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Win Free Wedding Photography

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Win Free Wedding Photography

– A chapter on giving.

I know I’ve said this a thousand times,
but I feel so passionate about the importance of capturing life’s most precious moments.

Every year I try to give back to the universe for blessing me over and over again.  Due to COVID-19, it’s been 2 whole years since I’ve held this competition.  But I’ve been itching to do so and I finally couldn’t wait any longer.

So if you haven’t booked your photographer for your 2023 wedding, submit the survey at the bottom of this post!

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Organictales will offer one lucky couple  a chance to WIN FREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY worth R18 000!

 

THE PRIZE

* A Pre-Wedding Shoot with 30 High Resolution Images
* Pre-Wedding Meeting and Discussion
* 10 Hours Wedding Day Photography.
* High Resolution Digital Files on a USB

 

But that’s not all! ORGANICTALES will offer special discounted pricing to anyone who entered the competition but didn’t win! (T’s & C’s apply).
ORGANICTALES PHOTOGRAPHY will also sponsor up to 3 other prizes for people who entered this competition but did not receive first prize.

 

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So how do you enter and Win Free Wedding Photography?

THE COMPETITION:

Couples chosen as finalists must be able to meet with me for a VIDEO CALL interview.

 

  1. All you have to do is fill out the survey at the bottom of this post.

  2. For some extra points you can also go and FOLLOW me on Instagram and like/comment on 5 – 10 of your favourite images on my feed to help me understand which of my photos fall in your favourites list.  This helps me to get a better idea of the style and feel you desire in your wedding photography. Find me @Organictales

  3. Fill out this survey below and send through to competitions@organictales.com and stand a chance to WIN FREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 Entries valid for weddings taking place any time between March 2023 – Dec 2023.
Competition closes 28 Feb 2023.

 

Since a wedding takes enormous amounts of time to photograph, process and deliver, only couples who complete ALL steps will be considered.  This is a very personal gift and therefore only couples who show genuine interest and enthusiasm will be selected as finalists.

Good luck everyone!!

SURVEY

Please DOUBLE check that your email address is correct. If not I will not be able to respond to your entry.
If you have any problems submitting – please email your answers/images directly to:
competitions@organictales.com  /  info@organictales.com

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How important is photography on your wedding day?
Which of these weddings do you enjoy the most?

Please upload 3 recent images of yourselves. 

If you have trouble uploading, please email them directly to organictalesphoto@gmail.com with your names as the subject.

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If you struggle to submit or do not receive any reply from ORGANICTALES within 7 days of submission, please send an email with your answers and photos to competitions@organictales.com

 

 

*Organictales Photography reserves the right to cancel this competition or disqualify any entry without notice*

 

 

 

 

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Llewellyn & Sandra’s Kimberley Wedding

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Kimberley Wedding.

Llewellyn & Sandra had a beautiful and unique Kimberley Wedding reception. Read their story below:

How did you meet and what drew you to each other?

We actually met at Scarlet Room, a small intimate lounge bar in Bloemfontein. It was complete serendipity as he was out with a friend for a quick after gig drink and I was out with friends from work. As fate would have it they knew each other❤️
From the get go we were just strangely comfortable with each other, it felt as though we have known each other our whole lives.

Was your wedding affected by Covid-19 and how?

Luckily for us Covid didn’t have an effect on our special day as we wanted a small intimate wedding, and our venue only allowed for a small group of guest.

Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?

My hair was done by Ilze van der Walt at Verfraai salon and my make up was done by Micayla.
I was extremely happy with both my hair and makeup, it was perfectly done, Definitely ticked my Pinterest boxes and I felt like a absolute princess!

What made you choose your Kimberley Wedding Venue?

So our friend Wilhelmina had a agreement from forever that she would be the chef for his wedding. Sooo when she moved to Kimberley, the only option was to have a “destination” Kimberley wedding.😉

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?

Bride: For me it was definitely seeing my now -husband once I got to the end of the church aisle, he looked so handsome and his smile said everything.

Groom: Definitely the butterfly feeling meeting each other in the church, Landi our Wedding Photographer caught the moment on film and the fact that there were no doubt about the person I am about to spend my life with.

Tell us something funny/unique about your wedding weekend.

Something funny for me was that we were both so “kinderlik opgewonde” that during the church service we were giggling and I just could not stop smiling from ear to ear.

How did you experience your Photographer’s service?

