Wedding

Lately we have – even if it has been a while – told you a lot about our trip to Cape Town. And we will surely have some more small treats from there, Cape Town really is full of wonerful experiences.

The trip to Cape Town had been planned a long time, but we added one more thing that we wanted to do while we were there. We threw in a small wedding 🙂

My Freddy proposed inside the Kruger National Park last August, at sunset by a dam full of hippos. Absolutely perfect… We knew early on that we wanted a small wedding, not a big spectacle that shrinks the bank account and makes you stress, and we agreed that combining a wedding with our trip to Cape Town was a very good idea. The only guest was Lina, who was also the bridesmaid, best man, ring bearer and our right-hand man..eh..woman.

In 2013 I helped a Swedish couple who wanted to get married in South Africa and I put them in touch with Weddings out of Africa who helped them with everything and they got married on top of Table Mountain. When we saw the pictures, I think both Freddy and I quietly thought that this might be it (but by then it was too early to talk about marriage).

We also asked Kirsty at Weddings out of Africa for help and we  too chose to get married on top of Table Mountain. There are some paperwork that needs to be sorted out before you can get married in South Africa and I will soon write a post and tell you exactly what is needed and how to proceed. If you are marrying a South African like I did, you must nowadays also go for an interview at the Department of Home Affairs.

So we booked a time, two days before the wedding, and the interview was a strangely unpleasant experience. I never thought it would be so hard to explain why you love someone, or answer any other questions, but despite my stuttering we were considered to be a genuine couple and we got permission to get married.

On February 25 the day had come and I had the pleasure of being prettified by a real pro who came “home” to us. If anyone ever needs someone who can do your hair and makeup I can really recommend Bernice Dodd.

Unfortunately a big fat cloud, the famous table cloth, decided to park right on top of the mountain and we couldn’t have the ceremony there, so we had it at the foot of the mountain instead but that was very nice too. After the ceremony, and the mandatory paperwork, we went to Signal Hill and Glen Forest with photographer Jilda G, she too is amazing.

The evening ended at the restaurant we chose – The Roundhouse Restaurant that offers really great food!

I’m super pleased with our day and very happy.

Hugs,
Mrs. Lindgren-King 🙂

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Signal Hill

During one of our first days in Cape Town we went to Signal Hill in the late afternoon. We had packed a simple picnic and we parked ourselves at one of the tables. You can also take a blanket and sit down on the slope and look out over Green Point/Sea Point and Robben Island out there in the ocean. You’re also surrounded by Table Mountain, which in honour of the day had the table cloth on, and Lion’s Head.

If you want, you can take a photo of you in the giant yellow frame which has been there since 2014 to celebrate that Table Mountain was voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. These frames are dotted around Cape Town, including the V&A Waterfront and in Bloubergstrand. Unfortunately, the queue was way too long with photo crazy Asian tourists, so we gave up on that idea … But, we had the pleasure to see a lot of whales down in the bay and also what must have been lots of dolphins – all you could see was a white foam that was moving over the surface of the ocean. Awesome!

When we were there it was very windy and a bit chilly, but it was nice nevertheless. The sunset here is very beautiful, so we really recommend this! Have a designated driver and take a good bottle of South African (of course!) wine along…

When the sun dropped below the horizon everyone ran to their cars all at the same time, to escape the wind. This, along with a couple of tourist buses which very effectively blocked the way going down, resulted in a queue down the mountain. So it’s probably a good idea to not go here on a weekend if possible. Or to not be in a hurry to leave!

On the way down, you can stop at several lookout point (just make sure you pull over properly so you’re not blocking the way!) and here you’ll have a very beautiful view of Cape Town. In the evening the city lights up and becomes, if possible, even more beautiful, which brings out the inner photographer (who also wishes for a better camera or a tripod, or just less wind :))

This was really a wonderful evening and we’ll definitely return!