Joey and Maria’s eloped Cape Town destination wedding.


Joey and Maria both hail from Toronto in Canada and contacted me after deciding to elope during their planned holiday in Cape Town. They both come from big families of Italian descent and decided they would rather have a quiet ceremony on their own then the traditional large wedding that was expected back home (of course once everybody back home found out they almost immediately set out organizing a large bash for their return).

On the Rocks Restaurant in Bloubergstrand was the venue for their beautiful wedding on a cool and cloudy Saturday morning. Everything went off smoothly and they were married before any of their families back home had any idea. After taking some lovely photos around Bloubergstrand we headed for the amazing Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where we had to sneak in (no wedding photography allowed) and shoot some amazing photos at various locations in the beautiful gardens.

We were scheduled to go up Table Mountain for a sunset shoot later in the day but the weather had turned foul and the wind was pumping so we rescheduled for Monday that turned out to be the perfect day for such a shoot as there was not even a breath of air at the top of Table Mountain.

All the very best Joey and Maria, it was a pleasure photographing your wedding.

Cape Town Photographer

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Bloubergstrand Wedding


Marco and Pippa’s Bloubergstrand wedding was one of those fabulous spur of the moment weddings. They were here on business from Durban and after 5 years of dating decided the time was right. Without telling their 7 kids (yes 7, although 5 are from previous marriages) they arranged this spur of the moment wedding at On The Rocks Restaurant at Bloubergstrand.

Everything went off perfectly and after scrambling up some rocks, their vows were exchanged overlooking the whole of Table Bay meters away from the ocean. Table Mountain was initially covered with mist but cleared later when we took some wonderful photos with this magnificent background.

What a fantastic couple.

All the best!

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I wrote this article on Tips for Brides from a photographers perspective a couple of years ago. It was on an old blog site of mine. I read it through again and made a few changers here and there (good old experience) but here it is again.

I have come up with a few great tips that will result in awesome wedding photographs.

  • Get to know your photographer.
    And visa versa. An engagement shoot is one way of definitely getting to know how your photographer works and also for him to see how best to shoot you. Most of all though it is just about getting to know each other a bit before your wedding day and to be able to relax! Even a cup of coffee and a nice chat goes a long way. Communicate before hand too. Tell your photographer about any ideas you might have.
  • The Venue
    It always helps having a well lit venue preferably with a white ceiling (so the photographer can bounce light from his/her flash if you are indoors), but that is in the ideal world. Your photographer will adapt to wherever they are. I have shot weddings in venues with black draping on the sides and ceiling before though but the photographs will look a bit different in that the backgrounds will not be lit. The same goes for outdoor weddings.
  • The Bridal Shoot.
    Allow for about 1-1.5 hours between the ceremony and reception. There is nothing worse than having to rush through a shoot because of time, but on the other hand your photographer has a responsibility to get a move on too. I have heard of ridiculous shoots where guests have been kept waiting for 3 hours. The bridal shoot is also a special time for the newly wed couple to be together away from all the guests. It is a happy time and should be a lot of fun too especially if the bridal party are present. Don’t forget a cooler box!
  • Getting dressed.
    Gosh I know it is difficult to be ready a few minutes before time but it does give your photographer an opportunity to be alone with you to get some really great shots before your ceremony. Have your bouquet with you and also your bridesmaids.
  • Photographers and Videographers.
    Often the photographer and videographer will be competing for the same shot. They are both professionals and know what to do but if they do not know each other maybe set up a quick meeting or online chat.

And those are some of my thoughts on being a wedding photographer.
Have a fabulous wedding!


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Eddie and Jenny both live in Hong Kong but decided on Cape Town for their destination wedding. Their choice of venue was the magnificent Twelve Apostles Hotel nestled on the beautiful Atlantic Seaboard side of the city.

The venue was superb and the choice of an outdoor ceremony added immensely to the beauty of the occasion. The setting of the outdoor area was perfect with towering mountains on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. The threat of rain had a few people scampering around but it played its part and stayed away. Jenny the bride was simply stunning in her long flowing dress and I enjoyed photographing her especially at the quick photo shoot we did just a few meters away from the hotel at a place called Cosy Beach that I had never seen before. It was a superb location and very secluded.

The happy and fun filled reception took place under a superbly decorated bedouin tent  ideally suited for a wedding of this size. Everyone took part somehow in the formal proceedings and the atmosphere was relaxed and playful.

It was an absolute pleasure photographing this wonderful couple from Hong Kong and I wish them all the very best.

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Jan Marco and Jacqueline both hail from Germany but decided that they wanted to get married somewhere different and special.

They chose the beautiful city of Cape Town for their destination wedding and spend the days before the wedding enjoying many of the tourist sites that Cape Town has to offer.

The wedding ceremony took place on a windy Muizenberg beach followed by an fun and wonderful shoot at Cape Point Nature Reserve even though the wind was pumping even more there (as you will see from some of the photos). We used the wind to good affect though and some of the photos are stunning!

I spent a lovely day with this relaxed couple and wish them all the very best.

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Roxanne and Nicole are both Cape Town girls who have been dating for a number of years. They are a special couple who share a special bond that will last forever. For their special wedding they decided on the historical town of Tulbagh as the venue.

The day dawned bright and sunny and the beautiful wedding took place in a quaint chapel overlooking the mountains which was followed by an outdoor brunch at the venue. The reception took place outdoors at a very relaxed farm just outside Durbanville.

A beautiful day with a special couple.

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Shaun and Inge chose to have their wedding in Upington in the Northern Cape. It is the hometown of Inge although they both now live in Bloemfontein where Shaun comes from and is in the construction industry.

Their wedding on the banks of the Orange River was a splendid affair with a beautiful setting and delicious catering.

I still have the little pink cactus given to the guests (and photographer) as a fond memory of this special wedding.

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I was privileged to be the photographer for the Langberg wedding in the Northern Cape of Johan and Nina. I had done their engagement shoot a while before at the same location so we had it all planned. It was a beautiful wedding full of fun and happiness. For the bridal shoot we went on a game drive to a location where we knew we could catch the sunset. Langberg is a special location and the facilities are superb including the little chapel.

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Peter and Monique chose the stunning Winery Road Forest for their engagement shoot and wedding. The shoot was a whole lot of fun as they brought a lot of props with and had all sorts of poses they wanted to try. Monique comes from Canada and Peter from Cape Town. Their wedding is going to be special and I look forward to it.

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I sometimes get asked if I am an African Wedding Photographer.

The answer is of course I am.

I have shot many African weddings from the far Northern Cape to Cape Town and I love shooting African weddings. There is a lot more celebrating and dancing and singing and food preparation at African weddings which is cool for a photographer because it gives us a chance to get some more really great shots. It a whole day of celebration which I love being part of.

Contact me with some of your details and I will send you my packages and price list.

John Rodger

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