Anne en Francoin Trou

One of the many positives about being back in SA was the opportunity to celebrate love and life with our friends. We had originally declined wedding invitations when we thought that we wouldn’t be in the country but, as soon as we returned, we were quickly welcomed back onto the various guest lists.

The first of these celebrations was Anne and Francoin’s wedding. This was a very special one for us because it was a rare occasion where we could see almost all of our nearest and dearest friends under one roof. These days it is hard to get so many good friends together, with everyone travelling or working in different provinces/countries. It was also special because although Rufus and Anne have been friends for years, the first time I met her was exactly 7 years before on our wedding day, which is the day after theirs!

We enjoyed some of the best wedding speeches we have heard in a long time, a phenomenal steak dinner, enough beautifully hand crafted deserts to send Rufus into a food coma and more laughter and dancing than we could physically handle. We camped at the venue that night and our wake up call was from Ross and Margot, who deposited their eternally happy baby girl, Anya, into our bed. It was like having a smiley baby bear to snuggle with, wearing her fuzzy bear eared onesie. We woke up with joy and laughter, no better way to start our seven year wedding anniversary!

Annie, we wish you and Francoin all the joy and laughter, love and happiness you can imagine together, and MORE! Married life really does keep getting better as the years roll by. Hard times are unavoidable but they are valuable in the sense of glueing you tighter together, strengthening your relationship and allowing you to appreciate the good times that much more. You two are truly blessed and so is your life together. Thank you for including us in your celebration and we are honoured to be part of your life and witness your journey. We love you!

Anne, the beautiful bride, and her groom, Francoin! Anne, the beautiful bride, and her groom, Francoin!

The happy couple, Mr & Mrs Visser! The happy couple, Mr & Mrs Visser! Rufus and Claude reunited after a year Rufus and Claude reunited after a year

Left: mooiste Margot, one of Anne's bridesmaids.  Top: Rufus and I waiting to throw rose petals at the newlyweds. Left: mooiste Margot, one of Anne’s bridesmaids.  Top: Rufus and I waiting to throw rose petals at the newlyweds. my favourite, relaxing under the trees while the wedding photos were being snapped my favourite, relaxing under the trees while the wedding photos were being snapped

Above: the evening's most eligible bachelors ;)  Right: the lovely Marelize, and Rufus Above: the evening’s most eligible bachelors 😉  Right: the lovely Marelize, and Rufus

My face hurt by the end of the afternoon, from all the laughter and smiles My face hurt by the end of the afternoon, from all the laughter and smiles Linka joined our group, playing games on the lawn Linka joined our group, playing games on the lawn table details table details

Annie en Francoin gave us each a pouch filled with indigenous wildflower seeds as gifts to take with us. Annie en Francoin gave us each a pouch filled with indigenous wildflower seeds as gifts to take with us.

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