Wendy & Righardt / Wedding Day - Bianca Smit Photography
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Wendy & Righardt / Wedding Day

About This Project

On Saturday morning I woke up to a car’s wheels driving on the cold tar with the sound of water splashing from the road. I knew it was raining and that today was going to be a July winter wedding day. So I said my prayer and asked for a little time gap without rain again. And so the morning started. The rain stopped, the road (1 of 2 possible ways to get to the venue in Grabouw) – Sir Lowry’s Pass – was closed off due to an accident, and I found myself having to travel the other road to the venue, changing my time duration to the venue from 20 minutes to 1h 15 minutes. Because of the accident and all the guests coming from the same side, the ceremony was moved on with 1 hour.

I had the scenic route past Gordensbay, Kogel Bay, Rooi Els, and drove past Pringle Bay (my dad lives there), through Kleinmond, and then just after a few more kilometres on, I was finally at my destination. And SO happy to see the beautiful bride Wendy. And so we started capturing the wedding of Righardt & Wendy.

I have never seen somebody so proud and excited, as Riley, Wendy’s son. He couldn’t stop looking at her. And in that very moment I could get a glimpse of his beautiful heart, and the love he shares for Righardt. As the rain stopped in the morning hours, the wind started gushing at noon, and when it was time for the bridal couple photographs, the wind was so strong, there was barely any chance we could shoot in it. Wendy had her stylist pin up her hair, and just as we were ready to try and face the wind, it started pouring outside. So we started shooting against a beautiful made up wall inside the venue. And this is where we did all our shots. We had little space to work with, but we had time in our advantage to create something really special.

Inside guests were sitting by the fire and having soup and mini vetkoek. There was such a warmth inside Bodemloos Kombuis, but not from the fire, but from the people all being together as one, to celebrate the love and marriage of this wonderful couple.

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