Our Wedding Photographer, Landi from Organictales has a very comfortable feel about her, which meant we were immediately comfortable. She guides you regarding poses and that helps allot especially if you are not a “photo-shoot” couple. Because my husband and I like a little bit of a more silly side , she really captured us as a couple.

If you could change anything from the day, what would it be?

Literally nothing, even though it was a chilly-ish day and was raining like crazy at the end of the night, our day was absolutely perfect. It was everything we wanted and more.

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Where did you go on honeymoon and what made it special?

My husband is a adventure photographer ,so on the Sunday we left to shoot Freedom Circuit at Underberg. It was a privilege to be able to spend a week together in a car😬 Later this year we will go on a official Honeymoon.

What advice would you give other couples still in the planning process?

Do what you want to do! It is your wedding. We didn’t ask for allot advice as we wanted our day to reflect us, also we had amazing friends that became our vendors. We also didn’t have allot of input on the food or the decor as we completely trusted our vendors and we were extremely happy with the result. They captured the exact idea we wanted and everyone had a amazing time at our wedding! A Definite perfect day to remember.

 

Service Providers:

Bride
DressLeehra Bridal 

HairVerfraai Salon

Make upMakeup Artistry by Micayla

Brides NailsCreative Nails

Brides GuesthouseOleander Guest House

Bridal gift – Pearl earrings –  Carins Jewellery Design

HankerchiefEmbroidery Unlimited 

Rings Bride and Groom: Allan Robb

 

 

Groom
Suit The Modernist Taylor Made

TieKnotted Ties 

SocksSea Panda Apparel

Grooms GuesthouseAt Athens Guest Rooms

Groom giftMen Leather Toiletry bag Theron Theron Designs

 

CateringWilhelmina

Venue – Jungnickel Guesthouse

Decor – Nigel Londt

BandKaroo Music

Neon LightHelgard Projects

Church – NG Church Newton

Photographer – ORGANICTALES

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Wikus & Berné – Onder die Akker Wedding

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Onder die Akker Wedding

This Onder die Akker Wedding was another small and intimate event in the beautiful Free State.

How did you meet and what drew you to each other?

Our story includes blue eyes, a beard and a pipe.  My nose caught a cherry smell and it led me to this bearded life of the party.  My first words to him were: “Can I please have a drag from your pipe?”.  And between the fires, laughter and cherry tobacco, little did we know we will have such a beautiful life together.

How did you experience your Photographer’s service?

Landi lit up our day with her way of making one feel comfortable in front of the lens.  She has a distinctive vision and style, which she sticks to, that is what I like about her.  She makes it look easy to handle a camera in one hand and another on her hip… and a, well, a busy group of groomsmen.  She is a great communicator, and if there is communication, little can go wrong.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?

Just when we entered the ceremony hall and got to sit down, I found myself looking around at this joyous event.  We will never ever have that moment again, that moment where we could have all our loved ones with us.  I sat there and absorbed that moment so well, because that was my biggest wish for our wedding, just to have everyone there who is truly closest to our hearts.

Tell us something funny/unique about your wedding weekend.

This happened just after my hair and make up were done, and the dress was finally on.  We were outside between the beautiful autumn trees just about to start taking pictures.  Suddenly I felt a heavy burn sensation on my calve,  A bee stung me, a bee stungggg me on my wedding day!!  I am semi-allergic to bees, and was on the edge to freak out.  It wasn’t 5 seconds, and Landi had her first-aid kit out, my bridesmaid, Charnè feed me with antihistamine and champagne.  And 2 minutes after that, everyone forgot it even happened.

Where did you go on your honeymoon and what made it special?

We had a 3-day trip to our end destination.  We overnighted at Bloodriver – where Wikus was in his happy place, being a history-freak.  We were spoiled with the best vetkoek and boerbier we have ever had.  We then headed further to Kosi-bay.  Spontaneously chose a lodge to sleep that evening.  We again met the loveliest people and then we found ourselves on tractor tubes in the swimming pool that surrounded the bar – island bar.  Early the next morning, we had about a 40 minutes drive to the border to Mozambique, left.  We were quite anxious, as we had to test on the border for Covid.  Luckily we were negative and we could enjoy 7 days in Mozambique.  Our home was literally on the beach, with the dolphins greeting us as the sun rose every morning.  It was snorkelling, bar hopping, seafood platters, golf hole in one’s and road trips for days.  We shared it with our closest friends.    It’s our happy place – the people and their primitive way of living.  We enjoyed every minute of it.
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Myburgh & Stephanie – Bloemfontein Wedding

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Bloemfontein Wedding.

