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Marike Bouwer

Married on Oct 8, 2016 in Gauteng

Two and a half years ago I was widowed. At the age of 30 I was left (what felt like totally) alone with our two boys – at 15 months and 3 years to me they were still babies. Life was tough and being a single mom was quite a challenge for me. At that stage and after all the heartache I've been through, I never thought that I would ever be given a second chance at true love, but with incredible support from my family and friends and many nights spent on my knees, a miracle-man came into our lives. Today I call him my husband; my boys call him “daddy”. This is our story:

Unconventionally for even me, I met the man of my dreams through an online dating site, whilst living in Johannesburg. Who could have guessed that a single "right swipe" would change our lives so drastically? Sparks were already flying after our first date and we both just knew that there was something very special between us. We started dating and discovered that we shared many passions, including going to the gym. Our grandchildren will hear of Robert’s reply when he was asked when he knew I was the woman of his dreams: According to him, the realisation hit him when he was spying his “lovely girl” (Me! Yay!) through the dance studio window at the gym, trying my hand – and feet and body - at zumba. I was unaware of him – and everybody else – and with at least 10 beats behind the rest of the class, I was apparently the only one having fun and openly laughing at myself. He says that’s the moment he knew he had to have me for the rest of my life

A few months later, and a little conspiring with my family, Robert took me to my favourite childhood holiday resort in Margate and asked me to marry him right there on the beachfront. All my dreams came true that instant and we started planning our dream wedding together. We got married at the beautiful Cradle Valley Guest Lodge in Muldersdrift on 8 October 2016.

Our wedding was a celebration of the love, joy, happiness and friendship that we found in one another and we were blessed to share it with our closest friends and family. We cannot wait for the rest of our adventure together as Mr. and Mrs. Bouwer.

 

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Cradle Valley Wedding Venue & Guest Lodge

Cradle Valley Wedding Venue & Guest Lodge

Our attention to detail has taken comfort, convenience and personal service to new heights. No effort will be spared to make your wedding day a memorable one.

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Gelique

Gelique

At Gelique we believe that your bridesmaids should look stunning and feel gorgeous on your big day!

Cradle Valley Wedding Venue & Guest Lodge

Cradle Valley Wedding Venue & Guest Lodge

Our attention to detail has taken comfort, convenience and personal service to new heights. No effort will be spared to make your wedding day a memorable one.