every marriage is a merging of cultures. even people who grew up down the street from each other will find that what their family always considered normal is someone else’s annoyingly different. rob and corinne are no exception. he spent his childhood in the grey, cold and orderliness of a german city, while she was basking in south african sun. their marriage will be a blending of two vastly different cultures and their wedding reflected that.
it was my first at cranford country lodge and i was pleasantly surprised at the diversity of places to shoot. we had an a amazing sunset, horses kicking up dust, the blossoms of spring and a dark stable. i love getting a variety of images for wedding portraits, and challenge myself to shoot in ways that will reflect the couples true personality. i never use a shot list or posing cards because each couple comes with their own inspiration for me to draw on, if only i let them have fun and be themselves.
rob and corinne’s portrait shoot brought out their varying facets of their combined identity and the theme continued into their reception. their family and friends included people from all walks of life. between german folk dancing lessons and bollywood ballads were some of the most heartfelt speeches i have heard as her family prepares to send their daughter to germany.
i understand all too well when ‘leaving and cleaving’ involves moving halfway around the world where you only know one person. but that one person is enough, and with the task of shaping a new culture between them, i am sure germany will be changed for the better by this fierce little ray of south african sunshine.