In May 2018 we travelled down to Cape Town, South Africa to formally and finally become husband and wife.
For a New Zealander getting married in South Africa involved a few hurdles, including getting a certificate of no impediment from the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs in Wellington, obtaining a visit visa from the South African consulate in Dubai and finally going for an interview at the South African Department of Home Affairs in Cape Town. After a bit of work and some minor hiccups this was luckily all sorted though.
The big day was then set for May 18th 2018.
The venue was the historic De Grendel Wine Estate on the outskirts of Cape Town.
The wine estate restaurant.
With the breath taking view of Cape Town's Table Mountain.
The nervous but smiling bride.
Elmarie with the wedding cake.
The two rings.
Our wedding lunch was to be in the private cellar room just below the restaurant.
Each person's setting included some Whittaker's chocolates from New Zealand.
Photographs of the groom's family from New Zealand.
The bride looking very beautiful (and ever so slightly nervous) for some pre-ceremony portraits.
And a last moment in the mirror before the big event.
The bride with her chaffeur, Uncle Hannes.
Everyone gathering at the De Grendel church just before 11am.
The waiting groom.
Bride and mother about to walk down the aisle.
Bride and groom.
Our Wedding officator, a warm, friendly and very genial Albertus vd Westhuyzen.
The ceremony was simple but perfect in every sense.
Exchanging our vows.
I vow to make you happy, to make you laugh, and to always be there for you.
I promise not only to listen, but to hear, not only to be honest, but to trust, and not only to love but to be loved.
I will take your love to give me hope, give me joy, and make me a better man.
I vow to love you, respect you to give my trust to you and listen to you.
I promise to stand by your side in all our happy times and during all challenges that we may face.
I promise to make you laugh, to make a home where you are loved and cherished.
You make me feel safe and you make me a better woman.
Husband and Wife.
After the ceremony we then headed up to the restaurant for the family portraits.
And then inside to celebrate with some wine and hors d'oeuvres.
After the celebratory drinks we headed downstairs for lunch.