Wayne & Dominique | Khaya Ndlovu Manor House, Hoedspruit - Johannesburg Wedding Photographer | Ben Viljoen

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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Colour portrait of groom at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House

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