Mag­i­cal day in fairy­tale set­ting

Love blos­soms af­ter meet­ing at party

Sunday World - - Life - By So­maya Stock­en­stroom

If Kirsten Wew­ers didn’t suc­cumb to her nag­ging friend, she may never have met the love of her life.

She met Werner Van Gre­unen at his fam­ily home in 2016. “A friend begged my sis­ter and I to at­tend. At the party Werner was rather friendly. I wouldn’t re­ally say [it was] love at first sight but he kept us com­pany for the even­ing. He then con­tin­ued to in­vite us to other par­ties. On the third oc­ca­sion I re­alised I liked him, but­waited for himto make the first­move asIwasn’tsure if the feel­ing was mu­tual.”

Two years later, she of­fi­cially be­came Mrs Van Gre­unen.

Kirsten who has a sev­enyear-old son, says her heart melted when Werner fell in love with her child.

“Iknewhe wastheonewhen he ac­cepted him as his own; noth­ing and no one would tell him other­wise,” she says. Werner on the other hand fell in love with her moth­erly traits.

“The abil­ity to speak to her, the abil­ity to share and dream with­her, and­know­ing that she is a good mother,” he said.

He pro­posed on Christ­mas Eve last year on theKZN­south coast. “We were sup­posed to go to the beach, take a few fam­ily pho­tos, how­ever the weather spoilt the beach plan. When open­ing presents Werner’s friend had a wrapped box which he said was a present from him and his fam­ily [mother, fa­ther and sis­ter]. He then got­down onone knee­and pro­posed.”

The wed­ding was held at La Mon­tague re­sort near Hart­beespoort Dam in March this year. And Kirsten is thank­ful that al­thoughthey come­from a dif­fer­ent cul­ture and race, it was never an is­sue for ei­ther of their fam­i­lies or friends.

“There was some mu­sic, danc­ing, laugh­ter and en­joy­ment. We tried to keep speeches short­with only the­bride’s fa­ther, brother and sis­ter [who was also the maid of hon­our] and the groom’s fa­ther, best man and the groom say­ing some­thing As it was our son’s birthday, March 29, we also de­cided to do some­thing for him by hav­ing a jump­ing cas­tle and a Chelsea pinyada,” Kirsten said. “I wouldn’t do the plan­ning over but I would do the mar­riage again to gob­ack to the mag­i­cal venue and [re­live] the day again.”

The cou­ple who now work for the same com­pany said al­though they see each other all day, it’s still hon­ey­moon stages.

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