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The wedding I attended in Cape Town South Africa was for Gig Harbor native Morgana Wingard. She graduated from Gig Harbor High School in 2001 and went on to Pepperdine University in Calif. I have been friends with her mother Charlyn Wingard (architect) for about 25 years, meeting when our daughters were on the same competitive gymnastic team. The Wingard’s have deep family roots in Gig Harbor. Following college Morgana moved to New York to pursue her passion of photography. Working with world mission/humanitarian organizations she went on to live in India & Africa. While in Liberia, about 4 years ago, she met and fell in love with Jaco Besser, a native South Africian who is a helicopter pilot. They chose Cape Town Africa as their home base since they frequently travel in that part of the world. They are currently building a new home there.
As a suggestion for couples planning a destination wedding I recommend that prior to traveling to another country to be married you legally get married at your local Court House here in the US . Carry the marriage certificate with you when traveling. This will both ease any travel hassles and give you freedom to choose anyone you prefer to be the officiant in your destination country.
Guests traveled to Cape Town from all over Africa and the US for the wedding that was held on Wednesday November 8, 2017. Formal wedding activities were scheduled for 4 days prior and the 2 days after the bride & groom took many guests to a safari resort/preserve. South Africa is a wine mecca. Our pre-wedding sight seeing trips blended with exclusive wine tasting to 5 different wineries. My favorite was Cape Point where we had a 5-star dinner with 5-star views. At the Warwick the bride and groom drank from a very special wedding cup (picture below). Fairview Winery dates back to 1693. As you enter the estate you first encounter goats in a grand enclosure and wine pairing was with their specialty cheeses. Next was Spier Winery where they paired their chocolate with their wine.
The wedding took place in a very grand private home located on the white sand beach of the Atlantic. With large glass doors that opened to the beach yard and pool patio. With polished marble floors throughout it lent nicely for dancing. I loved the tent awning off the patio where dinner was served. Tents are the best solution for extending event space and adding ambiance. The totally awesome flowers were done by bridesmaid and designer Katie from Issaquah (Clary Sage Studio). Arrangements were centered around my favorite flower the king protea. It is the national flower of South Africa, and thought to be a symbol of courage and transformation. Robyn the event planner did everything else from all the signs, photo booth, lanterns, and the fun dance floor confetti poppers. Enjoy this photo gallery (wedding photographer Stefan Smuts) of just a few of the amazing details that went into this special occasion. It was well worth traveling to the other side of the world! Congratulations Morgana and Jaco!