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Dunkley Vows

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A Dornier Estate Wedding:

There is something about dark clouds that raises people’s spirits and excitement.  Combine this with a wedding day and you will find emotions high, happy and full of anticipation all round.  This was the mood felt at the Dunkley wedding which took place at the beautiful, Dornier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.  A beautiful venue at the foot of the Stellenbosch mountains, surrounded by vineyards and forests.  The Dunkley’s could not have chosen a more perfect location.




Thank you to all the vendors who helped make this beautiful wedding special.



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A Fair Wedding

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Words simply cannot explain.  Goosebumps still let my arm hair raise when I think about the strong sense of love that was so overwhelmingly present on this day.  The ceremony was one of a kind.  Rye-lee looked stunning and beyond and their spontaneous laughter, tears and praise filled the canopy of trees under which they promised themselves to each other.

I want to write a whole book on this beautiful day, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking instead.

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To all the vendors that helped make this day special to the couple:


Second Photographer, Assistant, Stylist and Friend:  Seven Quarters Photography 

Dress Design: Glara by Shaun Mattig

Make up: Brushed by Shanna

Hair: Ilana Herbst

Videography: Carla De Villiers




Dornier Estate Wedding Photography

Promises to Keep

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Dornier Estate, Stellenbosch.
Louis & Mareleen.

I am a strong believer that People’s lives intertwine for the right reasons and at the right times to form part of a bigger picture at another point in our lives.
My path crossed with these two beautiful people and I am honestly so blessed to now have made two amazing friends.
Their wedding was perfect from start to finish.  Everything happened as it should have and exactly at the time it should have.  The day’s story took place on the picturesque wine estate, Dornier at the foot of the Stellenbosch Mountains.   Everyone involved in the planning did it with love as all their close friends and family all lent a hand.


How special to have formed part of this day.



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Thank you to all the service providers, friends and family who helped make this wedding so special and beautiful.

Venue:  Dornier Wine Estate

Coordinator: Grant Morkel


Videographers: Arno Daiber

Assisting Photographer:  Katie Mayhew


DJ: Jacques Anderson / Cape DJ’s


Flowers: The Bride’s Family

Decor: Function Hiring 4U


Dress: Elrina Marais


Stationary: Quo Vadis Printers

Cake:  Bodega Restaurant / Dornier Estate


Wedding Favours: Vanilla Bean Bakery


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The Esrechowitz Kiddushin

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The day Jenna Nadelman and Blake Esrechowitz chose to celebrate their union, started with the hint of celebrations chiming in the wind.  Everything about this day was special.  Excitement and anticipation was creeping in to the toes of everyone about to share this Kiddushin – the jewish word for Betrothal ceremony.

I started the day with Blake and his 14 groomsmen over at Zevenwacht Estate.  The strong brotherly bond between all these men was really something incredible to witness.  Most of them childhood friends supporting and celebrating their friend’s glorious day.
I then made my way to the most beautiful, most calm and caring bride, Jenna.  The girls chatting, laughing and getting excited for the big event.The first tradition was the Bedeken Ceremony.  An age old jewish unveiling ceremony.  After spending a week apart without any verbal contact, the groom and bride see each other for the first time before the wedding ceremony.  This is where the groom lifts the veil of his most beautiful bride to make sure, that he will indeed be marrying his love.

I had so much fun experiencing all the traditions that were to follow – the breaking of the glass, seeing most beauitful Chuppa made by the groom’s mom, under which they recited the seven blessings.  The hora dances were possibly the most fun I’ve experienced at a wedding!  My goodness! So much excitement, love, laughter and emotions!This was certainly a wedding I’ll remember for  years to come!  Loved every second of it.

To Blake & Jenna – MAZEL TOV!

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To all the amazing vendors who contributed to this very special celebration:  Thank you!

Cinematographers and story tellers:  Latsky Multi Media

Hair & Make-up: Vanessa Kroeger

Groom Prep:  Zevenwacht Estate
Ceremony: Blydschap Farm
Reception: Altydlig

Entertainers: Larry Soffer Magician & Mentalist

Amazing Sound and Lighting: Legacy of Sound

Florist: Flowerheart

Fairylights: Decordacious

Decor: Something Borrowed



Mountain Vows

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Mountain Wedding Photography:
Arriving at the top of a mountain, overlooking the most spectacular sunset views – my soul felt a strange buzz of calm.
I met Cadi’s family the night before and was pleasantly surprised with a few hotdogs around a camp fire, a cup of coffee and endless conversation under the stars with down to earth family and friends of the couple.


The next morning started bright and early for everyone.  But luckily these farming communities are used to rising before the sun!  I met the groom with his happy crowd for a their prep photos.  The men were all full of jokes over their morning cups of coffee and it started the day on a cheerful note.  I got a good bit of exercise in on this day, running up and about between the chalets at the bottom of the venue and up to the top where the women were getting ready, dressed and pampered.  The air was filled with smiles, excitement and so many emotions.

When it came time for the ceremony, everyone was stunned by the breathtaking view over the valley below. What a perfect setting to exchange vows of love. The rest of the day was spent celebrating with delicious food, good conversation and all round happy crowds.

A big thank you to Noupoort Mountain Estate for playing such a big role in putting together this beautiful day!

