…but, i had to show you this. because it’s so ridiculously fantastical i almost cannot believe it’s real. this couple had a costume themed wedding in a french chateau in the loire valley. if you can afford to have your wedding in a chateau you’re already in another league, but this is simply nuts. the bride’s dress was designed by the same costume designer who created michelle pfeiffer’s costumers in dangerous liasons. they even had fireworks on the balcony! marie antoinette, eat your heart out, eh?
the photography is the work of Shawn Connell of the Christian Oth Studio – the quality of which is not unlike something you might expect to see on the pages of Vogue.
all photographs courtesy of the Christian Oth Studio
i can be a real grump when it comes to the wedding industry. overly elaborate ceremonies, staged props (usually of the cutesy & vintage variety) and terribly cheesy wedding photography that’s photoshopped within an inch of its life makes me sigh audibly. i find most of it completely unnecessary, and it distracts from what the day is supposed to be about. so when i come across honest weddings and, best of all, honest wedding photographers i feel a glimmer of hope.
Deon & Irene are a couple who live in Cape Town and shoot weddings under the moniker Modern Hearts. i first came across their work because they captured the beautiful wedding of my friend Peter-Allan & his wife Nicolene. i also loved the intimate wedding of Gary & Claire that they shot in Durban. really looking forward to seeing more work from these two… if you’re getting married in South Africa one of these days be sure to contact them!
all photographs by Modern Hearts
just had to share the wedding of Andrea & Luke at her family’s farm netherwood in the natal midlands photographed by my pal Shanna. that DRESS (designed by Tiaan Nagel) and the beautiful vintage botanical decor are quite special.
Kristen Marie Tourtillotte is a wedding photographer based in Seattle who got in touch with me recently to share the wedding of Michelle & Ryan, who got hitched at home amongst their friends, family and pets. i loooooooooove this. everything about it is what i love about small weddings – intimate & personal, mimosas & pies, dancing in the backyard… not to mention Kristen’s beautiful photography. i could barely pick my favourites, be sure to check out the entire wedding.
Using digital and analog cameras (35 mm and 120 mm film) we try to take advantage mainly of daylight and to avoid extensive image postprocessing.
all photographs by Anna & Marek Strachan