On a beach. In our wedding outfits. A bottle of champagne. And a puppy.
How did this happen?
Here is the story…
We had so much fun at our wedding that we decided to do it all again!! Before we got married Justin kept saying, “Marry me already!!” On the night of the wedding, he realised that he couldn’t say this anymore, so he switched to “Will you marry me again!?… Over and over!”
We had so much to do when we arrived in Cape Town a month ago!! In fact, the “to do list” was three pages long. Stress levels were high, so in an attempt to lessen the load for the wedding day, we decided to sign our marriage papers on a different day. The ceremony is, after all, what Justin and I consider the most important aspect of our wedding. The legalities had to follow, but we didn’t need them done on the same day. In order to marry in South Africa, Justin had to get a letter from the American Embassy and for this he needed an appointment. This was yet another thing we would have to do before the wedding. Delaying this technicality seemed like a much better idea… And it was!!
We met up with one of the bridesmaids and one of the groomsmen, Samantha and Richard, and asked them to be our witnesses. The minister who performed our ceremony was wonderful, so we had him meet us downtown as well. We all drove to a small little coffee shop in the neighbourhood where I lived for many years.
This is the street that I lived on, and The Sidewalk cafe is just across the road. As you can see, we had a beautiful view of Table Mountain from here, and I never got bored of looking at it as I walked home from school. It felt good to be back in Vredehoek, and especially to be here doing something so special with Justin.
An Iced Coffee to cool off.
We got some refreshing drinks and sat around talking for a bit while the minister compiled all the paperwork for us.
Justin was very excited to “marry me again!”
There we are… Sealing the deal!! We joke that we have now “tied the knot” twice, and that nothing can break us apart because we have tied a double knot 😉
While Sam and Richard signed we told them that this was a set up, and they were not our witnesses but rather that this was a ‘double wedding’. Samantha and I have always been like sisters anyway!! Richard looked shocked until we told him that we were joking!
We are very grateful for our minister, Johan, and how helpful he has been!! He drove through to town to meet us, even though he lives over an hour away. It meant a lot to us that he performed the ceremony, and then did the legal side with us too!
We were giggling and bubbly all over again, just like we were on the wedding day! As if that wasn’t enough excitement, we had scheduled our “Trash the Dress” photo shoot with our photographer for the same day too.
Kings in Cape Hotel
We made our way into the heart of Cape Town and checked into a hotel. Without the help of any stylists for make up and hair, or bridesmaids to help me put on my dress, we had to somehow prepare to duplicate the “wedding look” before sunset.
Although modest, we had to search for a while to find a hotel room that was big, had air-conditioning, a big mirror, AND one that was close to our shoot location. The most challenging part was finding something that didn’t cost a fortune!!!
We took our penguins with so that they could feature in the shoot.
Make up, Jewellery, Accessories, and a Hunters Dry!
Let’s do this!
It took almost three hours to get ready!! While I did my hair and make up, Justin ran around sorting everything else out. He was amazing. He calmed my nervous. Made me laugh. And reminded me over a hundred times why I am so fortune to be married to him!
My fourth bridesmaid 😉
Tying a corset bra and dress is not easy, especially for a man. At first he was very gentle. Too gentle. I had to remind him use some force to ensure the dress didn’t fall down during the shoot. Half way through the process he figured it out, and he did an wonderful job!
Once we were ready, we headed to Camps Bay to meet the photographer. We did a few shots in Camps Bay, with Lion’s Head behind us. We then moved to Bakoven Beach to do the remainder of the shoot. The sunset was breathtaking, and I wished that I could get a few pictures of it but Justin and I were too busy posing in the water to do that!! We promised each other that we would return to this beach soon to have a romantic picnic. This will always be a special place to us now.
After the shoot (check it out HERE), we headed back up to our car and said goodbye to the photographer. We had a bottle of champagne so I suggested that we go back down the beach to drink it. This is not a private beach, but it is very secluded so there were only two other people down on the boulders. They had witnessed our whole shoot, which proved to be great entertainment for them as they drank wine and watched the sun go down.
With no shoes, soaking wet clothes, and a bottle of champagne, we settling down to enjoy the last bit of light left in the sky. Words could not describe how happy we were feeling at that moment. We thanked the Lord for a wonderful day, and the opportunity to get married AGAIN!
The other couple on the beach had their dogs and puppies with them. They had tried to join our shoot earlier in the evening by chasing the seaweed trailing behind my dress, and now that we were sitting, the puppies came over to play in the sand with us. The little guy above was in love with the bottom of my dress. He rolled in the layers, and then slowly fell asleep. He was absolutely adorable!
Climbing back over all the boulders IN THE DARK, and after the champagne, was very interesting. Especially considering how heavy my dress was from the water that it was still holding. We laughed constantly, even through the numerous ‘toe stubs’!
Since we felt so happy, and wanted to share this with our friends, we called a couple of them to see what they were doing. With not much success, we decided to head to Long Street to surprise Samantha at work! It was pretty awesome walking down Long Street in my wedding dress. Everyone stopped to look, or say “congratulations”.
When we got back to the hotel we realised that the dress was covered in sand, dirt, and bits of seaweed. Justin helped me out of the dress and we changed into something more comfortable. After a long day of excitement, we were starving, so we headed back down to the streets to look for a place to eat.
Zula Bar, Long Street
SILLY FACES while we wait for our food. When we don’t eat enough, we can’t function properly. We can’t figure out if the food was as amazing as it tasted, or if we were just starving and therefore it tasted so good. Either way, we had a great time enjoying our meal and chatting about the day that we had just had.
A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!!