Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Beauty of Simplicity

Today I had the honor of attending the wedding of a former student. I taught this young man when he was in 5th and 6th grade, became close friends with his mom, then went on to teach his brother for another three years. This is a special family.

The groom hasn't had an easy time of growing up. He made some BIG mistakes in high school that had everyone who knew and loved him, a lot worried. But he persevered. After graduating early, he knew he didn't want to go to college. He thought about flight school but it didn't work out. At a loss, he decided to go to South Africa and teach surfing. That didn't work out but he did end up working at a school in Capetown. This is where he met the love of his life. The bride was the daughter of the head of school.

It's been interesting hearing their story. First, the groom is still pretty young. 19 or 20 tops. And, honestly, none of us figured he'd be the first to settle down. Second though, is just how scandalous this was in South Africa. We think things are still segregated over here, but apparently, it's a real "thing" when a white marries a colored (the bride's word, not mine) over there. They've decided to live here for that reason. But third, and the best part, is just how happy they both are.

Their wedding took place under a simple arch next to a mountain trout river. It was pot luck and the grill fired with chicken and ribs. People took walks through the campground and gathered in front of a fire in the big fireplace (it was in the mid 50's but cooler next to the river).  When I think about the heaps of money people spend on such events and compare it with the wholesome, warm simplicity of today's event, there's no comparison to me. Friends and family are what makes a wedding.

So enjoy! My cell phone doesn't take great pictures, but you'll get the idea.
The groom and his brother wait. 
The bride and her parents (who traveled from Capetown!).

Family gathered close. 
It was a simple Friends Meeting type ceremony

Nature made her presence known - I take this as an approval sign!

Too cold for the swimming hole.


  1. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  2. What a beautiful story!! I hope they have a wonderful marriage!!

  3. Such a pretty wedding and sweet story! (And appropriate for me, as this week we're discussing the genetics of "race"--well, the lack thereof--in my graduate class :)

  4. I just love those pictures. And what a sweet story.

  5. This is beautiful. You are so right about the big bashes not being able to top the lovely simplicity here. I wish them a lifetime of happiness together.

  6. I hope they have a great life together. Thanks for sharing.

  7. That looks like some beautiful country that you live in. And congrats to the bride and groom.


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