Sweethearts finally marry after 53 years

2013-06-24 00:00

LESLEY Smith, now Presmeg, could not stop smiling as she finally wed her sweetheart a day after her 71st birthday.

On Saturday, the Presmegs, hand in hand, said their vows in front of friends and family in a simple but moving garden wedding.

Geddes cracked jokes throughthe ceremony, while Lesley buried her head in his chest.

The guests burst into applause when the groom finally got to kiss his bride.

Lesley and Geddes, who were teenage sweethearts, reconnected after 50 years, thanks to Lesley’s son Hilton, who helped her find Geddes on Facebook.

“I was on Facebook, and my mom came to me and asked me to type in his name, that’s how we found him,” said a happy Hilton as he watched his mother and new stepfather take pictures after the ceremony. “I’m so happy for my mother. She really deserves this.”

Dressed in a purple dress suit given to her by her best friend, Lesley was over the moon to finally be Mrs Presmeg: “I’m so ecstatic. This should have happened years ago.”

Geddes was equally delighted as he planted kisses on his bride after the ceremony. “It only took me 53 years to marry her, but I finally did it.” he joked.

There were no bridesmaids or groomsmen. The only hymn sung was To God be the Glory, the hymn that the couple consider the theme song of their lives. The guests were treated to a finger lunch after the ceremony. The couple wanted the wedding to be natural and laid-back.

Although both of them are originally from Durban, Geddes moved to the UK in 1960. Lesley moved to Pietermaritzburg a couple of years ago to take care of her brother who is very ill. Her brother was too frail to attend the wedding, but he gave her his approval and blessing.

“My brother gave the marriage his blessing. He said that he feels better now that he knows I will be taken care of.”

Lesley will move to Geddes’s home in Northumberland in the UK in September after her passport and visa are sorted out. They will be going on honeymoon at the end of the year.

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