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15/11/2014

My surprise wedding!

There’s lots to celebrate in democratic South Africa, not least of all the right to love and live with your partner of choice. There are still many countries where it would not be possible for men to appear too friendly towards one another, let alone tie the knot – and then talk about it in the public domain. In this heart-warming blog about family love, and love in general, Jeremy Quickfall discusses how he got married in a surprise wedding planned by those closest to him. His blog has reached the finals of a blogging award on Change Exchange. We’re sure you’ll agree that its place among the Top 10 entries is well-deserved, after you’ve read his story. – JC

By Jeremy Quickfall*

On Saturday 5th July, my brother Lester celebrated his 40th birthday in heaven – his ninth one without us. I wanted to do something special on the day, so I took a few minutes at my gig to play a tribute to him. I made sure Mamma and Pappa were there: I was going to ensure that we did not forget. But little did I know…..

It all started six weeks earlier, when Mamma was admitted to hospital. That night I couldn’t stop thinking about how helpless Mamma looked. I told Shaun that I wanted us to move our wedding forward. We had spoken about the possibility of December 2015. I said that if something happened to Mamma before the wedding, I would never forgive myself.

Shaun phoned Mammie (his mom) and they started planning immediately. First thing was to ask my parents’ permission. He got their blessing, and Pappa (a retired priest) agreed to preside. They all agreed that getting married on Lester’s 40th birthday (I’m in tears again) was an excellent idea.

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Over the next six weeks, rings were made, restaurants and hotels were visited, a guesthouse function venue was booked, our brothers and their families were invited, decor was planned, co-conspirators were found….

The story (according to Shaun) was that his mom had booked dinner at a fancy restaurant for us. He bought me shoes and a jacket, because I ‘needed new clothes’. We showered at the guesthouse and got dressed – both of us in new clothes. I wore the jacket and shoes, and Shaun wore a new waistcoat I had bought him for his birthday. His parents were picking us up.

When I was ready, I wanted to go to Mamma’s room because Shaun was taking forever to get done. He begged me not to go and said he wanted to ask me something. Eventually he put on his shirt and waistcoat, went down on one knee, produced a ring, and asked me to marry him…

I didn’t say yes, I just (stubbornly) held back the tears and hugged him. He asked again, and I answered. He said ‘come with me’.

As we walked up the stairs Shaun stamped his feet LOUDLY! “They heard you Shaun,” I said.

Shaun opened the doors and ‘So Close’ from the movie ‘Enchanted’ played softly. I entered a candlelit room. Pappa and Tamlyn (Shaun’s best friend) were there.

There was a 40th birthday cake for Lester as I entered the room. I was in tears and walked out, but Shaun dragged me back inside.

We stood close to Pappa. Our families entered the room in procession: Each member with a small bunch of flowers that they presented to us. The flowers were bound to create two beautiful bouquets that were placed on each side of our altar.

Shaun sang ‘God Bless the Broken Road’. Pappa did the ceremony beautifully and reverently. A traditional Christian wedding – including the exchanging of the rings ceremony and ending with the lighting of our unity candle (and of course a kiss).

We had our first dance in the chapel: ‘I Finally Found Someone’, followed by cupcakes and champagne, pics with the family, and then pics in the exquisite garden.

Dinner was an intimate affair with 16 guests at an award-winning restaurant on the beachfront. Mammie (Shaun’s mom) saw to the decor. Shaun told our guests that we would do it all on a larger scale again, but Our day was perfect and neither of us want to do it again.

A surprise wedding?

Do you love someone enough to give them a surprise wedding?

Shaun loves me so much that he always saves his last Rolo for me – even if he has the Rolos somewhere else, he brings the last one home for me!

I only one more thing left to say: If I had known I was getting married, I would have worn a shirt…

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14/11/2014

‘Nashville’ Hayden Panettiere Nude Instagram Baby Bump Postpones Wladimir Klitschko Pregnant Wedding Until Putin Losses Weight?

Adding 40 pounds of weight to her tiny frame since first announcing she was pregnant hasn't been easy for diminutive Instagram bikini feet model Hayden Panettiere, who recently had her topless near-nude private bath photos leaked by the villainous iCloud Fappening hacker. According to the latest gossip news updates, the 5-foot-2 Nashville star is even postponing her wedding to Heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko until she drops the extra weight. Despite reportedly being frustrated by the exponential weight gain, Hayden wasn't shy about showing off her ginormous bare baby bump on Twitter this year for Halloween. The NBC activist once claimed that her nuptials would be a no-go until Vladimir Putin and his imperialist forces allowed her fiancé's country of origin, the Ukraine, return to pre-invasion normalcy, but getting the weight off seems much easier at this point that getting the Russian Federation out.

For fiery little Nashville sexpot, Hayden Panettiere, gaining 50 percent more weight than she started her pregnancy with is doing wonder for her muscles--even if they are obscured by an unsightly layer of baby fat.

