I met Lu and Phillip in person for the first time a week before they got married in Nelspruit. They were both students at Potchefstroom’s North West University. What struck me immediately upon meeting them was their positive attitude. They had been planning ahead for their big Lowveld wedding day at least a year ahead and they wanted to make sure everything’s not just perfect for them but for their guests as well.
And so the 17th of December 2016 arrived. It was a hot and humid summers day without a breath of wind. Phillip was in an upbeat mood, joking along with his groomsmen as they got dressed early for their photos.
At Lu’s quarters it was also fun and games…she looking much more relaxed about the occasion than her bridesmaids. I find it funny how it sometimes people seems to only get married on their wedding day while others feel they’re already married; the wedding ceremony is just a formality that needs to be completed. Lu and Phillip definitely belonged to the second group.
This was the first multi-cultural wedding I’ve shot. It was incredible to see how two families from completely different backgrounds and histories could come together on a day like this. I can only imagine the difficulties and pressures Lu and Phillip must have faced during the course of their relationship. It takes two very strong individuals, understanding and compassionate parents and families to make it work.
A day to remember
The evening’s highlight was Lu’s mother and Phillip’s father’s speeches. It was genuine and heartfelt. You could see that both parents had to grapple with something they might not have understood at first but both wished above all for their children to be happy.
It was truly a special day to be part of. A big thank you as always goes out to Lu and Phillip for trusting me covering their big day and to the accomodating staff at Nou’s Toeka. Another Lowveld wedding successfully done and dusted.
Follow the link to see the previous Lowveld wedding I covered…