Myburgh & Stephanie had their most beautiful Bloemfontein Wedding at Vivre la Vie Estate.  Read their story below.

 

How did you meet and what drew you to each other?

We met in High School and the rest is history.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?

Walking down the isle, for both of us.

Tell us something funny/unique about your wedding weekend.

We wanted a outside ceremony, and the weather did not cooperate, but we went with it and got married in te rain.
The rain was getting worse and worse the entire day. That did not stop is enjoying every minute of it. The venue was so muddy and more than 7 of our guests cars got stuck in the mud
Most of the groom’s friends helped with the Cars, after that they were covered in Mud and thereafter we all danced and partied the night away.

Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them??

Shandre Groenewald from Expressions Makeup Artistry did my beautiful make-up, she always does my make up since my matric farewell.
Danelle Nel from In Fine Feather Salon is my hairdresser almost forever and she is the best!

Where did you go on honeymoon and what made it special?

The garden Route, the beautiful environment and fun activities and spending time with your favorite person.

What advice would you give other couples still in the planning process?

Choose what you love, it Is your big day. Don’t stress so much about everything, all that matter is your love for each other and becoming one with each other.

 

 

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Rhodes Wedding – Peet & Patricia

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Rhodes Wedding.

When you travel past Barkley-East on a gravel road of about 120km, you get to a quaint little town called Rhodes.  Definitely a tourist spot to add to your bucket list.  But, when you keep driving through Rhodes that same gravel road will take you over one of the highest passes in South Africa.  From there you will witness the most breathtaking views you can imagine.  And right at the bottom of the Naude’s nek pass, I found myself on a beautiful farm about to shoot a wedding.  Read their story below:

Tell us the story of how you two met?

We met each other when I came to visit his sister who was a school friend of mine, but Peet was very shy so we didn’t really talk much.  We eventually reconnected and started talking to each other during my first year of University and as they say – the rest is history.

How did you decide on your venue:

The farm is an extremely special place for both of us.  To us, there is no place more beautiful on earth and we really wanted to share our love for this unique spot with all our friends and family so they could also share in our fondness of it. It’s the only place we ever want to be.

Were there any funny moments that took place?

On the wedding day, we had quite a bit of rain which created some muddy and slippery driving conditions on the farm roads.  Since we were getting married in a forest, the road up to the ceremony area was also quite slippery.  When the bridesmaids arrived, their vehicle completely slipped and got stuck.  It took an army of men to literally push and pick up the girls Fortuner and turn it the right way around again.  What an adventure!

If you could change anything on the day, what would it be?

We wouldn’t change a thing.  Everything turned out perfectly.  In the morning when it started raining, we just kept praying for it to clear up before the ceremony, and what a beautiful miracle when the rain stopped long enough for us to have our beautiful forest ceremony.

 

What advice do you have for other couples planning their wedding?

It’s really important to try and enjoy every moment of the process.  Try not to stress about everything.  Remember you have friends and family who can help so don’t be afraid to delegate some of the smaller tasks to them to help you.  Don’t take everything on yourself.  And again – just enjoy the entire process.

Service Providers:

Photographer:  ORGANICTALES
Videographer: GO URBAN
Dress: Bridal Emporium
Make-up: The Beauty Room – Cheron Lisher
Hair: Jean-Marie

Video by GO URBAN FILMS:

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Paul & Anica – A Lodge Wedding Photos

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A Lodge Wedding.

With rain pouring down in buckets just as the ceremony started, it was a sure sign that this wedding was blessed from above.  And even with thunder and mud, it did not stop us from capturing some beautiful moody A Lodge Wedding Photos.

 

Service Providers:

Photographer: ORGANICTALES
Videographer: Luminary Studio
Venue: A Lodge Wedding photos
Catering: A Lodge Wedding photos
Dress: Julie Wedderburn Bridal
Flowers: Flower It

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Onder die Akker Wedding – FJ & Sharon

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Onder die Akker:

If you haven’t heard of this intimate wedding venue in the Free State, then I hope you will discover this little hidden gem and consider it for your wedding one day! With a small little sandstone chapel, or the option for an outside ceremony and vast fields for photo opportunities, this little venue is definitely a little slice of heaven.

