Dev and I have some incredibly special people in our lives. We are blessed with such supportive, caring, loving and outright awesome family and friends. Our wedding was a combination of so many of these people and their talents. I want to share a few of those talents with you over the next few months and in the process let you know a few details of what went on the day Dev and I said “I do”.
A few weeks before the big day my Uncle, my Mum’s brother, told me he was writing a fairytale – the main characters? Dev & I! I was completely intrigued and thrilled when he asked if I wouldn’t mind if he read it out at our wedding. Wouldn’t mind?? I was honoured. Understand this, writing is not my Uncles profession and just one of the many reasons it made this gesture so special. In the following weeks there were a few phone calls between my Mum and Uncle where facts were checked and confirmed, and I grew more and more excited to hear the fairytale.
Ladies and gents – he did not disappoint, both Dev & I were so touched that he put pen to paper and wrote something that we will cherish forever. Have a read:
The Modern Day Fairytale – A love worth waiting for
Gorgeous Kim was born in a country North of the great, green, greasy river, in a land now called Zimboland, hence at times she’s been called Kimbo from Zimbo with a meaningful name of Christian. A shy, young lass blessed with a captivating natural charm, which always drew much wide-eyed attention from members of the opposite gender. School was at Bishopslea and Peterhouse where Vanessa, Charlotte, Carol & Kim formed a firm bond. They can supply all the details! We however, herald a National tennis champion, Kim.
On leaving school, Kim left Zim and studied in the Mother city in a country on the very southern tip of darkest Africa. A great time was had by young Kim, Tash and their friends and the charm still exuded in waves and she disarmed a certain rugby star called Bobby, but his arrogance was a no-no and found no favour. On qualifying, Kim travelled abroad to the land of her ancestors; sometimes known as “Mud Island”. There she settled in a tiny Hamlet called London. For eight years, Kim partied there and worked successfully in various fields, culminating in Event organising.
An adventurous time was had by Kim and her many friends. She met some special guys who thought she was extremely special but none had the X factor that could stir up the flutter storm in Kim’s heart. After eight good years, Kim earned her citizenship in that Northern country only to find that the call of her family in darkest Africa was just too powerful. So Kim decided to “Wend” her way “over” the seas and mountains to the Mighty Metropolis of Mooi River on the Midlands Meander.
As London’s Eros would have it, there happened to be a young, energetic, sports mad gent with the Christian name Devon – nothing to do with a certain part of Mud Island – and the surname, Wendover. He too exudes a confident charm that has turned many a young lass’s head. It has to be said that he is tall, dark, handsome and has an every-ready smile. But alas, despite the interest of many a fair maiden, he too could not find the X factor that would spark that flutter storm in his ticker.
As fate would have it, Kim has many cousins in this metropolis of Mooi River on the Meander who were determined to arrange a “chance” meeting between disarming, charming and beautiful Kim and the dashing, debonair Devon.
Next came the vigorous family seal of approval. Devon instantly endeared himself to prospective in-laws & co, when on a trip to Umfolozi he displayed a great love for game, the bush and birds. He proved an ace with the camera and didn’t flinch when the hyena tried to cash in on the evening braai! Kim too was an instant hit with her prospective mother-in-law in a “baobab bar” on a trip up to the land of her birth.
Devon realised what a treasure he’d found when, one day he fell off his trusty two wheeler steed. He met the tar with tremendous force but never fear, a bonnie Florence Nightingale was near.
It all came about and the X factor heart flutters exploded instantly, cupids arrow had hit its mark, and has culminated in the happy-ever-after scenario we are privileged to witness here today.
Now you tell me you don’t believe in fairytales. Just look at those smiles and witness a love worth waiting for.
Thank you Uncle Nev, for being such an important part of our lives, for this beautiful fairytale and for being a part of our special day! We are blessed to have you, and all our Aunts & Uncles in our lives!