Lavender Hills Bethlehem wedding photographed by JC Crafford – Xavier & Andraea

Second week in January. My wife Surika, my little daughter Miya and I  took the road to Bethlehem where Xavier and Andraea are going to get married at Lavender Hills the next day.

I always enjoy going there, not only is Lavender Hills one of the most beautiful places you can get married at. Their service and food is always top notch. We had a stunning supper in the German restaurant in Clarens the Friday afternoon Miya actually ate with a knife and spoon the first time in her life, that was something to see…LOL) , took a leisurely drive to the Golden Gate Park, and decided immediately we will stay here at Golden gate with the next wedding I’m photographing in  Clarens in April.

 

On our way to Bethlehem the Friday I had to stop every couple of km to take photos. I mean, I AM a photographer. There was a BIG storm brewing. I took this photo just before it started raining.

 

But back to the wedding. Xavier and Andraea must be one of the most loving couples I have ever photographed. You could see that they waited a long time for this special day and that they were intent on enjoying it. They are a very photogenic couple, somehow they look could from any angle…and they do LOVE posing. Andraea is actually one of the VERY few brides that I have ever photographed that didn’t get more nervous the closer she got to the wedding, she started the day being very nervous…and then got more relaxed the closer she got to the ceremony…strange.

Have a look at the photo of the cute little flower girl in her walking ring. She actually started right at the back and made it to the front…I was impressed!

Thanks for choosing me as your wedding photographer Xavier and Andraea, I had a fantastic time at your wedding.

And,Evette from Lavender Hills, I just signed up a wedding there with you again this week for the end of the year, can’t wait to photograph at your beautiful venue again.

Here is Andraea’s story on how she and Xavier met:

Xavier and I met in high school, he was the mischievous charmer who swept me off my feet. Afrikaans class was never the same! We dated for 7 years before he proposed, camped out under the stars (complete with candles and a romantic little setup) after a night tour of the johannesburg zoo.
Thank you

Andraea’s Make up was done by: Marlize. Niins health and skincare clinic 0583037972 niins@vodamail.co.za

And her hair by Hair Affair: jana, Tel 058 303 2654  hairaffair@axxess.co.za

Venue details:
Lavender Hill country estate, Tel 058 303 1673, Evette, info@lavenderhillestate.co.za

My thanks also to Hans Nel from Petronella Guest Lodge for allowing us to take some of the photos on his premises. Xavier and his friends also stayed there and got dressed there.

My wife and son handles the video side of the weddings and I photograph the weddings.

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Comments (4)

Thank you so much Jc not only for the lovely photos but also the manner in which you took them. You were professional the whole way through.

Dominique Rochecouste

Beautiful couple immortalised in these exceptional pictures!

Love form cousin Dom n Fam (Mauritius), out to Xav and Andrea 😉

Belinda Algi Daniel and Nicholas

A beautiful, gracious,loving couple!
Lovely wedding but more importantly , these stunning photos show your love, admiration and respect you have for one another, lovely to witness. God bless your marriage our dear niece and nephew

Well done JC! Your photo’s are amazing. Going through the 1200 photos you took, I re-lived that very special day. You captured each moment whether it was laughter, happiness or tears. Not only was the background of the beautiful Lavender Hill displayed, but also the loving look in Xavier’s and Andraea’s eyes is clear for all to see and admire.
Thank you for your dedication to photogragh each aspect of their wedding through out the day and night.
It was a spectacular wedding and now we have spectacular photos to remember it.
Xavier and Andraea – Wow! What a beautiful couple you are – so photogenic. That external beauty is the product of the beauty you both have in your heart.

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