Tiisetso & Sinovuyo
Where and how did you meet?
We worked in the same company. We were friends for about a year and would chat occasionally. One day, Vuyo asked me to go jogging with him. We went and had coffee afterwards; that’s when we realised we had a lot in common. We met up a few more times and one day we kissed… and as they say, the rest is history.
How did he propose?
Vuyo asked me to take half a day’s leave so I could accompany him to a friend’s wedding in Magaliesburg. I took the day off and even bought myself a new pair of shoes for the wedding. We got to Mount Grace, checked in and I started getting ready. When I got out of the shower, Vuyo was sitting on the couch reading a magazine and I noticed a small wrapped box on the table. I chatted away, reminding him we were running late. He said he had bought me a pair of earrings for the wedding. I started unwrapping the box and then he stood up, took the box and opened it. To my surprise there were no earrings in the box; it was a diamond ring. Then he admitted we weren’t going to a wedding; he had actually brought me there to propose. I was very surprised, cried and of course said “Yes”. Then we had dinner in the hotel cellar.
Please provide a short description of your wedding day?
We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day, the perfect complement to our theme of understated elegance against the backdrop of Red Ivory Lodge’s magnificent bush environment. The wedding included a picnic where DJ Paul Mtirara from Metro FM played the top 10 love songs that were a reflection of our love and that of all the couples at the wedding. It was an extremely personal day, from the time I got to spend with my mom and bridesmaids getting ready to the dance with my dad, my first love.
If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be?
As I was walking to the chapel, it started raining, so the picnic in the garden didn’t go as planned. So I’d probably change the weather just for that hour. But, in my culture, rain means blessing… so I guess it’s okay!
What was the highlight of your day?
It was definitely walking down the aisle. It made it real; I realised that my wedding day was finally here and everything that I had been planning for was now happening.
How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife?
Standing next to Vuyo after the pastor announced us husband and wife was actually unreal. I actually felt a sense of relief and excitement because the ceremony was the most important part of the day for both of us. I also enjoyed having our closest friends and family there to witness our special moment with us.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
Both of us were studying towards our Masters degrees when we got married, so we desperately needed the break. We travelled to the Garden Route and actually had an adventure; we walked with elephants in Knysna, enjoyed a canopy tour in Tsitsikamma and stopped over in Oudtshoorn.
What advice would you give to a bride-to-be?
Sit down with your parents and discuss your plans, budget and guest counts so that everyone is on the same page from day one. It’s also important to enjoy your day and not sweat the small stuff.
LIST OF SUPPLIERS AND CONTACT DETAILS BELOW
Photography Mighty Fine Productions +2712 809 0059
Wedding management, design and coordination Petals and Pastels +2782 480 4428
Venue Red Ivory Lodge +2782 493 3212
Wedding gown Zuri Bridal Couture +2772 233 0750
Flowers Petals and Pastels +2782 480 4428
Cake Extreme Wedding Cakes +2711 894 4760
Stationery Petals and Pastels +2782 480 4428