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A South African Farmyard Engagement Shoot with a Miniature Horse: Nicola & Pete

If you’re going to have a themed engagement shoot then you might as well go all out right? Which is why Nicola & Pete’s farmyard themed shoot slays me. Hay bales, chickens… oh and the cutest miniature horse you ever did see!

“I like to do engagement shoots which are themed around the couples in them”, explains South African wedding photographer Jacki Bruniquel. “Nicola is a horsey girl and both her and Pete are super stylish and love to dress up. It seemed obvious from the start that we would have to involve her beautiful chestnut thoroughbred, Demi. Then she mentioned something about a little miniature horse called Wonderboy, and I was sold. The shoot had to be at the stables and the miniature horse just had to make an appearance!”

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A Laid Back Rustic Wedding in South Africa: Natalie & Mike

Natalie & Mike met on the side of a road, whilst travelling to Mozambique. His car was broken down and she rescued him! After 9 months of a long distance relationship he moved to Johannesburg to be with her. They now live in the North Coast of KZN with their 2 year old son.

The wedding was to be as laid back and fancy-free as the couple themselves. From the beach & lagoon location of their venue, to the rustic and thrown together vibe of their decorations. “In many ways, we didn’t subscribe to the traditional script of a wedding”, wrote Natalie. “We had Jagermeister shots instead of champagne, we didn’t throw a bouquet or fling a garter (I didn’t wear one), cut the cake or even really have a first dance.  All we wanted was to eat great food, drink and dance with our friends & family.  Our guests said our wedding was fun and a completely authentic representation of who we are.  That’s the best compliment we could’ve received.”

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An Elegant Fashion-Inspired South African Wedding: Matt & Sarah

Dear South Africa, you have the most wonderful weddings, Love Kat.

Seriously… seriously… Look at these guys!

Matt & Sarah were married at Rain Farm Game & Lodge. The ceremony was held by the picturesque infinity pool with the reception inside, in the venue’s ‘boma’, an enclosure traditionally used for livestock. To decorate the space the couple hung a Swarovski crystal chandelier. The table settings were simple and elegant. “We hung a 3 metre long Swarovski crystal chandelier over an elevated central fire”, explained Sarah. “Instead of flowers I chose to decorate each table with over 40 pillar candles, some were floating in water, as a contrast to the fire theme. Each candle was set in a unique clear glass vessel.  Some as tall as 40 cm down to small votives. I was inspired by the alter in a cathedral.  I chose fire and candle light to be the focal point of the wedding to create drama and almost a gothic type of feel. This is why I decided to do the bridesmaid’s gowns and neck pieces in metallic bronze as it carried the heat and fire and element through. There was no colour, just the warm glow of candles against a white / clear contrast.”

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A Multi-Coloured South African Wedding: Mark & Manilla

When Mark & Manilla’s colourful wedding landed in my inbox I just about burst with excitement. There’s nothing quite like a rainbow wedding in my opinion!

The South African wedding was held at The View Boutique Hotel, a glamorous hotel in the heart of Johannesburg. “I felt that the ceremony should be the serious part of the day but I wanted the rest to be a very relaxed and festive carnival style celebration!” the bride told me.

“My final wedding for last year was an instant favourite,” wedding photographer Rensche Mari wrote. “As soon as I walked into Manilla’s home I knew it was going to be one of those weddings where I was just going to be wowed the whole way. The wedding had a carnival feel to it, the bridesmaids all dressed in different shades of green and each outfit was unique. Manilla’s whole look was so refreshing and just a lot of fun, her dressed popped with the beautiful colours and her dress even had the same green velvet as her shoes.”

Manilla’s stunning dress was made by Arwen Corsetry. The colour scheme she chose was complimented beautifully by all the wedding details – including bunting handmade by some ladies in an retirement home and all the DIY stationery and reception decor. The couple designed and handmade everything they possibly could. I’m loving the multi-coloured balloons on the ceiling!

Their wedding car was their own, which they decorated with brightly coloured ribbon and streamers.

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A Spectacular South African Wedding: Frances & Will

Frances & Will were married in December at the Mofam River Lodge in the Elgin Valley just outside Cape Town, South Africa. The venue was very important to the couple and really set the whole theme for the day. Both the ceremony and reception were held under the trees alongside the river.

The Australian bride wore a dress designed by Brad Webb of Darb Bridal Couture with bright red shoes from Wittner. Her bridesmaids wore the same shoes as her, only in black with a grey dress of their choosing “As I’ve been a bridesmaid 7 times I know the pain of wearing a rather unflattering dress for your body type and feeling awkward all day & night,” Frances wrote. “All my bridesmaids chose their own dress the only criteria being that it had to be grey. They all looked amazing and totally matched their personalities!”

The reception was decorated by Nadia from 4 Every Event. “She was great at getting the feel of the wedding we were looking for,” Frances continued. “I’m quite a perfectionist and generally prefer to do these kind of things myself but I felt at ease leaving it in her calm capable hands.”

“I was never a little girl who dreamed of getting married, babies and the whole shebang…” the bride concluded. “I guess that’s why this feels a bit like a fairytale to me, luckily without the evil step mom!”

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A Rock n Roll Shoot & Iron Fist Ruby Slippers: Cat & Louis

It started with those ruby slippers. When wedding photographer  Kat Forsyth first laid eyes on the Iron Fist beauties, she knew she had to do a photo shoot styled around them.

“I’m not even a shoe girl, and I hardly ever wear heels, but hot damn, I wanted everything on the Iron Fist website,” Kat wrote. “I couldn’t get the ruby slippers out of my head, so a few weeks later I popped into a shop to see them in person. Well, the only pair left was the display pair, and they were one size too small for me. But they were On Sale. On Sale for one fifth of the original price! So in order to justify the purchase, I decided I would buy them to use in a shoot one day. Photographing them’s just as good as wearing them, right? In fact, better, because it’d be more comfy!”

“So I bought the shoes – and another pair which actually do fit me, and were also on sale (score!) – and left the store resolving to do a shoot based around them. Which I planned in the back of my head for ages, trying to get past the craziness that was last year and the first portion of this year, and then trying to find a dress, and a venue, and props, and a male model…”

“Finally we put it all together; I shot it last month, and here it is. My models were Cat and Louis, who are both in bands – Cat is the lead singer in a Rock n Roll Band, and Louis is the drummer for two bands! They even brought along a few props to play with.”

“The dress was made by Carla from Estienne Carla Photography, who is not only a crazy talented photographer, but an epic dress designer (Carla, you ROCK!!), and the makeup was done by the most fabulous makeup artist, Sam Scaife of Lashline, whom I love and adore! The coke can bouquet was made by an awesome guy named Christopher, who sits on the pavement outside the Woolworth’s on First Avenue Linden, selling his crafts, and the shoes were mine…all mine.”

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