I don’t even know where to begin to explain how this shoot touched my heart.
I wasn’t prepared for the beauty the Karoo had to offer. Or the friendliness of its inhabitants. The little town of McGregor with its single tarred main road and white church took my breath away! The kindness of Ina who showed us around her gorgeous farm and who left a bottle of wine for us at each of the cottages we shot at (there were 4!). The aridness that still teemed with life and the pastel colours that mirrored the garment that Josie wore made my heart sing.
The way the team worked and laughed and got involved made the shoot seamless and uncomplicated. It was spectacular.
We decided to keep the shoot minimalistic. The gorgeous garment by Arwen and the backdrop nature provided teamed with the beautiful blooms by The Rose Room where all that was needed to make the images soft yet striking.
A word or two about the inspiration:
The Karoo, an area of South Africa know for it’s extremes in heat and cold, arid landscapes and cloudless skies has always been close to my heart. I wanted to shoot against a backdrop of minimals, vast expanses, mountains and strange but beautiful vegetation. The inspiration for this shoot was a contemporary version of a 1950’s Karoo wedding as well as wanting to showcase, not just the popular areas of South Africa such as Cape Town with its many vineyards or the bush veld bursting with animal life but also the small and quaint and hereby introducing the small but gorgeous town of McGregor to the rest of the world. I have lost my heart to the warmth of the people and the quaint nature of the village, it’s gorgeous white church and single main road running through it. I didn’t realise just how geared this little gem was towards weddings until I saw it myself. The shoot is geared towards a bride who has in her heart a small ceremony with her nearest and dearest, who isn’t interested in large halls and lofty receptions. I could imagine an elopement here, just husband and wife marrying under African skies and sitting down to a meal in those green, velvet chairs – just the two of them. We were lucky enough to shoot across three locations on a large Farm that Ina and her husband own, so were able to showcase a variety of backdrops. The colours of the garments worked so well with the pastel backgrounds of the Karoo, the wisps of tulle gently swaying in the cool breeze. And to change it up we added a chiffon top and adorned our beautiful models head with a berry crown that our makeup artist had fashioned. The flowers were a dream! All local to the area, The Rose Room were so creative in supplying not just a gorgeous bouquet, but also boutonnieres made from banana leaf and a wire necklace that incorporated flowers and succulents. The cake was gorgeously crafted to incorporate a top tier in lace, something so intrinsic to the 1950’s farm life in South Africa, as well as succulents and beautiful petersham ribbon. A wood base finished off the look beautifully. This was all about looking easy – no fuss – just quality items and a gorgeous backdrop. I am very grateful to the extremely talented crew who pulled this off! And the best part was the ridiculous amount of fun we had while making this vision real.”
If you as a bride is thinking about getting married in McGregor, DO IT! It’s amazing!! And surprisingly geared towards all things wedding.
Thank you again to all involved in making this vision a gorgeous reality! And thank you to The Luxe Pearl for featuring our shoot.