Beautiful idea to enhance a multi cultural wedding

99.9% of the inquiries we receive for photo licencing are pretty boring. Publishers or design agencies contact us, knowing exactly what they want, how they want it, and when they want it (asap). Don’t get me wrong – we are very happy to respond to these inquiries and to satisfy demand with high quality photos from our archives (be it the public archive, the unpublished stuff, or the Zettpress archive). We appreciate our customers for doing business with us, but honestly, the excitement factor is often, er, rather limited. ;-)

And then there is the odd request that comes in every now and then. Here’s the latest example.

Sue wrote an email:

I am interested in any pictures of South Africa that you have taken. Especially Cape Town and Franschoek area. Would you mind emailing any that you have. I would like to purchase anywhere from 1-6. Do you sell them in such a low number. I would purchase the picture and enlarge it to poster size to display at a wedding celebration. I live in the US and would need them as sonn as possible.

The one phrase that made me curious was wedding celebration. Huh? Why would anyone need travel photos from South Africa for a wedding celebration in Wisconsin? And why on posters? I politely wrote back with a price quote, asking for further information in order to find matching images from the archive.

Sue replied with the set of images she had in mind and explained:

I will enlarge [the photos] to an 18″x24″ size on posterboard. They will have a sentence or two to identifying them. I am displaying them on easels at a wedding celebration. My daughter is getting married in South Africa in September. We are having a celebration here before. Her fiance is from South Africa and I would like them to see where he is from and where they are getting married.

What you email I will take to a place here called Kinkos and have them enlarge them for me. It will definitely change the quality, but, am not sure what else can be done. It might give it a feel of romance/excitement.

This is my plan.

I think that’s an awesome plan. I loved the idea the second Sue explained what she had in mind. I could envision their guests having no idea what the Western Cape area and Franschoek might look like, and obviously their family and friends could not join them for the ceremony in South Africa. So based on Sue’s initial selection I dug into the archive to get additional ten images that might be a good match. She finally ordered five images:

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa 
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
Mark Zanzig/www.zanzig.com

Hout Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Hout Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Mark Zanzig/www.zanzig.com

Laborie Vineyard, Paarl, South Africa
Laborie Vineyard, Paarl, South Africa
Mark Zanzig/www.zanzig.com

View from Franschoek Pass, Western Cape, South Africa
View from Franschoek Pass, Western Cape, South Africa
Mark Zanzig/www.zanzig.com

Vineyards, Franschoek, Western Cape, South Africa
Vineyards, Franschoek, Western Cape, South Africa
Mark Zanzig/www.zanzig.com

Excellent choice in my view. Needless to say, I was a bit worried about Kinkos actually messing the posters up, but two days ago, Sue wrote in again:

I received [the prints] on Thursday. They are perfect. When I showed them to my son-in-law, he told me that the last two are of Franschoek where they will be getting married. I appreciate all of your help. It was a pleasure working with you. Enjoy your travels. If you ever get to Milwaukee, give us a call.

Thanks, Sue, for the positive feedback. I am happy that I was part of your daughter’s wedding celebration (even if just very indirectly), and yes, should I get to Milwaukee, I’ll definitely call you. I wish your daughter and your son-in-law a wonderful wedding in South Africa and all the best for their future. Having been there myself, I know that this is one beautiful place to be. Even more so, if you are getting married there!

Now, if only I could be their wedding photographer. :-)

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