/portrait session under a rather moody sky, allowing for some fantastically dramatic images. The Ulusaba team rounded off the day with a wonderful lantern lit evening out in the african bush with live african dancing and the best noodles I’ve ever had. Yes, of course there were some other things as well, the tuna steaks were pretty amazing for example, and would it really be a South African wedding without a braai? But, that noodle stir-fry…

Thank you for having me at your wedding Chris & Clare, it’s been an honour. I hope you enjoy your photographs.

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David & Theoné | Secret Place, Parys

This is one of those blog posts that I should have written a long time ago. I do remember that it was a quiet and serene morning wedding. It was not a hot day, but sunny enough that the whole assembly moved their chairs into the shade of the giant oak tree on the side. It had that Sunday wedding feel to it. I remember that, and the fact that we hit the jackpot with the most gorgeous late afternoon light.

Similar to how Cindy and I did with our own wedding, Theoné and David decided to have their wedding in the morning, have a lunch reception and then do a photo shoot afterwards. It’s maybe a little risky if you think back at it (I spilled half a glass of red wine on Cindy’s dress for example), but we did photograph a few portraits between the ceremony and lunch to avoid total disaster and then went for gold with an after-reception photo session, and it really paid off.

The wedding was celebrated at the always classy and delightful Secret Place  here in Parys and we completed the photo shoot at The Dog & Fig brewery just outside town after dropping down to the river for 10 minutes.

I have to quickly mention Andre from Maison de Fleur who did an absolutely amazing job with the flower arrangements. They used to be around the corner from us here in Parys but have since moved their business to Potchefstroom. I can highly recommend their services. From the few times that we spoke I can attest that Andre is a make-it-happen kinda guy with great taste and insane skills. Theoné & David basically gave him free reign to do what he wants and the results didn’t disappoint, it was amazing.

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Bride of the year competition

Some of you may remember we asked you last year to vote for Liezel for an Australian bride of the year competition. Well she won her round and now it’s time for the finals! Please will you take the time to vote for her, it’s simply a click of a button, no details need to be exchanged, simply open the link above and click vote, that’s it.

She stands the chance to win a holiday to South Africa (she lives in Australia).

I have looked at the other entries and besides possibly being a little biased I think Liezel really deserves to win, she really did look stunning, plus it will really mean the world to her. She is a South African who is now married to an Auzzie and living in Australia, but like many ex-pats her family is still here in SA and I’m sure she misses them terribly and this is a great opportunity to see them again.

Besides, this is sort of an SA vs. Aus thing, so let’s not waste any opportunities here 😉