Beauty & her Beast

By admin
17 September 2010

The heady perfume from bouquets of roses, sweet peas and orchids fills the air as Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira (25) waits beneath a gazebo in a garden filled with spring flowers.

Here in Kloof, Durban, it’s Tendai’s big day: the day he will say “I do” when the priest asks if he takesKuziva Makure (19) to be his lawful wife.

It’s an arranged marriage but the two are deeply in love all the same. Their Zimbabwean families are very close but the couple hadn’t met until last year after their moms arranged their union.

Beast and Ku are conservative Christians but believed their moms perceived the signs of something that could develop into a lifelong love affair.

“My mother saw something in Ku that was perfect,” Tendai said earlier.

It all started with a call in January 2009.

Ku remembers their first conversation as sweet and good. The phone calls continued for three months as rugby took Tendai from Durban to New Zealand and Australia and Ku finished school in Zimbabwe.

They’d fallen in love before they met.

“He’s the sort of man I dreamt about,” Ku says shyly.

One Sunday in February she woke to an SMS from Tendai.

It said simply, in capital letters, “I LOVE YOU”.

Ku remembers nothing else about that day except that she was beaming.

“They were the words I was hoping, waiting, for him to say. It was the best day of my life.”

On 3 April 2009 Tendai finally set eyes on the woman his mother had chosen for him. A week later they were engaged.

A simple elegant gown transforms the bride into a princess.

She draws gasps from the guests as she crosses the bridge over the pool. The Swarovski crystals on the bodice of the A-line dress with its sweetheart neckline glitter in the sun.

As the sun disappears behind clouds Beast promises Ku, “I will be right beside you because this is where I belong.”

* Read more about it in YOU, 23 September.

* Watch Tendai and Ku’s wedding on Top Billing on SABC3 on 23 September at 7.30 pm.

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