KATLEGO and RENEILWE DUBE’S strong friend­ship blos­somed into a glo­ri­ous day filled with laugh­ter and love.

True Love Bride - - Bride | Real Weddings - By Zamahlasela Ga­bela Pho­to­graphs Lira Leigh Pho­tog­ra­phy

My hus­band and I met at var­sity in 2008. We be­came very good friends and Katlego, “Kat”, soon “adopted” me as his sis­ter. We be­came like sib­lings: look­ing out and mak­ing fun of each other, as well as get­ting on each oth­ers’ nerves. Katlego of­ten re­minds me how I once told him I could never date him be­cause I would kill him within three months! So when our ro­mance sud­denly blos­somed four years later, it caught us both by sur­prise. It felt odd at first, but we both had a deep and sure feel­ing that this was home. Just over a year later, Kat pro­posed at a sunrise pic­nic, and that was the be­gin­ning of our for­ever.

My favourite mo­ment of our wed­ding was when our pas­tor pro­nounced us hus­band and wife. I couldn’t help but jump up and down, much to our guests’ amuse­ment. It was a won­der­ful mo­ment.

The main chal­lenge of or­gan­is­ing the wed­ding was stick­ing to our bud­get. It’s so easy for brides to get car­ried away. Kat was the fi­nan­cial man­ager for the wed­ding and he in­dulged me where it mat­tered most – for ex­am­ple, my dress. But oth­er­wise, I got cre­ative with some DIY projects with the help of Pin­ter­est.

Lead­ing up to the wed­ding, I felt ex­cited. I didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any of the stress or the prewed­ding jit­ters I had heard about. I won­dered if I was per­haps miss­ing some­thing, but I think plan­ning the wed­ding well in ad­vance con­trib­uted to a stress- free process.

Our big day was glo­ri­ous. It had been our prayer that God be there as part of our wed­ding, and on the day, it was like His glory was ev­ery­where. We sensed it. I was happy to have my girls and sis­ter with me as we got ready, and hav­ing my mother help me get dressed was spe­cial. The sunny weather was a bless­ing, but so was the brief rain that came just be­fore the re­cep­tion. White Mo­tion Films and Laura Leigh Pho­tog­ra­phy ar­tis­ti­cally cap­tured us laugh­ing and run­ning for cover through the driz­zle. The sig­nif­i­cance of our union made the day sur­real for us, and the cel­e­bra­tory vibe car­ried through to the very end of the day.

The most ful­fill­ing part of my wed­ding was walk­ing down the aisle. I had done a great job at keep­ing the tears back dur­ing the preshoot. Walk­ing into the chapel, with my hand on Papa’s arm, I was pleased that I had kept it to­gether. But about five steps down the aisle … water­works! The tears came, and they came in streams, streams of joy. I was over­whelmed with emo­tion at that point – emo­tion about our story and our jour­ney to that point, and the re­al­i­sa­tion that I was walk­ing to­wards my best friend and hus­band- to- be.

My wed­ding dress was Lenit by Pronovias. The bal­le­rina in me had a tulle dress in mind, but when I tried on this al­l­lace gown, it fas­ci­nated me. The lace has a time­less beauty about it, and the crys­tal gem­stone em­broi­dery all over makes it spec­tac­u­lar. The dress is fit­ted with a dropped waist, which is flat­ter­ing for my body shape, and the vol­ume of the flared skirt and gen­er­ous train made me feel like a real bride. The high lace neck­line added to the unique­ness of the de­sign.

Thethe­me­formy­wed­ding­was“sim­plis­tic el­e­gance” as those are char­ac­ter­is­tics that ap­peal to both Kat and me.

For us, less is more. Our theme was about com­fort­able beauty, and I think that came through on the day.

If I had to change one thing about my big day, it would be its du­ra­tion. Other than the fact that it all re­ally does go by too quickly, I would have loved to have spent more time on the dance floor, get­ting down to the brass band.

The song that best sums up my wed­ding day is Noth­ing Like Your Love by Hill­song United be­cause, for Kat and me, for the day even to be pos­si­ble was a show of God’s love for us. The song is so sig­nif­i­cant to Kat that he chose it as his chapel en­trance song. But if you were to ask any­one else what song would best sum up the day, they would prob­a­bly say Phar­rell Wil­liams’ Happy, be­cause, hon­estly, af­ter the ini­tial water­works, I was smil­ing from ear to ear.

The most touch­ing speech was by my dad. Not so much be­cause of what he said, but rather be­cause Papa was stand­ing there, over­joyed, peace­fully re­leas­ing his moset­sana and send­ing us off with his bless­ing. We spent our hon­ey­moon – a gift from my par­ents – at Lange­baan and soaked up the stun­ning, serene views


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