It was not as much the wedding that I had been looking forward to or the fact that my surname would change from Smit to Smith, but the marriage of which that was only the first day. The "spending the rest of my days" with the man of my dreams, the "it's the small things that make it worth it" and "having my best friend as my husband forever and always"... all of this began on our special day at Kliplapa, Worcester on 28 November 2015 after guests had made a weekend of it by arriving on the Friday night for a casual braai and swim with the couple which lasted a lot later than anticipated but tremendous fun was had by all! Our day was a hot day where the transport didn't pitch but the love and laughter was evident. Guests waited under a huge oak tree (thank goodness for shade) with a nervous yet content groom who was almost unable to look at his bride as she walked past the isle and then down it, on her mommy's arm. The ceremony touched the guests in a way that reminded some why they got married in the first place, which is exactly what the bride had requested.
Strawberry mojitos in jam jars, selfies behind a DIY flower-decorated frame, pin-up badges for the guests and a sketch artist to draw funny caricatures of couples, all while the happy couple had their photo's taken in the stream near the venue where the trees and shade are exquisite, especially at that time of day.
The couple walked into their reception on Ben Haenow's "You've got something I need" with the groom throwing his arms into the air... either from happiness or possibly relief that the party is about to start. On the tables the DIY bride ensured ample to keep guests entertained - homemade cootie catchers, DIY menu's, help-yourself heart-shaped sweeties and personalised thank-you cards, as well as a guest tree made of pin-up hearts where guests could write their names so that the bride could frame it and keep it forever. I am sentimental that way, you know?
Our MC's jokes kept guests laughing a lot longer than we could have hoped for and the speeches were extremely touching, even the ones we were not aware of that had been slipped to the MC earlier. While the bride insisted the speeches are kept short, she herself made a speech that will not soon be forgotten. We opened the dance floor on my dj HUSBAND's remake of Ed Sheeran's "Thinking out Loud" while guests were swinging around sparklers with romance in the air. The groom played 2 or 3 sets of his own dj music in between the "langarm" and guests loved it! The bride surprised the groom with a cake topper that included their 2 beagle dogs (Lulu and Emma) as well as his DJ logo as a dance floor and t-shirt. The evening ended at 03h30 (yes believe that!) with people still dancing and some slowly and hesitantly walking back to their rooms. At one point someone may have ended up in the pool but you know what they say - what happens in Worcester stays in Worcester!
To each bride I am sure their special day turned our perfect. To me, the day was fantastic but it is not as much the day that I will forever be thankful for. To the Lord who brought this man into my life (who by the way I never ever thought I would fall in love with and have an unexplainable intimate connection with) thank you for this blessing. To our family, friends and colleagues who attended our day but has been there for us for years before and will be there for years to come, none of this would be possible without all of you and we are thankful we have you in our lives!
We are looking forward to continue to spend our days in love, in laughter, with faith and to appreciate the small things in life... because after all, what is life if you cannot appreciate every second!?