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South Coast e-session | Ryno & Anje

I have to admit this post is a little belated. Ok, very belated. I did this couple shoot with Ryno and Anje while they were down to sort the last bits and bobs for their wedding. The wedding has been, I have photographed it, and I have to to at least get the engagement session post out there before I send the wedding post into the world wide web.

It was great that they were out here in December. The long sunsets makes for plenty of time and great light to capture the anticipation of the pending big day. I don’t think they even had a chance to sit down in the couple of days they were here, so I hope this little session was a relaxer. Ryno especially looked strung like a longbow. I suppose it is perfectly natural if you want to make sure your wedding day is everything your future bride expects it to be.

Here are some of the shots we made in the little time we had together. The wedding was fabulous. Watch this space for the wedding post.

Anniversary photos | Avashnee + Jayan

I get to photograph quite a few weddings, and have to pinch myself at times, wondering how many of them will actually stand the test of time. Being a bit traditional and still placing plenty of value on marriage and family, I was elated to hear that Avashnee and Jayan wanted to have anniversary photos done of their 10th year as a married couple.

I was invited to capture the renewal of vows for Mandie + Erik at Nambithi Hills private game lodge last year. I wrote then about what an honour I felt it was to share such an occasion and being able to eternalise it with some anniversary photos. For the same reason I was just as stoked to do the anniversary photos for Avashnee and Jayan.

The session was supposed to happen on the Saturday of the weekend in question, but the weather was atrocious. We moved it over to the Sunday morning. Apart from a little chill in the air, we were greeted with a splendid morning at The Gorge Private Game Lodge and Spa. The views and backdrops from this venue over Oribi Gorge is just phenomenal, and certainly lends itself to some great photos.

Avashnee and Jayan is clearly just as in love, if not more so, now as they no doubt were when they got married. I just love spending time in the presence of such occasions. In many ways it is even more satisfying than the joy and bliss of a wedding day, because you know this is a more weathered, moulded by life type of love. It really renews my faith in the institution of marriage. Enjoy the photos.

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Selborne Golf Estate Wedding | Jeannie + Hein

Wedding or no wedding, this was one heck of a party. Being good friends with the bride and groom goes a long way to making the wedding photography for an event like this much easier, but does not take the stress out of it. Shootings weddings is and always will be a massive challenge for any wedding photographer.

Selborne Golf Estate is truly a fantastic venue to get married at, and my first and hopefully not last wedding there was special. The grounds (of which Hein is the keeper by the way) is stunning, and there are several little forest trails to venture onto where some great images can be captured. With the beach a hop skip and a jump away, we didn’t waste any time to take full advantage of the opportunity. Come to think of it, it was a thrilling mix of golf estate, beach, railway and trains that made capturing these images so much fun.

Jeanni and Hein…it was great. A true ‘boere troue’ in every sense of the word. Thanks for not only allowing me to capture your special day, but for being such good friends. The girls are constantly asking when we are seeing each other again. Soon I hope.

Venue + catering | Selborne Park Golf Estate Clubhouse, Pennington, www.selborneparkgolfestate.com, 0871350559.

Hair | Sandy + Rikkie, Hairguru, Scottburgh, [email protected], 0399761121.

Make-up | Alison, Salon Alison Umdoni Retirement Village, Pennington, 0829208627.

Dress | Charmaine, Alberton, Johannesburg, 0828176175.

Flowers | Jacolette Crous, Beach house decor, Pennington, 0836321114.

Decor | Jeanni & Hein Labuschagne.