2008 – What a fabulous time! When initially planning our wedding, we decided on a small wedding in South Africa with our families, but what a wonderful surprise we had when it turned out to be rather larger than expected! It seemed that many of our friends were just waiting for an excuse to visit South Africa, and what better excuse than a wedding.
100 people attended our wedding, most of them travelling from Europe. Friends and relatives came from the UK, France, Australia, and of course, South Africa. They spent time visiting Cape Town, the Game reserve and ended their holiday by attending our wedding at Pilgrims Rest and at Kruger Park Lodge.
The weather was wonderful for our big day and the best part was having 16 children from the rural village of ‘Belfast ‘ to sing for us in the church. Most of our guests were unaware that this was a huge event for these children. Most of them had never left their village before, so to have an outing on a coach through the mountains, arriving at ‘Piligrims Rest’ and singing in front of a church full of Europeans must have been daunting to say the least! They not only looked stunning in their African dress, they sang beautifully too.
For a whole year before the wedding I was paranoid about Josephine catching chicken pox for our big day. After all, Henri had it when he was a baby but at the age of 4 she had still not caught it. My friend Karen kept telling me that if I kept worrying about it I would ‘bring it in’. I thought this was a load of rubbish and still kept worrying!
All was fine, then 4 days before our wedding Josephine came downstairs in the morning and aghhhh! she was covered in spots! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! The doctor confirmed it was chicken pox and told us that she couldn’t attend our wedding. Not only was she my daughter, she was my bridesmaid too and we had travelled all the way to South Africa to get married, there was no way she was missing all the fun! A concealer stick helped to hide the spots on her face and she was a beautiful little bridesmaid and Henri, in his little suit to match the men, looked very handsome.
A great wedding and a fabulous holiday was had by all!