Most couples I have photographed over the past 14 years would opt for a “traditional” wedding. Not JJ and Mary. They both love the outdoors and often spend time hiking or rock climbing with friends. Tranquilitas is one of their favourite camping spots. This spectacular farm located in the Waterval Boven district hosted their very special wedding.
The morning started with a quick hike down the mountain and then a short stint of rock climbing. Most friends and family arrived the night before. Everyone got to work to set up the picnic style “reception”. By 15:00 the guests were ready and waiting for the bride to arrive at the most scenic spot you can imagine.
Nala, being JJ and Mary’s dog child, naturally had to be part of the celebration.
I check the temperature reading as I pull out the driveway. 3 Degrees. It is winter in Gauteng. The sky is cobalt blue. The wind slicing through every exposed body part. Brett and Edna is getting married today. I prefer winter weddings, but can’t help thinking how Edna is going to feel under the open Moroccan structure. Yes, the ceremony is outside…and what a beautiful day it turned out to be! The rich browns and reds against the stark blue sky set the stage for some amazing photographs of this fun couple. Not complaining once about the cold. The cosy fireplace and warm atmosphere at the reception made everyone feel comfortable and snug.
Second shooting with Hannes Uys always has an element of mystery. One can hardly explain why, but with the camera fixed to the eye we work in tandem, synchronised like a well kept battle ship. On target most of the time. Maybe the reason is that we are having fun. Huge amounts of fun! Often dangerous couches have to be moved to free up some space. Lying flat on the floor whilst sniffing toxic dust particles you contemplate how to hang a pristine white wedding dress off an oil painting meters up in the luxurious wedding suite. All in a days work as wedding photographer.
Elana and Anthony’s wedding at the acclaimed Red Ivory provided Hannes and I with its own unique set of challenges. Most of all, we knew that many photographers photographed the venue before us. Our quest was to provide the couple with something unique, fresh and edgy. By far not an easy task when you know that you’re up against masters like Dror Eyal, who, by the way, is a great inspiration to me. With any challenge you face danger and opportunity. The danger to copy and the opportunity to do something fresh. In the end it is not us, the photographers, that win, but the client. Now you can judge my efforts in capturing such a wonderful couple on 6 November 2010.