Caster Semenya married her long time partner Violet Raseboya in an extravagant ‘white wedding’ ceremony yesterday, pictured
Gender-row athlete Caster Semenya married her long time partner in an extravagant ‘white wedding’ ceremony yesterday which coincided with her birthday – a double celebration she was delighted to share with her fans.
The 800m Olympic gold medalist wore a ‘Prince Charming-style’ outfit of embroidered jacket, gold breeches and velvet slippers for the ceremony which saw her wed Violet Raseboya, who wore a full-length white lace and appliqué dress.
Sharing a string of intimate photographs of the event on instagram, the South African runner referred to her bride as ‘my heart’ and used the hashtag #ourperfectday to sum up their union.
The event, attended by the couple’s friends, relatives, scores of local celebrities and athletes, followed a traditional ceremony a little over a year ago when Caster, who turned 26 yesterday, reportedly paid a dowry of £1,500 to her bride’s family.
Short videos captured at the exclusive wedding venue in the capital Pretoria, show the pair – who changed into sun-coloured traditional clothes and beaded accessories for the reception – taking to the floor alone for a choreographed first dance, with dry ice swirling around them, before later leading guests in a lively, noisy group cultural dance.
|The 800m Olympic gold medallist wore a 'Prince Charming'-style outfit while Violet was in a white lace and appliqué dress. Pictured is the moment they were officially married.|
|They later changed into traditional outfits for a dance at the reception after the ceremony|
|The runner, who was also celebrating her birthday, uploaded several snaps of the event, including her blushing bridge, to Instagram|
|The couple took to the dancefloor to perform a traditional South African dance, pictured|
|Semenya, pictured during the reception, has naturally elevated levels of testosterone and was forced to undergo humiliating gender testing to prove she was female|
|The couple later led the wedding party in a noisy and exciting group dance later on in the reception|
- Daily Mail