Tag Archives: Cape Town weddings

Bruce and Sarah, Buitenverwachting, Constantia

Bruce and Sarah, Buitenverwachting, Constantia

I met Bruce and Sarah for the very first time exactly two days before their wedding.

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Adam and Vania, Grotto Bay

Adam and Vania, Grotto Bay

I’m going to say two words here, and when I do, one of the groomsmen at Adam and Vania’s wedding at Grotto Bay (Simon is his name), is going to turn cold with sweat.

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Stephen and Danielle, Lyngrove Guest House

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Every year there’s one day, just one day that qualifies as ‘Scorcher of the Year.’ And at Danielle and Stephen’s wedding, that day decided to present itself in all its glory. It is INCREDIBLY tough as a photographer to stick it out in that heat. It drains every ounce of energy that you have. But let’s not feel overly sorry for ourselves shall we because it is not the photographer, but rather the groom and his boys whom are wearing the dark jackets complete with ties. It’s they who one needs to feel compassion for. At one stage I remember saying to Stephen: ‘jeepers, but aren’t you hot hey?’ And his response was: ‘no mate, I don’t really suffer from the heat.’ I immediately looked around to see where they’d hidden the candid camera. Not hot? Not hot? No look, I reckon he must have been hallucinating – because let’s be honest, this must have been akin to what a chicken feels like in the moments before it heads to the dinner table (with love and respect to all chickens). Thank goodness for Anne Mann and her foresight to have water-cooled fans dotted around the reception – life-saving stuff Anne. Especially after the traditional Israeli dance which the lads and lasses threw themselves into with such vigour I had to sit down afterwards. As for the reception set-up, wowee, class, class, and more class with incredible attention-to-detail (nice stationary Nancy Flint! And I encourage you to take a look at Nancy’s work, it’s incredible). Here are some of Stephen and Danielle’s photos from one heck of a splendid wedding day!

Bride in room

Bride close-up

Bride black & white

Wedding dress

Wedding ring

Bridal manicure

Bridal bouquets

Groom getting ready

Cute flowergirl

Wedding venue preparation

Wedding decor

Wedding flowers

Reception area

Reception tables

Reception stationary

Grand wedding cake

Wedding stationary

Bestmen

Groom kissing dad

Bridesmaids walking down the aisle

Flowergirl crying

Bride walking down the aisle

Bride and groom during ceremony

Bridesmaids and guests

Shy flowergirl

Bridal couple and parents

Bridal party

Wedding entertainment

Traditional dance

Bride and groom on chairs

Groom in flight

Party time!

Wedding guest dancing

Wedding speeches

Wedding speeches laughing

Singing waiters

First Dance

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Christin and Wilter, Constantia Uitsig

Christin and Wilter, Constantia Uitsig

There must be very few countries across the world that offer the variety of wedding settings that South Africa offers.

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Fortune and Onasis

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At school, I matriculated with an E in Maths. I didn’t do that much better at Science either. I was okay at History, below average at Art, and my Afrikaans was fair to mild. Every report I ever received said: ‘Warren must stop daydreaming and pay attention.’ I loved school, but I hated memorising what seemed irrelevant to me. I think I just saw the world differently to my contemporaries. School plays invigorated me because I could get lost in a fantasy world (as did writing English essays). What Einstein did (or did not do) I really could not give two hoots about – that was his business and I’m sure he had fun doing it, but inverse square laws, atoms, cloud formations, and war treaties signed by politicians on some river somewhere far away wasn’t really my scene. So where is this all going? Well, Fortune and Onasis’ wedding was one of those invigorating fantasy things that appeal to me. When it comes to weddings I have an acute ability to remember just about anything from any wedding I’ve shot anywhere. In the case of Fortune and Onasis’ wedding I’ll remember the absolutely amazingly stylish outfits worn by one and all. I’ll remember very, very cute little page boys named Abi and Denzel. I’ll remember Onasis and his ‘bodyguards.’ I’ll remember that the service started a mere 90-minutes late (Fortune, you were right when you told me your wedding would run on African time when we first met at the News Cafe in Blouberg). I’ll remember Fortune’s dad saying after the formal family shots that he had had such a good time as he pumped my hand. Wedding days should be made of memories and this one was. So Algebra and Winston Churchill, I’m sure you have your place, but if you don’t mind, I’ll just stick to reading Bill Bryson’s ‘ A Short History of Nearly Everything’ for now. Right, where’s my camera…

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Izandi & Du Toit, Blydschap: Part 1

Izandi & Du Toit, Blydschap: Part 1

It’s my website and it’s my business, so for once I’m going to be unashamedly biased! But it’s for good reason.

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Michelle and her bridesmaids

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A while back I met a father who came to the studio to pick up his daughter after a shoot. He said to me: ‘wow, is this what you do?’ I mean, do you come in here everyday and do this stuff?’ I told him it was indeed what I did to which he responded: ‘You clearly quite like what you do – I bet you don’t get Sunday evening blues.’ He had a point. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday – it doesn’t really matter what day of the week it is, I enjoy most things about my job – except the admin, which is a bit of a pain in the bum. But then, when you take a look at the photos below, how can you help but not enjoy your job? Look, believe me, there are some very quiet times when you’re not quite sure how you’re going to manage to pay the bills. But then, you have 5 absolutely drop-dead gorgeous girls walk into the studio with 3 bottles of champagne, cases of clothes and a real ‘let’s get it on’ attitude, and all is good again. So I was absolutely thrilled when Michelle and her bridesmaids pitched up for their Bride and Bridesmaids shoot. It was just awesome and what a fantastic bunch of girls. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I’ve decided to offer Brides and Bridesmaids shoots from hereon out. And at what I hope is a decent price (considering that it’s not exactly the highest priority on the wedding shopping list). But I reckon it’s probably something most brides would like to do with the girls – and hey, if the bachelorrete’s is thrown in at the same time, then so be it. Marvy. Enjoy the photos.

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How to be the perfect bridesmaid

How to be the perfect bridesmaid

Some people at a wedding are actually quite important. For example, the bride and groom are quite important or there wouldn’t be a wedding at all.

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Anke and Vincent, Forrest 44

Anke and Vincent, Forrest 44

Every so often a bride and groom come along and ask me to shoot the two of them before the ceremony actually takes place.

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James and Liesl, Betty’s Bay

James and Liesl, Betty’s Bay

The last time I was in Betty’s Bay was about 12 years ago. It’s grown a lot since then.

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