‘Most de­serv­ing’ cou­ple win their dream wed­ding pack­age

Man’s at­tempt to sur­prise his fi­ancée pays off with R200 000 prize

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - JA­NIS KIN­N­EAR

SE­CRETLY, he col­lected news­pa­per clip­pings of­fer­ing vi­tal clues to what he hoped would give him the op­por­tu­nity to sur­prise his fi­ancée with a wed­ding be­fit­ting his per­fect match.

De­spite al­ready hav­ing pro­posed in­for­mally, groom-to-be Basil Adams could not even pay for an en­gage­ment ring, let alone a costly wed­ding for his love, 23-year-old René Fisher.

But when the 37- year- old from Val­halla Park spot­ted a Cape Ar­gus/ Weekend Ar­gus “Win a Wed­ding” com­pe­ti­tion, he set to work. And to­day the Weekend Ar­gus can re­veal the pair have won a dream wed­ding.

“At the mo­ment I’m fi­nan­cially un­sta­ble, and when I saw the com­pe­ti­tion I thought this is it, I must en­ter,” said Adams, who works as a wheel­chair han­dler at Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Hop­ing to sur­prise his fi­ancée should he win a wed­ding to the value of more than R200 000, Adams kept his en­try se­cret.

He col­lected the clues ev­ery day for two weeks; they were the puz­zle pieces which formed a per­fect pic­ture of Suiker­bossie restau­rant in Hout Bay.

When he re­ceived a call a week ago ask­ing the cou­ple to make them­selves avail­able for an in­ter­view by a panel of judges, which in­cluded two rep­re­sen­ta­tives from In­de­pen­dent News­pa­pers and two from wed­ding venue Suiker­bossie, Adams had no choice but to re­veal his in­tended sur­prise.

When he told Fisher they were fi­nal­ists, she hardly be­lieved him, and was slightly up­set she’d have to take a day off work.

” I thought he was be­ing silly,” she said, hold­ing the cou- ple’s 6-month-old son Reo in her bed­room at her Heinz Park home in Mitchells Plain.

The cou­ple met on so­cial chat site Mxit, and she re­calls be­ing sur­prised when he “rocked up on a red scooter” when they fi­nally met.

”I was so at ease with her be­cause usu­ally I’m so ner­vous when I speak to pretty women,” Adams said. .

“I’ve found what I’ve been look­ing for.”

Even with­out an en­gage­ment ring, Fisher said she wanted to be­come “Mrs Adams”.

On Tues­day, close to re­al­is­ing their dream, the cou­ple faced another hur­dle. They caught the bus to Hout Bay and, as they be­gan walk­ing to Suiker­bossie, the rain came.

Ever the gen­tle­man, Adams took off his jacket and held it over Fisher’s head as they made the dash up the hill.

The cou­ple were among three fi­nal­ists se­lected from more than 500 en­tries, and af­ter the in­ter­view were se­lected as the fi­nal win­ners.

“I was speech­less and even shed a tear,” an elated Adams said.

“It didn’t sink in at that mo­ment… it’s a very nice prize,” said Fisher.

Their dream wed­ding in­cludes wed­ding plan­ning by Samsu Wed­ding Co-or­di­na­tors, his and hers rings from Fire Petals, a wed­ding gown by The Wed­ding Box, a re­cep­tion for 50 guests at the Suiker­bossie restau­rant, and a three-night hon­ey­moon at the Aquila Pri­vate Game Re­serve.

In­de­pen­dent News­pa­pers Cape Town mar­ket­ing, pro­mo­tions and cir­cu­la­tion sales co­or­di­na­tor Robyn Kulsen said the judges’ de­ci­sion was unan­i­mous, adding that they were “the most de­serv­ing, hum­ble cou­ple ever”.

The pre­lim­i­nary wed­ding date has been set for May 17 next year, the day be­fore their son’s birth­day, with a red and black theme, Fisher re­vealed.

Un­able to con­tain his ex­cite­ment, Adams said he could not wait for the big day to ar­rive.

“As long as I just get to put a ring on her fin­ger, I’ll be the hap­pi­est man alive.”

ja­nis.kin­n­ear@inl.co.za

PIC­TURE: LEON LESTRADE

WIN­NING COU­PLE: Groom-to-be Basil Adams and his fi­ancée René Fisher will hold their re­cep­tion at the Suiker­bossie Restau­rant – part of their R200 000 prize.

SET­TING THE STAGE: The fes­tive lights in Ad­der­ley Street will strongly fea­ture the theme of next year’s World De­sign Cap­i­tal. In prepa­ra­tion for tomorrow’s big switch-on street party and pa­rade, dancers re­hearsed dur­ing a trial run this week. Pic­ture: CINDY WAXA

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