Reinhardt & Melanie’s Late Summer Soiree

Today we share the balmy summer wedding of Reinhardt and Melanie, two happy snappers who tied the knot after 8 years of blissful dating in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands. And a shimming day it was indeed as their wedding reflected beautiful de-saturated tones of old gold and creamy naturals with a touch of navy blue royalty. It was a special day as this delightful photography duo got in front of the camera for a change to enjoy the company of their friends and family as they said “I do’’ against the wistful backdrop of the Natal midlands. Picture Me & U Photography captured this beautiful day.

Their story

We are Reinhardt and Melanie, Wedding Photographers from Johannesburg. We started dating at University and with a mutual love for photography, started our own photography business a couple of years ago. Reinhardt popped the question on a Thursday afternoon at the Circa gallery in Rosebank. He hired the space for the afternoon and on the roof of the gallery had a table with wine and flowers. He asked me to marry him as the sun was setting over Johannesburg. It was heartfelt and one of the most beautiful moments of our lives. We celebrated afterwards with our friends, who all knew about the proposal, over dinner and drinks.
My most memorable moment was the overwhelming feeling of joy as I walked down the aisle towards my husband-to-be, the beautiful music that our family and friends made for us and the loving energy that our guests radiated. – Melanie

Your best word of advice for couples planning their wedding day?

Reinhardt: For the guys, always remember; this is your bride’s dream day. Make sure you do everything in your ability to make it special for her, and make it full of surprises. Organise flowers for the room where she’s getting dressed or organise a relaxing massage on the day, and remember girls loves good champagne.
Melanie: The hardest part of planning our wedding for me was that there where so many things I wanted to do and have. I was constantly on Pinterest and wedding blogs, changing my mind over and over again. So my advice would be to make a decision, and to stick to it. Follow your intuition and let both of your personalities come through in the details. Sometimes less really is more.
Our wedding was a little bit sentimental, deeply personal, very romantic with lots of fun and laughter.
Being wedding photographers gave us first-hand experience of how we really wanted our wedding to be and also what we didn’t want it to be.

Any hints for other brides on how to keep your wedding budget friendly?

It is amazing how quickly things start adding up and how easy it is for a wedding to become expensive. We had three things we were willing to spend money on, the venue, the food and the photographers. We’ve cut unnecessary costs by planning the wedding ourselves. We had help from my wonderful bridesmaids,  making all the decorations and flower arrangements. We also found that at times it was cheaper to buy vases and decorations rather than hiring. And instead of paying a small fortune for a wedding cake, we asked Reinhardt’s mom to make our wedding cake from one of our favourite sweet snack, Rice Crispy cookies.