According to the legend, I told my mother once that if ever I got into photography, I wouldn’t be caught dead being a wedding photographer. Maybe back then I had this preconceived idea that wedding photography was some sort of contrived art form and that I would surely not get any pleasure out of it. Well, here I am now..being a full blown wedding photographer and loving every single thing about it. I have been moved time and time again by the love stories unfolding in front of my eyes and surprised by the generosity of the families that welcome me with open arms.
This wedding promised to be very special!
Chernelle, being from South-Africa, brought over her close family to celebrate her wedding with Hans in Antwerpen. It would be the very first time both families got to meet each other. That meeting happened a few days before the wedding and on the day of the wedding it seemed that they had already engraved each other in their hearts. Truly incredible, you would think…but not for these families. I have never met such generous, open and warm hearted people and it was a joy to hear them talk about Chernelle and Hans. Or lets say, to listen…because above all that, they had some incredible singing talent too! Chernelle’s father sang “Unchained Melody” like it was a piece of cake and Hans played his version of Anouk’s “Michel” (don’t worry, he changed the lyrics!).And the surprised didn’t stop there because also Chernelle sang “At Last” by Etta James after their opening dance. I did see several jaws dropping during the day and mine was one of them!
My only regret is that I don’t have a plane ticket to get to South-Africa so I can also shoot their ceremony there!
Anyone?…I’ll bring belgian bread and frietjes…