Oh my goodness! Where to even start with this blog post?
The location, the people, the weather, the incredible stories and the love of Jesus made this one of those unforgettable weddings, where everything was just so blessed!
(Due to the fact that a lot happened in the 2 days we were in George for the wedding- you’ll forgive me if this is rather a long post! ;) )
Together with my amazing assistant Natasha, I set off to George to capture the joy and depth of the Brink wedding.We arrived the Thursday afternoon at our accommodation, which was the warm, homely home of an old friend from Res, Yani! It was so good seeing her again and catching up.
That afternoon we also did some location scouting with Jeanne, and without realising it found ourselves on the oldest farm in George! This farm, Woodifields, was originally named Pampoenkraal, and was where the renowned road maker Thomas Charles Bain resided whilst he built the Seven Passes road (which was pretty much the N1 for ox wagons back in the day!) The farm is also in the shape of Africa.
All this history was told to us by the kind and gentle hearted owner of the farm, Bruce Jackson, who had just a few days prior to our meeting, lost his son in a tragic accident.
The conversation with Bruce made such an impression on my heart. Here was a man, broken by loss, but still open to sharing his beautiful farm with a bunch of strangers- because that is what his late mother’s wish was. To share Woodilands beauty and serenity, with those who found themselves there. A legacy which was to be built on, no matter what the circumstances.
It was also in this conversation that I learnt that Jeanne too, had lost her dad 6 months ago. Sho. I was so humbled. Here I found myself with two incredible individuals, who didn’t know each other but shared a similar sadness, but at the same time also a similar hope. This hope is the kind that comes because God comforts and strengthens them through their faith in Him.
I walked away thinking how blessed I am to have met these people. My job allows me to meet the most fascinating and phenomenal people. People whose stories touch your life without them even realizing it. Life is so fragile and the most precious God given gift, never to be taken for granted.
Friday came, it was wedding day! A celebration of two lives being joined together! Although incredibly emotional, it was a beautiful day filled with lots of joy and laughter. The wedding was held at Idille, a gorgeous farm situated in the George forests. This is also where Jeanne spent the majority of her years growing up, and the Macdonalds who own it, overtime became like a second family to her. They are the loveliest people who make really yummy food, and made sure all the guests were having a good time! :) And a good time is what was had by all who were there- no doubt about it!
Late that night, after the reception, Natasha and I drove back to Stellies so that we would be in time for the wedding we had the next day! it was 5 hours late night driving craziness- that I don’t think either one of us want to repeat again! Anyhow…
Jeanne en Micheal, julle is net plain awesome! Dankie vir ‘n baie spesiaale tyd- ek sal dit nooit vergeet nie!
Ek weet God het ‘n GROOT plan vir julle huwelik! Baie blessings xxx