How we met...

Glamour (South Africa) - - Relationtips -

Michelle, 33, and Rory Ram­say, 36

“I was five years old when I was in­vited to be a flower girl at the wed­ding of a cou­ple who went to the same church as my grand­par­ents. I took my role very se­ri­ously and walked du­ti­fully down the aisle, all dressed up in pink and pur­ple bows, and hold­ing the hand of an eightyear-old boy called Rory, who was just as ex­cited in his shiny grey suit.

“Twenty-seven years later, my un­cle, who is a doc­tor, asked if he could in­tro­duce me to one of his pa­tients, as he be­lieved we would get on well. Af­ter be­ing sin­gle for many years, I felt quite ner­vous about dat­ing, but I recog­nised Rory’s name from all those years ago and was cu­ri­ous to con­nect with him. We chat­ted on the phone a cou­ple of times, as Rory was trav­el­ling abroad, and then ar­ranged to meet for cof­fee when he got back.

“I will never for­get Rory’s warmth at that first date. My nerves sim­ply van­ished the minute I walked in and he gave me a hug to say hello. I felt this sense of fa­mil­iar­ity that was amaz­ing, as if we had al­ways known each other. We were close from the very be­gin­ning on­wards.

“By our se­cond date, a week later, we both knew that this was it and not even a year had passed be­fore we were hap­pily en­gaged.

“As for that wed­ding when we had first met as chil­dren, the mem­ory was in the air on our wed­ding day. ‘Look at how Rory is smil­ing at you,’ said my dad, as he walked me down the aisle. And it was true: Rory was beam­ing as he had when he was eight years old.”

Faith Rauben­heimer, 25, and Blake Sarem­bock, 26

“In 2012, my friend Lorien Jarze­bowski and I went to a Beartrap trance party in the Western Cape. Blake was there with a friend who knew Lorien and the four of us chat­ted for a while, but I didn’t pay much at­ten­tion; I was only in­ter­ested in get­ting to the dance floor!

“A good few hours later, I found my­self wan­der­ing through the freez­ing night, look­ing for Lorien who had the car keys – and all of my warm clothes locked in the boot of her car. I had for­got­ten Blake’s name, but I spot­ted him sleep­ing in the back of his bakkie between a moun­tain of very invit­ing pil­lows, and I told my­self that I had two choices: to freeze my butt off in the cold or to climb in the bakkie and cud­dle up to an al­most-stranger. I chose the se­cond op­tion.

“When Blake woke up, he was thor­oughly con­fused, but I as­sured him that I’d only used him for warmth and we went back to the dance floor.

“I re­ally thought this was the end of it, but I was wrong. Blake got my num­ber from Lorien and he pretty much stalked me for five months af­ter that. He was ab­so­lutely re­lent­less in his courtship, al­ways go­ing out of his way to make me smile. And so, he be­come my best friend be­fore we had even started a ro­mance. He told me, ‘I’ll ei­ther talk you into hat­ing me or lov­ing me.’ And I ended up lov­ing him, of course!”

I got rather in­tox­i­cated. I was look­ing for a phone charger when I spot­ted a guy sit­ting qui­etly at the back of the room, like a wall­flower. He handed me his charger and I dropped my phone about three times, try­ing to plug it in.

“A few min­utes later, he looked at me and said, ‘I know you.’ I rolled my eyes and thought, ‘I haven’t heard that line be­fore.’ But he re­minded me of our in­ter­view. It was Ol­wethu and I was at his ex-girl­friend’s farewell party! They had re­cently split up be­cause she was re­lo­cat­ing to Joburg.

“We got talk­ing and it turned out he was also liv­ing in Cape Town now. At the end of the evening, he walked me to the train sta­tion like a true gen­tle­man. I took his num­ber and called him the next day.

“Our first date, a week later, was a pic­nic at the Arderne Gar­dens, and it was the start of two won­der­ful years of get­ting to know each other. Amaz­ingly, we dis­cov­ered that there had been many serendip­i­tous mo­ments when we were at the same event at the same time. The uni­verse was try­ing to bring us to­gether and it fi­nally suc­ceeded.”

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