Category Archives: South Africa

Desert Wedding – Wolwedans, Namibia

Wolwedans Wedding Namibrand Nature Reserve

When Cheuk and Mary googled desert weddings from their home in Hong Kong, they didn’t even know a place like Namibia existed!  (For those who are unsure, it’s here in Africa!), They surely know about it now … and the rest is history.

Follow me to the amazing Wolwedans on the edge of the Namibrand Nature Reserve for a wedding as vast as the sanddunes, stylish as the lodge and magical as the fairy circles.

I’ve added a few landscape shots taken after the wedding.  What a place!

Seychelles Wedding

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.

Dutch Wedding in Africa

A treat for you from South Africa.  I am sure you will agree that Lucas & Winonah makes a beautiful couple.  All the way from Holland – in the heart of South Africa.  Enjoy!

Feel free to view more photos of this wedding on the Peartree Blog.

Feel free to leave a comment!    wil | Peartree Photographer

Top South Africa Wedding

South Africa is a unique place.  Just like her people, the country seems to balance history, style, light and wildness into a perfect blend of colors, sensations & textures.  Robert and Natalie experienced all this in one perfect day.  Plus throw in two Top International Designers in the form of Klûk & CGDT to design all the clothing and dress you … what can be better?!  We loved capturing this memorable day – feel free to see even more of the wedding photos at Peartree Photography.

Zanzibar Wedding | Todd & Arlene

What can be more rewarding than shooting my last wedding of the Southern Hemisphere season on a pure white beach on an African tropical island?!  Mix in an ancient city in the form of Stonetown and you have a photographic paradise.

Feel free to view more Fine Art shots of Todd & Arlene’s wedding HERE