April 24, 2018

Kate Moss’s Wedding

While it’s not exactly a secret that Moss is accustomed to the finer things in life, the details found in Vogue’s article and in the photos’ captions really drive home the fact that the lifestyles of the rich and famous are very, very different from NewsFeed’s (and, we’re guessing, yours). Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/08/11/four-things-kate-mosss-wedding-had-that-yours-probably-didnt/#ixzz1UwO62D5T

While reading the article and watching the photos I just realised one thing, YOUR wedding day is about YOU, nobody else. Kate Mosse’s wedding day was about her, and so must by your wedding day.

On your day, you are special. I read once that on her wedding day, the bride is the model and she must feel the model. And that is what you are on your special day. You are the model and the photographer must portray you as such. Just be yourself and you will have the most wonderful wedding day.

And about the guests. Off course you will not have the same guest list as Kate. Nor will you have the exact same guest list as your neighbor’s daughter. Most important is that the guests on your wedding must be the people you want to be surrounded by. Your dearest friends and family. The people for whom you care and who cares for you.

No two people are the same. Kate wore the dress that complimented her. Get the dress that compliments you. There are so many excellent dressmakers around who have not been ‘discovered’ yet. Get a good one at the fraction of the price and you are the princess of the day.

I shot many weddings to date and to me, you will always be the supermodel of the day. The one who it is all about.

How Important is the Groom to the Photographer?

The wedding day is one of the most important days in a girl’s life and most of the attention and glamour is drawn to the bride. Her beautiful dress, the extravagant limousine, a lace embroidered veil, colourful flowers and the harmony of music playing as her shining knight waits to stand by her side …. all contribute to her fairy-tale story.

Dressed in his black tuxedo, he patiently awaits his bride-to-be without bringing attention to himself.

To us, as photographers, the Groom is just as important as the Bride.  When capturing the wedding, one of our photographers is dedicated to the Groom to the same extend than to the Bride.


So many times you will find that there is only a photographer with the Bride. Much too often little or nothing is dedicated to the groom ….

From the time he starts to get dressed, up until the stage they get together as a couple, we will pay attention to his moments of getting ready up to the final hour where he is awaiting his bride.

Just some interesting facts on why a husband is called a groom. Have you ever wondered where this word originates from? Back in the old days in old English guma meant a male servant, young man or lad.

Bride comes from the Old English word bryd. Together both words formed Brydgum (Bridegroom), which was referred to a suitor looking for a wife.

Eventually people began substituting the more familiar “groom” for the by-now obsolete “guma,” and “brydguma” became “bridegroom.”

This post is dedicated to the groom ….







Don’t forget the Detail…

The detail photos are so often neglected during the wedding ceremony while this is the only means for the couple to nurture their memories afterwards.

The bride normally arrives at the ceremony after the guests have entered the reception hall.  At that stage she is so overwhelmed by everything that she doesn’t have the time to pay any attention to the detail that were so meticulously prepared and arranged.

We normally find that both the bride and groom are so impressed with the detail photos afterwards because they never noticed it on the wedding day.

It is therefore important for the couple to insist on seeing the photographer’s detail photos to ensure that he pays attention to, and that he knows how to capture it.

Weddings in the Renaissance Period

Weddings during the Renaissance Period:

I had the opportunity to visit The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Los Angeles, CA. Watching all the merry people in their medieval clothes I wondered what a typical wedding was like back then. With a little bit of research (thank you Google!) I stumbled on a few interesting facts.

In the medieval ages, the consent of the father of the bride was more important than the consent of the wedded couple. In 596 a decree was issued that stipulated death penalty if the bride was abducted from her parent’s home. This meant that it was regarded to be abduction if the couple got married without the approval of the family (i.e. the father). The couple could face either the death penalty or exile.

Then, fortunately, came the Renaissance period and it was generally accepted that only the mutual consent of the couple was necessary to create a binding marriage.

It is also interesting to note that so many rituals as we know it today, originated from this period.

The giving of the hands symbolized the contract between the couple while the kissing of the bride and the exchange of rings symbolized the unity between the bride and the groom and became part of the betrothal ceremony.

The bridal procession also had its origin during this period. In England “the bride was led to church between two sweet boys with bride laces and rosemary tied about their silken sleeves. There was a fair bride-cup of silver gilt carried before her, wherein was a goodly branch of rosemary, gilded very fair, hung about with silken ribands of all colors. Musicians came next, then a group of maiden, some bearing great bride-cakes, others garlands of wheat finely gilded; and thus they passed into the church; and the bridegroom finely appareled, with the young men following close behind.” This procession was seen as the proper way to celebrate marriage in a public manner.

