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Mari-san Bodenstein

Married on Dec 16, 2016 in Eastern Cape

My fairy-tale country wedding

I am a pharmacist at a hospital pharmacy and my newlywed husband is a professor at a university. We have met on a bus returning from a conference in 2011. It is our first wedding for both of us. Our fairy-tale wedding was a traditional country-style wedding. I am a farm girl from the Gamtoos Valley, known for its vegetables and citrus. I always wanted an intimate country-style wedding. We got married on 16 December 2016. The marriage ceremony took place at the NG Church Gamtoos Valley, and the reception at Die Grand in Patensie. It was our wish that our guests should have a great time. There was a bread table under the trees for starters, and a hearty cooked meal was served for the main course. The dessert was delicious red velvet cupcakes, our favourite. We are fortunate to have had both my grandparents sharing in our special day, and for the good example they set for us. They celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary the day before our wedding. My grandfather was our ring bearer, and my uncle drove the wedding car, a 1934 Ford. We handed some of my aunt's home-made fudge as gifts to the guests attending our wedding. We opened the dance floor with a choreographed dance on Frank Sinatra's hit "Something Stupid", which our guests thoroughly enjoyed. The dance floor was one of the biggest attractions at the reception, and everyone stayed until late. Our wedding was everything that we dreamed about, and so much more.


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