Nambiti Hills wedding – Yolandi + Stephan

When you go to a wedding, get there and get treated like guests it is difficult to get in the car and leave not feeling like you are two friends better off. If I can shoot a wedding like this every day, I would probably be the happiest wedding photographer in the world…hands down.

Yolandi and Stephan could not have picked a more romantic setting to tie the knot. Nambiti Hills offer all the romance needed, and getting pampered in absolute luxury in the days leading up to the wedding day must be an experience to treasure for a lifetime. Judging by the relationship Yolandi and Victoria (the wedding co-ordinator) formed in a short time, the services at Nambiti Hills must be something you’ll write home about.

All the guests were treated to a stunning game drive after the wedding ceremony, and while braving the chilly breeze we got some delightful shots with the fading light of the setting sun over the Natal bush veld. Yolandi was so brave, getting in and out of her warm fleecy top to help me get the images they’ll look at in twenty years to remember the freezing cold breeze and their magical day.

When our time with them came to an end, we left with some warm, warm memories though. This is one wedding I know I will treasure the memories of.

Venue, food and decor: Nambiti Hills, reservations@nambitihills.com, (+27) 36 940 0085

Durban + South Coast wedding Photographer | Woz’Bona Photography

Photography have always been a passion of mine, and I have toyed with the idea of becoming a wedding photographer for some time, but mostly dabbling in travel photography. Come 2010, a return to South Africa, and thoughts and schemes started to take shape.

My first commission as a wedding photographer came with the wedding of Nathan + Christy at a delightful venue on a farm just outside Pietermaritzburg. This man is savvy on how to make the wedding day as special as possible for his girl. The venue was an absolute winter fairytale, with all the rustic, earthy colours under the trees.

Needless to say, I had to get the business up and running after that, and it was some time before I managed to land my second job as a wedding photographer. Shooting a wedding in the Drakensberg is truly any wedding photographer’s dream, I reckon, and after this one I managed to get quite few other jobs in the area (Paula + Donovan, Thea + Wayne and Rachel + Wendy), making full use of the opportunities to shoot some fabulous landscapes complemented by wonderful people.

I also captured weddings in and around the town of Ladysmith where we were based for just over a year. There are some splendid venues in and around this little, sleepy town, and I had opportunities to shoot at Naunton’s, Platrand Lodge and Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge (Yolandi + Stephan). On the odd occasion, there were some family shoots thrown in the mix, and it was a pleasant break from the more formal setting that is weddings.

After deciding to go back into teaching full-time, we now find ourselves on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast, hence the title of this post: Durban + South Coast Wedding Photographer. After a hectic six months settling in as a HOD at Creston College, I thought the time right to announce myself as another addition to the Durban + South Coast Wedding Photographer market. I’m not expecting to take the market by storm, and I am positive there are many fine photographers around the Durban + South Coast area. If you are in need of a decent wedding photographer at a good price, or want a fun family shoot done anywhere on the South Coast or Durban, get in touch. I will be glad to help.

 

 

Inter-continental wedding – Rachel + Wendy

It isn’t often you manage to get such a group of cosmopolitan people in one place at the same time…come on Rachel and Wendy’s wedding at Alpine Heath Resort in the Drakensberg. It was a clash of cultures and sexes in so many different ways, it is hard to contemplate where to start explaining the fusion that was this wedding. Rachel, a Jewish-American girl from New York, smoothing out the more robust edges of the African culture with Wendy, a Zulu girl from the small town of Ladysmith in South Africa.

If I had to go into detail about everything that went down at their wedding, it’ll take a while, and your jaw will drop. With the mixture of cultures it seemed we were heading for a difficult day, but at the end everything was so beautifully balanced. Rachel with her Jewish-American contribution contrasted delightfully with the traditional singing and dancing from the Zulu culture Wendy’s people brought to the wedding.

