Last month, in South Africa, Mr D and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. It was a pretty uneventful celebration as it fell on Easter Sunday, so the day pretty much revolved around chocolate and kids. However, the sun was shining and we were surrounded by family, which made it pretty perfect.
A week later, while visiting my grandparents in the Natal Midlands we took the kids to Granny Mouse’s County House, the hotel where we got married. It’s name suits it perfectly as it’s the cutest little thatch hotel surrounded by the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside. I fell in love with it all over again.
It’s had a make-over since our wedding in 2008 and it looked even more stunning. It made me want to get married all over again. Luckily we got to enact some of it as Josh and Hollie wanted a full demonstration.
The kids were fascinated by the story of our wedding and of course had a million and one questions to go with it. “How many times did you kiss”, “Did you stand right here?” “How come Josh got to go and me and Lexi didn’t?”, “Where did you sleep?”, “Was Granny there?” “Can you show us how you walked down the isle?”, “Did you get in the swimming pool”, “Do mince really live here?”, “Do fairies live here?”…………
Most of the questions came from Hollie, as she’s the only one who’s watched our wedding video (several hundred times), but I loved how interested they were, even if it was only for 10 minutes.
We stayed for lunch and the staff let us have a good wander around the grounds for a bit of a sticky beak. I was hit with this wonderful wave of nostalgia as all these memories came flooding back. Walking past the pool made me remember watching massive hail stones bouncing off it and my little niece singing ‘rain rain go away’ while we waited for a break in the rain to make the mad dash to the chapel. Mr D and I also had a good giggle as we remembered taking our wedding vows. Our Minister went a little ‘off-piste’ with his sermon and came out with some pretty crazy stuff!! He even asked me to repeat after him ‘Will you promise to make Peter his breakfast every morning’. I thought he was joking, but after the long pause of silence I realised he wasn’t!! I reluctantly (and stupidly) answered yes while trying not be distracted as one of my bridesmaids desperately tried to disguise her giggles. Unlike our marriage, that vow has not done distance.
Before we left I managed to find a quiet moment while staring out the views, to reflect, and I’m amazed and grateful at how far we’ve come since that day. I’m still just as happy and would do it all again in a heart beat. I’m also pretty proud of us.
Have ever visited your wedding venue since you got married?
Did you take the kids?
Did you have any crazy wedding vows?