“Where you tend a rose, my lad, A thistle cannot grow.”
Isn’t it amazing how some places can unexpectedly bring our forgotten inner child to the surface?
As I was scouting for a few locations near the manor house, I could not help to imagine myself as Mary Lennox turning the key and discovering the secret garden. Climbing an old stone staircase in one enchanted corner of the lush ground, I was actually humming the nursery rhyme “Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells, And pretty maids all in a row.”
This venue is exactly why I chose to leave the buzz of Gauteng and some of the more commercial venues that push out three weddings a day and exchange it for tranquil wedding spaces like Langverwagt who only do one wedding per day and really focus on giving a personal service with attention to detail.
I am convinced that one will find so many lost childhood memories within oneself in that garden, it is a place where magic is bound to happen & after my first visit, I know exactly why Billie and John chose it as their wedding location.
Billie wanted me to tell their story as it happened. They wanted to spend 99% of their wedding day with their guests and cut down the usual length of the bridal couple shoot to about 10 minutes. I must admit, at first I was worried that I would not be able to deliver but they really made it easy for me to get beautiful pictures of the two of them & it was refreshing to focus more on real moments than anything else.
I loved loved loved the little touches of this day!
Billie & John may you have many wonderful adventures together and may these pictures always trigger memories of a wonderful day in a beautiful place.