Samantha and I have been friends since we were little girls. I was therefore thrilled that I would be able to not only attend her wedding, but also be one of her bridesmaids. The special day took place in Durbanville at a lovely little restaurant with a beautiful outside area under the trees. The bridesmaids (and Elijah) spent the night before the wedding at a guesthouse nearby, and in the morning we got ready there. The wedding was absolutely stunning, and lots of fun and laughter were shared. Kevin and Samantha invited my parents to the wedding too, so we had our own little table for the night. I feel so blessed to have been a part of my friend’s wedding, especially because I live far away and often I can’t get home for weddings and other events. Even more amazing was that Samantha had asked me when I would be in South Africa so that she could plan the wedding date around that – what an honour!
It wasn’t easy to take photos since I was away from Justin, and alone with Elijah, until the wedding started. Getting ready, and helping other bridesmaids, is not too easy when you have a baby to watch over. At the wedding I wasn’t able to get as many pictures as I would have liked because, for once, I actually had to put down my camera. Justin helped a lot with taking pictures, so thankfully, we have a few to share. We are so happy for Kevin and Samantha. Thank you for allowing us to be involved in such a beautiful and memorable day in your lives.
I love that smile! That huge grin on her face means that Samantha is OVER THE MOON happy!
I didn’t actually get to see her walking down the aisle, since I had to walk ahead of her, so I’m very pleased that Justin took tons of pictures.
My husband was blowing kids and grinning at me from the sidelines.
He’s so sweet! We haven’t been to a wedding since our own, so this was pretty sentimental for us!
Presenting Mr. and Mrs. Harwood!
Elijah made some new friends and kissed a girl… because he had heard that kissing is what you do at weddings. He really liked Aunty Nicole who was one of my high school friends, and Samantha’s cousin.
My sweet husband and I!
The bridesmaids were asked to wear flat shoes (much to my dismay, haha), which resulted in me looking incredibly short next to my husband. Samantha and I love the same colours so I was thrilled when she chose Teal for the bridesmaids… YES! My colour. I absolutely love this colour! Turns out that I love my little flat gold strappy shoes, and I can’t wait to wear this outfit again in summer. What a bonus to have a bridesmaid dress that you can wear after the wedding.
Grandpa Moose got lots of time with his little blue-eyed boy…
When the husband makes a speech, the newlywed wife is bound to shed a tear. Elijah was staring at Samantha in the picture below. She sure was a beautiful bride!!
As I said, we laughed a lot. I had many mixed emotions on this evening because, even though I was very happy for Samantha, I knew that I might not see her again for a couple more years. We reminisced and then laughed until we almost cried. I am so thrilled to have been in South Africa to share this day with my friend.
Samantha’s father and my father shared old stories too.
How many times have they dropped us off at each other’s houses over the last two decades? That is probably what they are trying to figure out here! That, or how are they going to get rid of these two men that stole their only daughters.
Speaking of fathers and daughters, I caught a quick pictures of Nicole dancing with her father.
I’m such a daddy’s girl. I just don’t think that there is anything sweeter…
Yup, there’s Elijah again, charming the ladies with those blue eyes!
Eli had been sick all week, and we didn’t want to risk flying with an ill baby, so we couldn’t keep him outside once it started to get cooler. I was very sad to have to leave the wedding before it ended, but being a mommy means making sacrifices. We danced a little with Kevin and Samantha, and then we said our goodbyes. Bitter sweet goodbyes!
Congratulations Kevin and Samantha!
We wish you a lifetime of blessings and happiness!