South African couple, Hector Mkansi,38 and Nonhlanhla Soldaat, 27 had their dream wedding on December 31, right in time for new year, after a video of their proposal went viral in November.
The couple made rounds on the Internet after a person who goes by the twitter handle @butterfly_Anele mocked the guy on twitter for proposing to his girl at KFC. Anele whose profile states she is a journalist and events coordinator took to her timeline trashing the guy. She wrote,
“SA men are so broke they even propose at KFC…they have absolutely no class, I mean who proposes at KFC. #kfc proposal.”
She also went ahead and took photos of the couple. Unbeknownst to her, the unkind tweet went viral creating a path for the couple to earn itself a big wedding.
Since the video was posted by a Twitter user in November, the video has been shared more than 25,000 times using the hashtag #KFCProposal.
Strangers and brands from across the country were so moved by the proposal that they identified the couple and offered to help plan the big day. The couple got over 70 wedding sponsors.
Brands like Audi and Lexus offered to help the couple with travel. Airlines Kulula and Mango also pledged to fly the couple to their honeymoon destination, other companies paid for jewelry, spa treatment, and home furniture. All the couple had to do was show up.
According to CNN, Mkansi and Soldaat met at a funeral in 2010 and have been inseparable since then.
They tied the knot in a small ceremony in 2012, but Mkansi, who is a pastor, says it was not the wedding of their dreams.
“In 2011 our families began lobola negotiations (dowry) and in 2012 we got married in a small traditional ceremony as that was all we could afford at the time… We had the ceremony but I knew this wasn’t what my wife and I wanted,” Mkansi commented.
He said he was not happy with the rings he got his wife at the time, so he decided to buy her new ones and surprise her with a better proposal in her favorite place to eat — KFC.
Mzansi please help us find this beautiful couple, re batla ho ba blesser 😊 DM us any leads, there might be a Finger Lickin’ Good surprise in it for you too. Batho ba Vaal re thuseng! We love love 😍❤️ #KFCProposal pic.twitter.com/6bj89dtj4j
— KFC South Africa (@KFCSA) November 7, 2019
Mkansi says he had a small event in mind for the second time around to match his budget. But now, he and his wife cannot believe their luck.
“We are still in disbelief, both of us have to ask each other if this is really happening from time to time. We couldn’t be more grateful to God and every single person that has shared in our little love story,” he told CNN.
He says it will be the wedding of their dreams “Our dream has come true, we never in a million years thought something like this would happen to us.”
— KFC South Africa (@KFCSA) December 31, 2019