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wanted Elaine to have a taste, an un­der­stand­ing of my world. Africa is a wild place, beau­ti­ful, yet com­plex,” says chi­ro­prac­tor Dr. Nick Bo­den, 38, who swept TV host and actress Elaine Daly off her feet, not once, but thrice. For not only was there the gar­den wed­ding in the hills of Gent­ing, where the bride and groom’s clos­est friends cel­e­brated their nup­tials, and tra­di­tional Chi­nese tea cer­e­mony with roy­alty-stud­ded re­cep­tion, but Nick whisked his bride off to his home­land of Africa for an in­ti­mate cer­e­mony re­plete with Zulu choir, Sibhaca tribal dancers, and spir­i­tual San­goma bless­ings. Elaine, 38, ad­mits theirs was a bona fide fairy tale, a whirl­wind courtship. “Friends who knew we’d be per­fect for each other ar­ranged a soirée last March where – sur­prise, sur­prise – we were the only sin­gles.” Within months, cute cou­ple pic­tures popped up on their In­sta-feeds. By De­cem­ber they were ex­chang­ing vows.

“The plan,” re­veals Nick, “was to have a tra­di­tional African cer­e­mony filled with cul­tural in­flu­ences from my past. I had a pretty un­ortho­dox up­bring­ing. We orig­i­nated from South Africa, but my fa­ther, a teacher, was fun­da­men­tally op­posed to apartheid. When I was about 10 he moved the fam­ily across the bor­der to Swazi­land, where he started a school that ac­cepted all races and cul­tures. I grew up learn­ing tribal dances and even speak the lan­guage of the land, Siswati, which would have been un­heard of back in Jo­han­nes­burg. I sup­pose that’s why when I ul­ti­mately found my­self in Malaysia years later it was a com­ing home of sorts. Malaysia is a melt­ing pot of cul­tures and eth­nic­i­ties, cuisines and spir­i­tu­al­i­ties, and I fit right in, hav­ing found my­self in Kuala Lumpur through a se­ries of co­in­ci­dences,” says Nick, who af­ter 11 years here now owns his own chi­ro­prac­tic clinic with a ver­i­ta­ble A-list clien­tele. Nick flew Elaine into South Africa first for “a lit­tle time to­gether be­fore the wed­ding” and to show her his old haunts. As an adult he re­turned to South Africa to start his uni­ver­sity ed­u­ca­tion in Dur­ban. “We did a lit­tle of the wine trail through Stel­len­bosch and then, be­cause of her law back­ground I knew she’d find Robben Is­land fas­ci­nat­ing. That was where the late Nel­son Man­dela was in­car­cer­ated. You’re taken on tour by a for­mer prisoner of con­science and as Elaine is in­cred­i­bly pas­sion­ate about hu­man rights I knew she would be moved by the ex­pe­ri­ence. We did all the things you sim­ply must do so she’d get an essence of the place: Ta­ble Moun­tain, pen­guin-watch­ing at Boul­ders Beach. Then we flew half­way across the coun­try to Kruger Na­tional Park, where we were set to go on sa­fari and have the tra­di­tional cer­e­mony. Some­thing to tell the grand­kids.”

Ele­phant-watch­ing at Kruger Na­tional Park the night be­fore the African cer­e­mony

A tra­di­tional Zulu choir sang a mov­ing ren­di­tion of Amaz­ing Grace

Sibhaca dancers led the mer­ri­ment

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