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Rebecca Groves International Wedding and Portrait Photographer | South Africa, Cape Town

Pieter & Samantha | Wedding | 401 Rozendal

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The world is fast becoming a smaller place. I say this because in capturing weddings I get the privilege to hear stories of each couple and I cannot help but notice how so many love stories can be traced from various corners of the globe.

Pieter spent some of his childhood in Europe, and moved back with his family to South Africa, where he met Samantha, so their wedding day was an international affair.

Pieter & Samantha chose to have their wedding at the stunning venue of 401 Rozendal. With this rustic backdrop, the stage was set for a beautiful day with a jovial spirit and a sense of celebration of Pieter & Samantha’s union.

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Robert & Erika | Wedding | Hathersage Somerset West

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Thomas Merton the poet once penned the words,

“Love is our true destiny. We do not find love on our own, we find it with another”

And what a privilege it was to capture something of this love story – a love that brought a union together from east and west, and a wedding day that will long be remembered. A day that was full of music and poetry, love and laughter. And as the fresh spring buds on the trees showed new life two hearts were celebrating their union.

Robert & Erika decided to have their wedding at the lovely Hathersage in Somerset West, a beautiful setting for a stunning day.

Robert and Erica, thank you for inviting me into your wonderful day!

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Raphael & Melissa | Wedding | Kalk Bay

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Kalk Bay is most definitely one of the most romantic destinations in the Cape for a wedding in my book. The harbour, the waters edge, the bohemian culture and sea life provide such a colourful rich backdrop for capturing a wedding day.

Melissa and Raphael pulled out all the stops to put their own personal stamp on the day. Those chose the stunning venues of Chartfield House to have their ceremony and Harbour House for their reception. They also even included a little moment with their beloved pugs and infused their Jewish and Greek cultures on the day.

It was such a pleasure to capture their day and I wish this beautiful couple all the best for their new life together.

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Juan & Lauren | Wedding | De Uijlenes

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In a magical forest, surrounded by family and friends, Juan and Lauren said their vows. Followed by a spontaneous song dedication and picnic, this natural setting at De Uijlenes was a perfect context to celebrate love, joy and community.

A hearty reception including some touching speeches and a flash mob dance off by the bridal party were some of the special moments that marked the rest of Juan & Lauren’s special day….

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Terrance & Francois | Wedding | Constantia Uitsig

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After listening to Terrance & Francois’ romantic story of becoming engaged in Italy, I just knew their wedding was going to be equally as spectacular – and that it was.

They chose Constantia Uitsig as the backdrop of their special day, their wedding was actually one of the last to take place at this stunning venue, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

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Job & Kim | Wedding | Houwhoek Inn

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I love hearing the unique stories behind each of the couples I have the privilege of working with on their big day. Kim and Job are an international couple – Kim is from South Africa, and Job is from Belgium. They met in Belgium while Kim was on an internship for her law degree there.

Once engaged, (see Job’s amazing proposal here), Job made the move to beautiful Cape Town, and has a deep love for this land and it’s people.

When two cultures collide at a wedding it always turns out to be a colourful event. Job & Kim infused the Belgium culture wedding traditions with the South African ones. Job bought over the best of Belgium beer for the wedding and his family also planned a traditional theatrical performance that had the audience erupting with laughter. When the dancing started, Job’s brother took to the dance floor and taught the entire wedding party traditional Belgium dancing.

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Richie & Marina | Wedding | Byron’s Bay, Australia

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I always get inspired when I meet couples that live in the goodness of life. Meeting Richie and Marina in Cape Town a few years ago I very quickly became aware of their zest for travel, love for humanity and passion for each other. Having traveled through South America, Africa and India, they had so many wonderful and interesting stories to tell. Coupled with that, they had recently had a new addition to the family – little Ruby Olivia who had brought such joy to them.

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Alvin & Donna | Wedding | Vrede En Lust, Simondium

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I love hearing how couples met for the first time. For Donna and Alvin, it was on a Canadian bound plane journey where they first hit it off. Donna was flying back home to Canada from her work, at an NGO in Limpopo, and she just so happened to be sitting next to Alvin. And the rest (as they say in the classics) is history.

Having chosen the beautiful location of Vrede En Lust near Simondium as their venue, and complete with a bubbly group of family and friends from all over South Africa and the world, the stage was set for a magical wedding day.

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Niall & Carin | Tokara Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

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I love beautiful wine farms – the wonderful green vineyards, picturesque settings and tranquil atmosphere always make a great wedding that much greater.

Tokara Wine Estate was certainly no different, and what a joy to see a beautiful couple so in love.

Photographing Niall and Carin’s wedding was such a joy right from their preparations, vows, celebrations, speeches.

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Julian & Katia | Parkside School, Cobham, Surrey, UK

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Someone once said, “Romance is the glamour that turns everyday dust into a golden haze”. Well, if that is true then Julian & Katia’s wedding was gloriously golden. Radiantly beautiful, she made her way down the aisle with her father as eyes connected and tears of delight streamed down her soon-to-be husband’s cheeks. These are the golden moments that make weddings glow. After I had captured Julian & Katia for their engagement, I knew their wedding day was going to be a joyous event. As friends and family cheered I couldn’t help but notice this community’s agreement and celebration in their union, and from the first note of singing to the last throw of confetti – joy was in the house!

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