Hello. Crikey, it's mid-November. Gasp...Christmas next month.
I feel quite awkward typing these few words onto my almost-2-week untouched blog, but I can assure you it's been anything but subdued on this side. Besides editing my vast backlog, there has been the annual Hallowe'en festivities, then the year-end concerts and functions, plus, to eclipse all else, the boys' birthday party this past weekend.
In true tradition for their birthday mega-celebration, Jake and Liam opted for different themes: a Lego party for Liam and an Avengers party for Jake.
Here's a snippet from their little jamboree.
First up the Lego party...
....and the Avengers Party
The gorgeous cupcake toppers were by Cathrine, from the Smartie Box.
During the speeches, I think it was Anuschka's dad who happened to mention that all the precious and important people in their lives were present at Auschka's and Richard's wedding.
And it always fascinates me the sheer number of moments that can be documented in just one day.
Surrounded by people that they love; energetic kids running everywhere; a flower girl playing in a fountain with her bouquet; the chaos of putting everything together; the quiet and tender moments reading love notes; the tears; the laughter and the joy..... it's all the things that weddings are made of and I'm totally thrilled that Anuschka and Richard allowed me to capture theirs.
Facebook Page: If you were at the wedding feel free to tag yourself and share.
DJ: Duane Rockwell
Videographers: Silent Video Productions
Forgive me readers, as I know you've been waiting to see some more weddings, but, it's the busy season at the moment, which means that I have neglected the blog a little.
I recently had the pleasure of photographing Natalie's and Rashaad's wedding and if I'm to be totally honest, the one single episode that flashes to mind from their ceremony, almost like one of those facts you find on a Chappie wrapper, is that "in over 50 years James Bond has sex 64 times."
Nothing poignant, I know, nothing romantic. Then again, anyone who was at the wedding will recall the animated sermon that was delivered by their minister, Andrew Christie, which was filled with meaningful advice, spiced up with anecdotes and unforgettably appropriate wit. And just like the 007 excerpt, that I know will stay with me for years to come, their day was truly one to remember.
Natalie had hired me because she'd wanted a true, documentary-style coverage of their big day, as it unfolded, with not too many posed photographs.
Their energy, Rashaad's wicked sense of humour, their love, their gorgeous daughter, plus their amazing family and friends made documenting it in a relaxed manner all too easy. Thank you, Natalie and Rashaad....and now the pictures;
Decor & Flowers: Beatrix Events
Minister: Andrew Christie
Cake: For Heaven's Cake
Lighting: Delight Events
It has been a wee bit hectic this past fortnight and I've a lot of editing and blogging to catch up on, but, I can't wait to share all the incredible weddings I've photographed recently.
So without further ado, let's jump straight into it with Janie and Jaco.
As I was driving home from Janie's and Jaco's ceremony, it dawned upon me that whenever I pick up my camera to shoot a wedding, I am always completely surrounded by ceaseless throngs of wholesome love and laughter - my job being merely to capture it all and at the end, someone hands me a pay cheque. What can I say? I would say that is a pretty good deal☺.
Janie's and Jaco's day was just that: a day engulfed in pure love, unabashedly fantastic people and oodles of good cheer. One of those days when, from the very start, you just know it's going to be an excellent one and you also know, no matter how hard you try, you won't have sufficient words to describe it.
.... and finally, some images from their absolutely perfect day.
If you would like to tag yourself or share the album you can find the facebook post over here.
My internet and emails are down L
I am trying to get through it all with visits to the local internet cafe and via my Blackberry, I may however, be a little slower than usual with my responses. I should be up and running in a couple of days.