GRAHAMSTOWN just can’t be beat when the vibes are good and the weather even better!
Your Gossip Girl was lucky enough to hit the City of Saints (and I bet, a good few sinners!) on the first weekend of the National Arts Festival, and the sun shone on the Village Green on Sunday like it hasn’t done for some time.
Perfect climes for a festival sundowner as you grab a few minutes between shows.
Of course, there’s no shortage of celebs in Grahamstown during the fest and your Gossip Girl enjoyed rubbing shoulders with the likes of the always terrific Siv Ngesi – who had us in stitches at the Scout Hall (and maybe the Obies helped just a little!) – Michael Richard (chilling at the Albany Club), Sibongile Khumalo and David Newton.
But the really romantic razz at the fest was the wedding of Isidingo actor David Dukas (who was performing at the fest) to his sweetheart Elmarie, who he met for the first time at the event four years earlier – on the eve of their eventual wedding date, July 1.
Now there’s one hubby who’s not going to be missing any anniversaries!
The couple’s intimate ceremony was presided over by three pastors – the Reverends Lawrence Nzwane, Isaias Chachine and Victor Monhange – at St Phillips Church, in Fingo Village.
The really intriguing thing was that the venue was also that for the production Princess Emma-Ukazazi, in which Dukas is Sir George Grey, and where the real princess taught at the mission school in the 1860s.
Said Dukas: “My wife and I simply fell in love with this beautiful church, which steeped in such rich history, and I just knew that this was the perfect place for us to be married.
“But I wanted it to be a surprise for her and, with only four days in which to make it happen, timing was of the essence.”
Their close friend, Msasa Mbangeni, who played Princess Emma, along with musical director Thami Baba and Yolisa Nwoka, who played the young princess, designed the dress for the bride who looked stunning in beaded, red and cream traditional attire, while the groom was in his Victorian costume.
Of their first meeting, Dukas said: “It was love at first sight.”
So you see, sistas – don’t despair, there are still romantics out there!