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TAILOR-MAKE YOUR PACKAGE Bridal couples have three packages to choose from, including Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each package includes priority boarding, wedding planning services, venue selection, ceremony booklets, an on-board ceremony, a symbolic wedding certificate, a bouquet, a wedding cake and a bottle of bubbly. The Gold and Platinum packages also include a bottle of bubbly and canapés to be enjoyed in your private cabin on the evening of arrival, services of a professional photographer, printed photographs and a deluxe in-cabin breakfast the morning after the ceremony. Each package can be further tailored with a variety of optional extras, from the amount of guests, through to video and photo packages, live ceremonial music, various beauty packages, and the addition of drinks packages. HONEYMOON CRUISING A popular honeymoon choice for newlyweds the world over, whether you are cruising locally or internationally, cruising offers you the ability to see all your dream destinations in one carefully planned itinerary. This means you only have to unpack once and you can settle into your private suite for the entire journey – no repeat checking in and out, no carting of luggage, not interruptions – just the gift of being able to focus on enjoying each other’s company and your cruising adventure together.

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e’re in an age where social influencing is the order of the day. We’d like to believe that the creative team behind this edition of Nubian Bride has moved beyond merely influencing and entered the realm of thought leadership. Whilst the good people at Wikipedia call the phrase an insufferable business buzzword, we would like to defend it as something that is recognised by others as innovative, authoritative and on trend. Looking at the history of bridal media in South Africa, there has never been anything that caters for your specific needs as a bridal couple. Until now that is. Along with your economic renewal has come the opportunity for cultural renewal. But, inspirational content to open your mind to what can be done while not only celebrating your love but also expressing your individuality, origin and culture has, up to now, been nonexistent. We have within these pages, however, created something special and unique by tapping into a pool of passionate talent that will answer your most important questions and give birth to your lifelong fantasies and aspirations as you approach the biggest day of your life. Never before has there been a more carefully curated

collection of African bridal content. The African bridal renaissance has begun. Our cover feature ‘African Reflections’ (pages 34 - 48) pairs one-ofa-kind couture wedding gowns by some of South Africa’s leading designers with spectacularly chic accessories and jewellery on location in the Winelands of Elgin. The combined creative prowess produced a cover look that is bold, elegantly rebellious and gutsy, but will leave your friends and family in awe as you make your entrance. Have a look at the behind-thescenes video on our newly launched website:  Otto de Jager, South Africa’s king of events, continues to give life to the unusual. His floral designs and décor concepts are beyond compare (pages 104 - 107 and 126 - 129). Gone are the days when grooms rock a store-bought suit and a pair of work shoes to their wedding. In a special section dedicated to the brothers, we salute and pay tribute to your unique sense of style.  We’ve covered every conceivable item on your list of things to do while you plan your wedding and absolutely loved doing it. Enjoy the read, but more importantly, enjoy the ride.

Siphelele Chikowi Founder of Ntozinhle Accessories This accessories queen is passionate about reflecting the jewellery and other pieces that she brings to life. Her company, Ntozinhle Accessories, which has been operating for four years, supplies clients throughout southern Africa.

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FASHION & BEAUTY Julia Rice | FLOWER EDITOR Otto de Jager SENIOR DESIGNER: ART DIRECTION Justine Kerr | JUNIOR DESIGNER Lucy Nkosi | COPY EDITING & PROOF READING Lynne Yates & Loren Shirley-Carr CONTRIBUTORS The Aleit Group, Blo Hairdressing, YSL Make-up, Caesar Mathebula, Ntonzinhle Accessories, Robynn Niemack COVER Creative design Steven MacBeth Photography Jacques Weyers Photography | Stylist Bontlefeela Mogoye | Accessory Styling Ntozinhle Accessories | Hair Seema Chita, Blo Hairdressing | Make-up David White using Yves St Laurent & YSL brushes | Stuttafords Boutique Sandton Model Roselyn, Outlaws | Dress Kobus Dippenaar | | Shot on location Lothian Vineyards | PUBLISHER Gina Borthwick | MANAGING DIRECTOR Eric Bornman | PROJECT MANAGER Luc Kazaba | SALES TEAM Mbali Radebe, Hilda Mgcina and Bheki Myeni FINANCIAL MANAGER Anup Govan DISTRIBUTION Mashudu Mufhadi On the Dot


