Dewald Kirsten

Robertson Wedding

Robertson Wedding – Bon Cap Wedding – Luan & Jeanre

This was another winters wedding, the second one in a row for me. This stunning Robertson wedding was held at the awesome Bon Cap Guest Farm and wedding venue just outside Robertson. Jeanre and Luan booked me nearly a year ago and by the time of the wedding they have been together just shy of 8 years! So it was about time. One thing that amazed me, and I don't see this at weddings to often, is that Luan must have said about 500 times during the afternoon and where I could hear, how beautiful Jeanre was! Like I said, you don't often hear this at other weddings, so that was quite special for me. But look, he did not really have a choice other than to say that as Jeanre looked spectacular! Her long hair was left loose with minimal styling and it really looked amazing. I personally think that more brides should have their hair loose on their wedding days. Michelle and her team from Bon Cap did an amazing job once again with the decor and the food! Well, enough of this now, lets look at some awesome images!

Bon Cap Wedding – Jaco & Chanie

I just love a good Bon Cap wedding. Its one of the best venues in the Robertson area for sure! This is my last wedding for this half of the 2016 wedding season and it was one of my first at Bon Cap in quite some time. But it's not the last for 2016! This is really how small the world is. Jaco and Chanie booked me via Michelle, the owner of Bon Cap. They live and work in Holland and when they came to South Africa over December, we just had a squeeze in a quick meeting. So as meetings go, we chatted about what they do etc and where they were going from here. They were going to a friends wedding in Oudshoorn that weekend. I only knew one person getting married that weekend in Oudtshoorn and that was a family friend of ours, Robert. Robert's sister and I grew up together and Robert and my sister again and we have had many good parties over December holidays together, but I never met Jaco. Jaco was going to be the best man at Robert's wedding! So that just shows how really small the world is. Well here is the photos, go and check them out and feel free to share with friends and family.

Leipzig Country House Wedding – Nick & Moné

Finally all my edit work is up to date and I can start to share some of the amazing weddings I have done so far. First up is the wedding of Nick and Mone that was held at the awesome Leipzig Country House Wedding venue outside Worcester. Leipzig is one of my favourite wedding venues. The moody feel of this venue is just awesome. Most of it is converted from age old wine cellars and the textures and colours are just amazing. The walls is also decorated with a local artists creations and it adds to the magical feel of the venue. And then the food is also pretty dam great. So if you want to get a really cool wedding venue, look no further. Mone booked me fore her wedding more than a year ago! Moné is the cousin of one of my very first brides! So we have known each other for quite some time! And back then she said allready that I will be the one to shoot her wedding one day. Well that one day came and we had an awesome time! Ons sad part of the day was that Nick's dad passed away just days before the wedding. My condolences to Nick and his family. At her cousins wedding, we did a photo in the main hall at Leipzig and on her wedding she wanted to recreate it, well, that we did! Well I hope you all like the images as much as I and please feel free to like it, leave a comment or simply share it with your friends and family. The original image that was recreated  

DuVon Wedding – Robertson – Tiaan & Wendy

This was my second wedding at the stunning DuVon Wedding venue that I photographed in two weeks. And even though both was at the same venue, EVERYTHING was different! Tiaan and Wendy went for a more classical wedding look, lots of white and lovely flowers. The wedding of Karin and Johan was bright and bold colours, just shows you how lucky we are to work with different people every day. Tiaan and Wendy is a stunning couple and you can really see the love between the two of them. I often get a lump in my throat when I see a big guy swallow his tears when the bride walks down the isle. It was mid May and the winter chill had started soon the day already, but that did not stop us from getting some awesome shots! Wendy got dressed at the spectacular Robertson Small Hotel, really a great place for some great images. One of the highlights of the evening was the food! It was only the second time that I have eaten Lamb Rump steak, and to say it was amazing is an understatement! What I have to say is this, I see lots of grooms and at almost every wedding the poor groom gets sprayed with strings and water and what ever the guys can find, but Tiaan is the groom that got sprayed the most of all the grooms that I have photographed. That the poor man could get a word in was actually unimaginable! From the guys at the table where I Sat, it was mentioned that there was a total number of 37 cans of spray string..... Well the pictures will tell. Thank you guys for choosing me to photograph your wedding, I am sure you guys will be more than happy with the images! Please feel free to like, comment and share this with all your friends and family.

