Player wins his Cinderella

MR AND MRS OOSTHUIZEN: Devin and Lindy had a vintage-style wedding at Lombardini Game Farm
MR AND MRS OOSTHUIZEN: Devin and Lindy had a vintage-style wedding at Lombardini Game Farm

Devin and Lindy add romantic touches, including special shoes, to big day.

Former EP Kings loose forward Devin Oosthuizen is officially off the market. Devin, 26, said “I do” to Jeffreys Bay resident and teacher Lindy Murray, 28, in a vintage-style wedding at Mentorskraal on December 6.

“We had our church service at Mentorskraal in their chapel and the reception was at Lombardini Game Farm [just outside Jeffreys Bay],” Lindy said.

Special guests included EP Kings players Darron Nell, David Bulbring, Scott van Breda, Cheetahs’ player BG Uys and Wayne Stevens from the Griquas.

But the real guest of honour was Lindy’s father, James. Her father was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and the doctors painted a grim picture so when he walked his daughter down the aisle, it was a real celebration.

“It was such a blessed time of family and celebration. Especially since we were told he wouldn’t make it.”

The couple made their special day even more memorable with surprise touches.

Lindy said: “I bought shoes and I sewed ‘JUST MAR-RIED’ on them. My shoes were white, with the letters ‘JU’ on the left shoe ‘JU’, and ‘ST’ on the right. Dev’s were denim, the left foot with the letters ‘MAR’, and the right foot ‘RIED’.

“Dev didn’t know about the shoes. I left them on our seats at our table at the reception and we wore the shoes for our first dance. When I got ready, Dev asked his brother to drop off a book for me. He wrote me the most beautiful letter to read before I made my way down the aisle.”

Devin does not like wearing rings and said he would have to take it off every time he played a game so he surprised Lindy with a tattoo of her name on his ring finger two weeks before the wedding.

Lindy believes in personal touches and roped in her mother and sisters, Judy and Chantelle, to help. “I really wanted our wedding to be personal. I wanted an authentic atmosphere and that is why we made a lot of the decor and the gifts ourselves.

“Judy made gorgeous bell sticks for confetti.

“My favourite was our table seating scratch cards from Words with Wings. The guests had to find a scratch card with their name on and scratch a heart shaped scratch patch, which revealed their table number. I attached packed sweetheart sweets to the bottom of each scratch card,” Lindy said.

It was a memorable day for both. Devin said: “I was very relaxed. Not your average groom I suppose. I just focused on us and starting our life together. I took in every moment.

“There is something very special about family and friends coming together in the presence of God to witness your wedding day.”

The couple enjoyed their honeymoon in Mauritius before Devin set off for Bloemfontein. Lindy will join Devin at the end of the month where he is contracted to play for the Cheetahs. “We are very excited about our new journey,” Lindy said.

– Catherine Richards

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