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Melani Nezar (Parkin)

Melani Nezar

Married on Nov 8, 2014

My wedding...The day every woman dreams of since she is a little girl.

I have always known that I wanted to get married in a forest. As my hubby, Christian, also loves nature, it couldn't be more perfect! When we first started "venue-hunting", we both were rooting for two different venues (both had the option of getting married in a forest). As with everything in our relationship, we came up with a game of who's "venue" would win (loser had to buy ice-cream on our way home). I was rooting for Florence in Chrissiesmeer. It was a long drive from Pretoria to Chrissiesmeer and by the time we got there, neither one of us could contain our excitement. When Chris entered the forest, he turned around and said, in a such a calm, soulful voice: "You were right, this is it." Perhaps it was the birds singing from above or the way the wind blew between the trees, but there was something magical that can not be explained in words. With this phrase began our 15 month journey to planning that day every girl dreams about.

Of course, no wedding planning comes without its share of glitches. One of the biggest: My exam dates moving into our wedding and honeymoon period due to strikes. I am a medical student and earlier in this year, students started striking due to proposed name changes and unfair discrimination. Though none of these issues affected me, the consequences there of sure did. After 4 timetable changes, my nerves were shattered and I felt like giving up. Luckily, I have a wonderful man in my life. Christian was always there with a cup of Milo or a Woolworth's frosted latte' (our favourite by the way) to cheer me up. I luckily managed to get permission to write the re-exam after my wedding and honeymoon. When I look back now, it all seems miniscule when compared to the bigger picture of it all.

I remember waking up on the day of the wedding, with the best night's rest I have had in ages and feeling completely calm (and anyone who knows me knows that I am not a very calm person). My hairdresser's exact words: "What is going on with you? You are more relaxed than what you are on a normal day when you just come to have to have your hair cut." I think deep down, my soul was smiling because I knew I was getting married to the man of my dreams and that nothing can stand in the way of that now.

I couldn't have wished for a more perfect day, surrounded by friends, family, love and God. I remember walking down the isle, looking at everyone there and feeling so absolutely special and blessed. For one day, each and every one of these people's lives stood still for this moment between me and Christian and that in itself is so wonderful and makes me feel so loved. As if I do not feel special enough, your vote for bride of the year would mean the world to me.

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