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RODNEY (42) and LOUISE (36) HOOPER

Wedding Date: 25 April 2009
Wedding Venue: Woodpecker Inn, Richards Bay
Photographer: Mark Jacobs (Picture Perfect Photography)

On 25 April 2007, Rodney and myself met for a drink (that was arranged by a mutual friend that neither of us has ever met!) at the Woodpecker Inn in Richards Bay. I knew after that first meeting that this was THE man! Even phoned my friend straight afterwards and said 'If I am EVER stupid enough to get married again, it will be to this guy'!. Strangely coincidental, both our partners had moved out on the 1st of April 2007 and we were still coming to terms with this
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Louise1I don't think either one of us quite expected our new relationship to flourish as it has. We both have kids from our previous marriages, which made things a little bit more challenging, but they all get on well and were delighted when we moved in together in December 2007.

The Proposal:
On my 35th birthday (April 2008), Rodney proposed with the most amazing engagement ring designed by a local jeweller (Bay Jewellers). In November 2008 we had decided that we would take the next step and set the wedding date for 25 April 2009 - which would be the 2nd anniversary of the day we met.

Most of the Wedding Planning:
We had looked at a lovely Guest House just around the corner from our house and all the other arrangements were being made. Poor Rodney was dragged to flower, cake , music appointments - you name it, he was there!

Problems that occured during the Planning of the Wedding:
In February I received a phone call from the Manager of the Guest House informing us that the Guest House had been sold and they were not sure whether we could still get married there. At first I started laughing and was waiting for him to join in... Mmmmm, turned out that I was the only one laughing. So, there we were, back to Step 1 - Finding a venue...


Most of the Wedding Planning:

We had looked at a lovely Guest House just around the corner from our house and all the other arrangements were being made. Poor Rodney was dragged to flower, cake , music appointments - you name it, he was there!

Problems that occured during the Planning of the Wedding:
In February I received a phone call from the Manager of the Guest House informing us that the Guest House had been sold and they were not sure whether we could still get married there. At first I started laughing and was waiting for him to join in... Mmmmm, turned out that I was the only one laughing. So, there we were, back to Step 1 - Finding a venue...


Louise2I called the Woodpecker in the next day and was delighted to learn that it was available for our wedding. This was great as it now meant we would be married where we first met. We had revised invitations printed and resent these. Fortunately this was not a major exercise as we had decided on a small, intimate wedding that was made up of our closest friends and family. In total we were only 32 guests!

However, along with the changing of the venue, the table numbers and layout changed, which in turn meant that the flower arrangements changed and all the other service providers had to be contacted to update the change of venue. None of this got us down and I thoroughly enjoyed (re-)planning the wedding. I had a filofax thicker than most encyclopaedia's and endured many a comment about my diary and detailed planning - even the Pastor asked me on the wedding day if I had finally put my diary away, and my friends' fiancée has offered to buy it from me!

My Wedding Day:
The last 2 weeks before the wedding went by in a blink of an eye and before I knew it, I was sitting in the Honeymoon suite at Arista Manor, dressed in my wedding gown, sipping a glass of champagne and waiting for 4 O'clock... Everything had been planned to the 'T' and we had involved nobody else with any of the planning except for Rodney and myself. My eldest daughter was the only one that had seen my wedding dress - and all the other little details were kept top secret from everybody, even our parents. Our wedding party only consisted of our children, the two boys aged 13 and 9 were the best men; my eldest daughter (15) was Maid of honour and my youngest daughter (4) was the flower girl.

The ceremony was so intimate and made the wedding so much more personal. We exchanged wedding rings and then the Pastor put oil in Rodney's hands (the man being the protector and provider) and perfume in mine (the woman being the fragrance in the house), our parents were then called up to put their hands on ours and bless our marriage. Rodney and I then lit the unity candles and shared our first communion as Husband and Wife. From here on everything else was just as perfect and the evening progressed smoothly.

I thank God for blessing me with the most wonderful husband!

Louise3

 

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