Robert and Silja were married the weekend before last. Because of some last minute emergencies, they booked me only ten days before their wedding, but I was thrilled to be there and be a part of their incredibly special union. Rob and Silja have a very special love story, which Silja explained to me when she booked me, and which made it even more emotional for them…and for me.
In Silja’s words:
“Robert and I have known each other for almost 20 years, were never married. We have a daughter together who was born in 1995. When Anaïs was 3 we separated (our gap years as we now call them) and through a true miracle found back to each other 10 years later. I believe if we had stayed together then we would not be together today. We both needed to grow and mature; we never stopped loving each other, though, and it is a blessing to have our family reunited.
We have been through challenging times since getting back together in late 2007. Robert had a horrendous car accident (fell asleep behind the wheel and drove into the back of a bus), which he survived only because of his guardian angel’s protection. He broke almost every bone in his face, lost teeth and a part of his lip and underwent 3 operations. But he was brave and strong and has made a remarkable recovery.”
Isn’t that wonderful? I love the idea of finding your way back to your love after many years apart.
Now onto the photos…
The next two are just priceless, to me anyway: Silja’s reaction on realising that her 16-year-old daughter Anais just caught the bouquet!
Thank you for a great day, Rob & Silja. You are wonderful, and your family and friends are fantastic. I wish you a lifetime of happiness, now that you’re finally together for always.
PS – my second shooter was the wonderful Juanatte Van Schalkwyk of Deanna Photography.