They’re quirky, hon­est and madly in love. Meet com­pe­ti­tion win­ners Cather­ine and Et­ti­enne – FAIRLADY Bride’s Cou­ple of the Year!

Fairlady Bride - - Contents - As told to Chelsea John­stone

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.’ ✤

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