Marius and Wayne photographed this wedding, but even though I was not part of this couple’s wedding day, looking at these photos, I feel like I was there.
This couple showed so much emotion – from a clearly ecstatic groom seeing his bride for the first time, happy tears by both groom and bride under the ceremony to laughter and fun at the reception – all the ingredients that should be present at a wedding.
Here is their beautiful Love story:
We believe that we were always destined to meet. Our families had mutual friends and we camped at the same place often. But as fate would have it, we would meet under the strangest conditions. We met on mxit. Believe it or not we chatted for a few weeks and decided to meet. We met briefly the first time but set more dates as we got to know each other. On the 25th of May 2007 we officially started dating. We both stayed in East London at the time and things were going well. JP then left for Mthatha for a year of work. This was tough on both of us but he drove home to see me every weekend for the entire year before moving back to EL. This time really tested our relationship but we pulled through and were better off than ever before. JP then got the news that he could finish his studies in Port Elizabeth and we knew we had to be together and duly made the necessary arrangements. Against what we really wanted we moved in together before marriage. We did however know that this is what we both wanted.
At this point we were living in Port Elizabeth together. JP was completing his studies and I was working. We had plans to move to Mthatha the following year as JP’s work was there. JP suggested that we have a family photoshoot with both of our families as a good bye gesture before our move. The shoot was arranged and each family had to wear different colours to separate the families. My sister and her husband decided that they wanted to wear white but JP asked if we can wear white so that we can have a few photo’s together before the family joins in. I honestly didn’t even catch on to anything.
Everyone arrived and the photographer set up the scene. We got ready and did a few shots. The photographer directed us so that he could “set his lighting”. The one photo I leant over JP’s shoulder and could feel his heart beating extremely fast. We laughed it off and continued. The photographer then asked me to sit on JP’s knee and we took one or two photos. He then asked me to stand up and turn away from JP, which I did. The next thing I remember is JP saying my name. I turned around and there he was still on his knee with the most beautiful ring in his hand telling me how much he loves me. Overcome with emotions I started to cry and we just embraced each other. I had said yes and both our families were clapping, cheering and some even shedding tears. The only people that knew were the photographer and our parents, who JP had asked permission from beforehand. My family is extremely important to me so JP figured he would include everyone with the engagement. This was a very special time as it was also the last photos we have of my grandmother before her untimely passing. We were so happy that we could share this special moment with her and the rest of our families. After four and a half years of courting we were engaged. From humble beginnings to one of the strongest bonds you can get. We truly thank God for each other on a daily basis.
So we have been married for almost 3 months now, moved into a new place and are happier than ever before. We love each other dearly and could not imagine being anywhere else in our lives right now. Thank you guys for capturing our day so perfectly. It is exactly how we want to remember it for the rest of our lives.
The couple wanted something different for their creative photo shoot and arranged with Wetherlys, a local furniture store for the use of their premises – thank you Wetherlys, much appreciated.
Note that everyone is wearing price tags in the photo below.
The couples reception was held at the Osner Hotel in East London and judging by the photos – everyone had a lot of fun, including Marius and Wayne.
Thank you JP and Amy for making FullCircle Photography part of your special day.