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Willowmore Wedding – Hennie & Jacobu

Weddings

Okay so there is so much to say, I do not know where to start.  Will try and keep it as short as possible but I am going to do this one in Afrikaans, my home language:

“Met Jacobu se eerste epos navrae was ek aangenaam verras om te hoor Hennie gaan trou.  Ek het Hennie twee jaar terug ontmoet toe ek sy tweeling boet Kobus se troue afgneem het.  So besluit ek toe om bietjie op Facebook te gaan loer hoe die meisie lyk wat Hennie se hart gesteel het.  Gou het ek agter gekom daar is meer aan die twee se liefdesverhaal.  Ek is nie n tv kyk mens nie, so ek het geen idee gehad dat hulle redelik bekend was.  Miskien ook goed so want vir my was hulle net nog n gewone jong paartjie wat liefde gevind het en hulle groot dag met familie en vriende wil deel, hulle is plat op die aarde hartsmense en het my van dag een met hulle verlowing sessie soos n vriendin laat voel.

So breek die groot naweek toe aan en is ek, my assistent en ‘second shooter’ Beverley Matthee, vir die naweek deur Willowmore toe.  Ons het saam met Eon en Ilse Coetzee, die video span, in een van Hennie se gastehuise gebly vir die naweek – Eon en Ilse het dit super pret gemaak en het ek sommer liewer geword vir die awesome paartjie.  Dankie Hennie, die huis was stunning!  Die Vrydag daar aangekom, afgepak in Willowmore en toe deur plaas toe waar ons saam Hennie gaan kyk het vir plekke om fotos afteneem, Trompie natuurlik saam om te gaan verken.  Daar was n lekker kuier gees tussen al die harde werk, Jacobu se ma Tersia en die strooimeisies was druk besig, terwyl Hennie en Jacobu bont gestaan het om te kyk of alles glad verloop.  Die tente-dorp was reg vir die gaste om te arriveer. Die manne was in n kuier bui en het om n vuur gekuier met skaapstertjies op die kole.  Ek het die storie net so gekyk en gedink, nee jinne dit wil ek nie eet nie!…….kort voor lank toe vind ek myself met n skaapsterjtie inni hand, toe nogal lekker!

Laat Saterdag oggend begin die groot dag toe vir ons.  Wat n fees!  Almal was so rustig en alles was so mooi.  Jacobu se twee sussies, Noreth en Magdel en twee vriendinne, Arina en Arista was ware strooimeisies en het so mooi na Jacobu gekyk, veral ousus Noreth wat so mooi na die seremonie Jacobu se rok uit die stof probeer hou het.  Magdel het redelik emosioneel geraak voor en tydens die seremonie, maar het oorgeloop van die lekkerste lag tydens die fotos.  Jacobu het n mens se asem laat weg slaan, sy het sprokiesmooi gelyk.

By Hennie en sy strooijonkers, sy drie broers Dirk, Boy en Kobus en vriend Mike, was daar n regte manne atmosfeer.  Hennie het die sleutel na die karavaan verloor en moes toe sommer daar inni veld by sy bakkie aantrek.  Die manne het hom moedeloos gehad met hulle geterg, mens kon nie help om te lag nie.  Whiskey en sigare het gesorg vir n paar cool fotos voor die oulikste karavaan, versier met vlaggies wat Jacobu gemaak het.

Hennie en Jacobu het albei n traan in die oog gehad toe hulle mekaar voor in die ‘kerkie’ ontmoet.  Trompie was mooi gewas en het stroop soet aan n leiband gesit dwarsdeur die seremonie. Natuurlik moes die broers n laaste poets bak toe hulle die ringboksie stuif toe bind, Hennie het hom nie laat afsit nie en het dit met gemak oop gebreek. So is die twee toe getroud en Trompie was gou by om deel te word van die register teken.

Ons het oorspronklik begin met die fotos saam met die strooijonkers en strooimeisie voor n sink gebou by die venue, maar die stof het ons gou aan gejaag om maar eerder verder op die plaas te gaan probeer. Die fotosessie saam met almal in die grond dam was groot pret!  Boy het gesorg vir n lekker stofwolk, op Eon se kreatiewe voorstel.  Ek was eers vrek vies toe hulle so stof opskop maar toe die stof so agter Hennie en Jacobu verby kom sien ek die geleentheid vir n awesome foto.  Die res van die sessie met Hennie en Jacobu was letterlik n oorloop van eens spontane oomblik na die volgende.  Hennie het haar gereeld opgetel en laat dans, die man kon nie genoeg kry van sy mooi bruid nie.  Die sessie is afgerond met n stofpad skoffel teen sonsodergang.

Die onthaal was n ware boere fees in die skuur.  Die dekor was perfek en die kos, gemaak deur Louretta – Hennie se ma, was uit die boonste rakke.  Welgedaan aan die twee se mammas wat so hard gewerk het om hulle kinders se dag perfek te maak!  Toe ek die onthaal verlaat sien ek hoe mooi die maan oor die skuur skyn met die mooiste wolke, wat n stunning prentjie!

