Chantel and Matt

Chantel and Matt held their wedding on Chantel’s family farm in Elandskraal on land which has belonged to the family for 150 years! Chantel’s family came to South Africa from Germany as missionaries and, along with other locals, built the very church featured in these images.  Interesting fact: The church has the largest hand cut single sand stone (as a cornerstone) in Southern Africa. This church is still being used every Sunday by the small community. Isn’t that something?

The farm is in the heart of Zululand and is surrounded by war stories. One of Chantel’s favorite things to do is listen to stories from her family members of encounters that her forefathers had with the Zulu army.

Shannon and I took the scenic route to get to the farm, and while absolutely terrifying (there was one very hectic section of road that could have led us to our death!) it was breathtaking. I can see why Chantel and her cousins look forward to coming ‘home’ every holiday. It really is a special place. What made this wedding memorable was that amazing sense of community. Everyone spoke German…not just when speaking to the oldies, but even to the youngsters. They sang that German song that German’s sing when they do a toast at German weddings :) Chantel’s aunt did the wedding flowers, the church congregation handled the catering – family and friends could be seen everywhere getting involved. It really was just so lovely.

I was incredibly pregnant and the weather was outrageously hot, two things that can make shooting a 12 hour wedding hard to enjoy, but with such a welcoming bunch of people, my discomfort mattered not one bit and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Chantel and Matt, I hope that you enjoy your wedding photos and that you treasure them – and those wonderful family members of yours – for years to come.

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THIS was the most awesome thing to see. The zebra and the dog are friends. Every day, they run up and down the fence together. Chantel had told me about it and as I stepped outside I got to see the end of their game.

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