STEPHAN + CHANEL | BELVEDERE WEDDING | KWAZULU NATAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I was fortunate enough to photograph this wedding at  Belvedere Game Ranch.  The ranch  is nestled just outside Pongola and for any photographer, that means open fields and breathtaking sunsets.

Today I share a relaxed wedding.  Stephan and Chanel got married at the beautiful “Preekstoel”  making the moment even more special.  A moment before the sunset we had a few last couple photos, worked out awesome and couldn’t be more trilled with the outcome.

Thank you so much for letting me be part of your amazing wedding.

JOSEF + AYANDA | WEDDING | JOZINI TIGER LODGE

Josef and Ayanda tied the knot in Jozini, a bustling African city that lies in a valley surrounded by mountains. The thing I love most about African weddings is the energy and joy of it – the close and extended families come together and celebrate with abandon…they sing and dance and rejoice. From the church to the reception, this is the very definition of love.

 

MIENKE SCHEEPERS | BABY PHOTOGRAPHER PONGOLA

Babies are perfection, the wispy hair, the crinkly fingers and toes… The opportunity to capture a new life is truly inspiring. I am blessed to get the opportunity to capture these little people, to have clients that trust me to treat their babies with respect and love. Sessions are conducted according to each individual baby, allowing time for feedings and pampering…these little models work to their own schedule.
 
 

SWEET DREAMS | ESTIAAN + MONIQUE WITH NEWBORN REGERT

One of my favorite quotations comes to mind…
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep
because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
-Dr. Seuss
 

BERTUS + MELISSA | CLASSROOM ENGAGEMENT SHOOT - PONGOLA

Bertus phoned me and asked me for an engagement session with a difference.
We went back to Melissa's old school, Pongola Akademie, where she had lots of memories.
So - we decided to create amazing new memories.
This is what we decided on and I must admit, I quite like the feel of these images.
Thanks for being such sports you guys!!!

CHRISTIAN & CHRISTIANE | WEDDING AT EMDONENI LODGE - HLUHLUWE

I love the bush – the smells, the big skies, the sound of Africa.
What better place to get married than surrounded by bushveld,
under a massive old tree, open plains around you.

 I had the pleasure of capturing Christian & Christiane Erfman's wedding at the beautiful Emdoneni Lodge near Hluhluwe.  They travelled all the way from Germany to get married at this lovely venue – here are just a few of the images from the day…

BILLY + CHANTEL | WEDDING AT PONGOLA COUNTRY LODGE

 
Shooting Billy and Chantel's wedding was so special to me. There was the spirit of togetherness and welcome that made the day. It’s a real honour to be part of a family’s history, to see their beautiful sons and daughters get married, to meet the babies, and to experience their journey. There were so many special moments at this wedding.
Billy and Chantel - thank you so very much for choosing me – it was such a special day!

CHRISTENING OF KAREL LANDMAN | PONGOLA

It is truly nice to feel like you are part of a family ... and this is how I feel when I think of Wim and Luzandi Landman.  From their wedding pictures, to her bump shoot and
now the christening of little Karel Landman. 
 
Karel must be the friendliest baby I have ever encountered and he just loves the camera!
He smiled throughout the church service and the photo shoot afterwards.

FAMILY PHOTO SESSION | KWAZULU NATAL PONGOLA


I spent some time with the Van der Merwe family and got these lovely
images for them to treasure.
 

OVER THE MOON | NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER KWAZULU NATAL

We had so much fun with this gorgeous family and their brand new bundle of joy, Rochelle.
 Jaco and Suzanne  are absolutely head over heels for their little cutie, and these moments
are overflowing with love.
Aren’t her squishy cheeks the sweetest?!

TWICE AS NICE | CHILDREN PHOTOGRAPHER KWAZULU NATAL PONGOLA

My first shoot for 2014 and it kicked of with photographing nephews Luca and Kayden.
It always amazes me how many expressions a child can have… they were great – what personalities!

PURE HAPPINESS | ESTIAAN + MONIQUE BUMP SHOOT

 
 There is pure happiness and excitement of these beautiful parents-to-be,
and the only word that comes to mind is… MAGICAL.
This is one lucky baby boy that’s being born into a world that’s SO full of love.
Excited to share all of the beautiful moments from our time together,
and can’t wait to meet him soon!!

