M-NET has launched its new wedding reality show The Wedding Bashers in which selected South African weddings are evaluated by a party of celebrity wedding crashers. It began its broadcast in September.
Various couples are chosen to appear on the show, and the RECORD is pleased to introduce its very own star couple from Elandspark, Matthew Westerberg and Gaylene Gordon, who were married at Sun Valley in Alberton on August 25 and will feature on The Wedding Bashers on November 26.
Bio Block Matthew:
- Born at South Rand Hospital
- Described as extraordinary
- Loving and caring, strict childhood
- Attended South Hills Primary, Alberton High School and JG Strijdom High School, and completed his NQF 5 specialising in personal banking services advice at Milpark School of Investment Banking
- Started working after school
- Passion is rugby
- Said “I love you” first
Bio Block Gaylene:
- Born in Parktown
- Described as feisty, lively, determined, courageous, tough and spirited
- Fun and mischievous childhood
- Attended West End Primary (Kimberley), Fields Primary School (Rustenburg), Thornhill Primary School (Brits) and Hartbeespoort High School
- Was involved in sales after school
- Passion is cleaning, decorating and family
The Westerberg relationship
The couple spoke to the RECORD about their relationship and wedding which is set to feature on The Wedding Bashers.
Both Matthew and Gaylene recall chatting to each other over Mxit, which was a popular social media network back in the day, before meeting at McDonald’s. They dated for five years before getting married, and both agreed that it was a different relationship which took a lot of hard work although it was an exciting five years. They had their first date and kiss at Alberton Rugby Club.
“Our engagement was on our daughter’s eighth birthday at Rietvlei Zoo Farm (September 7, 2013) with family and friends. When he proposed, I was totally unaware and obviously the answer was yes,” said Gaylene.
The couple had a Game of Thrones inspired wedding and had a vision for their special day two years prior to making it a reality. Matthew and Gaylene heard about The Wedding Bashers on Facebook and were excited to have their wedding streamed on M-Net.
The first order of business was to book the venue and choose the colours. Next on the list was buying the clothing, centrepieces and flower arrangements.
“The Wedding Bashers changed a few things, like the venue for example, but the theme helped a lot,” said the couple.
“The planning for the wedding was fun, a lot of driving around, seeing places and things, getting through the disagreements and arguments and coming out on top. Our initial venue cancelled, so everything was basically done in just over a month. On the day it was crazy, but it went well over and above what we expected. It has been an absolute pleasure being married and we don’t know why we didn’t do this sooner.”
A bit about the show
South Africans cannot get enough of watching South African celebrity weddings on shows like Top Billing on SABC3 and Our Perfect Wedding on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161). M-Net is now partnering with The Wedding Bashers, produced by SIC Entertainment and Gavin Wratten (also responsible for Idols), in which South Africans can win big by having their weddings judged by a party of celebrity wedding crashers who will weigh in on all aspects of weddings ranging from R20 000 to over R1-million.
The show is hosted by former Survivor South Africa host Mark Bayly as the socialite and V-Entertainment presenter Denise Zimba, Food Network chef Siba Mtongana, former Miss South Africa Cindy Nell-Roberts and former Survivor SA: Champions star and wedding planner Zavion Kotze, who also has a show on VIA (DStv 147).
The Wedding Bashers will see Denise snarking over the wedding entertainment, Siba judging the food, Cindy weighing in on the fashion and Zavion airing his view on the decor.
“So our wedding bashers are going to be going to weddings and judging each wedding. And while the show is called The Wedding Bashers, it’s actually The Wedding Bash. We’re not really there to try and rip everybody’s wedding apart,” said Wratten.
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