The one behind the first response to your e-mail to finally being behind the camera taking your photos.
I grew up in Despatch, Eastern Cape, with my feet firmly on the ground. I married William in 2006 and we farm with citrus and avocados in Hankey, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
I am a musician and studied music at the NMMU in Port Elizabeth. After I got my BMus(music) degree, I taught for a few years but it was not until I was almost done with my 3 months’ maternity leave that I realized I don’t want to be that mom, I want to be on the farm with my son. I resigned from the school I was teaching at and don’t regret that decision for one minute. My best friend got married shortly after, I have never even thought of being a wedding photographer before then and those were my first wedding photos I ever took. The rest as they say is history. It started small with a few photos here and there and later everywhere! Hankey is such a small town and the support I have been getting from our community is so overwhelming.
I LOVE what I’m doing now, the fact that my hobby turned into a business makes me feel so blessed.
I also have three beautiful kids, Shawn ( 8 ), Hayley ( 6 ) and Emily ( 2 ) and they have filled my life with nothing but happiness.
Since being on this photography journey, I feel like I have matured, accepted a lot of things, reached a few personal goals, chose to be happy and it’s the best feeling in the world.
I am a “real” person, this is my passion. I didn’t study to be a photographer, it just happened, I feel it was meant to be. Cliché, I know!
Thanks for taking the time to read my story and I am looking forward to being a part of yours.
Much love, Anneli
WEDDING INVESTMENTfrom R10500* max 5 hours | no reception
- Variety of options
- available to suit
- individual needs
LIFESTYLE SESSIONSfrom R 1700per session
- Birth Photography
CORPORATE / FUNCTIONfrom R 950per hour excluding travel
- personal functions
- corporate profiles
- website images
OTHER SERVICESvariousper item
- printing, enlargements
- canvas mounts
* Prices subject to change without prior notice. Once deposit is paid, quote remains the same
Country Weddings is the brainchild of Heidi (owner of Padlangs Restaurant & Country Shop as well as Die Grand Wedding & Function venue),
Danika (owner of Twee Waters Guestfarm & is passionate about baking) and Anneli (owner of Anneli Young Photography).
Three creative business owners saw potential and growth within their own businesses and realised that it would be even better to link these trades together.
We are all living our dream, living in the country, each married to a farmer and raising our 3-children-each in one of the most beautiful parts of the Eastern Cape, the Gamtoos Valley.
Patensie has been a wedding destination choice by various bridal couples from “out of town” as it offers something different and more. It has the potential to turn a one-day wedding into a whole weekend affair
spent with friends and family in the beautiful valley filled with citrus orchards and farmlands! Patensie offers the tranquillity you want for your destination country wedding, yet it is only a short drive from Port Elizabeth and Jeffrey’s Bay,
making it easily accessible for consultations beforehand and daytrips for guests choosing not to stay over. We have everything here you will need to make your country wedding a success: a fully-licenced venue,
designer food, photography, hair, make-up, flowers, décor, honeymoon suites and guest accommodation.
There are more than a 150 beds available for your wedding guests in Patensie and the surrounding area and the hosts are all looking forward to entertain you with country cuisine and one-of-a-kind hospitality.
Patensie is in the heart of citrus country and the community also produces a large variety of other fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the year.
It is en route to the Baviaanskloof, a world heritage site and wilderness area, which is a great draw card for those who love to 4×4 and camp.
We would love for you to spend your special night here with us in Patensie – besides, our stars are SO much prettier than in town!
We feel… no… We KNOW that we can make your wedding day the one of your dreams.
As a photographer choosing a photographer to capture my special moments would have been difficult except that I knew straight away who I wanted! When I asked Anneli and sent her my ideas I knew I would get what I expected! Well I was wrong... I got so much more than I expected! Our shoot was relaxed and fun... it was super weird being on the other side of the camera and instead of being the one reminding the family to relax and enjoy. I was relaxed and was enjoying every moment! My hubby isn't a big fan of photos and even he enjoyed the shoot and commented on Anneli's wonderful camera-side manner. My son (5) even took it upon himself to capture Anneli and I (both 33 weeks pregnant at the time) while busy, making it even more special. From the first contact to discussing ideas, choosing the location, seeing the sneak peaks on Facebook and receiving my photos... everything was professional, yet relaxed and friendly! Thank you Anneli for making my first maternity shoot (sadly we never had one with my previous pregnancy) so special and so memorable! Truly memories to treasure forever.The Ritchie Family, Port Elizabeth | Maternity
" The experience of the photo shoot you did with us as a family was not only pleasing with regards to the quality of the photos, but it was part of new memories you capture and we will look back on it many years later from now. My children enjoyed it tremendously "The Katoo Family, Hankey | Family
Anneli, Thank you so much for your kindness and capturing such beautiful pictures of my little family. XxThe Knott Family, St Francis Bay