Olivia & Bailey | An Urban Durban wedding

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I always thought that I would be one of those awesome glowing pregnant ladies, who walks around displaying her bump like a string of pearls around her neck. Proud and accomplished. But it hasn’t quite worked out that way. Well not yet anyway. I’m 19 weeks, second trimester, and besides barely showing (it just looks like I have been to the buffet 3 days in a row) I’ve had a terrible time with morning sickness.  Up until about 3 weeks ago I was having mid-morning and mid-afternoon naps and commuting between the bed and the bathroom.

But the world still turns, couples still get married, and you are expected to show up and do good work. And that’s what I have done. It’s been one challenging season to say the least and blogging and social media has shifted to the bottom of my priority list while I try to get weddings edited within the expected time frame.  I have to take a minute to thank my May-August brides as they have all been so understanding when I’ve called to say that there is a slight delay on their album design, or that I’m just putting the finishing touches on their gallery – for 5 days in a row. You have all been so so wonderful and I promise you that despite my physical health, my mental state while editing your photos has been great. I have poured just as much love and time into your wedding photos as any wedding. Hence the extra time that I have needed. Also a huge thank you to Shannon, my super star second shooter who has been ready to take the lead when the smells of the buffet line in the reception hall have got to me and a dash to the toilet required. I couldn’t have got through this season without you!

I am now beginning to feel more myself and am ready to take on the next wedding season. So expect to hear more from me over the next couple of months. To any future interested clients reading this, please know that I have no plans to quit photography when this baby arrives. I will take a break for the months of January, February and March…but come April, baby is Dad’s responsibility. So please feel free to get in touch if you are interested in my services.

Alright, onto Olivia and Bailey’s super #urbandurbanwedding.

Liv and I were at the same school together (albeit a few years apart) and living in the same town of Durban has meant bumping into Liv fairly often and forming a friendship as adults. So when Liv told me that she was getting married, I felt instantly connected to the job of photographing her wedding. As the day grew closer, and I heard snippets of her plans, I grew more and more excited. The day before her wedding, however, is when the morning sickness really hit. I was unable to leave the bathroom. On the same day, Shannon called to say that she had encephalitis and wouldn’t be able to shoot with me. I panicked, I cried, and then I messaged every photographer I know. Eileen of Bright Girl Photography came to my rescue without hesitation and offered to accompany me. Eileen, you were my knight in shining armour. Besides taking some beautiful shots that have blended in beautifully with my own, your support and encouragement really helped keep me going. Thank you!!

Liv&Bailey, you have been dream clients to work with. Your trust in my abilities to perform the job allowed me to produce some of my favorite images. It was an honor to photograph your wedding and I hope that you are flooded with special memories and emotion as you reflect back on this magnificent and momentous day.

 

Service Providers:
Wedding venue: Durban Manor Hotel
Co-ordinator: Heather Rowbotham
Flowers & decor: Sue Akerman
Wedding dress: Bridal Centre
Gold Dress: Bride & Co
Hair: Jan Headmasters
Make up: Lee Pearson
Bridesmaids dresses: Mango
Flower girl dress: Bride&Co
Groom’s outfits: Duke Mngadi
Catering: Carissa from Bleu Berri Catering
Magician: Andrew Herring
DJ: Gareth Barefoot Jones
Stationery: Alexia Smit
Videographer: James Peters
Photography second shooter: Bright Girl Photography

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