In 2015, Nick & I travelled to South Africa to document a wedding at the Garden Route Game Lodge (if you want a peek, click here!) Ever since that trip, South Africa has kept a little slice of my heart – and often, when I’m out & about and I hear the South African accent, I smile and memories of that trip and the people we met, come flooding back to me. SO, you can imagine my delight when I met Jenna & Mark for the first time and found out that Mark was South African!
As I got to know them both better, they shared with me how they both met online – the same way Nick & I did – and I discovered how fun, caring & thoughtful they both are – and my love for them only grew. Needless to say, I was SO honoured to be the one trusted to document their first day as husband & wife (and to be surrounded by that lovely South African accent all day was a total bonus!)
Here’s a glimpse into their intimate wedding day story:
BRIDE PREP VENUE: MERITON APARTMENTS, ADELAIDE STREET BRISBANE
When I arrived at the Meriton that morning Jenna was getting ready with her lovely bridesmaids, mum and mother in law – all such lovely ladies. I started photographing Jenna’s beautiful details while they enjoyed getting pampered by Karla from Blissful Makeup…
I just adored that Jenna had gorgeous Protea’s included in her bouquet… such a stunning South African bloom and perfect for her wedding to Mark!
After their hair & makeup was all done, it was time for some fun champagne photos before Jenna’s lovely sister, Grace helped her into her stunning wedding gown!
I love these moments… Jenna’s loved ones seeing her dressed as a bride for the very first time! There may have been tears you guys.
WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE: HILLSTONE ST LUCIA, BRISBANE
I have had the pleasure of working at Hillstone St Lucia countless times and every time I’m there, I fall in love with this venue a little bit more. Not only are their staff organised & super helpful, the grounds are just a photographers dream! Mark & Jenna held their Ceremony in the Courtyard Garden – which in my opinion, is a unique and super pretty spot!
Mark’s best man Blake helping him with his final touches… all grooms need a straight bow tie!
Minutes later, the moment everyone – especially Mark – had been waiting for. His stunning bride walking down the aisle towards him… gosh, this gives me all the feels.
After a lovely ceremony, it was time for some photos around Hillstone St Lucia with their bridal party! We jumped in the golf carts and chased the pretty light…
and my goodness friends, did we find pretty light or what! I was one excited wedding photographer… I also want to bring attention to those amazing bouquets. Jess from New England Flower Co is one talented lady! JFL brides, I’d highly recommend her!
Those quiet moments as husband & wife.
WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE: ROSEWOOD ROOM, HILLSTONE ST LUCIA
As the sun started to set on what had been a beautiful day, the bridal party shared a glass of champagne and made their way back to the Rosewood Room for their Wedding Reception. I got to work photographing all the pretty details so that Mark & Jenna can remember every single detail for the years to come…
Can’t you just feel the love. Congratulations again Mr & Mrs Fivaz – and from my heart to yours, thank you! I hope you love these photos as much as I loved taking them – Kylie xx
I’d love to hear what you think – leave me a comment below (it honestly will make my day!) and I’m sure the newlyweds would appreciate some kind words to: