As weekends go, this one stands out as one of the better ones. An entire weekend by the sea doing what I love, taking photographs, is difficult to beat. Plettenberg Bay along the Garden Route in South Africa is paradise. Storm and Cindy celebrated their wedding there this weekend, and I had the pleasure of being there to photograph it.
Both of them are South Africans, but moved to Sydney a couple of years ago. They returned home this week to celebrate their marriage with family and friends. However, because they are such warm, caring and sociable people, they have formed many new friendships in Australia. It is a testament to the wonderful people they both are that many of these friends flew in from far away to celebrate and party with them.
True to form, Cindy has been planning their wedding from Australia for the last 8 months and left no detail unattended. The small quaint church of St Michael and All Angels dating back to 1847 formed the backdrop for them to exchange vows and the beautiful setting at Emily Moon River Lodge allowed friends to party until the early hours of this morning. The day rolled from one setting to the other as effortlessly as the waves rolling onto the beaches along this magnificent coastline.
Storm and Cindy are not only beautiful on the inside, but on the outside too. They added a blend of sophistication and elegance to this already perfect setting making it easy for me to take great photographs with very little effort on my part. Sadly for me, time to frolick in the waves was limited and after a short but exciting hour taking photos on the beach, I set them free to join their guests and indulge in a well deserved drink.
The evening went by in a blur of toasts, laughs and dancing, and before I knew it, I was packing up my cameras. Only then did I realise that I had been taking photographs non stop for 12 hours. Is there a better way to spend a day?
Over the next few weeks, we will be very busy selecting, editing and designing the storybook album that this wonderful couple will look at for many years to come, reliving their African wedding in this paradise known as “Plett”.