It was only their wedding day itself that I first got to meet Duncan & Jolene at the Plantation. They had traveled all the way back from England to Port Elizabeth to get married back on South African soil. It’s always strange meeting someone for the first time and sticking a camera in their face. But it never take s long before people get used to you like a lamp in the corner of the room, which is pretty much how I’m built. A very thin lamp. But one that takes photos of you when you least expect it. Any way Jolene was getting ready in one of the lovely cottages that the Plantation provided while Duncan was in another. Nerves were not too heavy in the air, they had already been together for so long that is was more a case of “Cool the day is finally here” . But with a lot more zest than how I just phrased it. More like – “Shaweet we’re actually doing this thing, it’s real, and its happening right now!!!” The ceremony went off without a hitch and for the bridal photos we decided to stay at the Plantation as we were pressed for time. The Plantation is one of those venues that is always a pleasure to shoot at. The light in their chapel is soft, they got a lovely garden area with plenty of indigenous bush. And the reception venue is so spacious and well lit. Sarah, Ralph and the staff are great hosts. And Sarah rides a horse cart like few I’ve ever seen.
The reception was a really good party. Plenty of great speeches, some wonderful dancing, some unusual dancing and plenty of balloons. You gotta have plenty of balloons if you want to have a great party. They are just too much fun. They really bring out the kid in me especially when they are filled with helium. A kid built like a lampshade standing in the corner sucking on a helium balloon. Duncan & Jolene were great to work with – super chilled and relaxed about everything. It was a really memorable wedding at The Plantation. Thanks guys for letting us share the day with you. Myself and Michele had a lot of fun and we wish you all the best for the future, wherever that might lead you.