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KZN Food Photography {HARTFORD HOUSE}

KZN Food Photography – Chef Constantijn Hahndiek

My passion for food and photography continues unabated…….so I was of course rather thrilled when the GM from Hartford House – Duncan Bruce – called me to set up our next shoot.  They had a VIP guest,  restaurant crit and blogger, Chris Von Ulmenstein and Chef Tijn was preparing some special dishes.  I have to admit,  I got to taste each and although they were all beautifully presented, smelled sensational and tasted divine – the Quail did it for me.

The yummy bread served at your table


Surprise dessert

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Heirloom kale and cremealat gorgonzola with oven roast grapes

UP next was JODIS QUAIL – seared quail breast, sweet corn chowder, crispy pancetta and bacon powder

Rock Cod on the rocks – grilled with clay baked potato, pea puree and the magical confit egg yolk. Paired with Creation Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

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Best End of Lamb – winters end vegetables, beetroot gnocchi and kalamata olives paired rather nicely with Thelema Merlot

Hartford House Food Photographer

Apples gone Rhubarb – Parfait, compressed apple with butter cake and gel. Paired with Klein Constantia vin de Constance.

Kylie & Gerric’s Wedding | Cranford Country Lodge | part 1

Kylie & Gerric flew in from the UK to KZN for their wedding at the gorgeous Cranford Country Lodge.  Situated on the R103 near Currys Post, Cranford is an absolutely stunning venue for “country-chic” weddings. From the minute I met Kylie (bearing in mind we’d only ever communicated over email), I knew I liked her.  Warm, welcoming and with abundant personality we fell into an easy relationship straight away.  Her huge eyes and Greta Garbo style intrigued me the minute I had her in my lens :-). Not forgetting her husband, Gerric.  A gentle giant with an easy humour and an observant eye. It was quite obvious that Gerric was madly in love with his wife-to-be. The two met as young teenagers sharing the same high school lift club. From what I recall of the speeches Kylie didn’t even look twice :-). Or was it the other way around?? However, the pair soon got over themselves and got together in the matric holidays. Think we are talking 12 years ago now. Gerric proposed by flying Kylie down to Cape Town, driving through Stellenbosch, then along the coast and finally checking into a romantic, luxury beach lodge in Hout Bay. On the second evening, sundowners in hand, sun slinking low below the horizon, he got down on the proverbial bended knee……. So much laughter, and tears to match, the wedding was a study in procrastination. Only joking. The wedding was absolutely sublime. The mist that drew in slowly and eventually descended like a blanket on the proceedings only served to add to the mood and mystical quality of the afternoon and evening. Thank you once again Kylie and Gerric for the wonderful privilege of capturing your wedding memories.  I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.


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Weddings | Intaba View, Drummond Valley | Part 1

Weddings | Intaba View, Drummond | Paddy & Megan – Part 1


One thing about moving to a new Province and being a wedding photographer;  just about every location is unchartered territory.

Megan and Paddy decided to hold their wedding at Intaba View.   Located right in the Valley of a Thousand Hills – the Kingdom of the Zulu.   The area is named for the thousands of hills which tumble down to the almighty Umgeni River.   Flowing from the Drakensberg mountains into the Indian Ocean.  Needless to say,  the views are amazing.

The couple decided to have their ceremony and reception at one place and wanted it as close as possible to Hillcrest, making it more accessible for family and friends.

Megan’s colour scheme was an incredibly vibrant blue, purple and green.  Her sister, Candice, bridesmaids,  family & friends all helped with the decor and little touches.  The end result was a wonderful country-styled wedding.

The bridal party all got ready at Mulberry Guesthouse  (stunning little gem nestled in a hillside on a 22 hectare wildlife farm).

Part 2 available HERE

Assistant Photographer – Chris Ainslie

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A special thanks to my assistant – Chris Ainslie for handling the Groom and Best men shots as well as a few pick up shots leading up to the reception.

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Groom and best men photography courtesy of Chris Ainslie

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Rain was predicted for the day but thankfully held off until much much later.  Hence the gorgeous wellies and brollies we had to play with.
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What a beautiful beautiful bride you were Megan and oh what a dapper husband was Paddy.


End of part 1 – part 2 to follow shortly


Some supplier <3

Cake- Cakes from the Old Mill (Dawn Booth) – 083 693 9492

Flowers – Flowers by Leigh (Leigh Hollis) – 0823387073

Make up- Kate Fleming – 082 722 0951

Dresses: Shona’s – 079 199 2200

Bride’s Hair- Jacqui at Hair 63 – 073 458 9476

DJ- Victor – 072 081 8380

Venue: Intaba View – 083 777 5342

Heartstrings (some decor) 083 782 4531

Mulberry Cottage – 082 821 6800