The humidity hit me as I stepped from the Air Seychelles plane late that Monday night. I got my passport stamped (a funny shaped coconut with date), bags and a only quater full Kia Picanto to take on the dark roads of Mahé to my hotel. It was much more hilly than I imagined it to be with many sharp turns and narrow corners. I loved it already! I stopped for a quick burger & beer at a already closed Anchor Cafe on the way. The French owner lady was kind enough to scrape something together for a tired and hungry photographer. I showed them my appreciation by paying in Euros (keep the change) and my support with 2 more dinners later in the week. I had to start shooting early the next morning and I knew this was a lifesaver. With a full tank, the AC at full blast and the sea calling from outside, I crashed on my double bed to counter the 2 hour time difference for an early morning start.
Jens and I met once over Skype, but this Valentine’s morning was the first face to face encounter between a Dutch-Swiss couple and their South African photographer at the amazing Banyan Tree Resort. We confirmed the ideas discussed in detail by email and I left them to finish breakfast as I started to scout the immediate vicinity. It was breathtaking to say the least and I knew it had the potential I expected.
(See the Seychelles Information article I’ve specially written for photographers, honeymooners and basically anyone thinking about visiting this awesome piece of paradise).
Patricia came walking down the beach to meet Jens at the specially prepared area. The sun was bright and I had to be quick to capture the short, yet intimate ceremony juggling two D700 bodies, prime lenses and a stack of filters above the sand. It was beautiful.
The rest of the day was spent carefully selecting moments, environments and capturing memories naturally with this lovely couple. I thoroughly enjoyed their company, sense of humour and intelligent conversations. My Picanto almost ran out of fuel on the way back from sunset, but by God’s grace (and loads of downhill freeing last seen in my student days!) made it to the last petrol station just in time before closing. (The back seat wouldn’t really replace the Presidential Suite and specially prepared dinner for the night now would it!) . Despite all of this, they kept a high spirit and showed their calm & lovely character. We finished the shoot on day 2 with a more urban vibe and spectacular sunset from the historic Mission Lookout.
That Friday morning, I got on the plane a much richer person. (I know what you are thinking. No, it wasn’t the money). I had the privilege to spent two very special days with two very special people. I greeted them for now, but am sure our paths will cross again someday. I am looking forward to that day.
I present to you Jens & Patricia. And their lovely, unforgettable wedding in the Seychelles.