Childhood friends find love years later

Ryno and Marilize Smith after their wedding on 11 April at Slipperfields Wedding Venue. Picture:  AFTER EFFECT PHOTOGRAPHY
Ryno and Marilize Smith after their wedding on 11 April at Slipperfields Wedding Venue. Picture: AFTER EFFECT PHOTOGRAPHY

WHEN Ryno Smith asked God for the perfect wife for him, he never imagined that the woman God had in store for him was one he had known for years, Ryno said as he exclaimed how Marilize Eybers “fit the description 100%”.

Marilize, 24, and Ryno, 26, had known each other for 16 years, having both attended the same schools, Laerskool Tjaart van der Walt, as well as Otto du Plessis High School. But regardless of being in each other’s orbit all those years, the couple only started dating during Marilize’s first year of nursing college in 2010.

Whenever Marilize broached the topic of marriage, Ryno’s old Afrikaans roots would sink in and Marilize would be met with the response “eendag op ‘ n reëndag”. However, on November 27 2013, on an overcast day at The Coachman Restaurant in Summerstrand, after the couple had been dating for three years and seven months, with rain trickling down, Ryno proposed.

“I just went blank and then started laughing hysterically and when I realised what was happening, I hurriedly said yes,” Marilize said.

The couple’s fairytale wedding came into being on Aprill 11 this year and the intimate guest list of family and close friends were met with a rustic-themed wedding at Slipperfields Wedding Venue.

Marilize said that she could not have asked for a more perfect day, saying that “Ryno had my ring custom-made, just looking at it gives me butterflies”.

Photographer Ronaldo Haring, of Aftereffect Photography, commented that the weather could not have been more picture-perfect.

The peaceful town of Knysna was the honeymoon destination the couple picked. It did rain most of the time, but it did not put a damper on their special time.

“I definitely feel like a part of Ryno’s family, being around them since my days at Laerskool Tjaart van der Walt and all,” the new bride said.

When asked about married life, Ryno said “love is more than just a word. In everything that you do for each other, do it with love”.

Marilize said their love for one another had grown from strength to strength and that life without Ryno would be “unimaginable”.

Although the couple cannot wait to get home from work every day to spend time together, they have also learnt the balance of allowing one another personal space.

-Storm Olivier

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