‘It feels surreal,’ couple says

SPONTANEOUS MOMENT: Bride and groom winners Alethea and Allister play around in their wedding day shoot at Pollok beach in February last year. Picture: STEPHANIE SANGLAAI, XOXO PHOTOGRAPHIC
SPONTANEOUS MOMENT: Bride and groom winners Alethea and Allister play around in their wedding day shoot at Pollok beach in February last year. Picture: STEPHANIE SANGLAAI, XOXO PHOTOGRAPHIC

Winning pair still randomly remind themselves of their good fortune

WHEN Allister and Alethea Commons were announced as the winners of The Herald Bride and Groom 2014 competition last week, their eyes widened with shock – until Allister pulled in his bride and planted a loving kiss on her lips.

“It feels surreal,” Alethea, 24, said this week once they had absorbed the news – and prizes worth R64 000.

Allister, 32, is thrilled at how his mother would not have “to handwash my Netcare uniform anymore” – one of the prizes is a Defy washing machine.

“Apart from the congratulatory wishes from our friends, peers and colleagues ever since appearing on the front page of The Herald on Friday, we still can’t believe we won,” Allister said, and added he and Alethea had to “randomly” remind each other of their good fortune.

The couple married last year on February 8 at the Westview bowling club. Alethea remembers it as being “the best day of my life”, because she could not wait to walk down the aisle and say “I do”.

The Bloemendal couple – Allister, a paramedic, and Alethea, a nurse – have a nine-month-old son, Azaiah busy crawling around while his parents tend to the sick.

“We had an intimate wedding, with just 100 guests at the church, the weather was overcast but all I can remember was when my vivacious wife started walking down the aisle – no one could remove the smile from my face,” Allister said.

The couple described their photographer, Stephanie Saanglai, as an “up-and-coming talent with remarkable passion and patience”.

“Stephanie is actually our son’s godmother and she did our maternity and engagement shoot.

“She knew exactly how to keep us at ease,” they said.

“The winning picture was a spontaneous moment caught on camera. While Allister and myself chatted, we didn’t realise that she was taking snaps.

“When we saw the end result, we realised that our silly moments made the best photographs,” Alethea said .

The couple received prizes which included jewellery from Francarlo Designer Goldsmith, Defy appliances, an MSC cruise to Mozambique, hair care from Ultimate Stylists, flowers from Pollen, a Sphere photographic shoot, gourmet dinner with 10 friends at Thunzi Bush Lodge from Three Fat Fish and the Function Warehouse, and a subscription to The Herald.

Their cruise prize includes a free flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban and Allister – who has never flown before – said he was looking forward to his first plane ride.

“We plan on going on the cruise next year around February, because it’s our anniversary on February 8, and my birthday on the 10th,” Allister said.

-Nomazima Nkosi 

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