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My Father Backed Out Of My Wedding Via Text Message – Serena |The Republican News

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With news of Meghan Markle’s father Thomas confirming that he won’t be attending the royal wedding on Saturday, the former Suits star’s friend Serena Williams has revealed her own experience of not having her dad walk her down the aisle at her own nuptials, HELLO! reports.

Meghan announced her father will not walk her down the aisle at St George’s Chapel on Saturday as he will not be attending her marriage to Prince Harry.

According to The Express, Thomas is said to be recovering from a heart operation which he underwent on Wednesday following a heart attack last week.

And tennis champion Serena, who married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November, confessed that her father and coach Richard Williams decided one hour before the vows that he wasn’t going to walk by her side.

“He was in New Orleans, he had a suit, and I know he was really excited,” she explained in her new documentary titled Being Serena via Vogue.

“But then he wrote me and said,  ‘Serena, I don’t want you to be mad at me, but I just can’t walk you down the aisle. I’m not myself anymore. I’m just too nervous’.”

Despite the bad timing of the cancellation, Serena remained calm and was supportive of her father’s decision.

“Daddy, it’s okay, if you don’t want to come to the wedding at all, that’s okay too,” she added.

“I’m not going to be upset with you about it, so I don’t want you to be upset about it.”

Elaborating further, the 36-year-old added,  “If he doesn’t want to be up there in front of a lot of people, I completely understand. Look, when we first came on the scene, there were a lot of people who didn’t get him. I don’t think a lot of them wanted to get him. I don’t think a lot of him could have anyway. Our family knows what we have. We just want each other to be happy.”

Serena, who is a doting mother to daughter Alexis Olympia, ended up walking down the aisle alone.

Serena and Ohanian got married in New Orleans on November 16. They met each other for the first time in 2015, which was a life-changing period for Serena, who admitted in a recent interview to New York Times that she was surprised to fall in love with a white guy, according to Tennis World.

Serena has always been supportive of the right defence of black’ people, especially girls. ‘I’m an athlete. He’s a business guy. I’m Black. He’s White. We are totally opposite. I think we just complement each other.”

She added, “I think we understand hard work in different ways. Literally, all I tell Alexis is, ‘well, you know, there’s such a difference between White people and Black people.’ He always gets to hear about the injustices that happen; that wouldn’t happen if I were White.”  (Punch)

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Zimbabwe Couple Weds Days After Crocodile Bites Off Bride’s Arm |RN

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In this photo taken on Saturday, May, 5, 2018, Zenele Ndlovu, center, and Jamie Fox hold hands on their wedding day at a hospital Chapel in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe © Associated Press In this photo taken on Saturday, May 5, 2018, Zenele Ndlovu, centre, and Jamie Fox hold hands on their wedding day at a hospital Chapel in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe  
 

(HARARE) — A couple attacked by a crocodile wedded days later in a Zimbabwean hospital, where the bride was recovering after losing an arm.

“In one week we went from shock and agony to a truly amazing experience,” 27-year-old Jamie Fox told The Associated Press Monday.

Fox and his then-fiancée, Zanele Ndlovu, were canoeing on the Zambezi, one of Africa’s longest rivers when a crocodile attacked them on Apr. 30. Zenele lost her right arm and suffered injuries to her left hand. Five days later, they married in a hospital chapel.

“We were glad we still had our lives and managed to keep our wedding date, although we had to do with a much smaller venue. The celebrations went ahead at the original venue but Zenele and I had to remain at the hospital,” Fox said.

a woman standing in a room: In this photo taken on May, 5, 2018, Zenele Ndlovu walks down the aisle on her wedding day at a hospital Chapel in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. © AP Photo In this photo taken on May 5, 2018, Zenele Ndlovu walks down the aisle on her wedding day at a hospital Chapel in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He described the wedding as “incredible.”

Victoria Falls Guide, a travel website, describes canoeing on the Zambezi above the Victoria Falls “the perfect activity for those who not only want to see the abundant bird and animal life but also want to experience the peace, tranquillity and beauty of the Zambezi River.”

For the couple, the experience turned into a terrifying incident.

“I was shouting, trying to save her. She was not complaining of pain when we managed to pull her out of the water, maybe because of the shock. We were hoping the doctors would save her arm but that was not to be,” said Fox, adding that the couple had dated for about 18 months.

In this photo taken on Saturday, May, 5, 2018, Zenele Ndlovu, center, and Jamie Fox hold hands on their wedding day at a hospital Chapel in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

“I proposed in February. We are hoping to settle in the U.K. so we are sorting out her visa and then we will think of the honeymoon,” he said.

Zanele was discharged from the hospital on Monday.  (Time)

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Ex-President Zuma, 76 To Marry Lady, 24, As Seventh Wife |The Republican News

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                     Zuma’s bride, Nonkanyiso Conco

Seventy-six-year-old former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, is set to marry for the seventh time.

His bride-to-be is 24-year-old Nonkanyiso Conco, who confirmed to TimesLIVE that she and the embattled former president are set to wed.

“Yes‚ we are getting married‚ but that is all I can say. I need to consult before I give any interviews‚” she told the South African website.

Conco is a director of the Pietermaritzburg-based Nomkhubulwane Culture and Youth Development Organisation‚ aimed at protecting the cultural practices of young Zulu women.

Conco reportedly resides in the plush Ballito Estate Hilltop‚ home to some of the city’s most well-heeled residents. She would be Zuma’s youngest bride‚ at 52 years his junior.

Zuma‚ who has always been a proponent of polygamy‚ is currently married to Gertrude Sizakele Khumalo‚ Thobeka Madiba-Zuma and Bongi Ngema-Zuma.