Dankie aan almal wat my so welkom laat voel het, dankie dat ek soos n familie vriend behandel is.  Ek hoop julle geniet hierdie fotos net soveel soos wat ek dit geniet het om dit te kon afneem.

Liewe Hennie en Jacobu, een stukkie raad aan julle:  As julle die stryd in hierdie lewe wil wen, hou Jesus die Hoeksteen van julle huwelik!

Met Liefde, Lynelle”

 

Service Providers:

Videographer: Eon Media

Tents: Zulu Overland

Snacks: Kasselshoop

Decor: Fabulous Functions

Groom & Best men Bow Ties and Suspenders: Eden&Co

DJ: Hanuli’s Sound & Video

Blomme: Kanetberg Flora

Wedding dress: Lealia Bridal Studio

Bridesmaid Dresses: Prettily

Venue: Millerstasie

Make-up and Hair: Melanie Gildenhuys, Thana Nel, Lilanie Dilley

 

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Botlierskop Intimate Wedding – Chris & Wendy

Weddings

Chris and Wendy tied the knot at Botlierskop’s Bush Villas with only close family and friends attending. It was a weekend celebration of two families united.  Wendy looked absolutely stunning!  I loved everything about her soft natural look.  Thank you for asking me to capture this perfect day!

 

Venue: Botlierskop Bush Villas

Wedding Dress: Carla Cornelissen Eveningwear

Make Up: Melany de Kock

Flowers: Fancy Functions Mossel Bay

 

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Garden Route Dana Bay Beach Maternity Shoot – Paton Family

Maternity

I captured their wedding day and now begins the next phase of their journey together. Looking forward to meet little Caleb!

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Garden Route George Forest Family Session – Auret Family

Family Portraits

Having a bit of fun at yesterday’s family portrait session. Angie and I have come a long way in our friendship. She shared a very emotional time in my life with me and was a constant support in that difficult time.  It was a privilege to capture these portraits for her and her family.

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Garden Route Mossel Bay Studio Session – Crous Family

Family Portraits

 

Another family regularly visiting me.  Every second year visiting the Garden Route, I have the honor to capture their family portraits.  Looking forward to see you all again in 2018!

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Garden Route Studio And Beach Session – Joubert Family

Family Portraits

 

Booking sessions on the beach during the busy holiday season is kind off risky. The wind was just horrible and we could not reschedule, so I am very thankful for the option of a studio facility. Marissa and her family came all the way from Gauteng to visit the Garden Route for the holliday season.  I worked with Marissa 14 years ago, and at that time we both were expecting our second child, it is hard to believe they are both turning 15 in 2017.  It was an honour to capture your beautiful family and it was great to see you again. Your girls are so gorgeous!  Enjoy the rest of your holiday and travel home safely.

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Garden Route Mossel Bay Studio Session – Ferreira Family

Family Portraits

 

Love the classic feel of these images from a recent mom and daughter studio session.  I strongly feel that studio portraits still have a valid place in the photography industry and should not be forgotten.  There is something timeless about them and all the focus is on the subject and not lost in the scenery of location sessions.

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Garden Route Café Gannet – Johnathan And Nadia

Weddings

 

Nadia’s name means ‘HOPE’.  Her life story is a reflection of her name and I was honored to be trusted in capturing her and Johnathan’s day the way I feel is best.  The results are rewarding when clients trust you and treat you as a professional.  Thank you for your absolute trust in me as wedding photographer and to be part of such an amazing and heart warming day.

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Garden Route Studio And Beach Maternity Shoot – Roxanne

Maternity

 

The absolute beauty of an expecting mother! We initially planned a session in the forest with a few beach photos afterwards, but things do not always work out as planned.  So happy with how thing turned out in the end, love these images of beautiful Roxzaan and her family expecting their second little one.

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Garden Route Mossel Bay Family Forest Shoot – Constance Family

Family Portraits

From the get go the dad of the Constance family treated my husband – assistant for the day! – and me like old family friends, this session did not feel like work! Dear Kay thank you for a great time with you and your family!

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Garden Route Gouritz Valley Wedding – Evan And Elmarie

Weddings

Oh wow what an overload of awesomeness at this wedding! Elmarie went above and beyond in considering each and everyone at her and Evan’s wedding. Congratulations and thank you for the honor to be part of this special event!

I few words from the bride: “Once again like a young girl, I could look forward to my wedding. I originally wanted a male photographer as I thought they understood a bride better. However, we decided on you and we do not regret our decision. You truly are a professional, who was able to keep me calm. One can truly see your personality shine through when you work, despite having to lie down in the bushes! Every time I look at our pictures I remember the joy I felt on my wedding day, thank you for capturing every little detail. Thank you, you have immortalized our special day through your wonderful pictures.  Evan and Elmarie.”

 

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Garden Route Mossel Bay Beach Couple Shoot – Rinus and Rheta

Couples

This young couple was on holliday in the Garden Route to celebrate their first year anniverasy and I had the privilege to capture this special time for them. It was beautiful to see how deeply in awe Rinus is with Retha, such an inspiring young couple!