Nthabiseng & Mabuse
Where and how did you meet?
We were both in Sun City with friends – I was on a girl’s weekend, and he was attending a bachelor’s party. Some of our friends knew each other, and so we all met up one night. As a result, our friends love teasing us, singing: “We found love in a hopeless place.”
How did he propose?
On our four-year anniversary we went out to the restaurant where we’d celebrated our second anniversary. After we had received our drinks, he pulled out a jewellery box. I started crying before he could say anything and blurted out, “Yes!” Thank goodness there was a ring in the box and not earrings, otherwise it would have been a very dramatic response!
Please provide a short description of your wedding day
What was important to us was that our guests enjoyed the experience. We wanted everybody to have fun but also feel as if they weren’t just spectators. We were very lucky: Both the bishop of Johannesburg and our church priest presided over our special ceremony and the Imilonji Kantu choir provided wonderful music. Our guests enjoyed the amazing view, canapés and a jazz band. The reception took place with the backdrop of Johannesburg’s city lights, we kept speeches short so that everyone could enjoy the music, dancing and celebration. We also had a superb dessert and cheese display.
If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be?
Aside from having the day last longer, I wouldn’t change anything. It was a perfect day.
What was the highlight of your day?
Picking one highlight is so difficult! The entire day was amazing. But I guess I would have to say the few moments before we entered the reception, when it was just the two of us and no-one was watching – that was very special. We spent a moment just taking in how happy and how lucky we were.
How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife?
It was exciting and overwhelming. It was indescribable to look at each other now that we had made a commitment to each other forever. We felt so lucky and blessed to have found each other and to have fallen in love, not only with each other but with each other’s family and friends as well.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
Sri Lanka. We spent time in Sigriya, Kandy, Galle and Wadduwa.
What advice would you give to a bride-to-be?
Be mindful that your parents and family have been dreaming about this day as much as you have. Pick what is really important to you and ensure that it goes the way you want it to. For the rest, be willing to compromise so that everyone enjoys the day as much as you do!