Wedding Afterthoughts – Hymne and André

Wedding Afterthoughts – Hymne and André

Hymne and André will officially be our first blog entry for the wedding afterthoughts. Basically, André (my husband and not the groom this blog post is about – yup, it’s quite a common name in South Africa!) recently got the idea to create an afterthought of couples we have photographed that will be able to give brides-to-be tips on what to expect on their wedding day and which route to follow. As we all know, getting married doesn’t happen often to anyone and planning your wedding usually comes with inexperience.  You have been to numerous weddings and know exactly what you do not want, but it’s a different story when it comes to planning your own wedding.  Family and friends, as willing and helpful as they are, sometimes make things difficult and you really don’t want your aunt to knit a nice, cosy “jacket” for your hanger (or perhaps you do?!) but that’s besides this point. We asked Hymne and André two questions and I will also give my own experience from a photographer’s perspective to these questions. Question 1: What did you take into consideration with the choice of wedding venue? I obviously asked this in Afrikaans, so I will translate to English but also leave the Afrikaans version for those more comfortable to read it in their mother tongue (at the end). “We compared all venues and what they had to offer.  How much time, effort and money did it take to decorate the venue as well as all extras the venue offered.  The amount of effort put into the venue by the manager/coordinator also played a huge role.  Michael Hetzel from Leopards and Lace, Bloemfontein did exactly this – he definitely knows what he is doing and we realised that the end result will be spectacular.  Due to the fact that we got married over the Easter weekend made us realise that we have to book the venue as soon as possible.” From a photographer’s perspective: It has been said so many times before but with good reason – your venue is one of the most important aspects of your day.  An all-in-one venue (with enough rooms/chalets for guests, a chapel and reception hall) is always a bonus for any photographer.  Especially if the bride or groom or even both can get dressed at the same location. Leopards and Lace offers both a chapel and you have a choice between various reception areas depending on the amount of guests.  The logistics of an all-in-one venue helps the photographer to get to all areas quicker with less hastle.  Even though both Hymne and André didn’t get dressed at Leopards & Lace, both were relatively close to the venue. Question 2:  If you were able to relive your wedding day, what would you have done differently? “Even though our wedding day went by too fast, everything sailed smoothly.  Due to the fact that it went by so fast, I would have considered to have a recording of our wedding day.  My bridesmaid and I forgot my veil in the chaper for the couple shoot and I would have loved to have it with during our couple shoot.  Due to the rain that day, we had only a few moments for the couple shoot and had to move quickly.  I would probably have also removed the green mood lights during the reception. Overall – it was the most wonderful day for both André and I! From a photographer’s perspective: The green mood lights was quite distracting during the evening, especially with the first dance.  It throws your camera’s white balance totally off and a lot of the photographs I had to convert to greyscale because of this (even though I love greyscale as it creates a more dramatic feel, so I didn’t have a problem with converting these photographs).  The other alternative we have in situations like these are that usually one of us will work with speedlights and the other works with ambient light.  The fact that we had both options available made it easy. Afrikaans version: Vraag 1:  Wat het julle als in aggeneem met die keuse van jul venue en wat het jul die finale besluit laat neem? Ons het die potensiaal van al die verskillende ‘venues’ teen mekaar opgeweeg; bv. die een het baie werk gekort om die onthaalsaal se plafon ruimte na iets te laat lyk, terwyl die ander makliker sou wees en voller sou lyk met slegs ‘n aantal liggies. Die een het sitbanke verskaf wat die ander nie gehad het nie/ mens addisioneel moes voor betaal het. Dus, wat die algehele ‘venue’ jou bied en die algehele...

Reynecke & Zehanca – Ilanga Estate

Reynecke & Zehanca – Ilanga Estate

Ok, so I’m a bit behind with our blog but have made an effort now to get it up to date again 😉 Starting off with Reynecke & Zehanca’s Ilanga Estate wedding. Everyone knows those type of people that just get along with everyone, well, Reynecke and Zehanca are no different. Easy to get along with, humble and down to earth. Their wedding day reflected so many interesting stories starting from both’s grand parents and how generations can form what we are today. Thank you Reynecke and Zehanca for being willing to walk that extra couple of metres so that we were able to get the “small purple flowers” in the shot – that really did make a difference. Herewith some...

