Dudu & Orapeleng
Where and how did you meet?
We met at a friend’s wedding in Kimberley in December, 2009. We’d both traveled down from Gauteng for the weekend. We exchanged details and then started going out together.
How did he propose?
I’m obviously a very deep sleeper, because I woke up one morning to find a ring on my finger and a little note from him telling me how he wanted me to be part of his life forever. I guess he measured the ring while I was sleeping as well, as it fit perfectly!
Please provide a short description of your wedding day.
On the days leading up to the wedding I was calm, but on the Big Day I was very nervous and concerned about whether everything was going to be perfect and amazing. It had been raining for days, so I was worried that the weather would spoil the wedding. But on the day, the sun came out, I had breakfast with my mom and bridesmaids, my nerves calmed and the excitement took over.I was amazed at how quickly the day went by; I wanted to make time stop. This wasn’t our first wedding, however; we had been married traditionally twice before. But it was a completely new feeling, being blessed by the priest.
If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be?
I don’t think I would change anything. It took us about a year to plan the wedding, and overall everything went picture-perfectly.
What was the highlight of your day?
My highlight was finally being declared husband and wife, and our first dance. Also, when Orapeleng made a speech and cried. He’s not an emotional person, so that really touched me. His highlight was when I walked down the aisle
How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife?
It felt amazing. It was the start of our very long and happy marriage, the final step to becoming husband and wife, something we had been waiting and praying for, for such a long time.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We spent two glorious weeks in Mauritius.
What advice would you give to a bride-to-be?
Involve the groom in the whole process. Orapeleng had such great ideas and I think if he hadn’t been involved, he would have felt left out. We grew very close throughout the whole process, working together as a team.