How did you meet and what drew you to each other? 

We went to the same school, he was 8 grades above me so we weren’t aware of each other. 12 Years passed and I started working. A mutual friend and my colleague introduced us to each other. We were friends for 4 months. During these 4 months we had endless videocalls where we dreamed of our perfect partners.
FJ arranged a coffee date .What seemed like a one day coffee date ended up in a 2 week visit on his farm. We knew each other 4 days when FJ told me that I am his girlfriend.  We were very clear about our expectations from the beginning. There were no games, from the start FJ and I gave our everything we didn’t hold back. We were 100% invested , as if we knew that we’ll get married 2 years later.

What advice would you give other couples still in the planning process?

Remember it’s not about what other people say or think. The most memorable and exciting part of your day is when you say, “I Do.”
Don’t try to impress people, don’t please anyone but yourself. Believe in your wildest and almost impossible expectations for your big day becusse somehow magically everything works out, and it is absolutely perfect. This is your day, you may do what ever you want to.
Enjoy your day becusse it goes by so fast.

Was your wedding affected by Covid 19?

Yes, We’ve seen so many weddings being postponed becusse of Covid-19. With the uncertainty of when we’ll have lockdown again. We decided that we are going to host an intimate wedding. It was an absolute blessing. We were able to celebrate with our closest friends and family and we wouldn’t change it in a hundred years.

How did you experience your photographer’s service?

Landi has this incredible natural way of working with people. She always has a plan. I’ve never seen someone more excited about photos of someone else, than Landi on our wedding day. Landi is flexible, adaptable and friendly. We were so comfortable while Landi took our photos.

Tuscan Rose Wedding – Hannes & Cecilia

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 Tuscan Rose Wedding.

We started the Spring Season of weddings at the beautiful Tuscan Rose Wedding venue in Bloemfontein.  With beautiful gardens and beautiful Tuscan architecture, it definitely did not disappoint.

 

How did you meet and what drew you to each other?

Our love story started way back in 2012 when we were just kids attending the same secondary school. We were both very sporty and competitive which created the initial attraction. And the rest is history.

Was your wedding affected by Covid-19 and how?

Yes, we were limited to 50 guests and the curfew were at 10pm which resulted in a shorter wedding. The wedding day in itself is expected to go by very soon but with the curfew it went by even sooner.

What made you choose your venue?

We chose our venue 100% because of the people from the venue. Veronica and Niel are the ones in charge of all the arrangements and from the first visit we felt so welcome and cared for. They went above and beyond to deliver in every aspect, and we could not be more satisfied. And their food is amazing.

Who did your hair and make-up and how did you find them?

My hair was done by Petrie Claasens and my make up by Karle Potgieter – and I had the best in the business. I literally loved every single detail not just on the day but also during the trials and the journey leading up to the wedding.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?

We prepared our own vows and that by far was the most precious moment of the day for both of us.

Tell us something funny about your wedding weekend.

We had a garden wedding with rose bushes surrounding the area and also right next to the aisle where I was walking down to meet up with my then fiancé. I had a long vail and while walking up to the altar my vail hooked to one of the thrones on one of the bushes causing my dad and myself to come to a complete stop. This was funny but also perfect because it definitely broke the silence.

 

If you could change anything from the day, what would it be?

The only thing I would change is the curfew. I just wish we could have had more time to enjoy the day with our guests.

How did you experience you photographer’s service?

We could not be more satisfied. Landi is friendly and a pleasant person to be around. She creates an comfortable atmosphere especially for people like us who are quite uncomfortable Infront of the camera. She has great ideas and always deliver the best product. Definitely going to make use of het services again in future.

 

Service Providers:

Venue:  Tuscan Rose

Bouquets: Cross Country Flowers

Groom Suit: Viléste Couture

Bride Dress: Bridal Emporium

Bridesmaids hair: Clarina Keyter

Bride hair: Petrie Claasens

Bride Make-up: Karle Potgieter Artistry

Photography: Organictales Photography

 

 

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Landtscap Wedding – Rése & James

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Landtscap Wedding.

How did you meet and what drew you to each other?

When a mutual friend of ours showed James photos of his girlfriend (now wife) with friends, James immediately asked out about the one friend – Rése! His now wife, being the good friend that she is, then immediately sent Rése a picture of James and said you need to meet this guy – only problem he stays in Port Elizabeth. But our friends decided we need to meet and all of a sudden we were added to a whatsapp group called “That Awkward Moment” and our friend left the group right after. We chatted for a month before we actually met for the first time – and the rest is history.

