About Me

I am a mother of three boys (three boys, being punished for my sins!) and have been a fan of photography for years. I started shooting weddings seriously about five years ago. With the arrival of my twins, I decided to reduce my working hours in order to spend more time at home with my boys. Using photography to make up for the loss of income was a natural progression.

This is where you will be able to catch regular excerpts of what I am up to...

 

If you would like to contact me please email: andrea@andreacarlylephotography.co.za

My website is over here: www.andreacarlylephotography.co.za 

I shot my last wedding of the year yesterday, so I have a few weeks off now to relax and unwind with my family. 

Before I do that though, I have one ceremony that I've wanted to post here for a long time, but finding the additional time, in between editing and launching my new website, just did not happen.

Let me introduce Christine and Richard, my first green wedding! Christine's and Richard's green-themed wedding was eco-friendly, whereby the couple tries to decrease the impact of their event on the planet.

Christine's d├ęcor consisted of plants and vegetables that were then donated to less privileged schools and organisations after the wedding. The handmade African art not only supported local craftsmen, but also made for great gifts for the couple's guests. Every single detail was well thought out.

Christine and Richard, thank you so much for picking me to capture your wedding day, it was such a pleasure to be a part of this very special and unique occasion.

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Dress: Pronovias
Bridesmaid dresses: Chad Lahoud Designs
Groom's and Groomsmen's suits: Csquared 
Make-up: Donna at the Make-up Studio
Catering: Sandy's Kitchen
Desserts: Made by the bride and her mom 
Wedding cake: Made by the bride and her mom
Vegetable plants: Grown by Daniella Alexander from the REEA Foundation Vegetable Garden Roses and rose bushes: Sourced by Elizabeth Thornton-Dibb from Bella Rosa Farm
Beaded animals and flowers: Sourced by bead work creators across Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town
Reception, Ceremony, Cocktail signs: Tendai at the Desert Rose Project
Crocheted blankets: Made by the bride's mom

..and as always all weddings are posted to my Facebook Page

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I cannot believe how fast the months are rolling by, with such a busy year I have not managed to blog all my weddings and it seems to get busier now as we hit the warmer months of summer. I just wanted to check in announce that Brad and Lee 's River Place wedding made front page ;-).

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If you would like to see Lee-Ann and Bradley's full wedding head over to my Facebook Page.

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It was a long time coming as my old site was beginning to gather some serious cobwebs ;-), so after many hours of work, I am very excited to finally unveil my new website!
 
If you are eager to see have a look over here.

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I am so thrilled to report that an image from Lauren and Darryl's wedding was selected as the winner in the category "Reportage and Documentary" by Tamron South Africa. 

This is what the judges had to say about my image:  

"..it just has a lovely feel, a story of a celebration. The gentleman is unaware of the camera, the chance lighting given by the sparklers isolates him perfectly in the scene, combined with the bokeh with its speckled highlights, the image is naturally framed perfectly. There is also some digital noise present, which in such low light is reminiscent of film grain which I like, it adds to the impact and timeless choice the photographer has made to present this in monochrome. A great example of Reportage in that the photographer has reacted quickly to a fleeting chance to grab a great shot in what are technically challenging circumstances, well done Andrea."

Excuse me for a bit while I go pop some bubbly!

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Sitting in the safari vehicle after the ceremony, Louise and I overheard Saul's and Edwina's conversation, and this is how it went: "I wonder where he (the game ranger) is taking us?"  To which Saul replied in his lilting, Irish accent "It doesn't matter where we go, my love , as long as I'm with you".

Both Louise and I looked at each other with goofy smiles and sighed.  .  . Yep, it couldn't be more idyllic than this.

Edwina and Saul, who are both from Northern Ireland, opted for a rather unconventional nuptials - a hush-hush ceremony that took place on a hilltop, overlooking the Madikwe Reserve. 

For the most part, wedding ceremonies can be a bit of a whirlwind, so the bride and groom usually don't get to spend much time with each other.   This, however, was the complete opposite, as they took in every single moment together, soaking up the African bush - a perfect celebration of their love. 


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How gorgeous is that chocolate porcupine cake? Created by Madikwe Sous Chef, Jaco Roux. 


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