Wedding – Danie & Catherine



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I was honoured to be hired to photograph my friends Danie and Catherine on their wedding day, late last month. It took place at a beautiful romantic outdoor venue in Centurion, near Pretoria, South Africa.

Catherine’s dress was designed and made just for her – and she looked truly breathtaking….. Danie’s eyes nearly popped out of his head, when he saw her walking down the aisle!

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The ceremony itself was a pleasure to shoot – every detail had been so carefully thought out, and I was given free reign to move about and photograph as I liked. The venue lies in a bend of a river, so we were surrounded by lots of trees, which made for a beautiful backdrop with the afternoon sun shining through the leaves.

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After the “I Do”‘s and the signing of the register, it was time for the more formal, posed photos. I like this one of Danie and his three brothers, with Catherine standing off to one side.

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This is one of my favourite shots of the day 🙂

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I used this as the cover photo for the DVDs with all the edited photos, and the black & white version is the first one the couple have asked me to have printed on canvas and framed for them:

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Once all the formalities were over, it was time to PAR-TAY!

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The youngsters didn’t need much prompting to start off the dancing 🙂

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Catherine and her father, Chris, had the first solo…

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…and shared a joke, much more relaxed now 🙂

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Finally, Danie had a chance to dance with his new Wife, and couldn’t resist stealing a kiss!

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The thunder-storm that had been threatening all afternoon finally arrived to drench everything, and provided some entertainment for the children at the same time:

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By the end of the evening, I was exhausted! They’re not kidding when they say shooting a wedding is a LOT of work! And that’s really only the start of it – there’s still the post-processing, the presentation (which went very well!), the printing and the album-designing to do.

I have given my friends 500 photos that they will look back on over and over again, and that will bring back memories of that very special day.

Wedding photography is an enormous responsibility – but I’ll do it again in a heartbeat. I had FUN 🙂



All photos were shot with my Canon EOS 60D – the lenses were a Canon 17-55mm for the wide, formal and indoor shots, and an image stabilised Canon 70-300 mm for the ceremony.

I used the widest aperture possible during the ceremony, to achieve the shallow depth of field and terrific bokeh 🙂

I used a camera-mounted flash and a tripod for the night-time shots.

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