Bontlefeela Mogoye Fashion stylist & brand strategist Former Major in the SA Military Defence Force, Bontlefeela is a fashion stylist and stylist to the stars and has worked for Woman&Home magazine and the on-trend online magazine,

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Otto de Jager Founder of Otto de Jager Events Nubian Bride’s event expert and flower editor, Otto de Jager, is well-known for his artistry, extremely original creative ideas, innovative approach and consummate professionalism in both the realisation of his styling, design and his skill in event management. Otto’s expertise ranges from managing premier events to specialising in creative décor for various events, ranging from weddings to corporate and product launches.

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NOVEMBER 2016 – APRIL 2017

CONTENTS FEATURES 20 22 24 26 32 156 163

Trends What’s hot in bridal trends Registry Magical metallic gift choices Wedding etiquette Coping with the in-laws Planning Back to basics Designer studio Spotlight on Kobus Dippenaar Island honeymoon Anantara Medjumbe, Mozambique Competition winners We reveal the winners of the Bona Dea R1 million wedding! |


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CONTENTS FASHION 34 50 56 58 60 61 181


Reflections Perfect picks Shoes fit for a princess For Her Shopping for the bride


For Bridesmaids Shopping for the bridal party For Flower Girls Cute ideas for little girls in the retinue For Pageboys ... and something for the little boys Gowns Covetable choices


A couture take on African make-up Ideas from design house YSL

BRIDAL INSPIRATION 69 104 109 114 117 149

Real weddings Fabulous suggestions for your dream wedding Flowers Flower Editor Otto de Jager provides great innovation Cakes Masterpieces from the experts Stationery Menus, invitations and everything else paper Décor Creative themes for your wedding Venues A selection of great wedding venues around the country


Gauteng Johannesburg, Muldersdrift, Pretoria etc KwaZulu-Natal Durban, Drakensberg and the Midlands The Cape Cape Town and the Winelands The Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth, East London and the Garden Route Traditional Everything you need for a traditional wedding

SPECIAL MEN’S SECTION 168 172 174 176 178 18

Suits Stunning suits take a traditional turn Designer studio Quiteria and George For the classic groom For the edgy groom For the Afro groom



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Mixed metallics Wedding décor has embraced the latest metallics trend… creating a touch of glamour by combining different shades of shimmer, in silver, gunmetal, gold and rose gold for a unique look. Lustre offers an opulent touch and adds an opulent sparkle. Make a bold statement in the bridesmaids’ dresses, add a touch of glimmer on the wedding cake or play with the shine of the cutlery.

Belle’s loves chocolate! Belle’s Patisserie founder Linda Lipschitz visited Paris’s recently, and on her return she hosted an event at her Illovo branch to launch its new summer menu. She also filled us in on Paris’ latest patisserie trend: ‘chocoroons’, delectable macarons taken to a whole new level by enveloping them in chocolate. Watch out for these at Belle’s.



Nubian Bride’s brand new website We have been getting lots of compliments regarding the brand new look of the Nubian Bride website. Thank you! You’ll also find that it’s much easier to navigate than ever, and our search engine has been optimised to make your time online with us not only pleasant, but extremely informative. Take a look, navigate around and see for yourself. We are really proud of the final product, and have worked long and hard to give you a website experience that is as enjoyable as reading your favourite bridal magazine.

Who’s wearing the pants? On trend all over the world, pants are becoming popular down the aisle. Worn alone or together with a dress or skirt (see the pic here, from designer Carolina Herrera’s bridal collection). Local designers Quiteria and George, featured in our main fashion (pages 34 - 48), use pants.

Iced candy Wine-based frozen popsicles have entered the fray. These are the first iterations to hit the local scene. Called PJ Pops, these alcoholinfused iced delicacies are the perfect way to celebrate weddings in style. There are two offerings from Pierre Jourdan Brut: Cap Classique and Pierre Jourdan Tranquille, both from acclaimed cellar, Haute Cabrière.

