Coach Mike & Miss L’s Maroupi Wedding

When I met Mike and Nicky for the first time, I knew this was going to be a really fun couple to work with … and boy was I right! We did their engagement shoot on the beach in Ballito with their “kiddies” (two cute-as-can-be sausage dogs!) and between the 4 of them we laughed the whole way through the shoot. Coach Mike and Miss L met at the school they both teach at and after some encouragement from certain key individuals, they finally made it official! “The rest is history!” as they say!

So on the 11 March 2016 they said their “I do’s” at the lovely Maroupi Wedding Venue on KwaZulu-Natal’s coastal town of Ballito. This area has experienced the worst drought in years. But today the heavens opened! (And I mean OPENED!!!) We were taking photos in the forest at Dunkirk when suddenly the skies got dangerously dark and we made a run for the car to beat the first drops of the storm. Needless to say when the time came to drive the bride to meet her groom, we were in a full-on monsoon! Rain coming from all angles! Her friends (and my assistant) created a human wall with as many umbrellas as they could hold, to make sure this beautiful bride got into the chapel looking dry and gorgeous. It was a service full of love, emotion and smiles as they said their vows.

When the rain stopped we managed to go out and capture some fun moments with this bunch of lovely humans! Of course having a coach as a groom, a whistle and a red card or two were bound to make an appearance at some point! Soon it was time for the evening festivities to begin. The hall looked gorgeous and most of the beautiful decor, food and desserts had been done by their talented friends in the community.

After heartfelt speeches and emotional “thank you’s” it was time to hit the dance floor and party. This crowd knew how to party! My job as a photographer is just that much sweeter when you get to capture people eating up the dance floor, smiling, sweating and having a blast!

Mike and Nicky, it was an absolute pleasure getting to know you both! I wish you the world of happiness, fun and laughter as you go through life together! Thank you for choosing me to capture your day! You were a bundle of laughs which makes my day that much brighter! Thank you!