Phinda with the Rosies
Since Jen came on board last year, we have introduced a travel portion to our blog and instagram feed, fondly dubbed, Wanderlust Wednesday, attributed to her absolute love of travel.
With this “new” addition, we hope to give brides and grooms inspiration and some first hand information; pros + cons and tips + tricks on possible destinations for their own honeymoons.
Today, however, we are sharing something a little different.
We have so many readers, who continue to follow Hooray long after the wedding dress has been packed away, and the photo-album has pride of place on the coffee table.
Marc + Caley Rosenberg (The Rosies) spent a portion of their Honeymoon at Phinda Mountain Lodge and have made every attempt to return as often as possible. This year for their 9 year anniversary they returned to the Forest Lodge to celebrate and reconnect.
I often use the analogy,
“Your marriage is like a car, it needs to be serviced regularly”
and whether you do this is with a grand getaways or simple, slow Sunday sleep-ins, taking
time to celebrate and invest in your marriage, and each other is so important.
Marc and Caley are the epitome of this, and we are so excited to have them share with us today. Over to you guys…
Marc and I meet in 2005 on a local nite club dance floor – we were introduced, sparks flew and it was literally love at first sight. A year later, our stars aligned and we shared our first kiss in the pouring rain. We spent three years dating long distance between South Africa and the United Kingdom before Marc got down on one knee and proposed in his family home amongst flowers and candles.
In 2010, we got married at the then recently opened Fairmont Zimbali hotel with the most beautiful King Proteas, a guest list of 250 friends and a conference room that turned into our very own disco and nite club. It was one of the best nights of out lives and we danced the night away until 4am.
- Love yourself. It may sound silly or selfish but there is so much truth in saying you cannot love anyone until you love yourself. It’s also hard to accept and receive love when you don’t have the same love for yourself.
- Communicate. Being open and honest and having full trust in each other is what has seen us through some difficult times – years of long distance, hectic schedules and busy careers, and parenting three baby girls. You have to keep talking, not secrets.
- Prioritise time for each. Don’t cancel your time together, stop finding excuses, make it happen. It is surprising at how you can fill your love taels and truly reconnect when you have quality, alone, one-on-one time.
- Be your spouse’s biggest encourager, not their biggest critic. Don’t say negative things about each other. Speak highly of your partner, to them and about them. There is power in complimenting your spouse and speaking highly of them to other people. Your mouth speaks what your heart is full of.
- Be truthful always. The foundation of trust both ways.
- Support your spouse’s dreams and encourage them always, never let them lose sight of their passion.
- Communicate as best you can. This creates expectations and always best in one on one environments.
- Speak positively about your spouse in public, and constantly life them up. Love them for who they are and don’t try to change them.
- Laugh together. Often.
Rosies, thank you so much for sharing with us.
Congratulations on the wonderful 9 years of marriage and for sharing your top tips with us. We look forward to seeing what surprises your magical 10 year anniversary will include.
If you would like to keep up with Caley and her life with Marc and their 3 gorgeous little girls, you can follow her over at Ellie Love Blog
If you would like to book your honeymoon at one of the &Beyond destinations, you can get in touch here.