David & Ilze Wedding at Boschendal

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The last week of June 2019 was the major kick-off of the rain season in Cape Town \including the Winelands region. But I assured David and Ilze not to fear the weather as we will conquer whatever it may bring our way.

Caption this wedding was pretty easy. a Cold front was moving in from that Monday and the wind and rain caused havoc all over the Western Cape.

So when SATURDAY 29 June 2019 finally step forward, the sun forces itself on the scene, it remained icy cold but turned out to be an amazing and beautiful day to celebrate a wedding.

The venue Boschendal Wine Estate is situated on the R310 Pniel Road Groot Drakenstein close to Franschhoek. What a dream venue. With the cottages overlooking the reception hall, allowing the bride and groom to keep a close eye on all the preparations as they are getting ready themselves.

There is a majority of photo opportunities at this venue. The mountains are spectacular, it gives you almost a feeling of being in Switzerland.

The beautiful decor and flowers were all the amazing work of Andre who provides the flowers for Die Boord Spar.

One of the bridesmaids Anna wanted to surprise Ilze with a message from David, written on the sole of her shoe- Sweet!

Davids ring is from Glamira and Ilze’s Engagement Ring: Cape Diamonds and her wedding band is from Pandora.

The Grooms outfit was from Tidy Tucs Tailor – Canal Walk, David looked amazing in his suit!! The groomsmen got their suits from Mr. Suit Hire

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Ilze was a wonderful bride to photograph, her calm and relaxed personality made it so much fun and I could see her enjoying every moment of their wedding day. If a bride can only accomplish this she already made her wedding day extra special.

Anzel Marais from Anzel Marais professional hair and makeup and Charmain Daisey Groenewald from House of hair done an excellent job with the make-up and hair of the bride and her tribe.. well-done ladies!

Ilze got this stunner of a dress from The Wedding Boutique and the bridesmaid’s gorgeous dresses are from Kameo Dresses.

Something that stood out for me as a photographer, was that these ladies made time to show their appreciation for each other with gifts and words of affirmation, something which there is rarely time for during the bridal-prep.

The wedding ceremony was held at the St Georges Groot Drakenstein Historic Anglican Church.

This little gem is worth a visit as you walk into the intimate building and smell history all over.

So during the last bit of the couple shoot, I somehow manage to lose my car keys as I were leopard crawling on the grass in the dark…yip ending up having to leave my car behind and shoot the reception. Poor Ilze and Dave, I had to send them off walking the last bit to the reception..so sorry guys 🙂 luckily I found them later on- Thank you, Jesus, for teaching me little lessons of trusting you always on every wedding I shoot. I am nothing without Him.

Last but certainly not the least I would like to thank Tanya Kinnear for being an amazing second shooter on the day! What a loyal and kind-hearted person you are. Thank you, Tanya.

David and Ilze may I leave you with this Psalm 127:1 for your marriage

” Unless the Lord builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the guards stand watch in vain. “

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