Lourens & Sally – Eeufees hall, UFS

Lourens & Sally – Eeufees hall, UFS

Lourens & Sally’s wedding at the Eeufees hall, UFS was spectacular. Their ceremony was held at the Dutch Reformed church Universitas and from there we moved to the UFS for the photoshoot. Estie Swart was responsible for Sally’s smouldering look – wow! Lourens and Sally are real easy going and so was their wedding. Lourens, who studies hospitality made sure that the food did not dissapoint (at all!) and Sally with her keen eye for detail couldn’t asked for more with the decor of this stunning wedding. A night to...

Rickert & Marinda – Blomfontein, Cradock

Rickert & Marinda – Blomfontein, Cradock

Rickert & Marinda’s big day celebrated at Blomfontein, Cradock. Blomfontein is one of my new favourite venues not only because you find everything you need here; from accommodation to a stunning chapel, a large reception hall AND a coffee shop for early morning breakfasts but because of the beautiful Karoo scenery – every photographers’ dream! It’s like an oasis in the middle of the desert. André & Rickert were both in hostel together during varsity and we not only got to photograph this wedding but we enjoyed it as guests as well. The morning of the wedding André and I with another friend cycled all the way down Blomfontein hill (yes, we took our bicycles with) and rode all the way back up again as training for the To Hell and Back Mountain bike race that took place just a month after Rickert & Marinda’s Cradock wedding (which was by the way one awesome race!). Marinda is a classical beauty and it doesn’t take much to make her look stunning. While the guys were busy with their thing, we had a blast during the dress up of Marinda and at one stage I had to snap out of it and remind myself that I am the photographer, not a bridesmaid! These people make you feel so much part of the family. Everything, from the detail, food, location and the vide was excellent at Rickert & Marinda’s wedding. I am sure that they really enjoyed this special day. I present to you the photographs of Rickert & Marinda’s Blomfontein wedding! Wedding service providers: Venue:  Blomfontein Venue Bride’s wedding dress:  La Sposa, Mullet Make up:  Charne du Toit, Cradock (073 500 5251) Wedding cake:  Anne-Marie Rapp, Cradock Decor:  Kobie Joubert en Alida Erasmus Band:  Chris Brits, 0823251100 or Facebook page Stationery:  Words with Wings Videographer:  Henry Dillion Photo & Video Caterer:  Celest...

Francois & Annelise – Leopards & Lace

Francois & Annelise – Leopards & Lace

Working with Francois & Annelise was such a pleasure. They got married at one of Bloemfontein’s top wedding venues, Leopards & Lace. Annelise looked gorgeous in a Daniel Ellis creation (with hand painted detail) and despite a very windy day, their wedding was perfect. Our couple shoot was later than usual but this created some really nice, dramatic photographs. Together with their 5 beautiful girls (yes, 5!) this was one of the most child friendly weddings we photographed to date. This resulted in a very relaxed and fun atmosphere and these children will definitely remember this wedding. Click here to view their pre-wedding photos. Herewith some of their highlights. Wedding service providers: Wedding venue: Leopards & Lace (with Michael Hetzel as your host) Wedding dress: Daniel Ellis Bridal make up: Annamarie Smit Wedding cake: Carrie’s cookies &...

Gerhard & Ma-René – Lavender Hill, Bethlehem

Gerhard & Ma-René – Lavender Hill, Bethlehem

Gerhard & Ma-René celebrated their wedding day at Lavender Hill, Bethlehem, in the heart of the Free State. It was an extremely hot day but this didn’t stop Gerhard and Ma-René from having the best day of their lives (thank goodness for aircon!). The decor was what every bride dreams of and complimented Gerhard & Ma-René beautifully. Ma-René’s wedding dress was adjusted by her mother and the end result was absolutely beautiful, a touch of class rounded this dress off very well! With a lot of photography potential, André and I had great opportunity to play around. During September and October you are lucky to get blossoms as they usually only bloom for a couple of days. Lavender Hill’s garden was in full blossom and we got some beautiful shots with these blossoms. Herewith the highlights from Gerhard & Ma-René’s most beautiful...

Willem & Sonja – The Willows

Willem & Sonja – The Willows

Willem & Sonja got married at the Willows just outside Bloemfontein. The saying “head over heels” had a literal meaning at this wedding; poor Willem was so overwhelmed by the heat and the whole day that he almost collapsed two times during the ceremony (it was INSANELY hot). Other than that, the day turned out to be just perfect. Herewith some of Willem and Sonja’s...