MEET OUR COUPLE OF THE YEAR
They’re quirky, honest and madly in love. Meet competition winners Catherine and Ettienne – FAIRLADY Bride’s Couple of the Year!
Ettienne and Catherine are our winners for 2014
‘We met about three years ago on Facebook. That’s right, Facebook!’ laughs Catherine. At the time, Catherine was working overseas and Ettienne was interning in Stellenbosch. ‘We had no mutual friends and had never met before,’ says Catherine. ‘I liked his status one day and he sent me an inbox message asking how we knew each other. (We didn’t!) From then, we started chatting almost every day. In the month before I came back home, we were Skyping about three times a week, for hours at a time.’ Even though their chats had always been comfortable, Catherine admits she was worried they wouldn’t have the same easy rapport they had cultivated online. ‘But when I walked through the airport doors, he was standing there – what a surprise,’ she says. ‘He asked me to be his girlfriend a week later.’ The two got engaged a year ago. ‘The proposal was very sweet,’ says Catherine. ‘He proposed at the airport, since that was technically where we had first met – face-to-face, anyway!’ Ettienne, under the guise of picking up friends, asked her to come with him. ‘While we were waiting at the boarding gates, he told me he had to run to the bathroom. He was gone for a while. Then suddenly I turned around and there he was, in a suit, guitar in hand, along with his brother and good friend, singing a song for me. There was quite a crowd – my cheeks were blood red! He got down on one knee and proposed. ‘Finding out we won Couple of the
‘We still haven’t quite figured out who added who, but honestly, we can’t imagine our lives apart.’
Year was quite funny, actually,’ says Catherine. ‘Ettienne was about to leave for work when I received the email saying we won. I got so excited that I ran out the door to catch him so I could share the news – but ended up chasing him down the street in his car without him seeing me at all!’ When she got back to the house to give him a call, the mail had mysteriously disappeared. ‘I thought I’d imagined it!’ she laughs. Luckily, it turned up. ‘My phone had somehow moved it into the trash folder. I was so relieved! It’s a fantastic way to start our marriage and we are very grateful.’ ✤