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Willem and Mieke, thank you for travelling all the way to South Africa for your wedding day. We are indeed blessed with a great country and love to share it. I hope you had a wonderful time at Van Gaalen Cheese Farm and at St. Lucia.

This was my first Dutch wedding and the morning before the wedding, I must confess, my thoughts were running wild. I have not met you (or speak to you), did not know what to expect and I was not sure if we would be able to communicate. But once I saw and met both of you – the day turned into a lovely day of laughter, love and joy. The intimate wedding ceremony you had at Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij made me realised that weddings truly are about the vows you exchange and do not have to include all of the extra’s to be special…

The wedding started at 13:00 on 24 December in Hartbeespoort and I was thankful that the weather changed quite a few times during the day (from very hot to a soft cloud covered sky and back to blue skies). This presented the ideal photography experience as the effects and mood on the photographs vary (all of the photographs were taken in the middle of a South African summer day). The natural environment of Van Gaalen in Hartbeespoort and the contrast of a city scape at the Union Building in Pretoria further made this wedding something to remember.

I am typing this message in English as I am not sure if Mieke and Willem will be able to read Afrikaans and although I can understand Dutch if it is spoken slowly I am not able to write it :-) . The language and communication of the day had all of us frowning and laughing at times. As it was a mix between Dutch, Afrikaans, English and body language.

May you have a blessed marriage!

Vonmari