dream wedding for winning pair

WORTH THE WAIT: Nomadiozi Thabethe and Monwabisi Bota of Orange Farm are winners of the wedding expo competition. Pic. Tshepo Kekana. 17/09/08. © Sowetan.
WORTH THE WAIT: Nomadiozi Thabethe and Monwabisi Bota of Orange Farm are winners of the wedding expo competition. Pic. Tshepo Kekana. 17/09/08. © Sowetan.

Namhla Tshisela

Namhla Tshisela

Monwabisi Bota's wish to give the woman of his dreams her fantasy wedding has come true, thanks to Wedding Expo and Sowetan.

Bota, 25, of Orange Farm, Gauteng, is the lucky winner of a wedding worth more than R47000.

He sent more than 30 SMSes and "prayed to God" to be able to walk down the aisle with his Nomadlozi Thabethe in style.

"I still can't believe I won. We would not have been able to afford our dream wedding without the prizes," Bota said.

The package includes a wedding dress, a suit, photography, invitations, wedding décor, a marriage contract and will, jewellery, a cake, personalised bath robes, mobile disco and decor lights.

Sowetan ran the competition earlier this month for couples who were engaged.

Bota will marry the "woman of my dreams" next March.

The two met in church and were friends for eight years before they fell in love.

Bota popped the question last year and waited for eight months before Thabethe accepted his proposal on New Year's Day.

"She is the woman of my dreams. She was worth the wait."

Thabethe said she could not wait to put on her wedding dress and jewellery.

"Maybe this time I will get a bigger ring," she said.

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