Marriage & Romance

How wonderful to watch some of the Royal Wedding yesterday, so many years after Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s. Teenagers then, we crowded into our school hall for most of that day, savouring the moment, not to mention the opportunity to skip classes. Even in South Africa, we felt strangely included, similarly to yesterday.

Thanks to the massive scale world media of course, but perhaps also in part because of our British ancestry. At least, that would figure according to Malcolm Gladwell’s fascinating book, Outliers. As for the present, though, Prince William looked dashing, what a beautiful bride Catherine Middleton made . . . and what a gorgeous dress Sarah Burton (for Alexander McQueen) made. I whole-heartedly endorse the fashionistas’ praise 🙂

On the subject of weddings, we recently attended one in Botriver, near Cape Town. I mentioned our pending trip in a previous post, promising some photo’s, but to be honest I took pitifully few – feeling rather too social. Instead, I’d like to share a link to the official photographer’s beautiful blog, which showcases a stunning celebration: Tasha Seccombe Photography. There are four posts altogether, if you feel like a leisurely browse.

It took place on a wine farm in the wildest wind, lending a wintry, Highlands feel. Being partly Scottish, I loved the bagpipes, along with the kilt worn by Warren (the groom) – and the bride, Jen, was simply lovely. Apart from plenty of traditional delights, technology played a role too. Jen’s parents were in England, unable to travel for health reasons, so they shared the experience via Skype. Isn’t that cool?

Our sincerest wishes go to both couples for a magic married life, filled with romance. Being a chik-lit/romance novelist, that’s significant to me 😀 While in Cape Town, I did take the following pic of Foresters Arms (“Forries” to the locals) because this restaurant and pub features in my first novel, Out of Air, and I wanted a photo for the book’s website. We had a fabulous Friday lunch there, finding it as vibrant today as in 1994, when the story is set:

FORESTERS ARMS restaurant & pub - Cape Town, South Africa

So if you happen to take a trip to the Mother City – and fancy a British feel – put it on your list of places to eat . . . drink . . . and be merry!

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12 Responses to Marriage & Romance

  1. Cindy says:

    I enjoyed the Royal Wedding tremendously 🙂
    And I can’t tell you how many lazy afternoons I’ve spent at Forries …

  2. souldipper says:

    In the parts of your book that I read, this was on a little higher hill for some reason. Probably because we stayed at the Twelve Apostles.

    I stayed up to watch the live newscast and loved every minute of the wedding. The Duke and Duchess look authentically in love. They put my soul at ease for the Royal Family. I swear the Queen was in the Abbey praying, “Thank you, God, for William has chosen well.”

  3. Naomi says:

    LOL! You would make a fabulous queen, Amy 😀

    I’m thinking you may remember a different venue from the book: Blues Restaurant in Camps Bay (just down the drag from the Twelve Apostles hotel), which overlooks the Atlantic? I deliberately included a number of places that are still alive and kicking 🙂

  4. Such beautiful romantic wedding photos! Thanks for sharing them with us.

  5. Jamie Dedes says:

    I thought the gown was lovely too. Understated. Perfect.

    How wonderful that your friends parents could enjoy the wedding via Skype. So touching. Makes me feel like I am going to cry. And the wedding pics are fabulous. What a handsome couple.

    • Naomi says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Jamie. Most of us wiped away a tear for Jen’s parents…both weddings were a treat 🙂

  6. Joe says:

    I suppose the camera work and coverage was not as good as it is today when we compare it to the 1981 wedding.
    Have seen both and enjoyed both (in its own way)
    I presume there was a guest who attended all the three wedding (starting from Queen Elizabeth)

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment here, Joe – along with the link to you blog. I love your post about the vanilla plant pollination!

  7. Tokeloshe says:

    Thank you for the link 😉

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