The lockdown elopement of Lelani and Stephan

The year everything changed

Something changes in a person's outlook on life once you have lived through something as strange as a worldwide lockdown. Suddenly things that we thought were our very basic rights get taken away and we are forced to endure ourselves without any sideshows. Oh, how necessary a lockdown can be in every lifetime.

Stephan and Lelani in a canola field near Philidelphia

“Love is not cancelled.”

The wedding postponed

Lelani and Stephan were supposed to get married early in May but postponed their wedding to middle September with the hopes that all of this would be over. It didn't seem likely that they would be able to proceed with their entire guest list present and therefore they changed their wedding to an intimate elopement with only their closest family present.

I photographed my very first elopement back in July of 2013 and if someone would straightforward ask me what my favorite kind of ceremony to document is, it is most definitely, hands down an intimate wedding. There is nothing like it.

Lelani and her mom spend the morning together, it was so relaxed that Lelani didn't even break a sweat when a button broke off from her dress as her mom was doing her up. Luckily her mom knows how to sew.

Stephan. I will never forget Stephan's dedication to his faith and to his family. It is a wonderful thing to see a young man who is brought up with strong values.

Their ceremony took place in the quaint little town of Philidelphia in the Western Cape. If you ever have a chance, it is worth a visit.

I decided to have some fun with family group shots. They didn't have the traditional bridal party, so I had their family play bridesmaids and groomsmen & it was so much fun.

Their reception dinner was hosted at Durbanville Hills. Their service was impeccable and the food was simply amazing.

Dankie Stephan en Lelani vir n wonderlike dag en jul vertroue in my. Dit was so spesiaal. Mag julle pad vorentoe vol seen wees.