Posts Tagged ‘wedding kisses’

All brides are beautiful, but when she has the Hollywood glamour of a Grace Kelly or Jessica Lange, the camera just seems to do the job all by itself.

This weekend’s wedding was held at the little stone church across the road from Kirstenbosch, with the reception at Silvertree Restaurant in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.

We’re so lucky to be living in Cape Town, where such spectacular venues are but a few minutes’ drive away. The garden was ablaze with spring flowers, the weather was perfect, the bride and groom and their families were delightful, and there were about nine cute little children (aaawwww!) – not to mention all the fellows in their kilts.

Adding the final touches to her make-up.

Getting into the dress.

Dress detail

Almost ready to go.

A radiantly beautiful bride about to enter the church.

One of the retinue of many leading the way.

Wedding kiss

Rough and tumble on the lawn. Trying to get nine kids in one picture isn't easy!

More kid chaos ... love it!

A toast to each other.

A traditional portrait of the couple in the Aloe Garden.

For more pics of Julia and Craig’s wedding, please take a look here.

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There was no messing around with these guys. If we’re calling it ‘trash the dress’, then trash the dress is what we’re going to do!

The shoot was at U-Tac, a very cool paintball range on the R304 towards Atlantis. We were hoping for stormy weather – just to add to the grunge atmosphere – but the worst of it happened while we were driving, which is just as well, since I had forgotten to pack the huge umbrella that was supposed to protect my gear. Atmosphere was provided by dark clouds, but the shoot remained dry (until we drove off!).

We started with a few tame images in and around the wooden buildings –

All cute –

… and romantic …

But we soon got our teeth into it …

Don’t you just love the gumboots?! Soon our bride got ready to kick some ass …

… and she was taking no prisoners!

They soon patched things up, though …

The dress was a gonner …

But the big, strong, handsome groom saved the bride …

And they both lived happily ever after …

Andrew and Reva’s wedding day is coming up really soon. They’re such a great couple, and I can’t wait to be part of their wedding day – I just know it’s going to be huge fun, and they’re going to give me the opportunity to take amazing shots.

We did their engagement shoot yesterday. Instead of heading off somewhere idyllic, they decided to be photographed on their stomping ground: the streets of Cape Town and in the Company Gardens.

It was a perfect day in Cape Town yesterday morning and, still feeling somewhat battered from the previous day’s wedding shoot, I gathered my kit and headed out into the quiet Sunday morning streets with them – Reva wearing a fabulous dress and the most awesome shoes! She had no problem whipping them off and walking barefoot when she felt like it, though.

We meandered past the divorce courts en route, and they decided they should have a pic that denotes no stopping … no stopping at the divorce court. Andrew found a movable no stopping sign, dragged it into the road and, being the sports that they are, they did a few runs up and down past the sign. (He’s a good citizen – he put it back where he found it!)

There will be no stopping at the divorce courts!

The bright red of the call box, the coke advert and the take-away shop against the dull black and grey of the streets and buildings caught my eye, and the ‘open happiness’ slogan, I thought, aptly described this couple.

Open happiness!

Then it was time to take off the heels, climb onto stuff and jump off them again. Why be grown-ups if you don’t have to?

A leap of faith

Then it was time to get the shoes back on and camp it up on Greenmarket Square. We purposefully kept the litter in the pic to keep the grunge-sophistication contrast.

Camping it up, grunge style

A quick, normal portrait, for convention’s sake …

I loved this blue wall, and had to shoot a pic or two against it, even though the security guard was not impressed at all.

Time for a tango, and a kiss or two, in the Company Gardens.

Thank goodness our opening dance is not the Tango!

Don't drop me!

The shoe fits

And it’s a wrap. Time for some coffee at Mugged and to talk over a few wedding plans.

This wedding was a celebration of friendship and family ties. By the time I arrived in Saldanha Bay at about lunch time on the Saturday, the bridal party and all the guests had been there for two days already, all living at the same resort, all hanging out together, reconnecting, sharing old times, and making new memories.

I love it when the bride and groom have a close-knit circle of friends who are there to support them on their big day. Apart from the fact that it gives me more people to photograph (bonus!), and that the input from the different people help to create an atmosphere (which, again, is a bonus to be able to capture on camera), it just makes the day’s work so much more pleasurable.

As always, the getting ready pics are my favourite, and this wedding was no exception.

The garter was added, and granny’s very lovely, delicate, handkerchief was added, just to keep her close.

The bride looked breathtakingly beautiful.

The veil had belonged to the bride’s mother, who was there to pin it on.

Veils aren’t often worn these days, but they do add a touch of romance and femininity to it all. And what bride doesn’t look appealing when she looks from behind the soft, filmy fabric?

The couples’ photographs were a whole lot of fun, with the couple, six bridesmaids and four groomsmen traipsing through the dust at sunset.

The bride was happy to be flung about a bit …

But there was some space for a romantic pic or two …

I’m sure the partying continued way into the night, long after I had headed off onto a dark, desert highway at midnight.

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Can there be any kisses sweeter than wedding kisses? ‘You may kiss the bride,’ says he or she, and the groom leans in, the bride lifts her face, they giggle, the guests giggle … everyone is watching them …

With a mixture of relief, nervousness, embarassment and sheer love the kiss is planted … and … if the photographer is ready (some of these kisses are very quick!) … recorded …

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Even kisses from little children can seem twice as sweet at a wedding …

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