One of the best things about being an international wedding photographer based in Maple Grove in the USA, is the luxury of having a variety of environments in which to photograph the bride and groom. Mountains, oceans, open fields, nouveau art, wineries…. it's a photographer's dream. Bring on the Belgian's Chloe and Herman who's two day wedding, spanning three venues on both sides of the Tulbagh valley in sunny South Africa, making it one of the hottest shoots of my career (at 44 degrees celsius/112 fahrenheit).
From the plush avant-garde designs at Saronsberg winery, to the quaint and almost desolate stone chapel at Montpellier, to the inerrant Cape-Dutch architecture at Rijks winery and wedding venue, this was not only a wedding celebration, but a true passage to all senses.
Saronsberg wine estate with its cutting-edge tasting room which houses the Saronsberg Collection, a permanent display of contemporary South African art (www.saronsberg.com) Oscar Wilde once said, "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life". Artworks by Paul du Toit adorn the upstairs gallery, adding a plethora of colour, texture and artistry to this novel wedding shoot. Montpellier's charming hillside chapel, in the picturesque Tulbagh Valley (www.montpellier.co.za) A plethora of colorful parasols did wonders for adding to the 'cooler' feel on this scorchingly hot day (www.quirkparties.co.za) 'Grape' expectations awaiting this couple Rijks country house-a blissful outdoor wedding venue under a canopy of vines and a ceiling of stars The Belgian boogie on the dance floor