Today we would like to introduce you to our lovely group of guys and girls who stood up with us on our special day, as we said our vows and became Mr and Mrs Esser. They are all people who have played an essential role in our lives, at some stage or another. Of the seven, three of them are blood, and four of them are amazing friends. The kind of friends you can tell all your dirty little secrets to.
First up: The Gentlemen
These guys were looking pretty damn smart on the wedding day, I do have to say! We were very proud of how wonderful they all looked in their matching grey suits, with yellow trim. Surprisingly, it was really tough finding FIVE suits in the same colour, but each in a completely different size. We did PLENTY of driving around! Justin came to me with a close up picture of the vest two days before the wedding, and I really didn’t like it. We had hoped to find 3 piece grey suits, but alas, options are limited in South Africa – especially during wedding season – so the odds were against us!
Even though I had doubts, I have to say thank you to my amazing husband – He did a wonderful job picking suits, especially considering how little time he had and the limitations that were placed on him. Seeing these five men looking so smart was a wonderful treat!
Justin’s groomsmen can basically be divided in two. Above are the two from Texas – Nick and Dustin. Nick is Justin’s brother, his only sibling. We were very happy that Nick could take time off work, and come all the way to South Africa for this. He had never left the States before, and we were so blessed to have him make his first international trip just for us. First stamp in his passport – CHECK!
Dustin is one of Justin’s closest friends from the University of Texas in Austin. They lived together for two years, so they were pretty close. Dustin’s work has taken him to South Africa twice, so he was able to be in Cape Town partially on a work trip but mainly to attend our parties and the wedding.
The next two groomsmen are Richard and David. These are my beloved brothers. Both of them are younger than me, and I have always felt blessed whenever I can be around them. Unfortunately we have spent much of the last few years in different countries. They both love to give Justin a hard time when they can, but overall, considering that I am the only daughter in the family, Justin has gotten away pretty unscathed.
Next Up: The Ladies.
These are my bridesmaids – from left to right – Samantha, Leilanie and Tarrin. All three of these ladies are extremely important to me, and I love them dearly. Each was a “bestie” during a different stage of my life.
Samantha and I were born in the same hospital: a mere four days separate our birthdays. Eleven years later I ended up at the same school as her – and unbelievably – her mom knew who I was after I spoke a bit about my family! She asked when and where I was born, and then realised that I was the little girl born four days after hers back in 1984. How crazy is that?! Sam and I went to primary school and then a year of high school together. We always had fun, always giggled, and always shared everything with each other. When I think of our memories – I mostly remember laughter, silliness, walking home from school, and marmite on toast.
When I moved to a new area, and new high school, I met Tarrin on my first day there. She was an amazing friend from the beginning, and I really looked up to her. She inspired me in many ways (and she still does). We did everything together – including riding around on my 50 CC scooter. Hilarious!! How we ever got both of us, her long legs, and two massive overnight bags on a scooter named “Barbie”, I have no idea! To this very day, I can still get online with Tarrin and within minutes be rolling around giggling at our totally ridiculous comments to each other. We both have a similar sense of humour.
After a trip to Australia, I returned to Cape Town and began waitressing. It was then that I met Lanie. At first I thought that she didn’t like me, then suddenly something happened and I realised that we were crazy about each other. From that point on we were inseparable. When you’re starving she knows just how to make a killer pasta and onion soup mix. It really hits the spot!! We worked together, partied together, and spent most of our free time together. Once again… This girl knows how to make me laugh!! I was at her wedding, and now I can say that she was at mine too.
We have no sisters, if we did, they surely would have been my bridesmaids too. Initially I asked my two sweet cousins, Melissa and Maxine, to be bridesmaids, but due to logistics that didn’t work out. Maxine lives in the States now, and unfortunately she couldn’t make it down in time for the wedding. Melissa dressed in yellow (one of our wedding colours) and helped with the guests and handing out bubbles at the ceremony.
We love this picture!
There you have it – Those are the ladies and gentlemen that stood beside us on our special day.
Thank you to all of you! We love you!!