We all have these photos … throwback photos!

It’s described as ‘nostalgia-inducing pictures … from a different era of your life”.

Every Thursday we will throw a photo of ‘way back when’ on our blog. Why on a Thursday? Because it’s just a day away from the weekend … and we love weekends!

You are welcome to join in or just enjoy the photos (#TB Thursday).


We have planned a different photo for today’s #TB Thursday, but …

Today’s throwback photo is of our wedding on 4 May 1996. I can honestly say that it was the happiest day in my life. But today, this is a bittersweet memory.

The photo shown here is also not the best quality picture of that happy day, but as our lives are currently stretched between two provinces (and our wedding album is more than a 1000km away from us), it is the only photo available.

Our wedding day

On our wedding day, our friends played a huge role in helping create wonderful memories. To name a few:

  • Help decorating the church and reception venue
  • There were last minute alterations to my wedding dress
  • A couple were hosts who received our guests
  • A very talented lady sang a beautiful song in church
  • The tables were loaded with delicious food
  • There was an amazing band playing all our favourite songs
  • … and then there were a good friend who drove me to church

And that is where the bittersweet memory lies today. Our wedding car driver, Dawie, died unexpectedly earlier this week. He was not a man of many words, but I remember that afternoon on our wedding day, when he opened the car door for me, he smiled slightly and said: “You look beautiful, but come on, we have to go. We can’t make Berto wait for you any longer”.

I wish we had a photo of Dawie on our wedding in today’s #TB Thursday – I know there is one of him in our wedding album (but he didn’t like the camera very much, so that one probably isn’t that great either).

This post is dedicated to a good friend of ours with whom we had really fun and memorable times – Dawie, may you rest in peace.

The above photo was scanned


59 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #8

    1. Thank you so much Aiva – that is such a lovely thing to say 🌸. After 27 years, I still love my wedding dress (it was the first dress I tried on and I immediately fell in love with it)! Dear Dawie was a kind-hearted person and will surely be missed … thank you for your message.

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    1. Thank you Jo 💌 … he was a true friend and I’m happy we can look back at the wonderful times we spent together (having wonderful braai’s around the fire). And thanks for the compliment (I’m still looking for a bride that doesn’t look gorgeous on her wedding day 😉). It was indeed a wonderful day – surrounded by our family and many friends!


  1. Bittersweet indeed, so sad when someone we hold dear passes away. You both look lovely in the wedding photo and I liked it that your friends got together to help make the day extra special. So much nicer than a ‘wedding planner event of today’!

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    1. That’s true Marion – we know it’s inevitable, but it’s still very sad. Thank you for your lovely compliment … yes, we had about 50 ‘wedding planners’ and they made sure it was a day never to be forgotten 😁.

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    1. Aw, thank you for your kind words Carolyn 🌸. Dawie was not a person who liked it when you made a fuss about him, but he was dearly loved by all of his friends. You know what … on our wedding day I thought I have never seen a more handsome man than Berto … and I still think so today 😀.


  2. Oh Corna, I’m so sorry to hear about Dawie. I often find that those of few words are some of the best people. He was right, you did look beautiful that day, and Berto is as dashing as other throwback photos I’ve seen. Wonderful memories I’m sure, hoping to see a few more one day.

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    1. Thank you so much Leighton – your kind words are much appreciated. Yes, I have to agree with you about those of few words … some of them made a deep impact in my own life. And thank you for your kind compliment – it was such an amazing day (which sometimes feels like just the other day)!

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    1. Aw Christie, thank you so much for your kind words (and compliment). You’re right, our dear friends are in our hearts forever. Our wedding day was such a fun and happy day … it’s amazing how we still remember all the detail after 27 years 🙂.

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  3. Baie jammer om van jul verlies te hoor, Corna. Sterkte aan al Dawie se vriende en familie. Mens is dankbaar vir daardie handjievol fotos uit die dae voor digitale kameras wat soveel gelukkige herinneringe kan oproep.

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    1. Baie dankie Dries. Ja, dis waar … ek het die afgelope vakansie weer heerlik deur ons ou albums geblaai en daar’s soveel mooi herinneringe. Ons is nou weer terug in die Oos-Kaap (na ons heerlik gekamp het en nogmaals gekamp het 😉), so, noudat alles weer terug na normaal is, hoop ek om bietjie op te vang met julle blog. Voorspoed vir 2023 – mag dit ‘n avontuurlike jaar vir julle wees (met hope pragtige foto’s)!

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    1. Oh Hannah, thank you so much for your kind comments (Berto was a real looker on our wedding day 😉). Looking back on our wedding day, it is filled with so many happy moments … and our friends were a big part of it. That is why it is so sad to lose some of them over the years 😔.


    1. That is so lovely of you to say that … thank you so much 🌸. That’s why we love looking back at our photos … although some of them may bring sad memories, we’re so happy we have these to remind us of really wonderful moments/family/friends.

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  4. You’re were a beautiful bride and of course Berto your charming prince looked handsome too. It will be 27 years of marriage for us too, this year. I’m so sorry for your loss, condolences to you and Berto , sending you a big comforting hug Corna<3

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      1. I have a very similar wedding photo/pose and I’m sure if I could see the rest of your photos, we’ll find more similarities because of then (too young to say back in the days) 😉

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      2. Yes, in the 90’s there were a certain ‘range’ of photos that were standard practice at weddings. If I get my hands on our wedding album sometime, I might just post a few … which you will probably recognise in your own wedding 😉.

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