He is divorced from Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and separated from Nompumelelo MaNtuli Zuma.  (Punch)

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Two Benue Brides Abandon Wedding Reception For Final Exams |The Republican News

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Two final-year Mass Communication students at the Benue State University, Makurdi, Benue State, identified only as Dorcas and Deborah, on Saturday, abandoned their wedding receptions to take their final exams.

The final paper is codenamed, Com 402: Media Law and Ethics. The newly-weds left their husbands behind with their bridal trains and came into the examination hall in their wedding gowns.

The course lecturer, Dr Benjamin Ogbu, told our correspondent on the telephone that the two brides entered the examination hall amidst jubilation and excitement.

Ogbu stated that he could not ascertain the surnames of the two ladies because there were other students with similar names.

He said, “The timetable for the exam was earlier fixed before their weddings were fixed and interestingly, both were on April 7, 2018. Since the exam couldn’t be shifted, the two brides left their various reception venues for the examination hall to sit for the exams in their wedding gowns.

“I was with the deputy vice-chancellor (academic) when both women stormed the examination hall. It was a moment of joy for all of us as students and lecturers. We were happy that our students got married and they (students) were happy too that they got married and also took their last exams same day. It was a double joy for them.”

Ogbu said as a member of the varsity’s Examination Monitoring team, he was elated to see the two female students in their weddings gowns with utmost desire to graduate.

He said weddings couldn’t interrupt the university’s academic calendar nor force the shift of an examination.    (Punch)

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: The Wedding Of The IGP, Ibrahim Idris And DSP Asta|RN

Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha and other dignitaries at the wedding of Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, with his wife, Asta, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Kaduna,

 

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Asta, the wife of IGP

 

 

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The newly wedded couple at the reception

 

(Source: The Sun)

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Bride-to-be Calls Off Wedding, Invites Homeless To Consume Wedding Food

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Sarah Cummins was supposed to get married this weekend. The 25-year-old Purdue University pharmacy student had been planning her dream wedding for two years, scrimping and working overtime to save for the $30,000 extravaganza.

A week ago, she called it off (she prefers not to say why) and was left with a broken heart and a nonrefundable contract for a venue and a plated dinner for 170 guests Saturday night at the Ritz Charles in Carmel.

“It was really devastating to me. I called everyone, cancelled, apologised, cried, called vendors, cried some more, and then I started feeling really sick about just throwing away all the food I ordered for the reception,” she said.

Then she decided to bring some purpose to her pain. She worked with event planner Maddie LaDow at the Ritz Charles to re-arrange the reception area, then started contacting homeless shelters in Indianapolis and Noblesville and inviting residents to her party.

“We’re doing all the same stuff, just arranging the tables differently, so there’s no head table for the bridal party, no cake table or gift table,” she said.

She and her mother will arrive early Saturday to set up the centrepieces they designed themselves — gold Eiffel Tower vases with roses.

The dinner will take place in the hotel’s garden pavilion because Cummins said she always wanted an outdoor wedding but didn’t want to risk the weather.

On the menu are bourbon-glazed meatballs, goat cheese and roasted garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce and, yes, wedding cake.

Dayspring Center is among the shelters Cummins contacted, and she gave centre development director Cheryl Herzog permission to reach out to The Indianapolis Star.

“I was so touched that Sarah had taken a painful experience and turned it into a joyful one for families in need,” Herzog said. “It is truly a very kind gesture on her part.”

Being homeless is stressful for an entire family, Herzog said. “I suspect having the chance to experience a delicious meal with your family in a beautiful space like the Ritz Charles will be very special for them.”

Cummins has arranged for two buses to pick up shelter residents and families late Saturday afternoon to take them to the Ritz Charles. She’s hoping for about 150 people, but there’s no firm count yet.

Obviously, this isn’t the first time weddings have been cancelled on short notice, LaDow said. “Some people throw parties, some completely walk away, but none has ever done anything this charitable,” she said of Cummins. “It is very honourable of her.”

The one time bride-to-be said she doesn’t feel particularly generous.

“I will at least have some kind of happy memory to pull from,” she said. “I’ve worked so many weekends and so much overtime to pay for this, I wanted to make sure it would be the perfect wedding.”

And she’s still excited to see what it looks like, after two years of planning.

Plus, it’s been a nice distraction instead of sitting around crying, she said.

She discussed her plans for what was to be their wedding with her ex-fiance, and she said he agreed that it’s better for someone to enjoy the dinner and music they had planned.

If she can keep her emotions in check, she plans to stay for the dinner with her mum and at least two bridesmaids.

When it’s over, Cummins said she’s leaving on her honeymoon Sunday to the Dominican Republic — alone — before returning for classes at Purdue.

“I’m going by myself. I’m nervous, but I feel like it will be really good strength-building for me. I want that time alone.”  (USA TODAY)

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Serena Williams Engaged To Reddit Co-Founder, Alexis Ohanian, Announces On Reddit! |The Republican News

 

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Serena Williams of the U.S. holds her trophy and waves to the crowd after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in their women's singles finals match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York City on Sunday.© Mike Segar/Reuters Serena Williams of the U.S. holds her trophy and waves to the crowd after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in their women’s singles finals match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York City on…

 

Wedding bells are ringing for Serena Williams!

The tennis great has announced that she is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 33. Fittingly, she broke the news on Reddit in the form of a poem.

“I came home. A little late. Someone had a bag packed for me. And a carriage waited. Destination: Rome,” Williams, 35, wrote on her verified Reddit account.

“To escort me to my very own ‘charming.’ Back to where our stars first collided. And now it was full circle. At the same table we first met by chance.”

She continued: “But by choice. Down on knee. He said 4 words. And I said yes.”

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The engagement comes as a surprise to many – Williams and Ohanian have kept their love off of social media. (People)

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