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All that glitters A mix of must-have metallic products from Yuppiechef to add to your registry list

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Lagouile by Andre Verdier, stainless steel steak knife set, R649

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DeLonghi Scultura 1.5 litre kettle, R2,429

Le Creuset stoneware French press, R1,099 Humble and Mash coffee and tea capsule holder, R299



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Family matters ll couples who are getting ready to be married need to deal with their in-laws long before they walk down the aisle. Make sure your pre-marriage counsellor covers a session on how to deal with in-laws so you can both define your relationship by setting clear and visible boundaries for all to respect. You both have to draw the line in the sand as a team and make sure your families understand who is in charge, who is getting married and why. If you don’t, you might end up with a situation where your marriage is indirectly controlled or influenced by everything your in-laws say to your partner behind your back. Make sure the boundary lines are clear; don’t compromise or leave grey areas. You have to be firm about this. This is a tough love decision for both of you to make; it has nothing to do with ‘blood is thicker than water’ or a mentality of ‘we raised you, so we know best’. Every family must have its own unique identity, which is why part of our premarital counselling sessions at Lifeworks Forum include a special meeting with our marriage counsellor and the couple, as well as both sets of in-laws. This is arranged weeks before the wedding to make sure everybody is on the same page and understands the rules of the game regarding the joining of the two.



I have yet to meet couples who are very happy and confident with their in-laws. Generally speaking, most parents find it very difficult to let go, give up control and to willingly release their child to someone else, especially when it’s time to deal with the ‘leaving, cleaving and becoming one’ part. For this reason, many

You are not marrying the in-laws, you’re marrying their daughter or son parents still insist that the wedding is actually the joining of the two families rather than that of two individuals tying the knot. To this day, most parents still try to control or live out their failed dreams through their children – even when the ‘child’ is married with three kids. They still want to call the shots however they can, because they strongly believe they know what’s best for their child. Whilst they often pretend to like their new sonor daughter-in-law, in truth, many parents don’t actually trust the new addition to the family. Usually they will overstep boundaries by intentionally leveraging on their

relationship with their child to manipulate, control or have a final say in how the new family should be run. This interference has caused many arguments between couples. In-laws choose sides unconsciously, which can bring an emotional separation between the couple. So, please, make sure to get the in-laws sorted. Remember, you are not marrying them, you’re marrying their daughter or son. Parents need to understand that newlyweds need space and time to form their identity as a couple without interference. Of course, visits are allowed, but unannounced or forced visits are a no-no. Lifeworks Forum is an NPO with a simple vision and focus to empower communities in the area of relationships, marriage, family, health and wealth. It was established in 2013 to bring sustainable transformation in these areas by providing information, resources, support and networks that married couples can use to build strong marriages, which, in turn, will impact our nation and the world at large by helping one married couple at a time. If you have any questions, you can email Caesar on

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Caesar Mathebula from Lifeworks Forum gives advice on the best way to deal with your in-laws before your Big Day

BACK TO BASICS Wedding planner Marius Barnard shows you how to use South Africa’s diverse and unique cultural heritage to create your very own personal wedding theme



hese days, African inspiration is right on trend – in weddings, in fashion, in every aspect of our lives. Bold, vibrant colours will always be part of our heritage, but ethnically inspired print now has a more modern, stylish edge. Using drama in rich jewel tones and dramatic black and white designs, the bride can reinvent her wedding and create something intrinsic of her heritage.


In planning this wedding, Marius and his team chose lots of colour, which is quintessentially African. The theme incorporates everything from dramatic black and white to metallic gold and shades of pinks and yellows. They included traditional African fabrics, like the grass mats used as under plates, to create enthralling ‘Out of Africa’ images. All a bride needs to do is add her own personality and she will have a unique African extravaganza. Be inspired, be creative, use Africa’s exquisite textures, patterns, colours and natural elements. Marius and his team used the black and white background and enhanced the look with gold foiling from the invitations. They continued this look with geometric designs on the cake and the containers on the table.


Africa offers a magical selection of flowers and natural, earthy textures to integrate into a wedding. Select gold and textured ornaments, use indigenous flowers like proteas, pincushions and blushing brides |


PLANNING (these delicate blooms are feathery and light, giving the flowers an ethereal feel). Choose colours in your theme that echo the African wilderness.


