It does not happen often that I am at a loss for words. How would I describe this wedding?
Well, Monique came into my life by referral from a very dear friend of mine.
A quote request turned into a friendship – a long distance one for that matter. We ended up having long conversations late at night while, sharing photographs and building excitement to the big day.
When she finally arrived in South Africa, it felt like we knew each other for years. The rest was like a whirlwind – It had been raining for more than a week and we were still waiting on the thumbs up from the venue to have a garden wedding – praying for a sunny wedding day.
Finally the day arrived and we were blessed with little rays of sunshine kissing our skin!! God has blessed this day.
We met with her and the bridal party at the Westin Cape Town – one of the most beautiful hotels I had the privilege to visit – taking the bridal portraits in the presidential suite. Wow!! Lucky for me I do not have a fear of heights – because it is true what they say – the view is always the best from the top floor!
Arriving at the venue we were greeted with excitement and joy. Some of them were meeting Inesh for the first time. The moment of truth arrived with Monique walking down the aisle – him standing there with the biggest smile I have ever seen on a groom. Vows were made in front of family and friends – the union sealed with a kiss.
The photo session was an interesting one. Getting married in July usually means rain and lots of it – which meant wet grass, mud and puddles. We did the penguin walk finding suitable places to take photographs. Most of the time Alida and me had to test the route across the lawn where it would be safe to walk. Thinking back it was very funny actually – stressful at the time though, it was cold and wet and I did not want Monique to ruin her shoes before the reception.
At last we found comfort in a steaming mug of hot chocolate, the welcoming sound of the burning fireplace. Speeches were made, special moments shared and the night was danced away.
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
— Lucille Ball
I only saw the happy couple once more when we did their Trash the Dress photo shoot and they were off to Dubai again. Someday we will meet again my friend. In the meantime WhatsApp will have to do. It is a privilege to know you and Inesh. May your married life be a magnificent journey of love! Filled with right ingredients: Faith, trust, humour, passion, romance, understanding and timeless love!
“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
— Albert Camus
A special Thank you to the following service providers: Bernadette Dippenaar #BEPhotography Alida Smith #Second Shooter Rudi van Zyl #Pie in the sky Merlize #Mua #Hudsons #TheWestin Nico Bruyns #MrMusic