Andrea & Nicholas’s Wedding – Bon Amis on Bloemendal Wine Estate, Cape Town

Andrea & Nicholas are a special kind of wonderful; this couple made the most of two locations for their wedding day celebrations. After getting ready in her home, Andrea headed off to St Agnes Catholic Church which hosted the first, more intimate ceremony with immediate family. After which the beautiful couple invited friends and family to celebrate their union at Bon Amis, which hosted their second ceremony and beautiful reception.

What made the day even more special was that Maid of Honour, Tamaryn, who carried the bulk of the planning, was able to quickly identify, in her words, the ‘perfect’ photographer for the couple. Tammy was a bridesmaid at Natascha & Norbert’s wedding ( https://www.flashpoets.com/weddings/natascha-norberts-wedding/ ) and loved the way I was able to direct and engage her friends to call out the best of them on their day. She felt I could do the same for these newlyweds, and I was so pleased to crack the nod.

Andrea & Nicholas were relaxed and so easy to work with. I loved how organically they engaged the lens. They were so natural that there were many moments they forgot I was there, which was beautiful to witness. Nothing felt manufactured, just easy, fun and filled with magic

Seeing love in such a natural state is why I do what I do; may you enjoy their photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Anthea & Darryn’s Wedding – Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa Franschhoek, Cape Town

There’s nothing quite like a French-flair wedding venue to set the scene for a modern-day fairytale. And today, I’m bringing you a particularly gorgeous one from Johannesburg-based couple Darryn and Anthea who chose a destination wedding in the incredibly beautiful Franschhoek.  

Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, their stage for the day, is nothing short of mesmerizing: picturesque views, gorgeous, wide-open spaces and amazing little nooks all make for the most romantic location. Flanked by towering mountains, Le Franschhoek did not fail to deliver on wedding-day memories. Darryn and Anthea, both accountants by profession and evidently so in love, could relax into the day and let the location do all the work.  

This fun and friendly couple were such a dream to shoot. Watching them choose to invest in one another was one of the greatest privileges to watch. The reception was full of life and fun, and I couldn’t help but tap my foot and bop along to the beat as I watched Darryn strut his stuff.

A beautiful venue with an even more beautiful couple is a recipe for amazing photos, and what fun it was capturing these memories to enjoy for years to come. 

Another evocative wedding story – this time from Roz and Gaston’s wedding celebrations in Noordhoek, Cape Town.

Roz & Gaston’s Wedding – Monkey Valley Venue

Noordhoek, Cape Town

I’ve always loved music; there’s just something effervescent about the way it makes a person feel and come alive. ‘It’s poetry to melody’, I would say. I’ve tried to explain to other creatives that I see music in colours. Naturally, “rockstar” status was the ultimate. Now my poetry is visual, and my instrument is my lens. Still, this dream became a reality when I photographed Ros & Gaston.  

Ros getting ready for her wedding day
Ros being photographed for her wedding - putting on perfume
Ros getting ready at Craxton Manor in Constantia - the dressing room - before her wedding.
Ros, the bride, with her colourful wedding bouquet

Craxton Manor in Constantia was the dressing room, with the magnificent Monkey Valley in Noordhoek being the glorious stage. Both these locations make a wedding photographer’s life a breeze. Easily accessible from all parts of Cape Town, each venue offers picturesque backdrops for the vibrant couple. Constantia and Noordhoek carry a reputation for being beautiful – and oh how they showed off on this special day.

Bride and Groom posing together in the garden of Monkey Valley Venue
A close up shot of the Groom's suit and Boutonniere
The bride & groom walking casually away from the Monkey Valley Venue Chapel

Gaston, my groom, and I met 10 years ago as my music production course lecturer. All these years later, I had the privilege of capturing his special day with his remarkable bride, Ros. What a festival she is – beautiful inside and out. They were so easy to shoot – whimsical and free, yet stunningly peaceful. Shooting a wedding with a couple who are confident in who they are means I can craft poetically with my lens, bouncing light off soft pastels against the hues of the day.

What I love about Ros and Gaston is their unapologetic authenticity. Their steadfastness delicately filters through each photo and the radiance that you witness displays a life bathed in love.

Despite having to postpone on several occasions due to covid – we finally got to make ‘music’. Thank you to these two for gifting me with your story.

Bride and her bridesmaid pose with their bouquets, looking at each other
Wedding couple standing in the arch of the chapel at Monkey Valley Venue in Noordhoek.
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