West Coast Wedding
This was one of the weddings that I was looking forward to the most so far this year. Adrian and Marlene had their Veldrif Wedding in the small fishing village on the West Coast of South Africa. I have not been to Veldrift in many years and it was actually awesome to be there. There is some amazing places in and around that little town. It is probably best known for the small street called Bokkomlaan, that is situated on the banks of the Berg River estuary and you can see all the fishermen and the old jetties and the little fishing boats. The birdlife is simply amazing with huge flocks of flamingos wading in the shallows all over the place. But enough of that. I know Marlene from school, as her brother, Attie, was with me in the class and we were good friends. But like most people, you lose touch with your old school friends after school and this was the first time in nearly 10 years that I have seen them again. So we caught up on loads of stuff. What an awesome wedding, Adrian and Marlene were super rockstars the whole day, even thou Adrian forgot his wedding shoes at home and a friend had to drive all the way back to fetch them! We simply could not have asked for better weather, being a winters wedding, there is always the chance of a torrential downpour, but not that weekend, it was stunning days, cold but clear and vibrant, not to mention the picture perfect sunsets. Thanks for having me Adrian and Marlene, it was an awesome wedding, one to remember for sure!
The places where I sometimes meet my clients is weird. 90% of the time clients will e-mail me first, but on the odd occasion I will randomly meet them somewhere, and that was the case with Matthew & Megan. In February of 2015 I photographed a Yzerfontein wedding at Strandkombuis and while photographing the decor, Matt and Megan happen to be there to view the venue for their wedding in November! We started chatting and as you can say, the rest is history. It was one of those magic West Coast days, perfect weather and pretty hot. As the wedding took place on the beach, everyone was in a relaxed mood. That relaxed mood took the part to a new level as they went into the night. Strandkombuis is such an awesome venue and even better food! If you want a beach wedding, this is the venue for you. Here is a link to the video trailer that was shot by the awesome team of Consuming Fire Films.
This was my very first Paternoster Wedding and hopefully not my last one! But first, the story behind it. I got contacted by Keith on my Facebook page a couple of months ago. He was looking for a wedding photographer for their South African wedding that was going to happen in Paternoster on the West Coast of South Africa. Keith and Meghan will be having a second wedding in the USA as Meghan is originally from the States. The South African wedding was held at the spectacular Abalone House and Spa in Paternoster and I must say, a better venue they could not have asked for. As Murphy would have it, the weather was pretty crappy that week, after all the end of may is the turning of seasons here in South Africa and the Cape coast can be very unpredictable, but the weather gods of the almighty internet promised we where going to have a great day without any rain.... Well we had a small shower the morning but other than that it was perfect! Hardly a breath of wind. The only little hick up was the really high tides that nearly got the ceremony on the beach moved to main building, luckily the tide dropped enough and that was good to go as well! Now another part of the story I have not mentioned yet is that Keith is a very well known photographer himself, he specialises in wildlife photography and you can check out HIS WEBSITE HERE. So there was really no pressure on me...... I arrived the Friday afternoon and shortly after that I joined them all for dinner at the stunning Square Spoon restaurant and a lovely evening was had by all. At the end of the night I felt like I was there as a guest and not as a service provider. The wedding day ran smoothly and everything was just amazing! After our amazing dinner at the Reuben's Restaurant at the Abalone House, the festivities started.... And man, what a party. I shot a total of nearly 3300 images on the day, a new record for me when shooting by myself! There was some amazing dance moves(which was allegedly by their twin brothers and sister) and even greater bar tricks, as you will see in the post. A trick called Fireworks saw beer being sprays and shooters dunked into glasses, totally epic stuff! To have the weekend come to an end was almost a let down. I really wish that I could have been present for the main wedding in the states, as I am sure the South Africans going over will show them how the party is supposed to be done. The American friends and family that did not make the South Africa one will have to reach deep to even compare to this one LOL. Well without further delay, here is the pictures, and please bear with me, I tried to keep it as short as I could!