I do… at last!

Suf­fo­cate is one lucky guy. One minute he’s en­gaged to Pu­leng and about to pay lobola, the next he’s ty­ing the knot with his baby­mama Niki.

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t was clear from their first meet­ing back in 2012 that Niki and suf­fo­cate (Nolo phiri and Mduduzi Mabaso) had the hots for each other. But cir­cum­stances kept them apart – cir­cum­stances like the fact that suffo was meant to marry his ex-fi­ancée pu­leng (Te­bogo Khalo). Fate in­ter­vened and suffo dropped pu­leng in June this year and now, on Tues­day 5 au­gust, rhythm Cit­i­zens (pun in­tended!) gather to wit­ness the blush­ing bride and her dash­ing groom ex­change their “i do’s”.

“Niki is ner­vous and ex­cited, but more im­por­tantly anx­ious to see the day fol­low through with­out drama,” says Nolo of her char­ac­ter wor­ry­ing that pu­leng might ruin the big day. “Niki wants this badly, this life with the man she loves.” But the groom’s mind is def­i­nitely not with his beloved on their day. suffo loves his baby­mama Niki, but he’s still hooking up with his ex on the side. “Dur­ing the wed­ding, he thinks about pu­leng and what she might be feel­ing, which makes him feel guilty. suffo still has feel­ings for pu­leng and there’s noth­ing he can do about it,” Mduduzi ex­plains. sounds like the door’s open for some drama in this new­ly­wed cou­ple’s future…

Suffo uses his wed­ding day to catch up with his old buddy S’bu (now played by Pal­lance Dladla). Is it just us or does Suffo look a lit­tle ner­vous (on the right)

as he waits for his bride? Bash (Siphiwe Mt­shali) is adorable walk­ing his sis­ter down the aisle. The cer­e­mony was shot at a church in Or­lando East, Soweto back in May. Dash­ing – the gents look all kinds of dap­per in their suits that were bought at men’s boutique Bog­art

in Rose­bank, Joburg. You can’t miss the bows on the brides­maids’ Ginny Nkomo

de­signed dresses. How pre­cious is Niki’s flower girl? And don’t the bride and

her maid of hon­our Gail (Pam An­drews) look amaz­ing?

They had to reshoot this scene over and over – it seems Mduduzi isn’t used to tak­ing off a bride’s veil and mak­ing it look ro­man­tic.

The rings are from Top Jewellers in Eastgate in Joburg – the soap didn’t want to tell us the cost. And Suffo’s flashy Rolex

was rented from a crewmem­ber’s friend. Con­tem­plat­ing your real wed­ding,

Nolo? The ac­tress says that her char­ac­ter’s wed­ding has in­spired her and that she’s “lucky enough to treat this wed­ding as my dress re­hearsal”. With their char­ac­ters hap­pily mar­ried, both Mduduzi and Nolo say that they’ve learnt that a wed­ding’s not only for the two get­ting mar­ried, it’s also a time for fam­ily and friends to re­joice to­gether. Cheeky best man S’bu sneaks a snap with the bride as the bridal party leaves the church.

The team sourced Niki’s heels in the Jozi CBD and added rib­bon ac­ces­sories for drama.

You’d be for­given for think­ing that Mercedes Benz spon­sored the wed­ding, but the ret­inue cars

were ac­tu­ally hired from Avis. David Ge­naro (Jamie Bartlett) hauled out his tra­di­tional Scot­tish kilt for the big event and looks ev­ery part the

gen­tle­man along­side Gail.

