Mpho Tutu weds in style

Love, laugh­ter and a lav­ish af­fair de­fine the sec­ond mar­riage of Mpho and Marce­line Tutu-Van Furth in Fran­schhoek

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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

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