DuVon Wedding – Robertson – Johan & Karin

Here is the next wedding to be shared, its the stunning wedding of Johan and Karin that was held at the stunning DuVon Wedding venue outside Robertson. I met Karin when she was still at school here in Worcester, in fact, she was one of the very first people that I photographed right at the start of my photographic career and that was at a school sport day! Looking back now at those images I cant believe how crap I used to be LOL, but obviously it left an impression on Karin who then went on and booked me for her wedding! The whole wedding had a vintage party theme, with popcorn, punch and funky decor. I just loved the bright colours on the tables, something different and creative! We had a stunning day for a wedding and this was my third wedding in a row where we had a pretty damn awesome sunset, which we managed to capture. The reception turned out to be an awesome party and young and old rocked the dance floor Kari got dressed at the stunning Orange Grove farm outside Robertson  

Bon Cap Winery Robertson – Wedding – Angie & Anthony

So here it is, finally, after battling to get my blog back up so I can post again, the wedding of Angie and Anthony. They wedding was held at the stunning Bon Cap Winery and Wedding Venue here in Robertson. Now to give a little background on this wedding. Ant id from the UK and Angie is from South Africa. So they decided to get married back here in SA and most of the guests was from either abroad or upcountry! Guests from the UK, the USA and Australia was present, and its awesome to see all these people from different corners of the world get together and party up a storm. They had this stunning old MG as a wedding car, it was a surprise for Angie as she thought that she would just go to the wedding in her dads car, and then this gem of a car arrived at the guesthouse that she was getting ready at. Before I went to the ladies, I first had to "help" Anthony with his bow tie! Now being a wedding photographer I have had to help quite a few grooms fold their ties, I have helped brides zip up their dresses and I have helped bride put on their shoes, but NEVER have I had to tie a bow tie! With a little reading of the instruction manual I got it half decent for the grooms pictures LOL. One of his family members later on did a proper bow tie for him. All good fun on a wedding day! Well enough of that, here is the images, feel free to share as many times as you like or leave a comment for them. Please follow THIS LINK to see the full album on my facebook page. Bon Cap Wedding - Anthony & Angie Bon Cap Wedding - Anthony & Angie Bon Cap Wedding - Anthony & Angie Bon Cap Wedding - Anthony & Angie Bon Cap Wedding - Anthony & Angie Bon Cap Wedding - Anthony & Angie Bon Cap Wedding - Anthony & Angie Bon Cap Wedding - Anthony & Angie

Bon Cap Wedding Venue – Robertson – Stephan & Loreen

So I met Stephan and Loreen almost a year ago, their wedding was supposed to be late last year but due to some family members having babies and all sorts, they had to postpone it. So when they eventually let me know that it was on again, I was super excited, plus it was now going to be at one of my favourite wedding venues, Bon Cap, just outside Robertson. So the day came and what a stunning day it was. I just love working with people that is relaxed and not stressing, it just makes for stunning images. And the best part of Bon Cap is that there is so much to work with for photos, from vineyards, open fields of grass, the stunning moody wine cellar chapel they have and many more. Loreen's dress was made by the stunning Ilse Roux, I just love her dresses and I have had quite a good number of brides with her dresses. Thank you guys for choosing me to capture your stunning wedding, I am looking forward to all the comments and please feel free to share. To see the full album, please go view it on my Facebook page, just follow THIS LINK   Bon Cap Wedding - Stefan&Loreen Bon Cap Wedding - Stefan&Loreen Bon Cap Wedding - Stefan&Loreen Bon Cap Wedding - Stefan&Loreen Bon Cap Wedding - Stefan&Loreen Bon Cap Wedding - Stefan&Loreen Bon Cap Wedding - Stefan&Loreen Bon Cap Wedding - Stefan&Loreen

DuVon Wedding Robertson – Dirk & Janke

Dirk and Janke, there is so much to say about this awesome couple. Its not often that you find such an in-love couple, they could hardly stop looking at each other and poor Dirk could not resist to sneak a kiss or two with Janke even before the minister could say "you may kiss the bride" LOL The wedding was held the stunning DuVon estate outside Robertson. Everything was done really simple and stylish, I like simple decorations, to much is much. After the ceremony there was some heavy clouds in the area and I knew we where going to get some nice photos of the couple with the clouds. But one photo I got, one that I will share at a later stage, is very special to me. Its an image of their reflection in the stunning old car they had as a wedding car. Janke wore an Elizabeth Stockenstrom dress, I simply lots of detail and it fitted her like a glove. So without further adue, here is the images from their wedding. The full album will be posted on my Facebook page, just follow THIS LINK Venue: DuVon Estate Dress: Elizabeth Stockenstrom Make-up: Tittewyt Hair & Make-up Hair: Anelda, House Of Hair 023 3421907 Video: Beautiful Noise DuVon Wedding - Dirk & Janke DuVon Wedding - Dirk & Janke DuVon Wedding - Dirk & Janke

Do you want to be an amazeballs dancer? Then you better hire an amazeballs DJ!

