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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.

Bride and groom in veld near Parys after their wedding at Secret Place.

Beautiful flowers done by Maison de Fleur from Potchefstroom

Bride getting ready with her dress hanging ready in the next room

Mom struggling to get a pageboy dressed before a wedding in Parys.

Bride checking her make-up with her mom in Parys at Secret Place

classic portrait of bride in dappled light in Parys

Groom contemplating as he is getting ready with a pageboy

Kids struggle to focus at wedding ceremony at a wedding in Parys at Secret Place

Delightful wedding ceremony at Secret Place in Parys

dried seeds and flowers as confetti at this wedding in Parys

indoor portrait of bride and groom reflecting in a mirror

at a wedding in Parys at Secret Place a young boy tastes champagne and seems to like it

bride and groom enters the wedding reception area

Bride & groom on the banks of the serene early autumn Vaal river in Parys

a child sits with a bride and listens to the reception speeches

Groom giving a delightful speech during a wedding lunch at Secret Place, Parys

Page boy watching rugby while the wedding reception is underway at the Secret Place in Parys

Beautiful afternoon light on this bride and groom in Parys at the Dog & Fig brewery.


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