Archive for January, 2010

Behind the Scenes of the February Issue of Splendid Affairs Magazine

January 28, 2010

And if that title isn’t self-explanatory, I don’t know what is. :-) Last week I got together with Eve of Splendid Affairs, Sam from Lashline, and two beautiful girls, Cat and Zindre, at the AMAZING Shepstone Gardens, and photographed the heck out of over a dozen gorgeous wedding dresses. I was in my element with all the different styles and hairdos, not to mention the seventeen million places you can photograph at Shepstone Gardens.

The magazine will be out in early February, but here’s a look at some of what went on behind the scenes:

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Just a sneak peek of goodness to come. :-) It was threatening rain the entire day, and in fact it did come down while the make-up was being done, but then it kindly let up for us to do our thing. This isn’t the first time that’s happened to me at Shepstone. There must be a kind of magic there.

Capturing the Feeling

January 21, 2010

 

I’m just finishing editing Mel & Graeme’s wedding, and I found these two pictures that just sum up the feel of the wedding for me.  Sitting at the reception after the ceremony, listening to the fabulous African jazz band, just feeling the happiness pervading the crowd, and the love Mel and Graeme have for each other and for everyone there, I just felt so chilled and happy, even though I was technically working.

Can you feel it?

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Deliciousness from Wanja & Dave’s wedding

January 18, 2010

On Saturday I had the pleasure of assisting Tanya Rudman at the wedding of Wanja and Dave at Shepstone Gardens. And what an incredible wedding it was! Here’s a little teaser:

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DIY Wedding at home {Jade & Craig)

January 15, 2010

 

Another wedding at home that could blow venue weddings out of the water! Jade and Craig (remember them from their fun and fantastic engagement shoot?) got married at Jade’s father’s house in Houghton. The ceremony was in the garden on the edge of the hill, overlooking the city, and the marquee for the reception was filled with white lanterns and hanging hearts. So gorgeous! Rain was threatening the whole day, but although it apparently poured in the south of Johannesburg and north of Houghton, we stayed dry. We did the couple shoot at Roedean School, and had so much fun! Jade and Craig, thank you for being so sweet, wonderful, fun and in love (oh, and for being willing to do anything I asked!).

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It takes a village to dress a bride…

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Oh, Jade – are you kidding me with that gorgeousness?

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The evening ended with a surprise from Jade’s father:  paper lanterns for everyone to make a wish on and float into the sky. Definitely one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen at a wedding.

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Jade and Craig, it was an honour to shoot your wedding. May your future be filled with all the joy you deserve!

Some of my favourite photos from the Splendid Affairs Magazine shoot

January 12, 2010

 

Here are a few of the photos I took, but that we ended up not using in the magazine. I love them, though!

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Mel & Graeme’s homegrown wedding

January 4, 2010

 

If you think there’s not much you can do to make a wedding at your house beautiful and personal, think again. I fell in love with the little details Mel & Graeme thought up – from the little chandeliers hanging over the carport, to the petal-strewn driveway, to the lanterns inside the marquee, to the heart-shaped rose-filled wire ornaments…I could go on for ages!

Or I could just let the photos speak for themselves.

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Mel’s blue-grey vintage-inspired wedding dress was designed by the fabulous Abigail Betz.

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She wore shoes she already owned…and why not, when they’re this pretty?

Her birdcage veil with feathery-rosey yumminess was also designed by Abigail Betz.

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Mel and Graeme did a First Look before their ceremony. I set Graeme up under the gazebo and had Mel walk out to meet him. I think his face says it all.

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Graeme’s two sons stood beside the couple as they made their vows and became a family. I love the expression on 9-year-old Nicholas’ face in this one.

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I love everyone clapping as Mel and Graeme were pronounced husband and wife.

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…the perfect end to a perfect wedding. Mel and Graeme, I hope you love your photos as much as I loved your wedding.