Photos by Dean Maber

Lauren and Chris got married South Africa at The Barn Owl coffee house in Curry's Post in the Midlands, KwaZulu Natal.

This was Lauren's second wedding, and she explained: “A few years ago, I went through a horrible divorce. Cheating idiot husband and all that horrible stuff. Anyway, I left, I felt liberated, and I found myself. Then I found Chris on Tinder and we pretty much fell in love within our first few words to each other. It was almost like every path in both of our lives lead us to each other and to this exact moment. I consider Chris and our love to be a beautiful little reward at the end of a complicated journey.”

The couple asked Lauren's dad to officiate the ceremony of their small wedding. The couple served drinks during the ceremony so that their 50 guests could get tipsy while Lauren and Chris said “I do”

We love the couple's wedding vows… we think these are the perfect vows for a second marriage.

Bride's Vows:

I give you my promise that from this day forward, you will never walk alone.
Whatever door we come to, we open it together. Hand in hand.
I vow to help us develop as individuals and as a team.
To grow along with you.

To simply love you.
When our love is simple, and when it is an effort.
To see all of your magic, and to remind you of it when you have forgotten.
I vow to always give you:
the patience that love demands.
my time to watch the movies you choose.
the energy to keep this love alive.
the willingness to compromise.
a shelf for your collectables.

To be forever faithful.
To love your family as my own.
To show up for you every day and to never stop trying.
To remember that true love is when two people make each other love themselves more.
You make me more and it is because of you that I wake up braver each day.
You are my best decision.
My greatest friend.
My proudest moment.
My good old days, my right now and my always will be.
My reward.

All my life, I’ve been making my way to you.
I’m staying.

Groom's Vows:

I give you my promise that from this day forward, you will never walk alone.
Whatever door we come to, we open it together. Hand in hand.
I vow to help us develop as individuals and as a team.
To grow along with you.

To simply love you.
When our love is simple, and when it is an effort.
To see all of your magic, and to remind you of it when you have forgotten.
I vow to always give you:
the patience that love demands.
memories that we can fill our home with.
the energy to keep this love alive.
the willingness to compromise.
my time with your people to fill up your “extrovert jar”.

To be forever faithful.
To love your family as my own.
To show up for you every day and to never stop trying.
To remember that true love is when two people make each other love themselves more.
You make me more and it is because of you that I wake up happier each day.
You are my best decision.
My greatest friend.
My proudest moment.
My good old days, my right now and my always will be.
My finally.

All my life, I’ve been waiting for you.
I’m never letting you go.

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