It was love at first sight for young NONKUTHALO and REAR­A­BETSWE THITHI when they met at univer­sity.

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My hus­band and I met at the Univer­sity of Cape Town. We were study­ing in the same fac­ulty and met on the first day of O - Week. About a year later we started dat­ing and have been to­gether ever since.

My favourite mo­ment of our wed­ding was when we were stand­ing in front of our guests, about to say our vows, and my un­cle drove right in front of us in his yel­low bakkie, spoil­ing the view for ev­ery­one. Rabi and I looked at each other and we both started laugh­ing. We knew at that point that noth­ing was in our con­trol and we had to just re­lax and en­joy the day. Noth­ing went wrong that day be­cause we made room for any­thing to hap­pen. We were just so happy to be mar­ried.

We faced many chal­lenges putting our wed­ding to­gether, but that’s part of the process. We re­alised very early that a wed­ding is not only about the peo­ple get­ting mar­ried, but their fam­i­lies, friends and com­mu­nity too. It’s what makes a wed­ding so spe­cial. We planned ev­ery­thing our­selves, so it was tough some­times, but we felt so blessed to have the op­por­tu­nity to celebrate our union. We fo­cused on get­ting mar­ried and tried not to stress about the rest. It’s easy to get worked up over small de­tails, but on the day you don’t re­mem­ber any of them and they do not change how spe­cial the day is.

Lead­ing up to the wed­ding, I felt ex­cited know­ing that we wanted to be mar­ried and start our life to­gether. It was not about the wed­ding for us, but all the ad­ven­tures that would hap­pen once we said “I do”. We or­gan­ised the wed­ding in about four months.

Our big day was so much fun. That’s the best way to de­scribe it. We had a great time from be­gin­ning to end. Ev­ery­thing was very re­laxed. We didn’t have a lot of speeches planned, so ev­ery­one was able to en­joy them­selves. It was the most beau­ti­ful day, and the sky was blue all day long. It was truly blessed from be­gin­ning to end. We had games for all the guests to play be­cause we love do­ing those kinds of things with our friends. We even played ta­ble ten­nis to­gether on the day.

The most ful­fill­ing part of our wed­ding was watch­ing our fam­i­lies come to­gether. They were so in­volved, and it meant ev­ery­thing to us to see them cel­e­brat­ing with us and be­ing gen­uinely happy. It was in­cred­i­ble for ev­ery­one to be in one place, just en­joy­ing be­ing to­gether. It re­ally was such a happy day.

I wanted a very sim­ple dress as I am a sim­ple per­son. My mom helped me choose a Pronovias dress with a clas­sic neck­line with thick straps. It’s off- white, all made of silk, with but­tons all the way down the train.

We chose a min­i­mal­ist decor scheme be­cause the wed­ding was in the most beau­ti­ful area, our fam­ily home in the Transkei, Eastern Cape. We wanted the nat­u­ral beauty of the place to come through, not the decor.

There isn’t a thing I’d change about my big day. We had the best time and are so happy we did it, but be­ing mar­ried is so much more fun. We wouldn’t want to change that.

The song that sums up my wed­ding day is My First, My Last, My Ev­ery­thing by Barry White, be­cause that’s the song we had our first dance to. Ev­ery time we hear it, we re­mem­ber our day and start to dance.

For our hon­ey­moon, we chose Mozam­bique and Viet­nam be­cause we wanted to g o some­where we could do some­thing dif­fer­ent and just en­joy be­ing tog ether.

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