A special mention has to go out to the people from Absolute Perfection for managing the day like total pros, and getting the decor for the wedding absolutely spot-on. It all just contributed to the unique balance this we were so blessed to share with Wendy and Rachel.

 

Venue: Alpine Heath Resort, +27 36 438 6484, ceres@threecities.co.za/gm@alpineheath.co.za

Event co-ordination, Styling and Floral design by Absolute Perfection, Candace Allan, +27 (0) 72 314 9347, info@absoluteperfection.co.za

 

Wedding photography at Platrand Lodge with Charl + Maryke

Doing the wedding photography for Charl and Maryke’s big day was a bit more challenging than the engagement session (you can check out the pics from the engagement session here). The late summer afternoon we had to shoot their engagement was just perfect, with light you could cut like butter.

Their wedding day was a totally different story. Windy, getting colder as the day progressed, and just a bit grey. None the less, with a bride willing to brave the icy wind and a groom that is phased by almost nothing, we set out and got some great images. It just reminded me once again about the job and responsibility that wedding photography is. You have to make the best of what you’ve got. You only have one chance at it, so you’d better know how to use the environment, the available light and your gear.

Massive thanks to Maryke for braving the cold. Without her steely determination and Charl’s calm demeanour, I would have had my work cut out for me. And then of course my assistant and lovely wife. She just doesn’t stop talking, and that almost certainly helps keep people’s minds occupied.

And then, lastly, I have to commend the folks at Platrand Lodge once again for putting up a quality event. They really know how to make it unforgettable. I really hope it isn’t the last time I shoot a wedding at Platrand Lodge.

Engagement session with Charl and Maryke

I met Charl and Maryke for the first time about 2 weeks ago for a little engagement session before the big day. We hopped around town a bit to do some location shots before heading out to the veld at Platrand Lodge to make full use of the setting sun and the soft, buttery light that comes with sunsets in this part of the world.

We started of in an old abandoned train yard in town, and got some great shots there with the fading light. Maryke’s stunning blonde hair really brought out the best in the sunset, with golden coloured highlights making some of the images really dramatic and adding great texture.

With him being an engineer and her an actuary, it is a match made in heaven. The fact that they are just sooooo in love made my job a lot easier, and all I have to do was set the stage to capture the moments as they happened. If this is what their engagement session was like, I can’t wait for the wedding. It is going to be a fairy tale in the Northern Natal Bush veld.

The Grobler Gang: Family Photography

As much as I loooove wedding photography, I have to say that family photography is so much less stressful. If the weather doesn’t want to play along, you just reschedule. If the kids are sick, or you are, or the parents are, you just reschedule. The parents are usually the most stressed, because they are terrified the sprogs aren’t going to behave. The kids act up to the camera, and it makes doing family photography so much fun, and so easy. When the parents realise they can’t control the kids, they start chilling out. Oh, and of course I encourage the kids.

Snapping the Groblers wasn’t any different. Emma was on the verge of her first birthday, and you could see she had some attitude. Seth was just out of his skin. Totally. I started thinking he must’ve sneaked a Red Bull earlier. This just played right into my hands. Everything was just kicking off, the light was flowing like butter, and I was filling up cards. Loving it.

 

Wedding Photography at Naunton’s with Nondumiso and Andile

Meeting Nondumiso and Andile for the first time was a real treat. They are a young, successful and driven couple, that know exactly what they want. Doing the wedding photography for them on their special day was not at all any different, as the wedding venue they chose have been in the business for some time, and have raked in awards for the events they organise. Especially weddings. The people from Naunton’s Guest House near Ladysmith in Kwazulu-Natal really know their stuff, and made my job shooting the wedding so much easier by creating the perfect venue to photograph the event.

Nondumiso and Andile certainly looked the part, and their guests were no less glamorous. The whole day was just perfect, and apart from a threatening thunderstorm late in the afternoon, the occasion was joyous as only Zulus can have it. Singing and dancing aplenty.

