Jennifer He (Williamson)

Married on Oct 3, 2015 in Gauteng

2015 has been a very difficult year for my family. I lost my father in February and my grandfather in August, two months before the wedding. To make matters even more unfortunate my uncle had a quadruple bypass surgery and was still in hospital at the time of the wedding.

But something good had to come out of 2015. We knew that they would have wanted us to carry on, to celebrate something that my family had been looking forward to for over a year, to remember them, but to carry on living the lives that they wanted for us. So my family persevered and we planned the wedding that every little girl dreams about.

We really wanted everyone who was unable to attend to be able to experience the wedding, so we organised a live stream of the wedding for my uncle in hospital and the family overseas. It was great fun to see their comments as the day went by.

My husband and I met whilst studying law. He is Chinese and we love celebrating our uniqueness as a couple. We wanted to incorporate his family’s culture into our wedding theme. We chose a chinoiserie theme, incorporating the blue and white ming vase pattern into our décor. Our flowers were absolutely gorgeous and my wedding bouquet as well as all the ladies’ corsages included photos of my father and grandfather so that we could keep them near to us throughout the day.

The venue was a dream. Heaven's Gate is an oasis of bird life towards the east of Johannesburg. There you'll find a tranquil wetland housing one of the largest swan collections in the country.

The day absolutely flew by. I was a couple of minutes late for my walk down the aisle (this was not planned, time got away from me) but my husband was unfazed because he knew that I would be there! My brother (who was also my man of honour) walked me down the aisle in what was a very emotional moment for everyone. After a beautiful ceremony our guests were treated to a traditional Chinese lion dance.

We had allot of fun taking our photos by one of South Africa’s most exciting up-and-coming photographers which have turned out amazingly. The reception was wonderful, everyone had such beautiful speeches. Our first dance (which coincidentally turned out to be the same song as my parents’ first dance) went without a hitch.

I later changed from my gorgeous wedding dress into a traditional red Chinese qipao wedding dress before the garter and the bouquet toss. The food was excellent and everyone really had a good time. It’s safe to say I have never seen so many of my friends dance so much before as the festivities continued well up to (and past) midnight.


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