Weddings and Celebrations: Love in living colour

BLONDE beauty Kristle van Niekerk, 24, may describe her Western wedding to Lesedi Williams, 26, as the best day of her life but the celebrations are not over yet as they prepare for their traditional Sotho wedding next weekend.

After initial resistance because of their inter-racial relationship, the Humewood couple tied the knot at St Mary’s Cathedral in Central and are now getting ready for round two at St Nicholas Anglican Church in Charlo.

“I’m very excited for our second wedding. It’s going to be such a big celebration again. I can’t wait to get dressed up. I’ll wear my ‘makoti’ dress and get my Sotho name,” Kristle said.

The ceremony, on December 14, symbolises Kristle moving from her parent’s home and being welcomed by her Sotho family. Lesedi’s parents are paying for the wedding and because he didn’t pay lobola, he got off quite lightly.

“My mother’s doing all the planning for the traditional wedding so thankfully we’re not lifting a finger. We’ll just rock up – the guests of honour. I did pay half of the wedding in June out of my own pocket and I don’t think we’ll be slaughtering anything – I would’ve known about it,” the Bio Green plant manager said.

Lesedi, who matriculated at St Mark’s Community School, is the son of educational psychologist Sipho Williams and his wife, Noshipho, a Sanlam financial adviser. Music therapy student Kristle is the daughter of Newton Park couple Andre and Patricia van Niekerk.

Kristle said their wedding day earlier this year was exactly how they wanted it to be – “perfect.”

“My dad walked me down the aisle of the beautiful church. My fellow musicians played us out along with our Sotho family who sang us down the aisle with traditional songs.

“The theme for our wedding was taken from a prophetic picture a friend had for us of us standing under a tree with a multitude of butterflies with rainbow colours symbolising the presence of the Holy Spirit with us.”

“It felt like we were in a movie,” Lesedi continued.

Reminiscing about their journey together, Kristle shared how they met in a church youth group, how Lesedi stole her heart and how he proposed.

“One thing I remember with fondness was, every day he would send me a word that would describe me. He sent me a new word every day for three months.”

Although their journey towards marriage was met with resistance by some, they said “those who once resisted our relationship began to blow wind into our sails”.

Lesedi said: “Even in the very beginning, we went out for a while and then we broke up because of certain people being against our relationship.

“And when I announced I was getting married, three of my cousins were against it. They thought it was just a phase I was going through – dating a white girl.”

“We’d rather not dwell on the past though. Some people said we’re too young but I love her and it’s just right.”

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