In a recent Our Perfect Wedding (OPW) episode, we were introduced to a lovely couple by the name of Sakhile and Nokwanda Ngcobo from Umlazi, KZN.
For the most part, the couple’s episode was filled with many heart-warming moments that would have any viewer grinning from ear to ear.
But the Ngcobo’s wedding was also filled with many moments that made us cringe at all the drama that unfolded during their special day.
These are just some of our favourite and not-so-favourite moments from Sakhile and Nokwanda’s wedding.
Sakhile proposed after a few weeks of dating Nokwanda
Sakhile is a man who goes for what he wants. After two weeks of dating, he proposed to Nokwanda and the lobola negotiations for her hand in marriage proceeded.
The speed with which their love was evolving surprised Nokwanda’s family. Although they were happy for her, Nokwanda admits that her family was unhappy about the thought of having to hand over their daughter to another family so suddenly.
Sakhile explained that he decided to marry Nokwanda so hastily because he loved her dearly, and because he did not want a long-term engagement … and also because of his kids.
Sakhile has four kids from previous relationships and he saw Nokwanda as the perfect woman to help him raise his kids together as one family unit and to also avoid having his kids seeing him with different women.
The pink suit
Wedding outfits are always a highlight on OPW, from the groom’s tailor-made suit to the bride’s gorgeous gown – this moment is what all viewers look forward to in each episode.
Sakhile opted for a very different look for his special day. Instead of the usual wedding suits we’re used to seeing on the show, Sakhile decided to wear an all-pink outfit. Sis’ Nomsa even jokingly gave him the nickname Pink Panther.
Although the suit fit Sakhile perfectly, viewers were taken aback when his outfit was suddenly splattered with what looked like mud.
Sakhile explained that what was on his outfit was not mud but traditional medicine (intelezi). According to Sakhile’s tradition, when one gets married it’s important that you get sprinkled with the traditional herbs to protect you from danger and all the bad energy that may cause you harm on your wedding day.
“In our tradition, when you get married, you have to be sprinkled with herbs to protect you from danger … because we’ve heard of people dying on their wedding day. That’s why it’s important for you to be sprinkled with herbs for protection. Then you can leave the house, even if they try to harm you … they’ll fail because not everyone wants to see you happy.”
The awkward handshake
Weddings are usually sealed with a kiss, but for the Ngcobos it was a simple handshake, hug and awkward peck on the cheek.
And that was a bit of a disappointment for viewers.
The blanket fight
While the white wedding turned out to be a beautiful ceremony, unfortunately, the traditional one was coupled with a whole lot of drama that turned into tears.
During the gifting of the groom’s family, the groom’s mother expressed how disappointed she was at the Gumede family for not gifting them with enough blankets. Mind you, Nokwanda’s family were only short of two blankets, but those two blankets were enough to make her mother-in-law erupt into a fit of anger.
The groom’s mother even told Nokwanda that this incident has proved to the Ngcobo family that Nokwanda is not loved by her mother.
A bit of a dramatic statement, don’t you think?