And here we are at the end of 2022. The last two years have been interesting to say the least, with things starting to feel normal again.

This year, Runaway Romance turned 8. I celebrated 4 years of owning this amazing company and brand.

The last 2 years feels like they could be compressed into 6 months. 2020 started off busy with a lot of international bookings… then lockdown hit and that was that. Though one of the couples who were getting married in 2020 eventually tied the knot this year.

2020 and 2021 became more focused on South African couples. It was nice to work with “locals”.  To be honest, things were really busy every time restrictions moved down a level, provincial travel opened and alcohol went on sale again. South Africans are all about making the most of a little wiggle room!

Personally, 2022 was a really tough year for me but I did get to enjoy some amazing things. My mother and I went to the Chelsea Flower Show (2 years late) and I was fortunate to join in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Over the last year and a half, my marriage officer side hustle took me to incredible places, like a ceremony on a barge in Marakele, the Kruger Park, with hippos calling close by, wine farms in the Cape, a beach in Mozambique and forest in Tzaneen. I also met so many amazing couples. It is truly such an honor to be a small part of these incredible love stories.

At the end, I have come out stronger and happier and ready to make my couples special days even better than expected, filled with love and happiness. In return, they restore my faith in love and all the goodness that can be found in the world. They show me what true love and respect looks like and that we shouldn’t expect anything less.

For 2023, I hope to keep meeting amazing couples, working with fantastic suppliers and helping people live their happy ever after. Here’s to a year filled with love and happiness!

Wishing everyone a kickass 2023!

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