Kirsten and Luke are a couple who aren’t scared to grab life by the horns. Their gung ho attitude made them lots of fun to photograph and it was wonderful to watch the deep bond that exists between them. Besides all the lovey- dovey mushy stuff, it’s as clear as a calm blue sea that these two operate as friends. The close connection that they have with each other, is extended to the close bonds they share with their friends and family. Jacki Bruniquel says that these kinds of weddings are always a joy to photograph as she loves to capture all those little moments that make us human. These are the moments which inspire her to keep shooting weddings! What a wonderful beach wedding by Jacki Bruniquel.
I Propose | Elaborate on how the two of you met
How he did it… After a HUGE Friday night Luke and I were wallowing in our hangover on the couch at home… finally we mustered up the strength to move, and decided that we should go out for dinner. We were leaving for Australia the next weekend – and I had a sneaky suspicion something MIGHT go down then! Needless to say, Luke needed to make sure he caught me off guard… and having just got out the bath… being half naked and hungover… it was his perfect opportunity!
As I was standing in the changing room, our little dog Jozi came running towards me with a brand new Purple collar. I noticed this, and bent down to admire her new accessory! Then I saw the box hanging from the collar. As I looked up – Luke approached me and got down on one knee… it was only then that I fully understood what was happening! Next came the words that I will cherish forever – and of course floods of tears. It could not have been more of a surprise… or more perfect…
Bride & Prejudice | Express some memorable experiences you had
We had 18 months to plan as we decided we were in no rush. The venue was the most challenging part of the planning… but several venue ‘name changes’, menu’s and wedding coordinators later – we were on track! My most memorable part of the wedding planning was finding THE dress; and then the fittings, trials & ‘chats’ with all of my bridesmaids. Having your best friends by your side day in, and day out is priceless and my fondest memory of the ‘’planning’’.
My Fair Wedding | Describe an event that you feel was unique
An event that needs to be mentioned here is my bachelorette. I knew that my friends had something interesting in store for me, but I didn’t realize just how interesting it was going to get! I was ambushed at home and made to wear traditional African Wedding dress; complete with cape and head piece. We all travelled by traditional taxi into the deep heart of Soweto! Out first stop was Orlando Towers where I bungee jumped; followed by an African inspired lunch and ceremony whereby my grandmother, andall the ‘elders’ blessed and bestowed their wisdom on me. Our last and most exciting stop was a Sotho Wedding… which we gate crashed! They welcomed us with open arms and we line danced the night away in the purpose built marquee!
Don’t Tell The Bride | Reveal something that happened behind the scenes
My husband and I went to marriage counseling! We wanted to be as prepared as humanly possible for what marriage had to bring, and the tension of wedding planning over 18 months begun to take its toll. Cue: pre-wedding counseling. It was short, sweet, but very valuable and I would recommend it to anyone.
No More Wedding Woes | Share your wedding advice for future brides.
Choose bridesmaids about 6 months before the wedding; especially if you are planning on a long engagement. People change, and you could meet someone along the way. It’s part of the journey. Don’t sweat the small stuff. I never used to believe it when people said “it will all come together’’. It does. Choose a good photographer, those are memories that you will have with you for a lifetime! It is incredibly rewarding to receive your album and fall in love with your story again. I would recommend marriage counseling to every couple. It gives you insight into one another and from that grows a deep appreciation for where you both come from.
Take a moment to step back and take it all in. We took 5 minutes and I will never forget what I saw.