STUART + BO | LEOPARD LODGE WEDDING HARTEBEESPOORT DAM | GAUTENG WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Bo sent me an email from London that said - "We’re getting married at the Leopard Lodge and we want you to take our photos".  I replied no problem …while doing the happy dance .

Stuart and Bojana's wedding were all about the people.  Friends and family had come from all over to be there to celebrate with them as they got married on a lovely summer day overlooking the Hartebeespoort Dam.  There were tears and smiles as everyone shared in their excitement and joy.

We did the creatives the normal bush way by jumping on the back of the game vehicle.  We took pictures until sunset ... absolute bliss and peace.
Stuart and Bo, we wish you much joy and thank you for the opportunity to share this day with you!
Special mention to Riaan from the Leopard Lodge who drove us all over the show
and my lovely assistant, Yolandé.

SIZWE + KHANYI | JOZINI TIGER LODGE WEDDING

Sizwe and Khanyi tied the knot on an overcast day… things got misplaced – all of this added some hilarious moments to the day.  They laughed through it all and focused on the important things, the day they had waited so long for. It was beautiful and sincere, a real love story.

Thank you both for being such sports and braving the veld to get some amazing photos.  Hope you enjoy them!

BJORN & KIRSTI | WEDDING AT AMAKHOSI LODGE

Bjorn & Kristi Meidelsen travelled all the way from Norway to come and tie the knot and the magnificent Amakhosi Lodge.
It was a very intimate wedding on a rock overlooking the Mkuze river.
Afterwards the couple went for a game drive and we took some pictures in the bush.
The evening was rounded off with a traditional fire in the kraal.
The guests were treated to Zulu dancers performing to the beat of Zulu drums.
Umqombothi (Zulu beer) was served to the bridal couple and afterwards they feasted
on a traditional menu (just as the bride had ordered). 
My compliments to the management and staff of Amakhosi Lodge who made this a very special memorable occasion for all of us.
A huge thanks also to my assistant, Nadia.
It was a pleasure meeting you, Bjorn & Kirsti.  We wish you everything of the best for the future!

DEAN & ARYSSA | JOZINI TIGER LODGE WEDDING

As you walk into the Jozini Tiger Lodge, the light and colours strike you first…then the calm peacefulness of this beautiful space in the heart of Jozini overwhelms you. It really makes for a wedding ceremony with meaning. And it was the perfect setting for Dean and Aryssa's ceremony, creating a feeling of intimacy.

I like to plan my couple shoots so that I know where we are going and to save time, but there is something to be said (besides the stress) for unplanned rain. We ran out of light pretty quickly but we made the most of the time we had.

TERTIUS & CARLA | DWEBA LAPA WEDDING - PONGOLA

This post is way, way overdue…but here it is at last…Tertius & Carla's wedding!

These two had the most beautiful ceremony – they laughed, they cried and the way the priest involved all the parents added such a special touch to it. It was a very personal service that meant so much to both of them and was the perfect way to start their life together.

Gert + Annica | Wedding @ Pongola Country Lodge

 

It poured rain on Gert + Annica's wedding day.  These two are really so amazing, and were up for anything…even pictures under an umbrella. They were married at the gorgeous Pongola Country and it was absolutely…perfect. Here are just a few of the many details:

Venue : Pongola Country Lodge
Dress : Melissa Couture
Décor : Crystal Events
Flowers : Crystal Events
Photography : www.rolene.co.za

ELIZCA'S Bumpt Shoot | Pongola


 “A mother’s joy begins when new life is stirring inside…
When a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time,
And a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone.”
 

DEAN & ARYSSA | Engagement session Pongola



I was honoured to join Aryssa & Dean on a visit to Pongola for their engagement photos and I couldn't have been happier working with such an amazing couple!

One of my favourite things about Aryssa and Dean is their ability to laugh and have fun...

They love each other. Like, a lot.

Roger & Lezandie | Wedding in Pongola

What a fairytale wedding.  I just love their love story. 
Roger and his friends forever tried to get Lezandie to come and have a braai with them.
After several invites her mother said to Lezandie just to go and braai - it is not like she is going to marry this guy ...
And here they are - married and so in love!

Nelus & Martitia | Ermelo Matric Farewell


It is not every day that the head boy and head girl of Ermelo Hoërskool accompanies one another to their matric farewell.  The photos were taken at Drinkwater Guest House and The Barnyard.
Martitia wanted fairytale photos ... what we got was more than that.