Hi everyone! The past three weeks I’ve spent travelling the country in celebration of the weddings of three of our closest perfect pairs. It’s been such a busy time but so unbelievably beautiful to be a part of the love stories of our friends and family. I’m absolutely overjoyed with the amount of love that has been shared in the past few weeks.
Two of the three weddings took place in the Western Cape so we planned a bit of a road trip starting in Somerset West (my gorgeous friend Irina’s wedding taking place at Cavalli), a night in Constantia, up to Franschhoek after collecting my Dad from the airport who joined us for the rest of our road trip, on to Tulbagh and then to Paternoster (for my mother-in-law’s wedding) where we captured these gorgeous pictures one afternoon. I’m trying to document the bump as much as possible before baby boy arrives because I already feel as though I’m going to miss it.
Our road trip was nothing short of incredible. It was so wonderful to enjoy some of our favourite places in South Africa and to discover a few new ones. If you’ve been following my Instagram stories, you may have seen a little bit of our journey but there is still more to share. It was such a wonderful trip through the Western Cape.
This past Thursday we left for Mpumalanga for my beautiful friend Samantha’s wedding weekend. We had such an incredible time with the most wonderful people. The venue was nothing short of breathtaking and the bride was simply a vision! Sam and I have been friends since we were children and Ryan and her were actually at nursery school together so our lives have always been intertwined one way or another and it’s so exciting to be part of the journey.
It’s been so incredible to celebrate the love that these three couples share and witness the start of their marriages. I always feel so honoured to be a part of such special days and they always move me so emotionally. They’re such beautiful reminders of our own wedding and the most essential values of marriage. Each wedding and each marriage may be different from the next but each one is so incredibly special and should always be treated exactly that way.
We finally arrived home on Sunday afternoon and now its time to start finalising things for baby. Can you believe, I’m currently 35 weeks! So crazy considering I’m going to be induced at 38 weeks so there really isn’t long to go now. We’re currently packing up our beautiful home in Hartbeespoort to move back to Joburg when baby arrives and it’s been a little stressful. We’ve had such a beautiful year here that I’m sad to leave, but we will have more support in JHB and, who knows, we could move back. I’m also trying to finish up work before I go on maternity leave which has also been very stressful because I never like to leave things unfinished. I’m currently prepping hand-over notes and trying to get through it all. Baby Maroun’s hospital bag is packed and mine is almost finalised so at least that’s one big tick on the to-do list but there’s plenty more to do. Most minor but also important, I need a moment to put up our Christmas tree. I can’t have a Christmas baby without a Christmas tree. Wish us luck for the final stretch – we’re going to need it!