There is an incredible selection of local African delicacies that can be used for wedding canapés and snacks. Get on trend: modernise and transform traditional dishes or street food into high-end gourmet snacks. Think gourmet mini bunny-chow in home-made loaves, meat straight from the braai served as a delicately plated, intricate dish or clever canapés created from familiar favourites. South African and broader African cuisine offers incredibly diverse options for wedding food… don’t be afraid to experiment.


When it comes to the drinks table, Marius suggests serving different African beers. We have so many delicious brews – and the unique and interesting bottles will create a visual masterpiece for your photographer! |



Last word

This style of wedding is perfect for a contemporary bride who is not afraid of making a statement. She’s the type of bride who wants to reflect her cultural heritage in her wedding designs and even possibly her dress. African style is timeless, and these days it’s becoming very fashionable to include a touch of your heritage. Use your creative flair to give your wedding an authentic taste of African style and sophistication, however subtle. Whether you simply want a few African accents, or are intent on going all out with the African theme, there are so many exciting options to choose from.


Project management & co-ordination Weddings by Marius | Photographer Melanie Maré Photography | Venue Zinzi Restaurant | Flower décor & concept Ecozest | Wedding cake Cakes By Nix | Hiring Imagine Events | +27 44 382 1501 & Plates and Things | +27 44 382 3368 Visit for more pictures from our planning shoot




Conquering the world Born on a farm in the Cape, wedding gown designer Kobus Dippenaar has achieved every creative’s dream – the opportunity to show his masterpieces on a worldwide stage




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ou can’t be more meticulous than Kobus Dippenaar. Or more creative. One of the country’s best known couturiers, feted for his exquisite couture and bridal gowns, the Swartland-born designer is so sought after that his clients fly to the Cape from all over the country for private consultations. Kobus has been a couture designer for 30 years. His first love, he says, was architecture – clothing was his second choice. He believes that architecture is what formed him and gives his creations their balance. “I’m a technical person,” he explains. “What is important for me is the execution of the line.” Kobus initially started designing high school dance dresses for fellow students and his mother used to sew his designs. After completing military service, he studied towards a diploma in fashion design at the Cape Town Technikon. It wasn’t long before his creations were noticed; in fact, he won awards for design excellence at the J&B Met (a premier South African horse race that was frequented by socialites, more and more of whom chose to be dressed in Kobus’s creations) a number of times over the years. For 25 years, Kobus focused on designing bespoke couture garments for private clients. Then, in 2012, he launched a range of wedding gowns called Anna Georgina, in honour of his mother. For the past four years, he has continued to offer a choice of bespoke haute couture day and evening fashion under his Kobus Dippenaar label as well as his new range of fairy tale wedding gowns. The Anna Georgina bridal range is luxurious and beautifully crafted, inspired by Kobus’s notion that every woman is unique and has a beauty that deserves to be emphasised. The gowns range between R12,500 and R32,000 each. “They are beautiful and affordable,” he explains. The brand also includes accessories such as shoes and handbags. No matter whether it’s a couture piece or a wedding gown, Kobus’s creations have a signature theme, a play between masculinity and femininity, structure and fluidity. Full skirts contrast with boning and corsetry, whilst Swarovski elements shine against lines that define the figure. His wedding creations, in shades of blush, pale pink, ivory and gold, are created from light, gossamer fabrics such as silk dupioni, lace, silk charmeuse and tulle. What sets Kobus apart from other local designers is the fact that his designs are available both locally and internationally. Aside from bouttiques in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria, you will also find this artist’s creations in in the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, France and the USA. In 2010, Kobus started showing his Anna Georgina wedding creations in the Harrogate Bridal Show and from the start, he was a roaring success. “I’d been designing for 15 years. After two hours at the Leeds show, I broke even. That’s when the penny dropped.” This year in May, Kobus moved from the Harrogate

show, where brands are featured, to the White Gallery Bridal Show in London, which is where designers are showcased. In October he showed both his brands in New York for the first time. Today, Kobus is the first South African wedding gown designer whose garments are found in more than 10 stores in the world. “And I’m growing!” he says with a smile. Although the first two years showing at Harrogate were plain sailing, the third year was a volatile one. “We have no

clients all around the world, his runway shows at local and European bridal exhibitions pull the crowds, and now he is set to conquer the US market. “As a business person, one has to follow trends; you can’t have an ego. I’m known as the ‘rugby wife’s designer’… Schalk Burger, Jan Serfontein, their wives are beautiful women. The thing is, I love dressing women. It’s not important to me that I dress wellknown women, because I believe every woman is beautiful in her own right.

