{wedding} Cheree & Mitchell ~ Sydney & Cape Town

I get a few wedding inquiries. And even though I do get to shoot all over the world, I try not to get my hopes up. Plans change and weddings get cancelled. And for me it’s sometimes as exciting shooting in my own back yard. When I received Cheree and Mitchell’s inquiry about shooting their wedding, I reacted the way I normally do. I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Not only were they planning on having their reception at the Sydney Opera House, they also planned to have TWO weddings, the second one in Cape Town, South Africa, two weeks after the first one. I would have jumped at either one.

Well, they went through with it and I flew to Sydney to shoot their first wedding. And the same thing happened as always happens, I started shooting and time and place became irrelevant. I was shooting a beautiful love story, just look at the way Cheree and Mitchell look at each other, look at the way their families share those precious days with them. It wouldn’t have mattered where they got married. Not with love like that. It was interesting to see Cheree’s South African family share their joy with her and Mitchell in Cape Town, how much more at ease they were with their close friends around. Mitchell’s Maltese family shared the Sydney part of the wedding with them, but in many ways I wonder what it would have been like if the first part of the wedding would have taken place in Malta instead, Sydney the obvious middle ground, a mix of their two cultures. But home is always home. But saying that I know it wouldn’t have mattered. Look at Cheree looking at Mitchell. Look at him looking at her. Both in Sydney and in Cape Town. It wouldn’t have mattered where in the world they got married. They were already home.


Styling & florals (Sydney): The Style Salon
Reception: Opera Point Marquee
Celebrant: Pauline Fawkner
Videographer: Brian Morrow aka. Shark Pig
Suit: Hugo Boss (groom) & Peppers (groomsmen)
Dress: J’Aton Couture
Rings: Keshett Jewellers &Bulgari
DJ: Impression DJ
Cars: Broadway Limosines
Bonbonniere: Tea towels printed by Red Octopus

Music Credit: Balmorhea – Dream of Thaw (iTunes)

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  1. These photos are so beautiful! Would you mind telling me where in Sydney was the ceremony held pleaase? We would love to have our special day there as well!

  2. jonas, you are a rock star! what beautiful images. i can see what you mean about how these two look at each other. you can feel the love ooze from the photos. lovely!

  3. I have only just come across you’re site and it’s going to mean i get a lot less work done! Some of what you do is just so different and original. I can see where a lot of people have been getting their ideas now. Amazing shots at the opera house. I especially love the last one, in the doorway.

  4. Du måste ha världens bästa jobb! Vilka fantastiska bilder du tar. Och vilka miljöer du får vistas i. Galet avis ;)

  5. Jonas, this is just out-of-control awesome. The shot under the spotlights in the alcove with the reflection on the ground took my breath away… literally.

  6. OMG .. again .. ANOTHER AMAAAZING IMPRESSIVE peice of Art!!!!!!!!! The LAST SHOT .. wowww!!!! How’d Yu do that ..????? xx

  7. You know what I love the most about your photography Jonas, is that no matter what a story is told. An image could be a little soft, or out of focus (rarely) but you still capture the moment every time. It’s something I hope to emulate myself, I’m too harsh on my exposures sometimes thinking that if it’s not crystal clear and sharp then it’s no good.

  8. Yes, the venue/location wouldn’t have mattered.. not just because of the way the couple looks at each other, but also because you are a masterful storyteller and capture weddings with such emotion and passion. Bravo!

  9. Just too beautiful, every shot is needed and gorgeous! Stunning locations too hey?! Now going to look through again (& again…!)

  10. just magic to see my beloved home city (cape town) through your eyes. amazing work as always.

  11. Dina bilder är lika inspirerande som vanligt! Jag kommer ihåg första gången jag hittade till dig och dina bilder. Det var via Flickr, och det var i samband med att jag återupptog min egen fotografering efter ett års uppehåll. Jag var fullständigt fascinerad av dina berättelser, ditt enkla och raka sätt att fotografera och din förmåga att fånga känslor. Dina historier fick mig att ligga vaken under natten, tänkandes på dina berättelser och kännandes de känslor som du förmedlade via dina bilder.

    Tidigare har jag endast fotograferat natur och landskap, men du har inspirerat mig att börja fotografera människor. Du har inspirerat mig till att försöka berätta en berättelse och att försöka dela med mig av känslor med mina bilder.


    Någon gång i framtiden kommer jag att berätta den här historien för dig igen. Jag kommer att upprepa den här historien för dig när jag ber dig att fotografera mitt eget bröllop. När jag ber dig att föreviga min och min flickväns kärlek till varandra. Jag hoppas att du kan befinna dig på plats, vart det än är, för att göra det. Då, någon gång i framtiden.


  12. first comment after many months of viewing Jonas…….but the light on the CT wedding is, well, beautiful and I had to tell you (even though clearly you know)
    . A constant inspiration…..


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