In March this year I had the pleasure of spending some time in South Africa (my home country), shooting a couple of weddings under the African sun! Being a full time wedding photographer is such an honour and sharing in wonderful wedding days like Martmarie & Chris’ in Greyton (2 hours from Cape Town), made me realise how incredibly blessed I am to do what I love, all over the world. I met Martmarie & Chris for the first time at her parent’s beautiful house in Hermanus, a few days before the wedding. As soon as we started chatting I felt like I had known them for years. We drove down to the beach in Hermanus for their Engagement Shoot (take a look at the photos here) and I discovered just how much these two warm and wonderful souls love each other and how excited they were about getting married! A few days later I drove to Greyton for their farm wedding at The Oaks Estate – a gorgeous Cape Dutch Style Farmyard in the Western Cape, owned and managed by the Ehlers family. We had perfect weather on the day, in fact it was around 33 degrees at some point! With the Zonderend Mountains in the background, The Oaks is the perfect location for a relaxed farm wedding, which is exactly what Martmarie & Chris had planned.
I’d like to thank everyone at The Oaks - Marianne Ehlers, her family and Lee-Anne Farrell, for looking after us and welcoming us with such warmth. It’s no wonder that The Oaks Estate has become such a popular Western Cape wedding venue in such a short time - with such friendly owners and top class wedding coordination. Thank you also to Lara, for shooting the groom prep and candids for me on the day.
I’ve decided to share this wonderful wedding in two parts, so make sure you check back for Part 2 in the next few days to see the wonderful couple photos and some really incredible dance moves. Martmarie & Chris, thank you for sharing your incredible wedding day with me and for making us feel so very welcome. It was an absolute pleasure meeting you both and I wish you all the happiness, adventure and love in the world. Congratulations again Mr & Mrs Lochner!
**I wrote a little review of The Oaks Estate for The South African Newspaper in London, as well as some tips on what to think about when looking for your wedding photographer:**
**I am planning to be in South Africa again during 2013, so if you’re getting married and would like to check my availability for your wedding, get in touch: anneli[at]marinovich.co.uk / message me through the contact page**
Martmarie & Chris’ beautiful wedding day Part 1:
Make sure you check back for Part 2 of this beautiful South African farm wedding in the next few days! Martmarie & Chris’ wedding was featured on The Pretty Blog here: http://www.theprettyblog.com/2012/06/mart-marie-chris/
Wedding Day Suppliers:
Wedding & reception venue: The Oaks Estate, Greyton – South Africa
Gazebo & Beduion tent: Elite Marquees
Martmarie’s wedding dress: Garnish Couture by Kristin Masters
Hair & Make-up: Candice Leigh
Music & Entertainment: Baha Entertainment (Alwyn & Dirk – these guys played awesome tunes all night long!)
Catering: Antoinette’s Events (the food was amazing!!)
Wedding Cake: The Food Class by Rozanne Pieters
Flowers: Marianne Ehlers (owner & manager of The Oaks Estate)
Wedding invitations: Jana Roberts from Mister and Misses Wedding Stationery
Lasercut table names: Leigh Mason from Doodle Laser - featured in a wedding stationery blog post over on The Pretty Blog: http://www.theprettyblog.com/2012/05/5-the-stationery-planning-a-wedding/