Samantha and Francois wedding day had finally arrived after months of planning, and there was a lot of excitement in the air mixed with a few nerves. Their fabulous wedding which was both elegant and romantic was at Destiny Lodge, a beautiful wedding venue in Cullinan.
When we arrived at the venue, there was a flurry of last minute preparation being done by Sam's mom and grandmothers, who were the ladies responsible for the fabulous decor and flowers. The decor was a mix of silvers and whites with a hint of purple, which gave the reception a very chic and elegant look. The ever thoughtful Sam and Francois had made sure that the children had special packs that were packed full of cookies and sweets, while the adults had the most delicious chocolates as their thank you's.
The couple had gotten each other special wedding gifts for the day, and we were the lucky ones who got to deliver them. So we got some beautiful photographs of the Francois opening the boudoir album Sam had done for him, and of Sam unwrapping the stunning Thomas Sabo bracelet Francois had bought for her.
The ladies started to prepare for the main event by getting their makeup and hair done, while the men celebrated with a glass of champagne and cigars with Lee-Anne (my second photographer for ther day) and had a few photos taken. And then it was time, Sam looked magnificent in her gown, and was proudly walked down the aisle by her dad and gorgeous son Calvin. A short but beautiful ceremony later, Sam and Francois were finally husband and wife.
We had the perfect soft romantic light for their couple shoot, and these two look amazing on camera and their love really shines through. The reception started with a few speeches before Destiny Lodge served a delicous dinner. The highlight of the day for most, was when Calvin stood up and gave a speech welcoming Francois into his family and referred to him as Dad. He had the whole wedding party reaching for tissues when he said that he is glad Francois is part of his Mom's life, as when his Mom is happy, the hidings hurt less.
This was a beautiful and very memorable wedding, and I would like to thank Lee-Anne for working with me and helping to record the memories for this fabulous couple. Sam and Francois would also like to thank all of the awesome suppliers (listed below) that helped them plan and pull off this elegant wedding.
Lastly, I would like to thank Sam and Fafa for choosing me to be part of your wedding day. From the chats, to the frantic stressed out messages, I wouldn't change a single thing. Working with you was an absolute pleasure, and I wish you both a very happy future together. I hope that you are blessed soon with the twin baby girls you are trying for.
I met Shelley at a photography course at few years ago, and since then we have become great friends, and recently business partners when we launched femme fatale boudoir. But it came as a big surprise, when she asked me to be one of her bridesmaids, alongside Candice, Chantelle and Ashleigh, for her wedding earlier this year at the beautiful Sante Hotel and Spa in Paarl.
I have always seen the role of a bridesmaid as very special, and believe that it is a huge honour being asked to be one. Its not just about wearing a pretty dress and having makeup done, it includes things like organising the bachelorette party, the kitchen tea, sorting out issues and lastly to support the bride when needed. Being Shelley's bridesmaid was an awesome experience, as she has the biggest heart, is super organised and everyone loves spending time with her.
Shelley is anything but ordinary, its why we all love her so much! She insisted on organising her own Kitchen Tea, which was a beautiful afternoon spent with a lovely group of ladies. There was a fabulous spread of yummy delights made by the team at Petit Fours in Northcliff. Shelley, thoughtful as ever, made sure we each got a beautiful gift from Yuppie Chef as a momento of the day, and true to her form, she had the camera out and was taking photos of the food before anyone was allowed to touch anything! I also couldnt resist taking my camera along, and here are a few photo's from the day.
Quirky and often described as rather eccentric, I am a lover of all things beautiful. Capturing special moments and making my clients look and feel beautiful is what makes me happy!