Dave & Lissa were after something different for their wedding, an extraordinary occasion that put value on the experience they had with their friends and family. They wanted to look back and reflect on the great time they had with the most important people in their lives. Andrea and her staff from Morrells did such a wonderful job of bringing the experience together. Being a rock and roll couple the usual family portraits and bridesmaids/groomsmen images where out of the question. With an emphasis on Dave & Lissa’s personalities, together As Sweet As Images created shots that were different, natural and almost completely unposed. We were their to photograph the essence of their love for each other and the love they shared with their friends and family. Amy from As Sweet As Images says: “From the moment that we arrived in the morning until the late hours of the evening, this truly was a 5 star, rock and roll experience!”
I Propose | Elaborate on how the two of you met
We have a bit of a history of running into each other – sometimes harder than others…We first met through a mutual friend (who also happens to be the tattoo artist who works on both of us) when we were coincidentally in Cape Town at the same time. We ended up having dinner, a gallon of red wine and just over 2 hours sleep before I had to race her to the airport in an Atos. I know. Romantic. I was able to play it fairly cool the whole time – I never figured anything would happen, based on the fact that she’s the coolest, smartest, most beautiful creature on the planet, and I’m a troll. That said, there was a bit of a spark. In the same way that Optimus Prime is a ‘bit of a truck’. There followed a brief period of Facebook stalking, Facebook ignoring, some less-creepy music discussions and (she’ll tell you a different story), all the roots of a solid friendship growing. All completely innocent. All completely easy and natural. Just two rad people talking about rad things. Then the ‘Single’s Lament’ – Valentine’s Day – came along and, upon hearing she had never received a VD present, I decided to send a friendly care package full of little trinkets discussed in our email yakking to her office. Y’know – the normal stuff: a knife to stab work colleagues, a bottle of cheap red, Chuckles to snack on while watching Return of the Jedi etc. It seemed to work – she jumped me at a mate’s Anti-VD party that night. And then again at the next party. I fought back both times… Pfshhhh. A year later, we got a place together, complete with cats, matching bedlamps, a really big TV and display areas for both of our collectable figurines (she’s into Japanese pop figures, and I’m into anything that would stop small children from sleeping).
Bride & Prejudice | Express some memorable experiences you had during the planning
Memorable experiences? With us, that’s pretty much every day. But, there are some more special than others, and these are generally the ones we tell friends over a beer. Our meeting involved 3 bottles of red wine, and falling over a homeless person in a Cape Town park. Our hooking up required a friend’s couch at a ‘we’re totally happy being single!’ type party. And our engagement included a rather crazy (and secretive) day of sprinting up and down Manhattan trying to organise everything from my proposal tattoo to the penthouse suit in the Mondrian Boutique Hotel in Soho – all while pretending I wasn’t doing anything. Those Morrell’s folk, as opposed to the arrogant, self-centred people you’d expect at a boutique French venue, were absolutely stellar. They helped with every decision, allowed what we wanted to come through in everything, and pretty much made the planning of the wedding as stress-free and enjoyable as the wedding itself. Also, being the first fully vegetarian, and most tattooed wedding rocked. We made our mark! Also, having guys like ASAImages to get the pics, and Magnolia to make the cupcakes brought really rad people into our lives who definitely played a big (albeit background) role in making our day memorably awesome.
My Fair Wedding | Describe an event that you feel was unique
Underneath the nerves and panic, the whiskey and the Rescue Remedy was this wondrous, warm feeling of finally committing to our respective soulmates – and being the most excited about it. While we wanted to get it over with, we also never wanted it to end. The vibe. The laughs. The support. The tequila. The mad, mad dancing! Everything came together exactly as we wanted it to. And this was largely in part to the people who were there for us. We had the best time ever, along with the best people, who also had the best time ever. Nothing in our lives that has caused even an iota of as much stress as this, paid off so splendidly. It’s a day we WANT to remember forever. Also, picking the 100% right partner was also a big plus ;)
Don’t Tell The Bride | Reveal something that happened behind the scenes
The wedding was full of the unexpected, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our outfits – handmade in Hong Kong – arrived (correct, and in the right sizes, finally) just a few days before, leaving us thinking we’d be left to commit our lives to each other dressed in less than the best. Some other surprises – getting the mooning shots back from our photobooth, for instance (and thanks to our photographers for taking it in their stride!) – that made the entire day and night absolutely unique, and none so more than our 16yr old niece getting up in the middle of all these strange people and doing a song, just for us. She practiced for weeks before (and was amazing) but we’ll remember that moment (through blurry eyes) for the rest of our lives. It was also fairly amusing watching a few of the bridal party trying the vegan cheese. I still giggle.
No More Wedding Woes | Share your wedding advice for future brides
Also, pick your suppliers carefully! Owning a camera does not necessarily make you a photographer, and owning property does not guarantee they will be great hosts. Everyone involved will affect not only the overall execution of the day, but also the memories you have of it. We were very choosy – thank god. It meant we got the best pics, best food, best cheese (thank you, Cheese Gourmet!) and even the best lawyer – and the positive memories that go with these choices. This day is only about two people, and everything else needs to come second. Somehow people forget this… I can’t say this enough – make it personal. It’s the only day in your lives that’s truly just about you, and other people can do what they want when they get married.