Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Kate and Chris engaged

Congratulations to my daughter Kate-Lynn and my prospective son-in-law Chris on their engagement today.

It makes it a dramatic finish to 2015 with my son having married Lisa earlier this month and they are presently still on honeymoon in Thailand.

Kate's fiancé Chris hails from Ohio and serves as a fighter pilot in the US Airforce, having met Chris in Busan South Korea while on leave there in the city Kate was living and teaching in at the time. She's my darling, my princess, and he's one lucky guy, although they both make an awesome couple.

Chris' posting in South Korea has come to an end and he is presently visiting South Africa on a tour here with Kate. The proposal took place on Lions Head, Cape Town, after the couple spent Christmas with me in Durban and also enjoyed a trip to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. After Kate's locum job here in Durban Feb/March she will relocate to Georgia USA where Chris will be stationed for the next 3 years. The excitement for me has been building since Chris asked for my permission to marry Kate during a flight over Durban with him in my Sling airplane. Chris flies an A-10 fighter jet for the Airforce and it will be great to have another pilot in the family. Although my daughter will be lost to the States, we are overjoyed for them both and wish them everything of the best in their new home.

Here's the link to the Facebook photo album of Chris' visit to South Africa for Christmas, Kate and more..

Chris and Kate in Cape Town this week before the engagement

Engaged on Lion's Head, Cape Town

The happy couple seal the deal

The ring on a protea bush on top of Lion's Head

Chris (right) with the A-10 aircraft he flies
Chris and myself fly my Sling airplane over Durban

Myself, Chris and Kate in Hluhluwe Game Reserve earlier this week

Saturday, December 12, 2015

My son Mark marries Lisa

My son Mark married Lisa in a beautiful ceremony in a stone chapel at the Secret Garden venue in a nature and game reserve near Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The rain lashed down when we arrived for the wedding but by the time it was over the sky cleared and the most beautiful double rainbow appeared.. see pics below. They make a stunning couple and Mark was the first of my  kids to tie the knot. It was a beautiful occasion and everything was awesome from the couple, to the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the setting, the colours, the food and the guests. A proud moment for dad seeing his son get married.

Mark and Lisa tie the knot

The handsome groom and his groomsmen

Mom, gran and father of the groom

The gorgeous bridesmaids

Lisa and Mark at the altar

You may now kiss the bride

Signing the register with the moms as witnesses

Look no more gum says Robbie with Mark, groomsmen

The tunnel of love

Dad with daughter Kate, bridesmaid

Dad, Kate and cousin Josh

Llewellyn and the kids with Kate

Dave, Lauren, Caitlin, Llewelyn, Kate and Calvin

The table settings, carrying the lilac colour theme of the wedding

Stephen and his mate fromVancouver island

The first dance in a burst of  bubbles

My gorgeous daughter Kate-Lynn, bridesmaid and soon to be a bride too

Llewellyn, step-father of the groom, Caitlin and Calvin

The bridal table

Sister and brother

Mom with her kids

Lisa and Mark tuck in to the sumptuous feast

The stunning 180deg double rainbow during the reception

We had a feast

Dad and hubby Llewellyn

Llewellyn with Mark and Kirsty

The thorns with the rose and photobomb by Robbie

Da boys - Dave with Dain (best man) and Llew and Jared (groomsman)

Selfie before I made my speech

And another with the married couple

Tucking into the cupcakes

Gran and Kate trying an ice-cream

A giraffe strolled by on the way home