Bianca + Claude | Gelukkie Paternoster

Now and then a couple comes along who shakes your foundations. I didn’t put out a full preview on this wedding, because I felt the need to sit among these moments first; Kind of like spending time in a library surrounded by fascinating books. Claude and Bianca’s love became evident long before the day when they exchanged rings. Their love lives outside of them, in their own tiny bodies. Their children are the living testament of a commitment made long ago that surpasses any legal document or shiny band. As someone who doesn’t have kids of my own, I kind of ‘got it’, watching them do their thing. Family is life and they are doing it right! C+B, the pleasure was most certainly all mine!

Venue, Catering and Flowers: Gelukkie | Coordination by Tying Knots | MUAH by Elmarie Koch from Labut Emporium | Wedding dress from Bridal Unique | Traditional Scottish Attire from Staghorn Scottish Outfitting & Kilt Hire | Cake by Joy Clokie

Philip + Jo | Die Strandkombuis

What was supposed to be a quick preview turned into a full fledged wedding blog! I just couldn’t help myself; There are too many beautiful things about this day. The moment I arrived at Die Strandkombuis and walked into the shelter of that huge stretched tent, I knew that there was no limit to the level of attention to detail. Everything had meaning; From the smallest Chuckle to the Celtic knot pendants Philip made for Jo’s daughters. These knots also featured on decor and stationery: Delicate glass urns and pots were engraved with this Quaternary symbol and neatly stamped silver wax seals adorned table decor and seating charts. Shades of duck egg and pale blue complimented the Dusty Miller that was used in bouquets and arrangements perfectly. Adding to this deliciously dusty dream were Café au Lait roses as big as tennis balls! Be still, my heart! The sentiment surrounding all these elements stretched like an intricate web from Jo and Philip’s hearts, through the heart ache and laughter life has given them, to the hearts of their guests. This is the start of a brand new chapter; There is much to celebrate!

Enough of my banter! See for yourself how things came together to create wedding perfection. Hats off and glasses up to everyone involved; I’ll brave anything with you!

Venue: Die Strandkombuis | Coordination by Tying Knots | Decor by West Coast Event Shed | Catering by Die Strandkombuis | Bridesmaids’ Hair + Make-up by Catherine M | Cake by A Cake Story | DJ Cape DJs | Stationery by Toasts & Tassels and Yolande B Caligraphy | Photobooth by Oh Snap Photobooth | Flowers by Flowers on the Stoep | Bride’s hair by Salon Megz

Linda + Nadine | Paternoster Elopement

If you were to write their names backwards it would spell F-U-N. I will say this: You cannot compress, encapsulate or contain this type of love. Being present on this heavily overcast day when Linda and Nadine exchanged vows was like food for my soul. I’m going to dig deep for the ultimate in cheese with the following analogy: Soap and water; Two very things that become pure magic when shaken together: BUBBLES. The child-like excitement and unabridged joy that bursts forth when these two individuals are in each other’s company is almost indescribable; There is this playfulness that competes their intimacy so beautifully! I’m happy about the weather we had. Without sun light to saturate the environment, our surroundings just faded away and left only Linda and Nadine, happily skipping and laughing their way into forever.

Thank you for choosing South Africa, and thank you for choosing us. May you continue to teach how to love with total abandonment wherever you go, and may our paths cross again xx

DREAM TEAM | Venue: Die Gaatjie Restaurant and Gelukkie | Coordination by Tying Knots | MUAH by B’s Gallery | Cake by Joy’s Cakes | Bouquets by Ruth Nisbit

Louise + Bryan | Die Woud

I met Mr. & Mrs. English when I photographed Louise’s brother’s wedding in the Spring of 2017. I probably don’t have to tell you how ridiculously excited I was when I received an email from Lulu, asking me to be their photographer as well. I counted down the months, then the weeks and finally I counted down the days. The trip to Caledon felt like forever and when I woke up on this glorious Friday morning I felt like a child on Christmas! Everything Louise and Bryan dreamed of came alive with the creativity of the professionals involved. I’m still at a loss for words and when I look at these images I have to pinch myself and say, “Yes, Jude, this really happened!”

L + B, all I can wish for is that you feel the same when you sink into these photographs; That every butterfly, smile and tear steps into the light again under the leafy canopies of memory. May love carry you always and may you find shelter and strength in each other every day of your lives. Most importantly, may you always laugh as wildly and beautifully as you did on this day ♥

Venue: Die Woud | Coordination by Leandré Muller | Flowers by Creative Nook | Stationery by Susan Brand | Catering by Die Woud | Hair by Love Hair Boutique | Make-up by Wonderfully Made | Wedding dress by Didi Couture | Cake by the Bride herself and Janine Louw of Die Woud | DJ DJ Pepe SA | Videographer Aletta Francina Film | Assistant Photographer Sonja Walker

The Old Forge

If you haven’t dined at The Old Forge in Darling yet, you are missing out on an experience that will leave each of your senses properly romanced. Owners Nina and Michelle created something stellar when they moved into this space built in 1910. Smooth, deep south blues floats on the breeze that flows through the large barn doors as the sun washes in from the West. A cozy bar is tucked away behind the beautifully detailed, wooden stair case which rises next to the fireplace with its two wing back chairs. The chandelier from a bygone era suspended in the center of this magnificent roof captivates my imagination and I feel like I could be in a 1920’s Opera house, on the Titanic or drinking English tea in India. Speaking of bygone days; The wooden bar top comes from none other than the legendary Rafiki’s in Kloof Street! Man, if that counter could speak…

I’m leaving it here. I’ll say nothing more about the food, because it’s simply something you’ll have to experience first hand. Phone. Book a table. Just go!