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During a recent interview with Hello Magazine, Wladimir Klitschko's tiny fiancé explained that adding more than three dozen pounds to frame has turned every moment of her day into a workout:

"I'm 5 feet, 2 inches and I started out at 106 pounds and guess how much I weigh now? Around 145 pounds.

"I'm still quite muscular, so if you're running around carrying 40 pounds of extra weight, you're going to build extra muscle.

The only part or her body that hasn't kept up with the freakish level of growth has been her poor feet, which Hayden explained were dealing with just about all the weight they could handle at this point:

"And the worst part is that my feet are still size five and they're going, 'What's going on with all this weight?'

"They're about to snap from underneath me with the strain."

Before she was pregnant, Hayden told Us Weekly that she and Wladimir were postponing their wedding due to, "Everything that's happening in Ukraine," but now she will be happy if she can just win this coup against the baby weight takeover:

"I'll tell you one thing for sure: I am not walking down the aisle 40 pounds heavier than usual in a wedding dress with a huge pregnancy belly stitched in...Not happening."

Miss Panettiere may not be sold on the idea of wearing a table cloth for a wedding dress, but she proved via Twitter that she is neither ashamed of nor shy about her new plump baby bearing body.

Regardless of how much weight Hayden gains or losses after this pregnancy, her topless Instagram posts will still beat Putin's--hands down.

 

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13/11/2014

Salman's sister Arpita's grand wedding: Who is on the guest list?

While social media is buzzing with curiosity about whether Katrina Kaif has moved in with Ranbir Kapoor or not, for the Bollywood fraternity, there were more pressing questions. Like who was on the guest list for Salman Khan's sister Arpita's grand wedding.

Arpita Khan and Aayush Sharma's wedding on 18th November is all set to be a grand affair. It's the first wedding in Bhai's khandaan after almost 16 years, so everyone's kicked about it

Arpita Khan and Aayush Sharma's wedding on 18 November is all set to be a grand affair. According to a report in Indian Express, the wedding is going to be held in the ‘Falaknuma Palace’ in Hyderabad. Just the venue will cost Rs 1 crore, per day!

A wedding reception has been planned for 21st November. It will be held in Mumbai and is expected to be attended by the creme de la creme, from all over the country.

Here are some famous names from Khan's guest list:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

Salman Khan has reportedly invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the wedding reception. He went to Delhi to invite Modi with his elder sister, Alvira Khan. The Prime Minister's Twitter handle confirmed meeting Salman Khan, but did not elaborate upon whether he was invited to the wedding.

Khan's family is known to be fond of the Prime Minister. The actor and his father, Salim Khan, were invited to the Modi's swearing-in ceremony and Modi had also called on Khan when he launched the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'.

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Aamir Khan

When Aamir Khan was told that Salman Khan had especially called upon Shah Rukh Khan to attend the reception, Aamir said he doesn't need a formal invitation to attend his buddy's sister's wedding.

He said, "Salman aur main itne kareeb hain ki unko apni behen Arpita ke liye invitation card dene ki zaroorat hi nahin hai. Unki behen ki shadi ho rahi hai, meri behen ki shadi ho rahi hai." [Salman and I are so close that he doesn't need to send me an invitation card for Arpita's wedding. His sister's wedding is like my own sister's wedding.]

Shah Rukh Khan

It seems Bhai's ace rival, Shah Rukh Khan, will also be present. According to reports, Salman personally invited Shah Rukh Khan for the wedding.

At a recent event when SRK was quizzed about his presence at Salman's sister Arpita's wedding, Shah Rukh shot back saying, "I don't need any invitation to attend Arpita's wedding. I have seen Arpita as a baby. I have cradled her in my arms so I will definitely be a part of her wedding. I share a very warm relation with Salman and his family is like my family. I will definitely go for Arpita who is like my own sister."

Katrina Kaif

According to reports, Salman has also invited ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif. However, we are not sure whether she will attend the ceremony with her rumoured boyfriend, Ranbir Kapoor. However, if she does attend the event, it is most likely that Kapoor will accompany her. Given the rumours that Ranbir and Katrina are going to move into a swanky sea-facing apartment in suburban Bandra, it seems unlikely that they'll attend a wedding without each other. Or, will they?

Amitabh Bachhan, Hrithik Roshan and more...

Salman has also reportedly invited Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Deepika Padukone among the reported 250 guests.

From the South too...

Some A-listers from South including Chiranjeevi, Kamal Haasan, VijayNagarjuna and Venkatesh have also been invited along with their families.

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi

According to the Indian Express's report, the groom’s side has invited Sonia Gandhito the wedding along with Rahul Gandhi, the Himachal Pradesh governor and the entire state cabinet of HP. This Himachali connection is because Arpita's groom, Aayush, is the grandson of former telecommunications minister Sukh Ram and the younger son of Himachal Pradesh cabinet minister, Anil Sharma.

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