Life is a roller coaster, high wave adventure, and Kelli and Anton started 2015 on a huge wave….!
Kelli and Anton on the ocean wave
riding their separate cruise ships round the Hawaii’an Islands and the Caribbean islands!
While on their far-apart cruise ships, Kelli and Anton became officially engaged….so exciting….
Anton and Kelli engagement
Landing back in Africa, they began the loving process of binding their lives together forever…
choosing rings supplied by Kelli’s Uncle Max….
A Pirates and Sailors Party was conceived by Maid of Honour Kimberley…what fun!
The Nautical kit that Kelli wore for the party!
some sailors and pirates have a hug…
Kelli is Anton’s Nauti-Gal!
I made a poster out of fun nautical ideas….
Kimberley was Kelli’s Maid of Honor and her delightful speech for Kelli and Anton embraced all things nautical:
“My sister and new brother-in-law
When 2 people and families come together, you tie the knot and form a stronger bond. So with that said we welcome you Anton and your wonderful family to our families AND secondly we thank you for welcoming Kelli into yours with such love and kindness.
I bet you all probably think you know why we chose the nautical theme – because 2 of our favourite people have been at sea? Well this is not the only reason, and I would like to share the other reason with you in my absence.
Kelli and Anton, the sea is wise, it will always teach you to:
- Anchor yourself to each other – so that you will always keep grounded
- But never weigh each other down
- Don’t ever sink – you are each other’s life jackets
- Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors
- We need to be brave sailors if we are to go on the biggest journey of our lives
- We sometimes need to be like a pirate – break the rules, get ship faced and have fun together
- We need patience to wait for the perfect tide and to realise timing is NOT our choice BUT is always perfect
- We need to make sure we have life boats – which are trust, and our families and friends
- We need to leave messages in bottles for each other and to always remember to communicate
- Always find your way back to shore and to one another
- And mostly as you set sail enjoy the ride, the sun, the journey and thelove and life you share.Please raise your glasses – cheers to SAILING FOR AN ETERNITY.
- Love, Kimmy xx”
After a simple magistrates Court ceremony early one morning in Harare…..
legally ‘Mr and Mrs”…
came a delightful celebration breakfast at The Plot Cafe, with close family….
Then came the Chilo wedding, such an adventure!
rhinestone embellishments on the Vera Wang dress
Kelli and Anton had Jade, Rayne and Kiana as flower girls…
with silver slippers….
Kiana gets dressed by her loving Gran, Jackie….
jackie and kiana
Jade and Rayne watch Kelli putting on her make up…
jade rayne and kelli
Kelli does her own make up, of course!
A glowing bride…..
and meanwhile the boys have been getting dressed
boys in the landscape…
Guiding hands ………
the gentle touch
and Anton is ready, waiting for his bride…
Kelli and Anton were married by special friend, Rob Davy on 28th November 2015 early in the morning, at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge.
Before the actual ceremony Jackie and I had a special hug with Anton…Rob checks his notes in the background…)
The stunning view from the wedding deck was enhanced by Lala palm heart fans locally made by Mr Mutema, embellished with paper flowers made by Nyasha of African Papermakers.
heart fans hanging from the wedding deck at Chilo
what a setting….as the bridal party walks thru the gardens
the bridal girls walk thru the gardens
the look on his face…
This is what Michel Fortmann, (Kelli’s dear friend, bridesmaid and professional photographer), had to say about the event…
“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” — Bruce Lee
What a love story to tell… Not only was I photogrpaher for the day, but bridesmaid as well, for two of my dearest friends! It was quite difficult trying to wear both hats on the day, but with the help from my amazing finacee – Mark Harris, who was truly thrown in the deepend, we managed to cover all bases:)
It was an early start with the ceremony happening at 8am. At 7.30, I was still clicking away and eventually had to put the camera down and get ready lol! Not easy when there were still so many moments happening that I wanted to capture! Kelli was an absolute picture as she slipped in to her Vera Wang dress and got ready to walk the aisle with her two Dads:)
It was a short, but very meanigful ceremony and a very different experience, being a part of it and not being the voyeur on the outside this time! The vows were exchanged with the most magnificent view of the river below us and the beautiful cliffs as the backdrop and then it was all selaed with the kiss and before we knew it we were walking back up the ailse and headed off for the group shot and magnificent brunch!
After the brunch and a wonderful speech from Kelli’s Dad, we all then de-robed and spent the next couple of hours relaxing by the poolside. Then we all climbed back in our dresses for the formal shots at 4pm and I got some exquisite photos of Kelli, just before we left.
We then headed off, safari style in the game viewing vehicles and headed for the beautful Acacia forests. The sun made her appearance at all the right moments on this day and as we headed into the forests, she appeared from behind the clouds and the most magical light streamed down through the Acacia leaves, backlighting Kelli and Anton with a halo of gold.
We then headed onto the river bed for some really dramatic, editorial style shots and then Mark, got his turn again, with doing some awesome group shots for us! It was a lot of fun and a completley different experience being in front of the camera for a change. The final photos happened down by the old fallen tree, close to the river, with the sun sinking below the forests, as the final backdrop, to an incredible day!
We then headed into the evening reception where some very heartfelt speeches were made and not long after that the dancing got underway!
It was a fantastic day and one I will really treasure! To not only be a part of it but also be there to cature such special moments for Kelli and Anton!”
Kelli’s Vera wang wedding dress was simply, elegantly, drop-dead beautiful…
rhinestone embellishments on the Vera Wang dress
After the happy ceremony and a relaxed day by the Chilo pool, we went through the riverine forest….
onto the sands of the Save River for a beach sundowner…
My precious daughter now forever linked to my special new son…
Kelli and Anton on ‘wedding safari’
Kelli’s Johannesburg family contributed delicious wines and champagne,
and Jeremy Borg contributed Painted Wolf Wines. Food, wine and feasting for all!
I am so happy for this beautiful young couple, on the brink of an exciting life and career together. Plus we are blessed that our combined families share a warmth and love that is real and lasting.
The place Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, a fittingly dramatic and special start to their married life.