Since I started my journey as a photographer, I’ve seen many different types of weddings. All of them are so unique and special in their own way. As a photographer I love the challenges and thrills that come along with all the different weddings I’ve encountered. As a person, I hold Nina and Aidan’s wedding close to my heart and will always remember it as a very special wedding.
I met Nina when we were both teachers working at the same school. We sat at the same table in the staff room and Nina was always one of the first people I encountered when my day started. We initially bonded over sharing our coffee with each other, which grew into us sharing stories and ultimately blossomed into us having a friendship. Two oddballs loving all things oddball in this world.
Just before Nina moved to Ireland (to be with her beloved Aidan) she asked me to be the photographer at their wedding. I was so thrilled and honoured! She’s been such a big supporter of my photos. I couldn’t wait to capture their special day.
Fast forward to 2017.
Nina flew back to SA a few weeks before the wedding. We immediately met up for a coffee to discuss all things wedding and to catch up on all the news of the past year. It’s strange how so much time can pass between two people but, when they meet up, the conversation flows like no time has passed at all. I also had the absolute privilege to attend her bachelorette party and kitchen tea. It was such a treat to have her back in the country again- even if only for a little while.
When the wedding day finally arrived, everything was perfect! Rosemary Hill is such a beautiful venue- I fell in love with the gorgeous lavender fields, the forests, the gardens and the gorgeous reception area.
Nina’s dress was spectacular! It had the most beautiful green and pink flowers on it. Her bridesmaids had pretty pink dresses that matched her dress perfectly.
Just before the ceremony commenced it started to rain. Luckily everyone was safely covered from the rain. Everyone took it as a sign of blessing (especially all the South Africans in the midst of drought). The ceremony was beautiful and no one could miss the love that Nina and Aidan have for each other. Each time they would steal a glance at each other there would be enormous smiles on both of their faces. It was the sweetest thing!
The reception was spectacular! The entire venue was covered (COVERED, I SAY) in fairy lights. The twinkle of the lights was the perfect backdrop for the beautiful speeches that would follow.
Aidan’s speech was hands down the most beautiful speech I have ever heard from a groom. He was full of praise towards his beautiful bride. As he was making a list of all the beautiful qualities he adores about Nina, a family member playfully interrupted his speech (a common tradition in Afrikaans culture) and said, “Just give her five years.” Aidan stopped his speech.
He looked at the crowd and firmly said, “I’ll give her a hundred.”
(Photo cred to the best second shooter ever- George Dywili)
That simple sentence carried so much weight. I had to stop taking pictures because of the bloody tears in my eyes. I also thought to myself- that is exactly what marriage is all about. After time has passed and looks have faded, you still have your list of qualities that you adore about your loved one.
Like I said before, all weddings are unique and special. Every couple has a unique story to tell and have their own qualities that make them who they are. This wedding was beautiful. This wedding was emotional. This wedding was fun and an absolute blast. However, the thing that made me love this wedding so much was the fact that my friend got married to the man of her dreams – and they are truly happy.