This wedding was full of surprises, of the human kind. Franklyn and Evangelene knew that we would have no time on the day to do a photoshoot, actually we ended up with a ten minute shoot but that doesn’t count, so we arranged to do their creative shoot a few days before the actual wedding day. They went along with one of my suggestions and although I did warn them of the hike and climbing that would be involved I am sure it was a shock on the day. Evangelene had to carry her wedding dress through the long grass, down the steep and difficult path into the gorge, through and in the water and then repeat all of this on the way out but with a heavy, soaking wet dress. And did she moan at all, not once so wow that was incredible. I would have been moaning the whole way especially on the way out trying to hold onto branches with one hand and a heavy, soaked dress with the other. Taking photographs at a waterfall sounds easier until you are actually there and doing it. There is always droplets of water and spray falling on your lens and camera, the rocks can be slippery so moving around is tricky and then you also have to consider your subjects all the time as well as they are wearing wedding outfits and not swimming costumes. The shoot went well and I have to make another mention of Franklyn and Evangelene being such good sports and never saying no or complaining once on the day. That was the dirtiest wedding dress that I have ever seen, thankfully it was not the same one that was to be worn on the actual wedding day. The weather was dodgy on the actual wedding day but I did not worry about it as I knew we would only doing a quick photoshoot which does take a lot of stress out of the day as a lot of emphasis is placed on the creative shoot. The service was one to remember with the minister giving the couple some wise advice from the Bible and also from his experience. It was actually advice that every couple, married or not, could use and think over afterwards. After the congrats we went off for ten minutes down the road to get some photographs of the bridal party. It ended up being about two minutes as two of the bridesmaids got lost and found us just as we were about to leave so there weren’t many photographs taken on the shoot. The hall at the Angelus Church looked beautiful so well done to all that were involved. The speeches gave a very clear picture of how special the couple were and what fine qualities they each had. Evangelene did something very unusual, especially for an Indian bride, she sang a song to Franklyn and blew everyone away with her beautiful voice. Another highlight for me was the breyani, that was worth all the day’s work and more. Where is a doggy bag when you need one. After dinner was the customary family photographs which actually means everyone who is at the reception but it went quite quickly and was easy to manage. Franklyn and Evangelene were exhausted after all the photographs and were happy to see me leaving as it meant no more forced smiles which can be exhausting after the gazillionth time. It was such a pleasure and treat to be a witness to Franklyn and Evangelene’s wedding day and I have no doubt that they will make it a successful one.
Franklyn and Evangelene at Mt Edgecombe
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