Looking for a DJ for your wedding? Want to know what to look for? Then please read the rest of this post, there is some vital info that will help you make the right choice. What is the two VITAL things of a wedding day that your guests will remember?? No 1: The food! If you had great food, that will be the first thing that your guests will brag about, and this is not only for brides, venues and planners, take note, if you serve bad food, you WILL NOT be famous with the guests. Great food will be a hit, time and time again, even I, who have shot at many venues, will tell a bride that the food was great at a certain place. But enough of the food....the other important factor. No 2: The DJ! hell yeah, you want your drunken and not so drunk friends to party just as hard! Man I have seen the greatest parties, and I can name a tiny few that was so awesome that at 22:00 when I was done with the shooting, I actually wanted to pack my gear away and party just as hard with them! 99% of these cases was due to the awesome DJ! That other 1% is the great crowd of guests. Why is the DJ so important, well if the food is being served at 8pm and every one is done by 9pm, its the classic Sunday-afternoon-after-lunch syndrome, tummy full, eyes closed and then you start to see guests slowly filtering away to their rooms, that you don't want, this is a party! Yes some of the older folks will leave early but then I have also seen a grandma or two boogie deep into the night. So...if the DJ has some wicked tracks playing, it will keep your friends in the party spirit, and soon they will forget that their stomaches is full! Along with the dancing and partying the drinks will flow freely, and your party animals start to slowly creep out of the holes that they hide in for their nocturnal life, and that is what we as photographers love!! Party animals is the soul of receptions and they make for some insane shots! Here is a few images of some of my fav animals, some times its also a good thing that I can leave at 10pm as not long after that I also start to creep out of my hiding place and then there will be incriminating pictures taken of me LOL, now that I cant allow! Bad DJ’s, man they can kill a party, I have literally seen some DJ’s sit there and play for themselves! They are singing and swinging their arms behind their mixer/cd player or what ever it is that some of these guys have, and this all to the tune of Living Next Door To Alice....and with an empty dance floor and the drunk guys in the bar shouting ALICE, ALICE, WHO THE F&%$K IS ALICE after every chorus! Not  cool. I have also had a DJ at one wedding where he was also playing more for himself than the guests, so I went up to him and I said, dude, I need to get photos of people dancing! Get them on the floor, play, Shuffle It or Tonights gonna be a good night or just make plan, so 5 minutes later, he did, and guess what, we had about 30 people on the floor! I am a lover of classic golden oldie hits, stuff that will rock the show, but it must be a good mix, if I have to listen to Smokie or Grease Lightning’s soundtrack the whole night I will die a slow death, even though I love the songs, the same goes for guys like Eminem or Black Eyed Peas or who ever is playing the latest hit on the radio....Somehow Pockerface just comes to mind, a song that can very quickly be turned into a very rude, below the belt joke by the drunk best man LOL How should brides choose a DJ? Well firstly, YOU need to tell him what music will get your crowd going, house music, classical music, hip hop or what ever, give them a list of your and your friends fav artists and see if he has them and if he doesn't, can het get the music. Then get some references from him, brides who's weddings he did and contact them, hell it can be an expensive mistake to make for your wedding day. They will quickly tell you if he had a good party with said DJ. As the other providers, the photographer, the videographer, the venue and then friends for some recommendations. If there is a name that pops up a couple of times, then you sort of know that guy is good.... Meet the DJ, sort out all monies etc with him beforehand, you don't want a DJ to start putting up a scene later the night as he wants his money now, before the wedding all parties must know exactly how the finance parts of the wedding work. The other option is having a live band! But this could also be risky, don't get an alternative bad for a traditional wedding LOL, that will just be wrong and you might end up getting a rude letter from grandma who will think that you have let the anti Christ loose on them hahahaha. Bands is awesome, there is nothing that will get a crowd going than some really good cover songs like summer of 69 and the likes! Not only should the guys be good performers, but also entertainers. If I could do my wedding over, I would have had a band. For light morning weddings or just some good back ground music during dinner or the service or while everyone is having pre-drinks, get a instrumental group, flutes, pianos, saxophones etc, that is always a good hit and it sets a nice relaxed mood. there is some really talented boys and girls out there that will rock the socks of any wedding. Choosing your DJ is just as important as the right dress/suit/photographer and equally important as the food. We as photographers will gladly share some of our fav contacts as this will just help us get great images! Let me know what your thoughts is, always great to hear what others think, and feel free to share this with your friends who is looking for a DJ. I hope my pointers was worth it, now everyone should be amazeballs dancers at their weddings LOL    

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