What’s better than driving the scenic route to Graskop? Shooting a wedding in Graskop. I know, sometimes it sucks loving your job. As mist swirled around in the mountains on my very early drive to Lola & Edwin’s morning wedding I counted my blessings for living in such a beautiful part of our country and for the privilege of being able to do what I love…taking photos.
It was my first time at the magnificent Hoyo Hoyo Eagle’s View Eco Estate . It is built right on the escarpment and boasts a spectacular view of the Lowveld and the mountains towards Sabie. There wasn’t too much time for landscape gawking as the wedding was only two hours away.
I did Lola and Edwin’s engagement shoot a few months before and I knew how excited they were to get married. This excitement was palpable from the moment I arrived. Due to the morning wedding’s time contraints I had an assistant and she helped me tremendously to capture the inbetween and special moments with Lola while I shot the gents getting dressed.
When the moment of truth arrived nothing would stand in Lola’s way of getting married, not even her future in-laws running a bit late. She was a woman on a mission and determently stormed the chapel. The pastor delivered a moving sermon. I must be a softie but for some reason there’s always that one moment at a wedding where I look through the viewfinder and get a lump in my throat. You could hear a pin drop in the chapel as they said their vows to each other. Whatever your view might be of marriage, it is quite dramatic when a man and woman look each other straight in the eye and relay the feelings they have for each other in front of their friends and family assembled.
I stayed a bit longer so we could do their couple shoot in the late afternoon. It was a lot of fun and well worth it due to the dramatic clouds hugging the blue mountains in the background. Here’s to your future together Lola & Edwin! Cheers!