An Uber Modern Wedding…

Khathala and Shawn were married at the Fairway Hotel, a venue in the north western suburbs of Johannesburg.  These two are a fun loving couple who were both looking forward to their big day!  I had no problem settling the guys into their prep shoot as they were naturals!

The guests were treated to a true integration of cultures, the ceremony ended with Khathalas friends and family breaking out into a popular Xhosa hymn which made my hair stand on end.  It was simply stunning.

Guests were treated to a pair of flip flops to rest their weary feet whilst they partied the night away on the dance floor.  Clearly this crowd were having a whole heap of fun!

I wish you both, Khathala and Shawn, a wonderful life together.  Blessings on both you and your families.  Thanks for sharing your special day with us!

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Handsome Dylan at 9 days old

…and this my dear friends, is a handsome ‘lil guy that belongs to a dear friend of mine.  I did this shoot as a newborn gift to her and her family.  I am honoured to be able to do this for a friend, what a wonderful present to share with someone.

Congratulations Michelle, Gerald, Kayla & Natalie on the birth of your precious son and brother, Dylan James Knotzer!  You will be blessed forever with so many memories and happiness!

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Timeless & Classic at St Andrews and St Johns College- Tenielle & James

It’s before the first thunder storms and the first rains here on the highveld, the month of September.  As we look forward to the cleansing water that will come to refill our glasses and clear the old from the new, so we look upon our new wedding season with as much creativity we can muster.   This wedding season will bring with it new bridal blossoms.

And for this wedding we had to look no further than our camera lens.  It wasn’t difficult to see that this couple, Tenielle and James, are in love and ready to take on their new beginnings.  The emotion between these two people brought back memories of my own wedding.  Everything about this wedding and this couple just oozed love and affection, classical elegance.  From the brides dress to the gorgeous decor that dressed the reception.

The ceremony took place at St Andrews School for Girls in Bedfordview.  It boasts gorgeous old English style grounds and architecture and its very own chapel.  Their in-house choir sang during the emotion-filled  ceremony.  The reception was then hosted at St Johns College in Houghton, what a gorgeous intimate affair where the couple could enjoy the wonderful company of their close friends and family.

A huge thank you to Andrea Carlyle for letting me second shoot with her today, her blog post and images can be viewed here.

Huge congrats to Tenielle and James for allowing us to capture your gorgeous and emotional day.  You will have a million lifetimes of blessings coming your way!  Enjoy your images.

For more images, please go take a look at my Facebook page here.

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A luxurious lunch at the Westcliff Hotel – Lindall & Brook

…and this guests is the document of a luxurious and intimate wedding at the LDS temple in Parktown and then on the the infamous Westliff Hotel in one of Johannesburg’s prime locations.

For some reason the Westcliff Hotel reminds me of the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, Egypt.  I can’t put my finger on it but I just couldnt’ help reminiscing of my days sailing down the Nile, where my husband and I got engaged.  This famous hotel is where Agatha Christie wrote ‘Death on the Nile’.  I felt nostalgic shooting this wedding here.

I joined Kat Forsyth as her second shooter for this wedding, her blog entry can be found here.  It was nothing short of simple elegance and intimate affair, Lindall and Brook’s intimate vows shared with their friends.  It was an emotion filled day with family both from UK and including themselves as well as Australia.

Best wishes Lindall and Brook on sealing your love by marriage.  May you continue to be blessed in the years to come.  Good luck in your studies and future paths!

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Intimate & elegant at Morrells – Yolandie & Francois

Its nearing my second wedding season here in South Africa.  I have just had the privilidge of upgrading my camera to a Nikon D700 (like today) and cannot wait for the wedding season to start officially!  I have a longing for what’s to come and inherent excitement of new creativity.

In the meantime, I have spent some time with a very talented young man, Hannes Uys.  Together we photographed a gorgeous wedding at an absolutely creatively inspiring venue, Morrells Boutique Venue.  I recently shot an engagement shoot there so was quite aware of what treats were held in store for us for a wedding.

The couple, Yolandie and Francois, were a match made for sure.  The pure emotion which emanated made it clear that this was no recent meeting and in fact, a couple who have been together for years, now sealing their love through marriage.  We were treated to just snippets of their world travel tales during the day, reminding me of all the destinations I’ve travelled to whilst living overseas!

Their friends and family were treated to simple yet elegant dining and an intimate atmosphere! Something to remember.

Congratulations Yolandie and Francois!  What a fantastic day for us to record for you!  A million blessings for a lifetime of happiness.

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Beautiful Bailey Reece at 9 days old…Blessings…

I had the fortune of spending some time with this gorgeous little girl this morning and her equally beautiful Mum and Dad.  With a glowing Mum and a doting Dad, what more could a little princess ask for.

…and here she is for all the world to see, Bailey Reece.  Masel Tov Cara & Brandon!!!!! A lifetime of blessings coming your way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Izzy at 6 months old….You get more beautiful as you grow!

I had another opportunity to spend an hour or so with a gorgeous little lady, Izzy!  I did her newborn photos and here I am celebrating her 6 months.  As she grows she gets more and more beautiful.  Mum came armed with all sorts of gorgeous little props tha she thought would really make the session fun, but Izzy decided that after an hour, it was just too cold and too much!  I’m looking forward to doing the family shots today!  And those I’ll post shortly!

Thanks Cara, next one up is your wedding!!!!!!! YAY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Victorian & vintage inspired at Morrells….

I had the fortune of joining Stella Sassen at the wonderful venue called Morrells for en Engagement Shoot with the gorgeous couple Kate and Graham.  The venue was chosen for it’s vintage inspired decor and elegant setting.  And both Kate and Graham definately looked the part for the first half of their shoot. 

They then got dressed into something more casual for the rest of the shoot.  One could quite clearly see the love and friendship that their relationship is based on.  They took many intimate moments which we captured…..and this creates an excitement about shooting what promises to be an amazing wedding with an amazing couple.

For more images from the shoot, check out Stella’s blog here

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A drop in at a gorgeous Muldersdrift Wedding Venue – Avianto

It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged.  I have a couple of things coming up but winter means hibernation in my mind!  So here’s to a fast approaching summer and new wedding season, I can’t wait…

I droped by this gorgeous wedding venue yesterday, Avianto, and took a walk around the grounds.  It truly spoke volumes to me….and it is that I’m so pleased we took the decision to come back ‘home’ after 14 years in the UK.  Even though the land on the highveld is brown and pretty much burnt, it still has this crazy, arid, smoky feel to it, and in my opinion still beautiful.

I had my camera with me and decided to take the opportunity of shooting a couple of things that just made me feel nostalgic and content.  Enjoy with me!

 

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Stella from Stella Sassen Fine Art Photography is offering newborn mentoring sessions!!!

Well, this couldn’t come at a better time.  Stella is offering ‘mentoring’ session on her newborn photography photo shoots!  She is a natural when it comes to working with newborns!  I have observed on a number of occassions and am really pleased that I got to have a preview before the launch.  For those photographers that are wanting to see and experience what goes into these photo sessions, please contact her for more information, stella@stellasassen.co.za.  Also check out her link here.

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