I was looking forward to Theo and Navasha’s wedding at Fairmont Zimbali as it is such a beautiful venue even though the red tape to get in can be frustrating and if you are someone who likes speed humps then you will think you have gone to Speed Hump Heaven. The day started with Theo getting ready and having some photographs done with his friends and I always marvel at the outfits that are worn at Hindu Weddings as they are such a contrast to the standard white and black and white outfits that I usually see every week. Theo was very calm and relaxed and was easy to work with. Navasha was also chilled and it blows me away how much accessories and clothing that gets worn by the bride. You have to be pretty strong to carry all that clothing and yet you never hear a bride complain, it would probably be different if it was a male having to wear so much stuff haha! Once again, I know this is sounding like a stuck record, the heavens opened and it poured down until late in the evening which meant that the photos had to be done indoors. Graz from Durban Wedding Productions and I were busy photographing the service when we noticed the little puddles on the stage growing in size and before we knew it we were standing in water. At one stage I looked down and saw my lens hood sitting in water, oops. The service was a real treat as it was the first time that I have experienced a minister(not sure of proper title here) explaining each important step in English so I for once understood a Tamil service. The congrats took forever as all 350 guests wanted to wish the couple well. This did make me nervous as the light was fading and our time as well. We then did about a 20 minute photoshoot on the way up to the houses where the next steps in the wedding ceremony would take place. Theo’s parents had to be welcomed into Navasha’s family’s house and the other way around as well. Unfortunately everything took a lot longer than planned and we had to then rush to the reception before the guests got too impatient. The reception hall looked spectacular and Kavesh from Events by Design did a superb job. There were some heartfelt speeches from family and friends from both sides and before we knew it, it was time for the first dance and then group photographs. We set up some temporary lights in the foyer and we were supposed to print out some photographs and frame them on sight to give to the guests as gifts but because we were running so late we had to change the plans as guests could not wait any longer as most of them were leaving. I have to say that I was really surprised at how accommodating Arlene and her team from Fairmont Zimbali Resort were and they kept checking with us if everything was setup as planned and if there was anything else that we needed. Very impressive and thank you. We had missed out on the second photoshoot so we managed to get away for a few minutes from the guests and got a few more photographs in Theo and Navasha’s reception outfits. It was an eventful day that went by very quickly and it seemed like Theo and Navasha enjoyed each moment. I wish them all of the best for their future and thank them for allowing me to capture all those special memories.
Theo and Navasha at Fairmont Zimbali
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