 

Drakensville Wedding Photography with Paula + Donovan

Paula and Donovan are Ladysmith locals in the true sense of the word. Referred to me by another local, when they decided to sign me up to do their wedding photography I was well excited. The venue of their wedding, the ATKV Drakensville resort in the Drakensberg is one of my favourites, and just perfect for wedding photography. The wind was howling on the day, and without my trusty assistant there on the day it was going to be a bit of a challenge. Never the less, I roped in some guests to help with the lighting, and we all came out smiling in the end. Not only did the mountains provide some really great photo opportunities, the festivities after the formalities was exactly that, festive. Trust a bunch of Ladysmith locals to throw one hell of a party.

Gauteng Wedding Photography with Grant & Nicolette

Doing wedding photography for family or friends is usually something I try and avoid at all cost, but after doing a wedding for a friend not too long ago, I was less reluctant to shoot for Grant and Nicolette at The Farm Inn in Gauteng. It is a great venue. The grounds is a great setting for some stunning photographs.

Getting the best shots was going to be a bit tricky, seeing it was a morning/early afternoon wedding. Thankfully they were very flexible, and we waited till latish in the afternoon before we did the couple shots, making it much easier and getting much better light. Once these two got into their stride, all I had to do was get the shutter to do its work.

Here are some shots from the day, on a cold, wintery Highveld  afternoon. Gauteng wedding photography at its best!

Venue: The Farm Inn, Cecilia Michaletos, Banqueting Co-ordinator, Tel: 012 809 0266, Fax: 012 809 0146, e-mail: functions@farminn.co.zawww.farminn.co.za

Stationary: Adri, Bathusi Promotions & Suppliers, Tel: 012 567 3968, Fax2Mail: 086 505 4756, Fax: 012 567 0726, www.corporate-branding.com

Décor & Flowers: DERICK lavendulla@mweb.co.zawww.lavendulle.co.za, Tel: 012 347 4880

Music: Albert: 082 928 0886, Angie: 079 695 2209, email: starlightsounds62@yahoo.comwww.infostarlightsounds.co.za

Cake: Lorraine Van der Merwe, email: lscreations2008@gmail.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Ls-Creations/125417917482981

Minister: Carlos Coveiro, Charmaine Rorke, email: charmainer@doxadeo.co.za, Tel:012 333 5426, www.doxadeo.co.za/MootCampus.aspx

Dresses, Makeup, Nails, Hair: Melinda – 084 585 9798, Lucinda – 079 895 4543, Lizelle – 079 987 3633

Videography: Liezel Genis, 083 452 6575, info@liezelgenis.co.za

Isla’s Christening

Shooting a Christening was definitely a first for me. Michelle and Anthony contacted me a while back to photograph the christening of their first bundle of joy, Isla. After spending several years in the Middle East, they were in South Africa for some time off before jetting off to the UK again for work and their next big adventure. Between the two of them they have as many degrees as I have digits, so I think it is pretty safe to say that Isla will be nothing short of genius. She is already the sweetest little thing, and being able to do the photography for her christening was an absolute honour.

After doing some research to get a couple of perspectives on how to approach shooting a christening, I felt much more confident. I did some location scouting, checked out the lighting in the church and made sure I knew what the settings on my trusty old Canon 5D  with the 24 – 70mm f2.8 should be to get the best images possible. I was lucky to have a little word with the priest before hand to just make sure there aren’t any parts of the service/ceremony I was not welcome to shoot. Needless to say he was very helpful, and urged me to cover as much of it all as possible, insisting that it is a celebration, and nothing was off limits.

The day itself went off without a hitch, and I would just like to say a special thanks to Anthony, Michelle and Isla for bearing with me to get some shots of them after the service in the church. Little Isla was getting hungry, and I suspect tired too, but she was great and I did manage to get some great shots of Mum, Dad and their little bundle of joy. Here are some selected images from the christening.