His wedding gowns are created from light, gossamer fabrics such as silk dupioni, lace, silk charmeuse and tulle resources here in South Africa, so I had to import fabrics, which involved flying to the East to get all the components. There are a lot of very talented people here in South Africa. But we don’t have the resources if we want to compete with the international market.” Despite this, Kobus has succeeded, and his exquisite creations compete favourably with those of his ilk overseas. He has

And that sense of satisfaction of having accentuated a woman’s particular beauty – that is the very best feeling.” Kobus currently has a staff of 24 in his upmarket atelier in Cape Town’s city centre. Kobus’s gowns are featured on our cover and in our fashion pages 34 - 48. | |


Combine couture and on-trend African inspiration for a whole new look‌ it’s bridal fashion reinvented




Gown Suzaan Heyns Accessories Zulu hat, Rosebank Market | All other accessories, Ntozinhle Accessories |



Gown Kobus Dippenaar Accessories Ntozinhle Accessories

Gown Cindy Bam Couture Accessories Ntozinhle Accessories |


Gown Cindy Bam Couture Accessories Zulu hat, Rosebank Market | All other accessories, Ntozinhle Accessories




Gown Kobus Dippenaar Accessories Ntozinhle Accessories Suit Csquared


Gown Cindy Bam Couture Suit Carducci Accessories Pocket square, Csquared | Bow tie, #dandyAF | All other accessories, Ntozinhle Accessories |


FASHION Gown Suzaan Heyns Accessories Ntozinhle Accessories

Gown Quiteria & George Accessories Ntozinhle Accessories |


FASHION Gown TN Collectiv Head wrap Ntozinhle Accessories Suit Csquared Bow tie #dandyAF

Credits CREW

Photographer Jacques Weyers Photography | Stylist Bontlefeela Mogoye |

Kobus Dippenaar | | Quiteria & George |

Accessory styling Ntozinhle Accessories |

Suzaan Heyns |

Make-up David White using Yves St Laurent & YSL brushes | Stuttafords Boutique Sandton

TN Collectiv |

Hair Seema Chita, Blo Hairdressing |

CSquared | Carducci |

Location Lothian Vineyards | (See next page for venue profile) DĂŠcor Trunk Events | Models Patricia, Fusion Model Agency | Roselyn, Outlaws | Vukile, Boss Models |


Wedding dresses, suits, attire & accessories Cindy Bam Couture | +27 21 422 4796



#danyAF | +27 83 377 4252 Rosebank Market | Ntozinhle Accessories |

LOTHIAN VINEYARDS | ELGIN VALLEY, GRABOUW The fashion on these pages was shot at Lothian Vineyards, an opulent setting on the banks of the Palmiet River in the Elgin Valley. Offers With its own private lake, the five-star self-catering villa Lothian House is the perfect wedding venue. Modern, elegant, luxurious and designed to fit into the environment, this magnificent architectural wonder boasts uninterrupted views over Lothian’s vineyards and orchards. There are eight double en suite bedrooms, each with private terraces, as well as spacious entertainment areas, making Lothian House ideal for a private ceremony and reception. The facilities on offer (gym, heated pool, massage room, tennis court, trampoline, Harley Davidson, fitness instructor, horse riding, concierge and much more), make this magnificent location the perfect choice Menu The fully equipped kitchen is manned by a private chef, ensuring that guests are well catered for. Perfect for a very intimate, romantic luxury wedding. Contact + 27 0 21 859 9901 |

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Perfect picks Fashion forward, luxury footwear that brings out the princess in every bride








Photography Kat Willemse, Vizion Photography & Films | Shoes Imaani | | +27 72 211 5536 Venue Nooitgedacht Estate | Make-up & hair Cecilia Fourie Make-up | Dresses Cindy Bam | Model Zania Louw, 3D Model Agency |



