Wedding proposal at KFC ends in dream South African wedding for deserving couple

Vendors like Uber and Audi were only some of the sponsors that chipped in to help the couple have the grandest nuptials ever

SAN RAFAEL, CA – OCTOBER 30: A bucket of KFC Extra Crispy fried chicken is displayed. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A wedding proposal at a Kentucky Fried Chicken captured in a viral video landed a South African couple their dream wedding.

Hector Mkansi, 37, and Nonhlanhla Soldaat, 28, were nearly done eating at a KFC in South Africa when Mkansi got down on one knee in November and popped the question, according to the Twitter page for KFC South Africa. KFC is one of Soldaat’s favorite places to dine so Mkansi said the decision to propose there felt natural, added CNN.

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That moment was captured by someone at KFC who posted the video online under the hashtag #KFCProposal. Since then, vendors lined up to ensure the couple received their fairytale wedding, and it appears they did, according to KFC South Africa.

“We are still in disbelief, both of us have to ask each other if this is really happening from time to time. We couldn’t be more grateful to God and every single person that has shared in our little love story,” Mkansi, who works as a pastor, told CNN.

The couple met in 2010 at a funeral but almost instantly fell in love. They actually got married in a small ceremony in 2012, but Mkansi wanted a grander affair for his bride.

“In 2011 our families began lobola negotiations (dowry) and in 2012 we got married in a small traditional ceremony as that was all we could afford at the time… We had the ceremony but I knew this wasn’t what my wife and I wanted,” Mkansi said, according to CNN.

Mkansi said he wasn’t pleased with the rings he and his wife had, so he decided to spring for an upgrade and propose to her at her favorite dining spot, KFC.

“The team at the restaurant was surprised at the request but they were helpful in creating the big moment. We received our meals and when she looked inside, she found the rings and that’s when I went down on my knee,” he told CNN in the interview.

KFC, Uber, Audi were just some of the vendors who chipped in to help the couple realize their loveliest dream wedding – but the list was massive, from jewelry and spa vendors to free honeymoon flights.

“Our dream has come true, we never in a million years thought something like this would happen to us,” Mkansi said of it all.

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