The Old Forge Bar & Restaurant | 7 Long Street - Darling | 072 822 5518

Liné + Jurgen | Gelukkie Paternoster

These sweet, young lovers will steal your heart like they did mine. Their friends and family joined them under the trees of Gelukkie as they said their vows on one of the most perfect West Coast mornings ever. I’m secretly in love with morning weddings, you know. An early start means that you have so much more time to spend with your VIP’s! A fair warning; DO NOT scroll through if you are hungry! The Gelukkie team went all out with the most glorious pastries, cheeses and apple cakes you could possibly imagine. And that wedding cake...omg. Attention was paid to every last detail right down to the terra cotta-potted succulents Liné & Jurgen gifted their guests. I’m grateful for feeling so at home with this family! Thank you for making me part of all the feels ♥

Coordination by Tying Knots | Decor by Ruth from Gelukkie | Venue + Catering by Gelukkie | Make-up by Carli Smallberger | Hair by Hennie | Wedding dress by Biddy Le Maitre | Cake by Charmaine from Mondvol

Nick + Tammy | Die Strandkombuis

What a beautiful day on the West Coast it was when Tammy married Nick on the dunes of Yzerfontein! This gorgeous rustic seaside venue was glammed up with clean cut modern furniture and delicate blooms, all the while staying true to a natural theme. No wedding is without its hiccups, but the day went off without a hitch thanks to the outstanding organizational skills of Cindy from Tying Knots. I can honestly say that working with everyone involved was an immense pleasure and that they are among the top ranks of the industry. Tammy with her grace and gentle nature stood out in a beautiful gown adorned with feathers and lace. What a knock-out! You’ll soon know what I mean…enjoy the preview!

Coordination | Tying Knots Wedding Coordinators

Decor | aCreate

Venue & Catering | Die Strandkombuis

Hair & Make-up | Catherine M

Cake | Marina Greens

Minister | Rev Josef Brits

DJ | Rolling Audio

TC + Lourens | Ysterberg Limpopo

Limpopo province is a strange place for a girl from the cape. It’s HOT, everything is the same colour and it’s dry enough to make your super soft Sasko turn into rusks by noon. But come sunset and the dusty landscape explodes into the most magnificent red and orange extravaganza your eyes have ever seen! The sky goes up in flames like it’s the last hoorah before the cool evening settles in.

TC and Lourens moved to the Cape in 2010 and brought the fire with them. The roots they’ve grown here has intertwined with those they’ve met and come to love. When they asked me to make the trip for their wedding in their homeland up north, the answer was a resounding YES! Nothing was going to stop me!

They chose Ysterberg Oord for their weekend of celebration; An old train station turned oasis between Mokopane and Polokwane. I will remember this as the most exciting, exhausting, rewarding solo trip of my life. Thank you for the memories, my sweet friends. May we make many more ♥

Erick + Elana | Neo Venue - Wellington

I ‘m a little scared that I might break the internet with the shear magnitude and tremendous beauty of this post. There is a hecking lot of images here, but the simple fact is this: You have to see all of it!

Elana is so graceful. She has this calm, gentle demeanor that you can’t help but gravitate towards. Erick is as gentle-natured as his wife and they welcomed me with open arms. This was truly one of the most beautiful days I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing. A divine venue, gorgeous styling, ideal weather and food to die for…everything was perfect right down to the smallest pearl. But as lovely as everything was, it would have been nothing without its people. You always hear me ranting about how awesome the Swartland locals are and that they make the best wedding guests…well, it’s still true. They are people who love soil on their hands, the smell of rain, genuine laughter and rib-crushing hugs. These are Erick and Elana’s people and they are loved. How great is it to know that this huge family has your back?

Here is a little part of the love story that makes up Erick and Elana. It’s only just begun ♥

Venue | Veo Venue - Wellington

Catering | Wilinda Hanekom

Hair + Make-up | Ida Webster

Wedding dress | Rebecca Ingram - Eve’s Bridal Wear

DJ | Mike Engelbrecht

That time I worked for Kusjka...

Back in 2017 I shot along side Kusjka du Plessis under her banner. The wedding was in Noordhoek and it was one of the windiest weddings I have ever had the pleasure of working at…I say that because I secretly love the wind, but only when it comes to photographs! The other thing I secretly love is being a second shooter. It’s not that the pressure is less; Not being in the captain’s seat just means that your main focus can be on the little moments in-between. This wedding was loaded with feels and it’s awesome that I get to show you some. Keep a lookout! You’ll see the lovely Kusjka in a few too…

Cecile + Willie | Baby Bump Shoot

I count my lucky stars every day. I know a bunch of tremendously rad people. Willie and Cecile is as genuine as they come and I’m convinced that this is not their first lifetime together. The moment they saw each other they KNEW. They are also the first ever couple and the only one I know of that got hitched in MERCURY! That should give you some insight into their cool factor…It’s off the charts!

So the next awesome thing on the list was making a tiny cool human. They want to find out if it’s a boy or a girl at birth, so bets are being made and messages are being fervently awaited among friends and family alike. Cecile’s baby shower was literally that: A Shower! It was the stormiest, most miserable day outside, but it was the best, coziest, funniest day inside. And what a spectacular evening we had for the belly shoot!! I hope you dig these pictures! It’s such a huge thing to be part of this journey. You’ve got this, guys!

THE SHOWER

THE COUPLE + BUN

Fire | A personal creative project

Late night posts. After dinner I sat down for a minute to cull a few images and I got lost. Lost in indigenous blooms and mood, fiery accents and icy blue eyes, flares and heavy shadow. This is my escape, where I can create something ethereal outside of the wedding industry box. Evidently I have a deep love for portraiture and although it might seem like there’s a lot of the same thing, to me there is something unique and striking in every picture. Besides, they are of my loveliest friend. The last image will tell you just how special she is ♥ ♥ ♥