What drew me to James was his infectious laugh, his kind demeanor, patience and that he is taller than me. James being handsome does not hurt either!

What drew me to Rése was her beauty, similar interests and ideals. The clincher was that she is an avid sport watcher! No guilty feelings to watch sports all day!

Was your wedding affected by Covid-19 and how?

We got engaged on the 27th of September 2019 and set our initial wedding date for the 22nd of August 2020. When the level 5 lockdown was implemented and not knowing how long it will take for restrictions to be eased we decided to rather move our date to 22 May 2021. With us both being in separate provinces we did not see each other for 6 month due to level 5 and level 4 lockdown restrictions (Rése was in Stellenbosch and James in Johannesburg). We have always done long distance, but those 6 months really tested us and I think made us realise even more that we want to be together forever. One thing that the postponing of the wedding took away from us was the opportunity to have our grandmothers witness our special day. They would have loved to celebrate the day with us.

What made you choose your venue?

We want a venue that was close to Stellenbosch, and spectacular views for the winelands and caters for all weather conditions – seeing as we wanted a winter wedding. Landtscap ticked all those boxes! With lots accommodation in the surrounding area, a 180 degree view that includes Simonsberg and Stellenbosch mountains, a fireplace to keep our guests warm until late at night – what more could we ask for!

Tammy and her team helped make sure that our dream wedding could become a reality! All our guests were in awe about the amazing view and food provided by Two Chefs Catering.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?

James memorable moment – Seeing Rése walk out of the building. She took my breathe away and that image will be ingrained in my memories forever!

Rése memorable moment – Seeing James stand there in his suit looking super handsome. Another memorable moment was that at James’ request we had to walk into the reception area on a song choice he made – and that song would be Meisie Meisie by Kurt Darren. It was hilarious and the guests did not expect it at all and loved it!

How did you experience your photographer’s service?

I have known Landi since 2008 when we met each other in Monica Ladies’ Residence at Stellenbosch University – and when she started doing wedding photography professionally I told her she will be my photographer one day. Not even an hour after we got engaged I told Landi to keep her weekends open in August 2020. Throughout the whole Covid-19 date change and timelines having to get adjusted to comply to lockdown regulations – Landi always stayed positive and helped to make the logistics of the event run smoothly. Throughout the day Landi made us feel comfortable in front of the camera and we had lots of laughs during the couples shoot. If you naturally look happy in the photos it shows in the photos and Landi brings that out in all the people she photographs.

 

Where did you go on honeymoon and what made it special?

We had an action packed 2 week long local honeymoon. We first went to Thronybush Game Lodge (https://www.thornybush.com/lodge/thornybush-game-lodge/) for 4 nights. With international tourists not being able to come to South Africa we got an amazing deal, where it was all inclusive (except for drinks) and we went on 2 game drives each day. We had amazing sightings of the Big Five and rare animals – like wild dogs on the hunt and lion cubs playing in the river bed.

After that we road tripped down to Umhlanga and stayed there for 2 nights in a lovely AirBnB overlooking the ocean. We enjoyed the warmer weather and James even had a swim or two!

After that we spent 4 nights at Bushman’s Nek Berg and Trout Resort. We went hiking, Rése had her first fresh snow falling experience and had to build a snowman – and we tried to go up Sani Pass by making use of Sani Pass Private Tours (https://sanipassprivatetours.com/sani-pass-tours-private/). Greg our guide was so knowledgeable and tried his best to get to the top but no cars could make it up to the Lesotho border due to the heavy snow fall.

We did a lot of driving and it felt like we needed a holiday after the honeymoon – but travelling local just reminded us of all the beauty we have in South Africa and that we have so much exploring left to do!

VIDEOGRAPHY: Hendrico Bekker Films

Service Providers:
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Venue: Landtscap
Flowers and Decor: Bouwer Flowers
Catering: Two Chefs
Photographer: Organictales Photography
Photographer’s assistant: Ronel Strauss Photography
DJ: COMPACT SOUND
Suit: GD Suits
Wedding dress: The Wedding Boutique
Bridesmaid dresses: Hoiden Bridesmaids
Stretch tents: Cape Tents
Lighting: Sitting Pretty
Lawn games and golf: Lawn Games 4 You (https://lawngames4you.co.za/)
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