A wedding redux for South African couple
“I just about fell off the bed,” Shapiro said. Shapiro and Walpin said they don’t mind sharing such a intimate and meaningful moment with the public. After the final ruling from the state Supreme Court in January, they plan to honeymoon on a cruise. “We didn’t want to wait. This is the entrance to the promised land. We want to be there at 12:01,” Walpin said.
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Manuela wore a golden colored ‘salwar’ with jasmine flowers in her hair, jet black kohl-lined eyes and ‘mehendi on her hands and feet. Desmond wore a similar coloured ‘sherwani’. Explaining the reason for choosing Kochi for the wedding, the couple said, “We realized that Kochiites encourage non-Indian weddings.” The preparations for the wedding started in early January, when the couple’s friend in Kochi got their horoscopes matched and then decided on the wedding date. “We were asked to stay vegetarian for a whole week before the D-day and we followed every instruction,” the couple said. “This is the first time that a non-Indian couple got married inside the temple,” said V K Pradeep, temple manager. According to wedding planners in the city, there are many married foreign couples, who come to the city on a holiday, who want to renew their bond of love in the traditional manner.
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