IMAANI is fresh, contemporary and exclusive with a strong Africa identity. The range offers on-trend styling and custom made comfort without sacrificing sophistication. Imaani means pretty girl and guarantees to make the bride feel chic, stylish, beautiful and cherished on her special day. To view the full IMAANI range • IMAANI | To stock the Imaani range, enquire via the website or email   


For Her The blushing bride doesn’t need much; add a pair of sparkling earrings, a shiny rock and a spritz of perfume, and she’s good to walk down the aisle

Gown Olivelli | Picture Jurie Potgieter | Accessories Ntozinhle Accessories |


Magie Blanchie necklace, Cartier

Rose gold necklace, Pandora

Solitaire diamond engagement ring plus wedding band, Sterns Secret Diamond Collection

Our Pick

Erica light pink clutch, Ted Baker

This pastel pink clutch is the perfect bridal accessory

Mandragore earrings, Cartier

Tanzanite and diamond ring, Pneuma Jewellers

Light pink with diamante detail shoes, Imaani

Peetch light pink shoes, Ted Baker

Gold clutch bag, Nine West

Le Parfums fragrance collection, Louis Vuitton

Fragrances for her Louis Vuitton has a way of redefining timeless chic, and with the launch of seven extraordinary perfumes, the fashion house has done it again. The fragrances walk the lines between rarefied and wearable, with a lineup of carefully sourced ingredients. Even the bottles are on point: rounded glass bottles, pared-down stopper caps, neat black type. In this flower bouquet, you’re bound to find the perfect pick. |


FASHION & BEAUTY Gown Lipsy London | Picture Tim Hulme for Fern Tree Wedding Photography |



Add a pop of colour to your bridesmaid’s look with a bright dress, glamorous clutch bag and gold shoes. The perfect scent and a touch of sparkle completes the look

Heart necklace, Fossil

Our Pick

La Laque Couture Gold Clash nail polish, YSL

The perfectly bright and flowy summer bridesmaid dress option

Wishbone necklace, SWAK X

Heart earrings, Fossil

Afriderm skincare, available at selected Edgars stores

Chablise rose gold leather shoes, Ted Baker

Nude and black heels, Polo Ann wrap detail mini dress, Forever New

Teardrop earrings, Janine Binneman Jewellery

Floriza chain bag, Ted Baker

Giorgio Armani Si EDP Intense Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Nuit Blanche EDP Fragrances for bridesmaids This new version of the already magnetic Si is designed for a strong, passionate woman unafraid to take risks – exactly the kind of woman a bride wants by her side! Si Intense is described as a modern chypre fragrance. An electrifying new interpretation of the iconic Black Opium coffee signature, YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche is a seductive white coffee floral fragrance designed to give the wearer a burst of energy to last through the night. |



Flower Girls

Sugar and spice and all things nice; that’s what little girls are made of. A pouffy dress, cute pink accessories and stylish shades make for a pretty perfect flower girl

Flower headband, H&M

Ballerina necklace, Ted Baker

Metallic bag, Next

White spaghetti strap dress, Next

Our Pick

These earrings provide the perfect balance of cute and glam

Zara Kids Girl fragrance, Zara

Heart and teddy bear earrings, Love Teddy

Pattern pumps, Marcha Ballerina

White cat ear sunglasses, H&M Flower print dress, Pop Candy





Our Pick

Your pageboy will love these bright lightning socks


A smart blazer, trendy shirt, bow tie and fun sunglasses are the perfect combo for cutest member of the bridal party

Short sleeve shirt with bow tie, H&M Socks, Soobe

Knitted bow tie, Next

Brown belt, Next

Green trousers with suspenders, Next

Island-style sunglasses, H&M

Navy fedora, Earthchild

High-top sneakers, Converse KIDS Navy blazer, Keedo |



Colour me couture Five beauty looks by Yves St Laurent straight off the runway |




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Love deeply, live passionately, marry with aplomb – a selection of stunning real weddings


