Liviana and Vincent Moeti
Vincent Tebogo and Liviana Moeti have been married for 16 years.
The couple from Florida Lake, west of Joburg, explain that Tebogo has become the blue-eyed boy of the family. But everything wasn't always so rosy.
Liviana, originally from Durban, met Tebogo, from Parys, at a church in Joburg where her father was the pastor.
Tebogo, who was a student at Wits at the time, stayed with her family for a short period.
"We'd walk together as he escorted me to work in Auckland Park and continued to Wits.
"Feelings developed. One day he came into my room and kissed me suddenly. I was shocked and nervous that my dad would catch us. That was on May 9 and I told him we would never work out, but two days later I decided to date him," she laughes.
In order to please her parents, she and Tebogo agreed to tell them after dating for four months under the radar. But her father would have none of it.
"My dad was set in his ways and said no. But I had already fallen in love and saw him on the side. We would meet at a friend's place.
"In the third year of our relationship I fell pregnant," Liviana said. A work colleague she confided in informed her parents of her pregnancy.
"I denied it to my mom, who insisted on going to the doctor. But on the way there I stopped at Tebogo's place. My dad had a really bad temper. I had to come clean with them and he wasn't impressed.
"He asked how it happened and became angry. Looking back I don't blame him. They grew up in a different time but they were never racist - they just didn't understand my choices. I was also their eldest daughter."
Tebogo's family were more understanding. The couple were then asked to marry.
"My mom had a surprise baby shower for me when I was seven months [pregnant]. I didn't want to marry simply because I was pregnant, but because I loved him. My daughter, Lucretia Mpho was born earlier than expected and our families finally came together. She was the blessing that cured all hearts. We married in October that year."
They lived apart until they could afford a place of their own.
Liviana remembers some family members using derogatory expressions towards Tebogo, but says they now love him the most.
"We had two more girls. They both have black names, in respect for his Sotho background. We follow the Christian faith. My children each identify as black, coloured and Indian - it's wonderful and my extended family have become a whole lot more tolerable of our relationship. People still stare at my multicultural family, but it doesn't faze me. I married him because he is a good man and he is an even more wonderful father. He always has my back."