All it took for love to spark between these two was a really drunk brother-in-law, a dinner date and a unique long distance proposal.
We met in 2006 in Maputo Mozambique, at a wedding after-party. Afzal’s friend, Nick (the crazy Italian), came over dragged me across the room to introduce me to his friend Afzal. Image credit: Mayur Studio
Afzal and I started chatting and soon realized that he actually knew the small NGO I was working for at that time, as his company was a supplier. Image credit: Mayur Studio
At the end of the evening when I was leaving, he asked for my phone number. I was hesitating – and out of the blue, his highly intoxicated brother comes over and says “you two should just get married”.Image credit: Mayur Studio
Afzal wanted to dig a hole and hide. I then decided to give him my temporary Mozambican number, knowing full well I was going back to SA a day later. Image credit: Mayur Studio
He tried to get me out for coffee the next day, but I flatly refused. I returned to SA and to my job. Two days later, he sends me flowers, with his number. I called him. That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.Image credit: Mayur Studio
Even though we lived in different countries, him in Moz, and me in SA, we always made time for a coffee whenever we travelled to each other’s countries.Image credit: Mayur Studio
The friendship grew irrespective of all the happiness and heartbreak in our lives, and in December 2009, he kissed me across the table when we were having dinner in Pretoria.Image credit: Mayur Studio
The next day I went for his birthday dinner, and after the ‘birthday kiss’, the rest is history.
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He formally asked me out at midnight on the 31st of December 2009, while he was in Durban and I was across the Indian Ocean in Goa, India.Image credit: Mayur Studio
Of course I said yes.Image credit: Mayur Studio
We then proceeded to have a long-distance relationship for 1.5 years – him in Maputo and I in Johannesburg. It was tough, but so worth him in the long run.Image credit: Mayur Studio
Late February 2011, at Sunset on the Umlangha Beach in Durban (where I was on work assignment at the time), he asked me grow old with him and be his wife.Image credit: Mayur Studio
Again, it was a definite yes.Image credit: Mayur Studio
We got married on 3 December 2011 at the majestic Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India.Image credit: Mayur Studio
Our friends and family from across the world were there to witness the beautiful union. We held hands from the beginning to the end of the day.Image credit: Mayur Studio
The day after the wedding, we had a lunch at a heritage site, and everyone had to wear traditional attire. Image credit: Mayur Studio
It was absolutely beautiful. Image credit: Mayur Studio
The most beautiful part of being married to my wonderful husband is the opportunity to fall in love with him a million times over.Image credit: Mayur Studio
Image credit: Mayur StudioHe is my best-friend, my partner through thick and thin.
We are blessed beyond measure.Image credit: Mayur Studio
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