- The global pandemic threw a spanner in the works for Aqeelah Salie and Tanweer Regal but they made their special day happen
- The caters had been booked, the date set and preparations well underway when Cyril Ramaphosa announced the lockdown in March
- They didn't let that stop them from having their special day and they made compromises and found solutions
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Aqeelah and Tanweer Regal did not let a little thing like a global pandemic stand in their way of marital bliss. The Surrey Estate couple caused quite a scene on the day of their marriage.
Hundreds of cars driven by friends and family of the couple gathered to wish them well on the happiest day of their lives.
Briefly.co.za learned that disaster struck when Cyril Ramaphosa announced the lockdown as the couple were already planning their wedding which had been booked for the 21st of June.
The had to cancel the caters and resisted calls from family members to bring the date closer. The 10 flower girls were reduced to 1 and no bridesmaids were present according to the Daily Voice.
“We cancelled the caterers, the hall and she wanted 10 flower girls but we settled for one and there were no bridesmaids,” the determined groom says.
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The guest list was slashed down to 50 people. The wedding day itself had a couple of issues, there was a funeral taking place in the same street as the wedding but they managed to negotiate to both functions could take place.
The couple's romance began back when they were in high school, however, Aqeelah, 22, was more interested in her academics and sport than a relationship.
This was when she was part of the Western Cape Touch Rugby junior team. For 3 years she resisted Tanweer's charms but when she felt that she was ready she let him know.
Tanweer says: “She was a rugby player and she didn’t like skinny men like me so I had to work harder.
“She was hardegat but I knew what I wanted. So when she was in matric and I was finished with school, she came to ask me to go out,” he chuckles.
They dated for a number of years and Tanweer only wanted to get married when he was in a stable financial situation.
“After several years of dating, she got dik and said now she wanted to trou, but I wanted to be financially stable first,” the young man says.
“So when I was ready, there wasn’t a proposal, I just sent her a WhatsApp message and told her my father is going to her house now to ask for permission,” he laughs.
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