Mpho Tutu weds in style
Love, laughter and a lavish affair define the second marriage of Mpho and Marceline Tutu-Van Furth in Franschhoek
Moments after Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Furth slipped a ring on Professor Marceline Tutu-Van Furth’s finger, guests at their wedding – on a Boland wine farm – burst out laughing. And Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s giggle rang out over the Mont Rochelle Hotel’s terrace near Franschhoek, as his wife Leah rocked beside him.
Marceline had been a little overeager, leaning in for a kiss before Reverend Charlotte Bannister-Parker – who led the ceremony – had decreed they were married. “No! Not yet!” shrieked Mpho. However, soon enough Bannister-Parker said: “We now recognise you as wife and wife. You may kiss each other.”
About 80 guests applauded as the couple embraced on Thursday afternoon against a backdrop of mountains and vineyards. This marks the Tutu-Van Furths’ second wedding, coming five months after their legal wedding in the Oegstgeest City Hall, in Holland, in December.
The pair beamed at each other – Marceline in a shimmering cobalt bodice and floaty chiffon pants; Mpho in a floral-textured cream dress with an open back, revealing a gecko tattoo curled on her left shoulder.
Not even the keyboard player’s cellphone, ringing inopportunely, could spoil the moment.
“Thank you for the love between me and Marceline,” said Mpho, in prayer.
Marceline, an atheist, told the crowd she was getting out of her comfort zone by reading from the Bible for the first time. She read 1 Corinthians 13 in Dutch, concluding with: “So now faith, hope and love abide; but the greatest of these is love.”
Bannister-Parker smiled: “That was beautifully read,
IN HOLY MATRIMONY Marceline and Mpho Tutu-Van Furth are married by Reverend Charlotte Bannister-Parker
PROUD PARENTS Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife, Leah, celebrate with guests in Franschhoek