This was definitely a Family Affair Wedding! Firstly, it happened on Christmas Day when its the most celebrated day for families to come together and to celebrate the birth of the baby, Jesus! Secondly, everyone had a part to play in organising this special day. The children helped with the flowers and decorating. Brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, great grandparents all had a part in helping to make this wedding very special. I think the only people who weren’t somehow related to this bride and groom was the make-up artist, Mathilde and myself!
As the family gathered to celebrate this beautiful wedding between two very special people, it had a slight bittersweet air to it for a couple of reasons. It was also the day that the family were saying their sad farewells to sisters, brother-in-laws and cousins. Both Johan and Estie’s sisters were emigrating within the week. Johans sister was leaving the following day with her family for Canada and Estie’s sister and family were leaving in a few days to settle in Mauritius!
Many South African families are split all over the world but no matter the opportunities around the world, it will always be heartbreaking for those left behind!
On the other hand, now there is a definite reason to travel!