Since we fell into the Wedding documenting business we have been very lucky to share these special days with a number of dynamic and lovely couples. Each wedding we have been a part of has shared something unique and special with us. While weddings by nature follow a set pattern to a degree (ie- two people committing their lives to one another) we are endlessly surprised by the array of differences each wedding can have. Some weddings we have shot look as perfect as if they have just stepped off a Pinterest board, some stand out for the wonderfully crazy people we meet, others are in a breathtaking setting, then there are those carried by the one fundamental detail that all weddings should have and which is the most important of all. Love. When love is powerful enough to bring together people from opposite corners of the world and to fall so in love with one another that cultural and language barriers are not an issue; when tables and chairs dont arrive till after the time the reception is meant to begin isnt an issue, when the heavens open up during a ceremony with a massive storm which water logs both the reception and couple shoot and it isn’t noticed, this. This is why we shoot weddings. I cannot do justice to this wedding with my words, but looking at these pictures I feel you need to know about these things.
The day of Ntombi and Geir’s wedding started off badly. We usually arrive a minimum of two hours before we are meant to be at a wedding so that we can get comfortable in the environment and to ensure a time window should we get stuck in traffic, get a flat tyre, get lost etc. We did not expect to get stuck in traffic behind the demolition of a section of the freeway which resulted in us moving 3 km’s in two hours. We arrived in Eshowe at the exact time the ceremony was scheduled to start. Luckily(?) for us everything was delayed and behind schedule due to an unexpected family funeral, the decor people and band being stuck in the same traffic as us, and the ceremony starting nearly 3 hours later than intended. This would seem like an omen that the wedding would perhaps unfold in a similar way. This was not to be the case.
Geir is Norwegian and Ntombi is Zulu. They met while he was in South Africa teaching music. Some may think that bringing two cultures as diverse as these together would be challenging, but this could not be further from the reality. Geir and Ntombi both come from big hearted and openly loving families who share a deep and powerful love of God. Geir’s father was one of the two ministers who conducted their ceremony. It was truly emotional in a raw and powerful way, seeing the blending of English, Zulu and Norwegain in their vows, hymns and newly united families. Everyone was as passionate about the love that Ntombi and Geir share for each other and this came across in the powerful love and energy that everyone shared. These two groups of people who would never ordinarily have met one another were merged through their love of Ntombi and Geir and their belief in the power of their love. The fact that it rained didn’t matter. The fact that the ceremony started late didnt matter. The fact that their reception area had no lighting and had to be lit by make-shift chandeliers and candles blowing out in the strong wind only added to the sense of determination and power this union brought.
Ntombi and Geir, we are blessed and honoured to have shared your wedding with you. Your wedding is the reason we fell in love with shooting weddings and we cannot thank you enough. We know you are going to have a beautiful and blessed life together.