Tebogo Sizakele

& 70


Where and how did you meet? We met in our first year of varsity; we happened to be placed in the same residence. We were friends at first, and only started dating in third year. How did he propose? It was a joint decision; we agreed that Tebza would send his delegation to my family to begin lobola negotiations. No romance (haha)! Please provide a short description of your wedding day? We created a soft and romantic feel in a rustic country setting, maintaining the clean lines and amazing light offered by our venue. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? Absolutely nothing; all the chaos and drama added to the day! What was the highlight of your day? Exchanging vows; although we kept the traditional vows, Tebza said them with such intent and purpose. It was amazing! How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? Momentous. Where did you go on honeymoon? We went to Mauritius. |



What advice would you give to a bride-tobe? Source experienced suppliers who will deliver a timeous professional service. Photography D’amor Photography | Wedding coordinator the forum company | Venue the forum | White Light (Lanseria) | Wedding gown Estelle Bridal Collection | Cake My Darlings Bakery | Stationery Trendy Settings Paperworks | For more pictures visit




Tswang Mpume




Where and how did you meet? We met in Johannesburg in 2006 when we both worked for the same company. The very first time we laid eyes on each other, we were conducting interviews. I was representing Human Resources and Tswang was a hiring manager at the laboratory. We became good friends at the time as our situations were very different. I relocated back to KZN and we lost contact, but managed to find each other again. We officially hit it off in April 2013 when we met for dinner when I returned to Gauteng to visit my cousin. How did he propose? It wasn’t formal or anything like that, except for confirming what I already knew. And since our situations allowed us to give it a try, that’s what we did. Please provide a short description of your wedding day? It was a beautiful long Easter weekend (26 March 2016). We held our wedding over two days; Saturday was a formal wedding at a beautiful venue at Hartbeespoort Dam called Green Leaves Country Lodge. Sunday was a traditional wedding at the groom’s residence in Oukasie, Brits. The weather was stunning, which made everything go according to plan, and the scenery was breathtaking. Our wedding was very intimate and the guests looked great as they were dressed according to the theme, which was elegant hats and heels. The colours of the day were lemon and green. We had a garden ceremony and the reception was at Green Leaves, decorated beautifully in our wedding colours. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? Absolutely |


REAL WEDDINGS nothing, it was so perfect! What was the highlight of your day? When I arrived in the garden with a horse and carriage whilst guests were ululating. Another highlight was my husband’s wedding vows – they made me fall in love with him all over again! How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? It was such a beautiful feeling, indescribable. Where did you go on honeymoon? We haven’t been on our honeymoon yet. We’re planning to go to Zanzibar soon. What advice would you give to a bride-tobe? Know what you want for your special day. Don’t wait to prepare at the last minute; ask friends and family for assistance. No matter what happens on your Big Day, you must enjoy it and have fun – it’s YOUR day! Photography Christiaan David Photography | Venue & wedding coordinator Green Leaves Country Lodge | Flowers & décor Lounge Around Weddings | For more pictures visit




Nadia Yassah




Where and how did you meet? We met in 2012 after I moved back to Uganda after completing my bachelor’s degree in the UK. However, our families have always been close. My husband was the pageboy at my parents’ wedding, so it was fate! How did he propose? This is a moment between the two of us which we would like to keep private, but I have never been so happy and emotional in my life. Please provide a short description of your wedding day. It was a fairy tale! The theme was classy and elegant, and that’s the exact atmosphere that our wedding planner created. Everything was perfect – from the décor and food to the entertainment. We couldn’t have asked for more! If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? I would want it to never end. What was the highlight of your day? The highlight was our first dance; although there were 300 people watching us, it felt like it was just the two of us in the room. We adore Tevin Campbell, so having him perform for our first dance was a dream come true. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? There are no words to describe the feeling; we felt blessed. Where did you go on honeymoon? The Maldives and Macau. What advice would you give to a bride-tobe? Enjoy your day. Don’t fuss or stress over |



anything on your wedding day. And just live in the moment! Photography Adam Hilton Photography | Wedding coordinator By Word of Mouth South Africa | Venue Summer Place, Johannesburg | Wedding gown Vera Wang | Flowers Gideon’s Flowers & Functions | +27 11 789 3112 Cake Belle’s Patisserie | Stationery Lily Young Couture Wedding Stationery | Videographer Ryan Graham Photography & Verve Wedding Films | Make-up artist Shomya Lag (Elaine Shobanjo) Hairstylist Christopher Damulira Bridal shoes Giuseppe Zanotti & Aruna Seth For more pictures visit



