"There's only one thing more precious than our time and that's who we spend it on." Leo Christopher
Monday, 15 August 2016
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
I don't even know where to start with Alex and Grytje's wedding story because It was such a great experience shooting my first international wedding. I have known Alex since he was a 14 year old boy and we played hockey together later on. He then moved to the Netherlands and met Grytsje. Every time I see her she reminds me of royalty, her looks and personality. Such a nice and caring person!
Their wedding was very different to what I am used to here in South Africa and although I understand Dutch pretty well, I got a little lost as soon as people started speaking to fast. So the pressure was doubled.
The day started off as usual with Alex and Grytsje getting ready for the big day and then things got interesting in a very cool way!
All the close family and friends gathered in a Central Park-like park in the middle of the city on a little bridge with Alex and Grytsje on either sides, waiting for their first look, it was one of those goose-bump moments!
After the first look we went of to do the bridal party photos followed by the couple shoot. While we were busy with the the couple shoot, the family set up a picnic in the park, were everybody enjoyed some snacks and champagne.
After the picnic it was off to the church for the ceremony. The church dates back to the 1400's and obviously was a thing of beauty!
After the ceremony we went of for the rest of the couple shoot in the inner city and as we walked thru the streets all the passers by congratulated the Alex and Grytsje.
The reception was held outside the city and as everything in the Netherlands, it was absolutely beautiful!
The reception was quite different for everybody involved because it was a mix between Dutch and Afrikaans traditions. There was "jump rope" that was strange for us to see at a wedding and the dutch found it strange when we ordered Alex to remove Grytsje's garter with his mouth while blind folded.
What a party it was!! With Heineken on tap we partied the night away!!
Thank you Alex and Grytsje!! It was an experience of a lifetime!!
Sunday, 27 September 2015
"Both of us loves to entertain and spend time with our friends. The wedding was a true reflection of the close relationships we have with the people around us, and how we normally would spend our free time. A fireplace, the live band, good food and wine and great company- it was perfect..."
Friday, 4 September 2015
From the moment we drove up to the farm I knew that this was
going to be a special wedding! Everywhere you looked, there was something special
that was done just for the wedding . (Remind yourself that this is a working
farm and that this is the first and probably only wedding that will ever be
I only met Jack and Dorothea the day before the wedding
since they live in Johannesburg and only came down to Beaufort West to get
married. As soon as I met Dorothea for the first time I saw the excitement in
her eyes and that got me really excited too.
Everybody pitched in to make Jack and Dorothea's day extra
special and almost everything was DIY!On the day of the wedding, everything went according to plan. The weather played along for the most part except for a fairly strong breeze
but that was no problem at all.The wedding car was Dorothea's father's first car and it just had to be part of the wedding.
Dorothea had some special areas in mind for the couple shoot.
Since she grew up o the farm I trusted that she knew what she was doing and it
paid off...BIG TIME!! We all got into
Jack's Fortuner and off we went, stopping here and there. Just as
the light was beginning to fade, Dorothea said that she wanted to go to a
certain hill overlooking the farm and when we got there I wondered if we were
going to be able to pull it off, since there was nothing else but the hill
but when we got to the top the clouds opened up just a little bit to let the
last sunlight through and what an epic view it was!! Just to put the cherry on
top; Dorothea's horses showed up and one more of her dreams for her wedding day
came true, to get some photos with her horses!When we got back to the farm yard for the reception everybody
gathered outside the "stoor" for the lighting of the bonfire. Jack
and Dorothea didn't cut the cake as usual, they lit the fire, which was very
unique and a first for me.We had the best time at the reception and we were treated
like family and not for one moment did we feel like service providers.Thank you very much Jack and Dorothea and both your
Thursday, 4 June 2015
Wow! What an amazing wedding! Inghe & Christiaan did not want to have a traditional South African wedding. "Why do I have to like everything that every body else likes?" They wanted to have a huge party with their close friends and family and that is exactly what they did.
We have not been to a wedding where the party actually started before the ceremony. People like to say that a wedding is a celebration. Inghe and Christiaan's wedding really was a celebration, from start to finish!
Their wedding was a reflection of their personalities unlike any we have ever seen!!
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
"Ons was saam op skool, maar weens die ouderdoms verskil het ons nie te veel gemeng nie. Ons is albei aktief by die plaaslike muurbal klub so daar het ek maar meestal haar bene bewonder. Dis egter eers n hele paar jaar later, wat ons mekaar raakgeloop het by Robertson se Wacky Wine wat ons toe eintlik eers begin gesels het. Daarna het ons saam gaan muurbal speel en my kleinseuntjie-droom waar geword het: ek en daai bene was op een muurbalbaan."