Excellent Guesthouse Garden

I just had to share this beautiful garden with you. Last year October my bride got dressed here. Her mom and I visited the Guesthouse  a week before the wedding… I just took a few photo’s of the garden for planning purposes.Excellent Guest House_3358 Excellent Guest House_3361 Excellent Guest House_3363 Excellent Guest House_3364 Excellent Guest House_3366 Excellent Guest House_3370 Excellent Guest House_3372

St Anthony in the Valley

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Last year I had the pleasure to capture a wedding at St Anthony Chapel in the Valley. What a beautiful little Chapel and the surroundings is ideal for some rustic wedding photo’s…

Here are some information from a website on St Anthony Chapel in the Valley.

The story of St Anthony in the Valley.      10 December 1999

The year 1997 was financially a low point in the history of the farm. The vineyards needed to be replanted with better cultivars. Some of the farm equipment had to be replaced. I then made a promise to God that if I succeeded in selling a portion of the farm, I would use some of the money to build a chapel for the community. In December 1997 a portion of the farm was sold.

Part of the chapel was an existing building, dating from the early 1960’s. The building was originally used as a dairy and at one stage as a house. In 1980 I realised the farm staff needed a hall/meeting place and we changed this building into a community hall. It was used for religious and other community purposes, at one stage even as a crèche and afterwards a clinic. Today this building has been altered, extended and is now the chapel.

The chapel is dedicated to my late parents, Pieter & Inah Visser, who taught us children to respect every one else, their religion, their beliefs and their “mens wees’. The two windows at the entrance are dedicated to our family lines. The “wheat window” representing the bread or the Body of Christ in the Eucharist is dedicated to my mother’s side, the Jordaan’s. They were wheat farmers in the Bredasdorp area. The “grape window” representing the wine or the Blood of Christ in the Eucharist is dedicated to my father’s side, the Visser’s. They were wine farmers in the Stellenbosch area.

The tabernacle doors are made from Oregon pine. This wood comes from the original interior window shutters of the farmhouse (Villeria) which was on the portion that I sold. The altar top is made from solid Burmese teak. This wood comes from a huge vat that stood outside the Nagenoeg house. When I was a child it was used to store our drinking water. The same wood was used for the 14 Stations of the Cross (which represent the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem), the cross section of the crucifix, the shelves for the statues and the hymn notice board. No explanation is needed for the two wine vats at the altar. This is a wine farm and my father was a trained cooper, and Jesus’ first miracle was changing water into wine at Canaan, at a wedding feast. Wine plays a big roll in Christianity and in the Bible. Each year on St Vincent’s day we have a blessing of the harvest. He is the patron saint of wine growers and his feast day is on 21 January.

During my pilgrimage in September 1999, I bought the St Anthony’s statue in Fatima, Portugal. His feast day is 13 June. He is the Patron Saint, not only of Portugal but also of lost causes and couples. In the chapel there are two statues of Our Lady, namely, Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Lourdes, France. Both are very special places for me. I visited these places firstly as a non-Catholic in 1989 and then as a Catholic in 1999. The small “Sacred Heart” has a long history. When my father bought Villeria in 1963, the statue was left behind by the previous owners. I have always kept it with me wherever I moved. It now has found its rightful place in St Anthony’s. The Crucifix figure was bought in Oberammergau, Germany where the Passion Play is performed once every 10 years. The olive wood Sacred Heart was bought by me in Shepherd’s Field outside Bethlehem in Israel as well as the Crusader’s Cross (also known as the Jerusalem Cross), which hangs above St Anthony’s statue in the back of the chapel above the doors.

Most of the other articles in the chapel have been donated by various people. There are too many names to mention them all. I would like to say once again thank you to everyone for their generosity.

Different denominations, mostly through staff members, use the chapel. Sometimes there is up to three or four church services on a Sunday. On the 4 December 1999, His Grace, the Archbishop of Cape Town, Lawrence Henry blessed the chapel. In his sermon he mentioned that he would like the chapel to become a place of pilgrimage for all the people from the Cape Town area. Today the chapel and community hall are used very frequently for retreats, not only Catholic but many other religious denominations from all over the Western Cape.

As you can see everything has its special God given place in St Anthony and in my life.

I would like to thank God for all these privileges. I am truly blessed.
Schalk W Visser
082 414 8333 or beesting@mweb.co.za

The money that we receive for the weddings will help pay the school fees and school clothes for the children from the workers on the farm.

Mr & Mrs Pereira Featuring on Website

Claire and Fernando got married on 30 November 2013.  What a beautiful and very windy day it was.  Claire got dressed at the Greens Lodge. Wow what a lovely setting this was. But due to running out of time the photo options here was very little.. I did take some photo’s of the bride outside but the wind made it very difficult and blew her hair and Veil all over the place.

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We then had to go all the way to Sandrift for the ceremony. The Father kept the ceremony sweet and short and it was over in a flash. We took a few photo’s of the kids and then we went to Parow Golf Club where the reception was held.

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All though the wind was howling we did go down to the golf course to take some photo’s at one stage the wind and sun was so bad that we headed back to the reception. I was not very happy with what we got on the golf course so later the evening when the light was much softer I called Claire and Fernando for a few extra photo’s….

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I wish Claire and Fernando all the best for their future together as husband and wife. May their love grow stronger and stronger as time goes by.

If you would like to see some more of Claire and Fernando’s Special day please visit my website.

 

Saim Wedding featuring on my website

I am very happy to report that I am making progress on my website.

Mr and Mrs Saim’s wedding have been added to my website….

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To view some more of the photo’s please visit  Coreen Kuhn Photograpy Weddings

Holmes Wedding featuring on my website

I am very happy to report that I am making progress on my website. My latest wedding have been added to my website….

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To view some more of the photo’s please visit  Coreen Kuhn Photograpy Weddings

Lesson 4: Being Creative…

Our Fourth Photography Lesson was on 26 June 2013. It was raining outside and I thought while we are working with Depth of field we might as well be creative.

I went through my props and try to get all the objects that one can use while photographing a wedding. Sometimes one have to make do with very little.  The whole idea was to let Lizette be creative and I wanted to see what layouts she would come up with. I gave her some ideas and then she had to do her own layout.

Here are some of my photo’s I took that morning.
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One special moment….

Holmes_5685I am busy editing  Catherine and Justin’s wedding and when I came across this photo I got something in my eye……

Catherine’s dad wanted to take a photo with his phone and asked her nicely if she would mind posing for him. The whole episode played off in front of my eyes and I could not resist also capturing this special moment between father and Daughter.

I love this photo and just had to share it with you so long….

 

Brothers dancing the night away….

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Dance 4I just had to post these photo’s. These two brothers had the time of their lives on mom and dad’s wedding day.  They had everyone’s attention and were real little entertainers. Everybody loved them me included. Took allot of photo’s of these two dancing… Who know’s maybe one day they will be famous… They certainly got the moves….

 

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/365

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This was the first time that I saw a make up artist carry his brushes in his pockets…

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/364

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