Before I jump into their amazing story, let me just give you a bit of a background on Anton, the Groom.
I met Anton at church in 2007 – a tall man of German heritage with a giant smile and an even bigger heart. He was known for his love of people, the outdoors, swimming and birds (the latter was, in fact, so high on his list, that it almost cost him his mobility in a biking accident. But that’s another story all-together… amusing as it may very well appear to be in retrospect.)
The one thing that stood out about Anton, above his overwhelming generosity towards his friends and family, was his yearning to meet his other half. And then in 2010, it finally happened in the most magical way…
Being a GP at the time, Anton decided in 2009 to start specializing in Dermatology and at the beginning of 2010, he had to move to Kimberly in order to do so. Being over the age of 30 and having been single for a long time, Anton was used to people wanting to ‘set him up’ with friends, so when a new friend in Kimberly said that she ‘had to introduce him to her friend, Susan’, he thought, ‘Sure…whatever’, knowing how these things usually tend to pan out. So when Susan (based in PE at the time) came to visit ‘said’ friend in Kimberly at the end of June, Anton didn’t have very high hopes – until he laid eyes on her. (In his own words, it was ‘love at first sight… and second sight… and third sight… and fourth…’) On her last night in Kimberly, Anton took Susan out to dinner at a restaurant and they spent hours enjoying a 7-course meal and each other’s company. The next day, Anton flew to America to visit family for two weeks, all the time thinking of the blonde beauty back in South Africa he had lost his heart to.
The minute he landed, he phoned her and when she picked up the phone, he was surprised to hear loud shouts and whoops in the background. (Only later did he learn that she thought he had been back for days and was wondering why he hadn’t phoned her. At the time of his call, she had a few friends over to comfort her and pray with her and when one friend said, “Lord, let him phone NOW”, the phone rang and the rejoicing ensued!)
They spent lots of time visiting each other back and forth and talking (for up to six hours!) on the phone.
On the 9th of September 2011, during one of his visits to PE, Anton asked her to go out with him by ‘planting’ a ‘message in a bottle’ in the waves when they went for a walk on the beach. The friend that introduced him then showed him a picture of a ring that Susan had given her a couple of years back and Anton immediately made work of it.
On the 4th of October 2011, on a beach in Madagascar, he asked her to marry him and she said ‘YES!’
They tied the knot on the 4th of February 2012 at the beautiful Surval Boutique Olive Estate and it was one of the most tender, romantic and beautiful weddings I have ever attended. The decor spoke loudly of their love for nature and the outdoors with butterflies here and there, succulents and bright yellow accents. The tables were all named after animals or plants and the fairylights etched against the night-sky looked like thousands of little fireflies blinking their congratulations in time with the stars.
I felt very honoured, as a friend, that they chose Blank Canvas to help them plan this, their most special day.
Author: Sunelle van den Berg