The new­ly­weds en­joy their time on the dance­floor. Mduduzi had the cast and crew cry­ing with laugh­ter between takes

with his crazy im­prov dance moves. Pop it! The boys loved shoot­ing this scene… mostly be­cause it took three reshoots – and that meant three bot­tles of bub­bly. Love is cer­tainly in the air. Jafta and Rose (far left) and Mamokete and Kop (far right – Con­nie Chi­ume and Set­labi Tauyane) show the young­sters how it’s done. And who’s that with Caro­line (Dieket­seng

Mnisi) in the mid­dle? Just an ex­tra. Just be­cause it’s a white wed­ding doesn’t mean that tra­di­tion falls away – the mar­ried women sweep the ground to pave a new path­way for the cou­ple. Siphiwe is ev­ery bit the cast clown and kept his col­leagues in stitches even between takes. So that’s where Suffo gets his sharp dress sense – his

un­cle (Ernest Ndlovu) couldn’t be hap­pier that his nephew’s get­ting mar­ried.

Fa­ther and daugh­ter Jafta and Mam­pho (Sandile Dlamini and Itumeleng Bok­aba) look daz­zling, but where’s mama

Rose? Ac­tress El­iz­a­beth Serunye wasn’t avail­able on the day of the wed­ding shoot.

It took the soap’s Head Of Wardrobe Sheli Ny­athi and her team a month to put to­gether

all the out­fits for the day. Say what? Suffo’s just found out that his best man has dis­ap­peared with ex-flame Gail right be­fore he’s meant to give his speech. The crew had to reshoot Mam­pho catch­ing the bou­quet a cou­ple of times be­cause

ac­tress Itumeleng kept miss­ing it.

Rhythm City brought in Naima Kay to per­form her hit bal­lad Shay­izandla for the re­cep­tion. It turns out Nolo and Mduduzi are huge fans and they couldn’t help ask­ing for pho­tos with her af­ter shoot­ing their scenes. De­signer Ginny Nkomo at Bling Cou­ture used 5m of Duchess satin and 2m of beaded lace to make Niki’s re­cep­tion dress.

Amo­ge­lang Chidi and Itumeleng are just as tight in real life as their char­ac­ters Reneilwe and Mam­pho are on­screen. Their pretty dresses were sourced in Dubai by

the soap’s sup­plier Vero Odaro.

While their char­ac­ters David and Lerato have no time for each other, there’s noth­ing but love between

Jamie and Samkelo Ndlovu. Mduduzi had a busy day with the wardrobe team. This is still his wed­ding suit and he had a re­cep­tion suit that’s a bit more laid­back – check it out in his danc­ing pic with his bride be­low. It looks like Siphiwe never stops laugh­ing – here he’s sharing a laugh and joke with

co-stars Amo­ge­lang and Itumeleng. It’s party time – the new­ly­weds and their friends jam up a storm on the dance­floor. The show’s still de­cid­ing

on what to do with the bride’s dresses – giv­ing them away to two

lucky view­ers is one op­tion…

What a mouth-wa­ter­ing dis­play! Sadly the cake’s just a prop and comes from The Cake & Cookie Co. The cup­cakes and other treats? Those are all real.

The art team pushed the win­ter weather back and used warm shades of yel­low all over the re­cep­tion set

at Sasani Stu­dios in Jozi. Talk about eye catch­ing – it’s

im­pos­si­ble to miss Sis Bee (Them­bise Matu) in her House

Of Chaso-de­signed out­fit. Of Niki’s re­cep­tion dress, Rhythm City’s wardrobe head Sheli Ny­athi says that “we wanted some­thing that would make her feel sexy. It was about show­ing off her beau­ti­ful body [and tat­too] and as­sets even though

Niki’s preg­gers”. The set de­sign­ers bought the flow­ers from Flower Cen­tre

Florist and at the flower mar­ket in City Deep, Joburg. The set de­sign­ers went all-out for the re­cep­tion and it shows – look at how

pretty the ta­bles look! The cast and crew were given strict in­struc­tions not to touch the cook­ies, cup­cakes and other sweet treats – they were only

for the shoot. How mean! All the table­ware

was strictly for dec­o­ra­tion – you’ll no­tice that only the

grooms­men are drink­ing (nat­u­rally).

Look­ing good – and we’re not just talk­ing about the bride and her groom. Niki’s bou­quet was dec­o­rated with Swarovski pins to pro­vide sparkle and ele­gance!

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