While massive proposals with bells and whistles are all very well, you can’t buy the love that comes from two people deciding to join their lives together in marriage.
That was sentiment from most of the people who saw this proposal in South Africa, in the unorthodox spot of a local KFC.
The moment was filmed by a passer-by, Kateka Malobola, who spotted the man down on one knee in the chicken restaurant in Vaal, and his partner tearing up and saying yes.
The couple were smiling from ear to ear as onlookers took photos and videos, and it ended up with KFC South Africa posting the video.
Although there were one or two negative comments, the positive outpouring for the couple was overwhelming, with the majority able to feel the radiating happiness from the pair.
One twitter user stated they were ‘true, real and honest love’, while another branded them the ‘national couple’ of the country.
Not only that, but donations poured in from businesspeople across the country, offering services to make sure their special day could go ahead perfectly.
Of those services and goods offered included a wedding dress, a cake, jewellery, transport, couples massages, and even relationship counselling to ensure their partnership is as strong as possible.
Calls also came from a number of people for the whole thing to be broadcast to the country, so people could watch the nuptials and catch the feels all over again.
Brands including Coca-Cola, Audi, and Sony pledged gifts, and it even went as far as them being offered a free house (although whether this will come through is yet to be confirmed).
There was just one small problem – nobody knew exactly who the couple were when the post went viral, which sparked a huge search.
The twitterverse got to work, and within a day had tracked them down; completely unaware that their lives were about to change.
KFC met with the pair, and Tweeted out: ‘Our amazing couple, bhut’ Hector and sis Nonhlanhla, are truly grateful and overjoyed by your love SA’.
They couldn’t believe that the interest in their wedding had gone so crazy and they’d become national treasures overnight.
In Sowetan News, Hector said, ‘I don’t work so I didn’t have enough cash to give wife Nonhlanhla a befitting wedding/jewellery but wanted to do something small… I decided to come to KFC to give her a small surprise with a meal. (I) didn’t tell family anything; wanted it to be a complete surprise with everyone.’
As it turned out, they have been together since 2010 and married since 2012, but were never able to have a proper ceremony. Certainly looks like they will now, though.
Hector and Nonhlanhla are in chats with KFC about how this massive wedding will come to fruition. The chicken chain have promised to keep everyone updated through their channels, though, so we can all see how it unfolds.
Can we get an invite?
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