When the legality of a marriage was challenged the testimony of the people that eye-witnessed this procession was considered to be the proof of the marriage.

The Renaissance Wedding in Modern Times

The Renaissance period is regarded as the period with the most beautiful and rich traditions in European history. So why not let your wedding resemble the traditions of this wonderful age.

Find yourself a gothic church, a knight arriving on his white horse to take your hand in marriage and who will sweep you away into a new life in a victorian style coach.

Also forget about the white dress! Wedding dresses in those days were burgundy wine, deep purple and hunter green with a metallic braided ribbon running through the design. They were normally laced up the sides and/or back, had long, pleated skirts and were floor length and long-sleeved.

Herbs like rosemary, thyme and basil played an important role in the flower arrangements. This custom originated from the belief in the significance of various herbs in health and destiny. Wheat was also to be considered a symbol of fertility and played an important role during wedding ceremonies.

Flowers to be used include the gloriosa lily, ivy, red roses, amaryllis, birch twigs or holly branches and parrot tulips. All the flowers should appear rustic and natural for in those days flower shops and Styrofoam did not exist.

But please, get a modern day photographer with the necessary equipment to commemorate your Renaissance Wedding!



  1. “Medieval and Renaissance Marriage: Theory and Customs” by Kirsti S. Thomas.
  2. “Having a Medieval/Renaissance Wedding: And Updating it for Modern Times” by Rachel Broderick.
  3. http://www.renaissance-weddings.net/index.htm




Bin Laden, the Royal Wedding and the Importance of a Good Photo

The Royal Guard

The Importance of Photo Evidence

Two events dominated the news waves during the last two weeks. Both captivated the attention of every corner of the world, and both have pushed the issue of photo-evidence into the top spot of pundit conversations. Both were celebrations, albeit based on vastly different emotions.

On the one hand the world waved the Union Jack with passion to commemorate first Royal Wedding in decades. On the other hand our collective conscience sighed a sigh of relieve and revenge as the biggest enemy since world war II were finally brought to justice. And here the similarities come to a screeching halt.

You almost cannot escape the Royal Wedding. The pictures, from Pippa’s tight clinging dress to the enormity of Westminster Abby to the loving kiss on Buckingham Palace’s balcony, are displayed for the world to see. They are on cups and plates, on special stamps and tea trays. The evidence of the great event imprinted on every surface accepted by ink.

Bin Laden’s justice? Not quite the same. In fact, the lack of any photographic evidence, especially immediately and current as to ensure truth and transparency, is nowhere to be found. Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts has already come under scrutiny for declaring that he has seen Bin Laden’s photos – and then retracted when he had to acknowledge that they were photoshopped.

Being a photographer my whole life, I’ve always advocated the importance of still photos to validate important events. There is nothing more iconic than a single picture that captures the emotion of a fleeting moment. I’m not a politician, nor a policy maker and will not venture into that realm, but I do understand human nature, and our need of proof. I secretly wish though that I were President Obama’s photography adviser, if such position even exists.

What would my advice have been? Put as much planning into Bin Laden’s brought-to-justice pictures as the Royal Photographer has put into the Royal Wedding. Context, urgency and clarity is equally justified for both events. Yes, they are not the same, but after all are said and done, we still need an image to make our own. A shared reference point that can truly put Bin Laden’s legacy to rest.

Audio Photo-Video’s

Make an Audio Photo-video of Your Wedding Photos:

  • Annemi’s mother watched the APV of her daughter’s wedding with tear-filled eyes.
  • “Wow! Wow! Wow! I did not expect this. I thought you’re gonna send me a slideshow of my wedding photos. This is art!” – Irene Snyman.

Living in the digital era I don’t think there is any better way than an Audio Photo-video to show off your wedding photos to your family and friends.

You can play it on your PC, Mac, iPad, TV and even cellphone. The Audio Photo-video is not too long (10 – 12 minutes) and will hold the attention of your audience. It gives them an overview of the best photos taken on your wedding day – normally from getting dressed, right through to the reception.

Make an Audio Photo-video of Your Wedding Photos

Any Audio Photo-video we release has to be perfect quality. The planning, organizing of the photos and using the appropriate transitions are some of the essential ingredients.

I think that, after watching the following Audio Photo-video’s as well, you will agree that this must be an essential and non-negotiable part of your wedding memories.

You Versus The Royals: How Do You Measure Up?

A lot, and I mean A LOT, has been written and blogged about the royal couple of Britain and their soon-to-be royal wedding.  There are so many fun facts surfacing that I thought it good to stack them up and let you do some measuring yourself!  All the best to Will & Kate (hopefully never plus 8),  and thanks to them for putting weddings into the collective international news spotlight!