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Many Thanks to all the vendors who helped make this day possible for Cadi & Willem:


Venue: Noupoort Mountain Estate

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Flowers & Decor:  Direct Flowers

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Hair & Make Up: Vintage Grace Beauty

Dress: Brides of Somerset



Port Nolloth Wedding

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Port Nolloth

A Sea-side Chapter

I drove in to the Port on a Friday afternoon.  No trace of the wind.  My hotel had a lovely balcony view over the bay where I could here children playing on the beach while tourists chatted over their early dinner orders from the restaurants down the street.  One thing that is edged in to my mind is the sight of millions and millions of shells decorating the beach and the roads – a pretty sight and fitting for this wedding’s sea theme.

Sit back while you read Vicky & Elton’s story:

How did the Proposal go down?

Elton and my mother arranged a surprise engagement on the beach.   My friends were in on it and we took a “walk” to the beach, unknowing what was awaiting for me at the beach. When I crossed the road there was a big sign with the wording “Vicky will you marry me??” Elton was below on the beach on his knees with the ring in his hands, surrounded by fairylights with the sunsets as our backdrop. We were both overcome with so many emotions as he went down on one knee and asked the question. Without a doubt my answer was Yes. We celebrated the night away with family and friends celebrating  the news and what was to come.
Check out their engagement photos by clicking HERE


What was the style of your wedding and where did you find your inspiration?

The whole stile and inspiration of our wedding goes back to where we met and got engaged. We wanted something different, but also very classy.  So we opted for a beach wedding.  The church ceremony took place in McDougall’s Bay on the private estate of Kai-Kai.
The ceremony was held in town with elements of beach mixed with classy drapings and beautiful floral design.

How did you decide on your dress and where did you find it?

Due to a mishap 2 weeks prior to my wedding I was left rushing to find a new wedding gown. When I put my gown on, it fit like a glove and I knew this was the one. The dress is by Bridal Allure
The staff there were so friendly and helpful and made the process so pleasant and I had the total bridal experience at their boutique.


Is there any special story behind your rings? Where did you find them?

I was totally in love with my engagement ring and opted to keep it whilst adding bands to complete the bridal look. Elton found his ring at one of the chain stores (Ammerican Swiss) and also fell in love when he saw the ring.

Who made sure your make-up and hair looked beautiful?

Tamrien van wyk did my hair and she used a set of clip-ins form clipinhair ( ) to achive the desired look .
Lesti Thomas did my make-up.



Who made sure there was good music and sound on the day?

The music was one of the responsibilities of the groomsmen. So they and one of our close friend took care of the music and sound. I think it was a big element on the day. My nephews Michael (M&T Brothers) and Ashwill delighted us with songs both at the ceremony and reception.

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

The most memorable moment was seeing my husband filled with so much emotion when I was coming down the aisle. Also seeing our daughter and the love they (Elton and our daughter) share was truley special. When putting on my imaani shoes (  and
forever new earings ( ) was also a highlight as I was so excited about them.


How did you experience your Photographer’s service and where did the importance of photography fall in your day?

Landi is truly such an professional and such a loving person. During the photo session and getting ready she guided us with such humbleness. She handled our Photo time effectively and I would recommend her to any bride as she is truly a pleasure to work with.


Who were the caterers who made sure your guests were happy and fed?

Elton’s aunt was the Chef of the day and made sure every one was happily fed.

The menu included the following:

Deliciously stuffed rolled lamb ribs,
braised lamb,
chicken Gordon bleu,
3 different salads,
warm potato salad,
rice and
an array of deserts.



If  there was anything about the day you wish you could change what would it be?

I think the time. I wasn’t late, but due to some elements we started very late with the sevice and ended up not having so much time as needed for family portraits and couple shoot as perhaps needed.

Any advice to other couples still in the planning process?

Do your planning, deligate and dont stress on the day. What ever go’s wrong/ right dont stress it.

Tell us about your cake!

The cake was a stunner. WOW !! Tannie Hanlie Roux made and delivered my cake to perfection )

Who handled the decor and venue?

Aunty Ria Smith truly outdone herself at the reception venue.
Flowers : Anneline van Wyk from Undulata Lodge was amazing with her creations ( )

Describe your wedding day in ONE sentence.

Definitely one for the book’s. Stunning, amazing and memorable.



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Autumn Love Confession

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There is something truly magical about autumn in Korea.

Eunshil and Yungi chose such a beautiful time of the year for their wedding pictorial.  Beautiful yellow and orange leaves were painting the streets of Asan in bright colours.  The love between this couple had such an amazingly strong presence during the shoot and the way they interacted with each other reminded me of something writers like Rumi would get their inspiration from.

I feel blessed to have shared in their love.

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A Korean Village Love Affair

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A Korean Village Love Affair.
Nathan & Miran got married on a humid June afternoon and we met at Namsangol Hanok village just outside Chungmuru subway station in Seoul. We started off with the traditional Hanbok styled shoot.  Hanbok wear is made from silk and a lot of detail goes in to these dresses.  Because they are made from silk they are extremely hot.  I commend Miran for keeping up in the extremely humid weather we experienced that day.
After the hanbok session I had a few minutes break while they changed in to something a little more comfortable and less formal.

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