Look who’s won our R1 million wedding!

by | Nov 14, 2016 | 9 comments

Meet Thato and Nomaswazi, the winners of Nubian Bride’s R1 million Bona Dea Win-a-Wedding Competition!

“Once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.”

This is the comment Thato Khesa put on Nubian Bride’s Facebook page after finding out in August that he and Nomaswazi Tshabalala were finalists in the competition. This quote actually covers much more than that. These two lucky people are about to really live their fairy tale, in the form of a R1 million wedding, thanks to Nubian Bride and Bona Dea Private Estate.


They told us their love story and, out of the hundreds of entrants, theirs is the one we chose. You can’t beat a relationship that spans 24 years, and includes everything from pulling her tooth out at the age of 10 to being nominated as finalists in this competition during her 28th birthday month. And now he is going to be able to give Nomaswazi the wedding she has always dreamed of.

In his letter to Nubian Bride, Thato mentioned that: “This amazing wedding prize would be the perfect puzzle piece of our love journey into this new chapter of our lives. It would be a dream come true. Please help me give Nomaswazi the wedding of her dreams.” And we are going to do just that…

Thato and Nomaswazi will be getting married on 18 March 2017 and enjoying a sublime R1 million wedding in the Western Cape! This once-in-a-lifetime competition, which was brought to you exclusive by Nubian Bride and Bona Dea Private Estate, includes everything possible to make this special couple’s dream wedding a reality.


This is what Thato and Nomaswazi have won…

  • Hire of an exclusive venue at Bona Dea Private Estate, the ballroom, including furniture, décor, service staff for 160 guests – and more. Valued at approximately R500,000.
  • Travel to and from the wedding venue.
  • Two nights’ accommodation at Bona Dea Private Estate.
  • Two-week honeymoon in luxury five-star accommodation at the V&A Waterfront.
  • Wedding gown designed by Kobus Dippenaar (one of his gowns is featured on the cover of this issue).
  • Hair and make-up for the bride and two bridesmaids by Leoumé Vos Bridal Make-up Artistry.
  • Wedding photography by Billy-Jean Raad.
  • Music from Event Music Solutions.
  • Bar service (cash bar).
In your comments, please refrain from using offensive language and unnecessary criticism. If you have to be critical, remember – it must be constructive.


  1. Leon

    Congratulations! God bless your wedding day in the name of Jesus Christ!

  2. Thato

    Great prize indeed! We are thankful for the best wishes and blessings.More blessings to you all.

  3. Kamohelo Molefe

    Well done Thato and Swazi. We have watched you through your journey. Thato, I know how much this means to you. I remember our conversation post my wedding how you shared that the 1 thing that would complete your journey and make you the happiest man in the world would be to make Swazi your wife, 1 of us! With tears filled in your eyes, I knew that this was the most sincere thing I have ever heard you say. Now having known you all your life I knew this was written in the stars. A huge thank you to the sponsors, I dont think you all can even imagine what you have done for these 2.

  4. Thabo Molemohi

    Well done to Thato and Swazi, I am very happy for you for the prize. may you enjoy it and your life together be blessed…

  5. Perpi

    Congrats Thato and Swazi.. May God bless your union.????

  6. Kgomotso Mokoena

    Congratulations to both of you. You deserve this, how awesome?!

  7. Windy

    Good luck my boy wish best in life my God almighty give more ahead of this .To Swazi thank you for binge partner to my mochana because if it was not your relationship this could not have happen .I’m happy for you guys .


  8. Nathan

    Well done Thato and Swazi…this is one great prize and may you be blessed going into your marriage mshana.

    • Tsakani Mametsa

      Wow!!! Congratulations!! You look so beautiful together….. the epitome of true love:) shàaaaaatttte!!!


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