Royal Wedding Facts

Ok, here we go – how do you fare against these fun facts?

  1. At 29 Kate is the oldest royal bride ever. Hello!?  What the royals deem as “oldest ever”, society applauds as sensible and mature.  No one wants to recite divorce statistics on a wedding site, but here it is – all studies shows that marriage after 30 has a much bigger chance of success than those that happen in the early 20’s. Statistics can, of course, be proven wrong. Me and René, my wife, got married in our early 20′s and we are still going strong! Would you have been the “oldest royal bride ever”, or did you dodge the bullet?
  2. Most of the people on the invite list have never met Will or Kate.
    1900 guests, and only a couple hundred that is known to the bride and groom!  Maybe they have invited all their Facebook friends.   How does your guest list compare? Do you know most of the people?  Definitely not a royal wedding then!
  3. Really famous people have been left off the list.  They claim it is for security reasons, but what bride wants to be upstaged on her wedding day anyway?  I think it is a very clever idea to invite important people, and not ones that would take the attention away from the bride and groom.  If you could, would Oprah be on your list?
  4. Will & Kate is the first royal couple ever with a pre-nup. As I said before, who wants to think of divorce at a special time like this?  I guess the very public breakups of Will’s father and uncle have finally unmasked the reality of modern marriage. It’s better to have an open dialog about expectations before the big day.  It’s much harder to be that objective when things go wrong.  What’s your position?  Hopeless romantic, or pre-nup savvy?
  5. Kate got her late Mother-in-law’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring
    There are always two parties to the argument, but I think it is absolutely great and special to have a family heirloom as part of the wedding ceremony.  Not everyone has access to such a great tradition, but it might just be worthwhile starting it!  Are you getting married with your mom’s (or mother-in-law’s) wedding ring?  Would you have liked to?
  6. Of the 1900 invited guests, only 600 are invited to stay for lunch.
    Now this I think is a clever idea.  There are always a lot of people that you just cannot afford to invite (taking catering costs into consideration), but how great is it to invite everyone you know to be at the ceremony and only those really close (and that you can afford) to the buffet afterwards!  If the royals can do it, so can we.  What do you think?

Whether you are above or below 30, have your mom’s ring or not, what the royal wedding teaches us is that everyone enjoys a good wedding!  It is truly one of the happiest days you will ever experience and we, as photographers, would like to experience this day with you.  Good luck to Will and Kate, and to the million other couples walking down the isle this year.  Enjoy the big day!


Planning The Perfect Wedding Day

The Wedding Showcase:

So much has been written, blogged and explained about planning for your biggest day.  Remember this, forget about that, do this, don’t do that!  One would almost think that society in a whole has claimed your wedding day as a showcase for their collective thoughts and ideas.  I beg to differ.
Being in the wedding photography environment for while, I can tell you exactly which ones are the memorable ones.  They are not the ones with the most spending power, or the ones with the A-list attendees or even the seven-tier-cake-weddings.  It’s the ones that speak of clear personal taste, intimate details that communicate the couple’s view of love, life and happiness.

If there is one rule that you must apply, it is to throw all the rules you know out of the window.  Start from scratch with a simple question that needs to be answered: “What is unique about us?”  It might be a song, it might be a color, or it might be your love for pizza!  The more you wrap yourself into that perfect day, the more perfect it will be.  By doing that, you can easily conquer the big-three of your wedding day:

  1. Venue

    By this time you will have an idea of how many guests you would like to invite.  All you have to do is to choose a venue that you can relate to.  You want your venue to tell a story all by itself – about you and your big day!  Is it a romantic, intimate venue or an architectural wonder, or simply the endless stretch of beach where you first met?  I know there are so many possibilities to consider (will the steps be safe for children? will there be enough parking? etc.), but the most important one is: Is it special for you?

  2. Invite

    When it comes to your invite, the rule of “no rule” also applies.  Long gone are the days where specific decorum ruled all invites.  You’re announcing your biggest day up to date, go for it!  E-cards, jingles, postcards, you dream it and do it.  As long as builds on your theme of you!

  3. Dress

    Depending on your venue, time of day, theme and personality – remember that you now have the option of any color you like.   Not that there is anything wrong with white (or the 100 new shades of it!).  The focus should be, just as with your venue and invite, on you.  Let you and your significant other shine through in that special number.

After all is said and done, living in such a social and connected world, there is no room for elaborate wedding days that are disconnected from who you really are.  I know it might seem fun to throw a wedding that might make the Royals for Britain look like just another run-of-the-mill wedding reception – but it is truly not about that.  What it is about, are YOU.  So keep it real and relevant!