What a beautiful idea it was to have an early morning walk in Florence straight after the wedding! When the emotions of a big day are still giving them goosebumps, when the sun is tender and love is all around...
- cape town
- styled shoot
Yana and Aleksei were dreaming of a romantic intimate elopement in one of the most beautiful cities in Italy - Florence. We got really lucky, as the sunset sun created a truly magical atmosphere. I walked with them to my favourite photo-spots, and we witnessed the sunset from a rooftop terrace in the heart of the city.
I've been craving for a shoot like this since the first time I saw Cape Town in a mist. We are used to a sunny city, golden sunsets and stunning light, but I really wanted to try to take photos in grey and foggy weather, when the clouds are so low to the ground that it feels that you can walk in that mysterious mist.
We've been planning this styled photo-story for a long period of time, checking the weather predictions and adjusting our schedules. On the shooting day, the weather was changing every few hours, as it can happen in Cape Town. We went from sunshine to fog, drizzle and cold. We started to shoot in a beautiful golden light, which was not what I actually wanted, but we decided to take it as it goes...and the result is beautiful, isn't it? Especially because the weather changed drastically and by the time we were rounding up the shoot Cape Town impressed the whole team with a very beautiful and dramatic light.
Sharing the results of a great teamwork!
Planning and styling: TOPSHELF Weddings
Dress: Rosemary Molteno
MUAH: Almari Van Der Merwe
Models: Jessica Ledger, Chico Huggins
They flew all the way to South Africa with a dream to exchange marriage vows next to the ocean. I was there to witness a very intimate, honest and emotional wedding ceremony "for two". After that special moment when they promised to love, respect and cherish each other, we drove to my favourite beach for a stunning sunset, stopping along the way.
I hope you will like these honest and very sweet moments captured by my camera.
They came to Amsterdam from a warm Tel Aviv. They wanted to capture a few happy moments of their honeymoon in Europe, far away from what they are used to. Amsterdam was the best choice, with it's golden September light, narrow bridges, and romantic streets.
Anna and Slava. Young, dreamy, shining. In love. They chose an intimate elopement in the circle of close friends to a loud celebration. We spent a beautiful day together, enjoying a sunny day and the seaside. Let these photos keep their tenderness, excitement and true love for each other.
A beautiful bride Anne contacted me a month before their honeymoon trip to Amsterdam. She wanted a very unconventional wedding shoot for only two of them, in this city full of surprises and bright locations. The dress was made by her grandmother, and it perfectly fit to the mood of the city. I still get amazed by how perfect Amsterdam matched to the mood and character of this outstanding couple!
We spent the whole day wandering around busy streets, parks and the dunes.
Blessings and vows...
It was a truly special and emotional experience that I will never forget. LJ and Jenny contacted me just a few months before my usual trip to Cape Town, asking whether I could help them organise a blessing ceremony for family and close friends. They both live in Great Britain but come from South Africa. A year before they got married in London, but a lot of relatives couldn't fly to the wedding. Hence, they've got a beautiful idea: to plan an intimate blessing and vow renewal ceremony in Cape Town.
We set everything on a spectacular empty beach, surrounded by sand dunes and facing the ocean. Only the closest family members and friends attended the ceremony.
Every wedding starts with a proposal...
Oliver has been planning that special moment for quite a long time, and he managed to keep it in secret! He was planning to propose in Florence during a romantic weekend with his beloved Samantha. Accidentally, when he contacted me for a photoshoot we were both in Amsterdam and met shortly after exchanging a few emails.
I was so impressed and touched by the way he spoke about his lady and how well he planned everything: from a trip to the most romantic city in Italy to secretly flying their parents in.
A few months later, on a cloudy warm summer day, I was hiding behind a floral arch in Giardino Bardini trying to capture every moment, every emotion of that beautiful moment.
Have a look together with me.