KZN’s tweet-hearts

2014-10-16 00:00

WHAT initially appeared to be a brief flutter on Twitter ended in “I do” at the altar for a Kwa­Zulu-Natal couple.

Sasha and Shawn Anderson started chatting on  Twitter after she sent a cheeky tweet to a public figure they were both following.

“I saw her message to [radio presenter] Sasha Martinengo. It was a happy little chirp so I followed her on Twitter and we started talking to each other,” said Shawn.

“He found me on Facebook, and we started chatting more,” said Sasha, who works in Hilton.

After a few weeks of chatting, Shawn, then working full-time as a salesman in Johannesburg, said he wanted to meet.

“I didn’t really think he would drive down, because people often say they are going to do something and then they don’t, but he did,” said Sasha with a laugh.

Shawn remembers being “extremely nervous” when he drove through the gate to Sasha’s house. “It is definitely one of the top nerve-wracking things I’ve ever done,” he said.

Sasha recalls there being an instant connection. Shawn obviously felt the same way because when they met for the second time three weeks later, he got down on one knee and proposed.

“I was so surprised, but it just felt right. When you know, you know,” said Sasha.

Shawn said it was love at first sight and he was determined not to lose her, so he proposed.

“I saw her and I knew I had to go for it,” he said.

Soon after their engagement, Shawn applied for a transfer from Johannesburg to KZN and waited impatiently to finally be with the woman of his dreams.

“I left my whole life up there for her. It was the best thing I did,” said Shawn.

Sasha’s mother, Sharon Gunter, said she was concerned at first that her daughter was marrying a man she had met on Twitter, but she quickly grew very fond of him.

“Sometimes I think my parents love him more than they love me,” Sasha joked.

Gunter said she had been married to Sasha’s dad for 32 years and had married after three months of dating, so Sasha’s whirlwind marriage was not unfamiliar to her.

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