CENTERSTAGE musician Wayne Kallis celebrated his wedding in true performer style when he took to the stage to perform Bob Dylan’s Forever Young , some Creedence Clearwater Revival, AC/DC and a party set at his reception.
He married UTi Material Handling information systems manager Samantha Matraiotti at Slipperfields earlier this month and they are the first to enter The Herald Bride and Groom 2014 competition. “The day felt very surreal, especially after months of planning. Up until I entered the chapel everything just seemed to be rushing around me,” Kallis said.
“Reality solidified though when I saw Samantha walk through the door looking so beautiful . . . .like a bride from an old movie – walking down the aisle to Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters.”
The South End couple’s wedding day followed a classic theme.
“We wanted it to reflect both our personalities: elegant and stylish as well as laid back and fun.”
Admitting that it was a little unorthodox, Wayne performed at his own wedding.
“Music was understandably a big part of our day and guests took home an album containing the soundtrack to our wedding, including an original song I had recorded specifically for the occasion.
“The rest of the day was like pure magic. We celebrated our love and our new marriage with family (including my brothers who had flown down from Texas and Taiwan … the first time we had all been together in 13 years) and close friends.”
If you got married this year and you would like to enter the competition or share your wedding story with us, here is what you do:
Send your wedding photographs to the following e-mail address: email@example.com or post a print to The Herald Bride and Groom 2013, Private Bag X6071, Port Elizabeth 6000 or deliver to Newspaper House, 19 Baakens Street Central, Port Elizabeth. Remember to include the following information:
Bride and groom’s names and surnames (including the bride’s maiden name);
Home address, phone numbers and e-mail address;
Date and place of wedding;
Photographer’s name. For further information, contact Berna Ulay on (041) 504-7135 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org