Benjamin from South-east Missouri in the United States met Michelle from Durban, South Africa over a Christian dating website called ‘Christian Café’. They started emailing, then sending texts and eventually Ben asked Michelle on a date. Very reasonably and before getting too excited, Michelle replied saying ‘Yes, but how??’
Just like that, Ben booked a flight to SA and spent a 2 week holiday with Michelle and her family. Between then and now the couple have gone through 36 flights, 11 airports, 3 bus rides. Lots of cities, lots of packing and unpacking, lots of hellos and goodbyes, lots of time, lots of money and lots of tears.
In Michelle’s beautiful speech, she made mention of the lyrics that Ben recited to her from a Relient K song called “I’m taking you with me”…
"And so I'm trying to hold it all together and make it through the day
When I'm just dyin' to drop it all and take your hand
So we can run away from all the miles and the hours
That seem to endlessly devour the time that I could be with you
If home is where the heart is, Then my home is where you are
It's getting oh so hard to spend these days Without my heart."
I hadn’t know Michelle and Ben before their wedding at Kearsney Manor, but after listening to each of their very heartfelt speeches (and feeling a little teary eyed) I can see how deeply these two believe in the love and connection that they share and how devoted they are to the God that brought them together.
Kearsney Manor is a really charming venue for a wedding. It's situated on an original sugar estate near Stanger and was home to Sir Leige Hulett in the 1800's. This magnificent old colonial estate is recognised as a Heritage Site and after housing the Hulett family, became the original Kearsney College School grounds. It's quite fascinating walking the corridors and imagining it as a boring school. The photos on display make it easier to imagine it and shows the boys sleeping out on the balcony to escape the humid Durban summer.
Back to the couple though...
I wish for the two of you a long and exciting life – and no more frightening interrogations at US customs!!!
As the ceremony was coming to an end, I was reminded of the fast approaching storm by long and very grumpy sounding rumbles. In a space of about 10minutes, we snapped some out-door shots and then rushed for cover before the the rain came bucketing down.