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Marce­line. And for a first pas­sage read from the Bi­ble, that is one of the very best.”

Mpho’s el­dest brother, Trevor, and her daugh­ters from her first mar­riage to Joseph Bur­ris, Nyaniso (19) and Onalenna (10), were in the front seats.

Be­fore the cer­e­mony started, Nyaniso wel­comed guests, re­quest­ing that no pho­to­graphs be shared on so­cial me­dia.

Then Ban­nis­ter-Parker an­nounced: “Let us start. The brides are ac­tu­ally ready!” Onalenna pre­ceded the bridal pro­ces­sion as ring bearer. The small crowd in­cluded 26 guests from the Nether­lands, among them Marce­line’s daugh­ter Pien (16), also from a pre­vi­ous mar­riage, and her fa­ther, Ralph. Pien lit a can­dle to com­mem­o­rate Marce­line’s late mother, Ghi.

Her broth­ers, Wouter and Eric, had a turn be­hind the mi­cro­phone to read The Apache Wed­ding Prayer.

Also on the pro­gramme was Mar­lene le Roux, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at the Artscape Theatre, who sang Fran­cis Lai’s com­po­si­tion, Love Story, to the cou­ple.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, the brides sashayed back up the aisle to a Natalie Cole num­ber, fol­lowed by fam­ily mem­bers, as friends clapped.

Soon the brides kicked off their high heels, while guests min­gled on the lawn sip­ping tall flutes of Pierre Jour­dan Rose.

At one point, the Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus stopped to look for Leah. “Where is the mother of my chil­dren?” he asked.

That evening, a re­cep­tion din­ner at the ad­join­ing restau­rant fea­tured a four-course veg­e­tar­ian spread, in­clud­ing chilled as­para­gus soup with peas and mint; sum­mer grape and Cape ruby gaz­pa­cho; sweet potato, chick­pea and spinach curry; and dairy-free dark cho­co­late tart with straw­berry com­pote, with Paul Clu­ver Ries­ling No­ble Late Har­vest 2013 on the side. Mpho is ve­gan.

Ta­bles were sim­ply dec­o­rated with suc­cu­lents in bright pots.

Mont Rochelle be­longs to Bri­tish busi­ness­man Sir Richard Bran­son. The pair said they love the es­tate, with Mpho de­scrib­ing it as “a new space and very funky”.

On Wed­nes­day, the cou­ple showed some of their guests around Robben Is­land.

“Af­ter vis­it­ing the prison, we went to the shore­line, where we ac­tu­ally saw some whales. It is out of sea­son ... That sight­ing, to me, was just one of many signs that this union is so spe­cial,” said Ban­nis­ter-Parker. Their hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tion re­mains a se­cret. “I am plan­ning the hon­ey­moon, and Marce­line is check­ing up on me. It’s very ex­cit­ing,” said Mpho.

When they re­turn, she will go back to her job as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Des­mond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foun­da­tion‚ af­ter be­ing cleared by an in­ves­ti­ga­tion ini­ti­ated by the board af­ter their ini­tial le­gal wed­ding in Hol­land.

In a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view, the cou­ple told City Press that their love tran­scends re­li­gious dif­fer­ences and also dis­tance: Mpho lives in the Cape Town sub­urb of Mil­ner­ton, and Marce­line in Am­s­ter­dam.

Marce­line is pro­fes­sor of pae­di­atric in­fec­tious dis­eases at Vrije Univer­siteit Am­s­ter­dam, where she holds the Des­mond Tutu Chair in di­ver­sity.


DÉJÀ VU Kim Kar­dashian ar­rived in a metal­lic-sil­ver gown (like many oth­ers be­fore her). Trou­ble is, we’ve seen this cut/sil­hou­ette from Kim and fash­ion house Bal­main be­fore, so it’s noth­ing new. YAWN Co-chair of this year’s Met Tay­lor Swift went for a sil­ver minidress, which was in­spired by the scales on a fish. More metal­lic sil­ver, bor­ing cut and not enough ex­cite­ment. DIS­AS­TER Queen Madonna went for this hor­ror of an en­sem­ble. I see the fash­ion, but it looked as though it got caught in the tech­nol­ogy and didn’t quite make it out in one piece.

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