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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 …

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Photographed by Deirdre … might I have been selected because of my initial?

This was a busy-busy house, with loads of people coming and going, kids barrelling about, and a completely unphased bride sitting in the middle of it. I’ve already posted pics of the little flower girls lower down in the blog. Here are some shots of the bride and groom

The ‘trash the dress’ shoot has become quite trendy. It’s a fun, relaxed way to show off your wedding dress without worrying about having to do your first dance with bits of seaweed attached to your hem, or trailing bits of leaves and bark through the entrance hall of the Mount Nelson.

This shoot on the beach was great fun, and I think I was about as wet as the model by the end of it.

I would like to add to the ‘trash the dress’ option the ‘celebrate the dress’ option – getting it all dressed up and fabulous, and shooting in the studio.


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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Deirdre Hewitson WSA (1)A sometime model, this bride was absolutely exquisite. The creativity and attention to detail that went into every minute aspect of this wedding turned the whole event into a work of art. Add to that a room filled with love and Freshly Ground as the musical entertainment, and it’s a wedding day to remember.

These pics were both taken with Kodak 3200 black & white film. The pic above was given a bit of treatment in Photoshop after scanning.

Deirdre Hewitson WSA

The three pics below were also taken on film, scanned and given some grunge border treatment.

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Deirdre Hewitson WSA (13)This bride wore the most eye-catching, dramatic fuschia bead-and-tulle dress. I desaturated the image in Photoshop, leaving the dress saturated to make it pop.

Deirdre Hewitson WSA (12)

Cape Town is spoilt for picturesque venues. This couple celebrated their wedding at Monkey Valley, Noordhoek, and wanted to have their photos taken on the beach.

These pics were taken at the same time (around six o’clock) as the pics posted here, but the quality of light is completely different. The Noordhoek pics were taken in January, while the ones in the earlier post were taken in April. 

(The little ‘just married’ suitcase was the bride’s creation.)

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I like to give my bridal couples some time to wander off during the shoot, give them time to catch their breath, and use a long zoom to capture some candid moments, like drawing hearts in the sand …

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… or sneaking a kiss …

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Despite her fabulously designed floor-length dress, this bride was happy to hitch up her skirts and run through the waves, giving a glimpse of lacy garter and flashing a gorgeous pair of long brown legs …

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… emerging from the icy water, ready to face the reception and dance through the night …

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… or maybe just keep walking towards that brand new life together …

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