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A s p e c ta c u l a r l o c at i on f or a m e m or a bl e o c c a s i on

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Uchenna WolĂŠ





Where and how did you meet? We met through work in Johannesburg. I actually interviewed him! It was all business at first because I was strictly against relationships at work, but somehow he wooed me and talked me into going on a date with him. We were friends for a year before he asked to court me. How did he propose? It was a total surprise for me. I was in the States for a few weeks when he sent me a couple of calendar invites for dinner dates because he ‘missed me’. I casually got ready for date number one. Our car arrived at the Four Seasons Hotel, Westcliff. He made reservations at The View, one of our favourite restaurants. When we finished our mains and were on dessert, fireworks started going off randomly near Zoo Lake. It was beautiful and I was in awe. He then said, “I don’t want to be your boyfriend anymore”. When I looked towards him, he had a ring out and he knelt down! Please provide a short description of your wedding day? Our wedding day was full of showers, sunshine, spectacular speeches, salsa and sundowners. We sat down and had tea together the morning of our wedding day before we split up to prepare for the ceremony. Rain was forecasted for that day, but neither of us were worried. It rained all morning and afternoon, but at the strike of three o’clock, the rain stopped. I knew the rain |



was a blessing from above and that it cleared the way for a beautiful early evening wedding ceremony. At that moment I headed to the venue. I was ready to walk down the aisle. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? Nothing. It was a perfect day. On second thoughts… maybe we should have had a dress rehearsal for our first dance; Wolé kept stepping on my dress! What was the highlight of your day? Our first dance. The mood lighting was just right and it felt as if we were the only ones in the room. A close second would be us strutting into the reception with a brass band instrumental of Drake’s ‘Trophies’. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? It was surreal and amazing at the same time. I was finally married to my best friend. Where did you go on honeymoon? We went to the Seychelles – Mahe and Silhouette Islands. Stunning. What advice would you give to a bride-tobe? Get a wedding planner! They focus on all the details while you focus on the concept. Practise your first dance in your wedding shoes and mock dress. Photography Vizion Photography & Films | Wedding coordinator The Aleit Group | Venue The Abbey, Bishopscourt | Wedding gown Vera Wang | Flowers Liezl Kotze Floral Art | +27 83 458 6508 Cake Centrepiece Cakes | Stationery Secret Diary | For more pictures visit




Phindi Thokozani




Where and how did you meet? We met in September 2013 at a mutual friend’s wedding in Pietermaritzburg; I was a bridesmaid and he was one of the guests. How did he propose? He proposed at our home after we had been dating for six months. It was romantic and very special. He put candles and red roses all over the bedroom. I got home and he was standing there with the ring! Of course, I said “yes”! Please provide a short description of your wedding day Romantic, magical, elegantly intimate. Exquisite. It’s every girl’s dream. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? Absolutely nothing – everything was perfect. What was the highlight of your day? My wedding dress, the garden ceremony, walking down the aisle and seeing my husband-tobe waiting. Hearing our family and friends cheering as I walked down the aisle. Also, seeing family and friends having fun, and everything else associated with a precious celebration. We loved the décor set-up for the ceremony, the lounge and cocktail set-up for the pre-reception and the highlight, of course, our romantic reception venue. Basically the entire day was my highlight. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? Thokozani: I was overwhelmingly happy and excited as well as relaxed. Emotional when I saw my wife walking down the aisle. Phindi: Nervously excited, happy, |


REAL WEDDINGS emotional. Overcome with love. Grateful. Where did you go on honeymoon? Due to work commitments and schedules, we are taking a mini-pre honeymoon to Knysna before we plan our dream honeymoon. What advice would you give to a bride-tobe? Know your budget and expect additional costs. Get yourself a wedding planner like I did; it’s the best decision one can make. Remain calm and avoid stress. Have fun. The energy you give as a couple determines how your guests will feel. Photography Luke Tannous Photography | Cake picture Custo by Rodolfo | Wedding planner & designer Precious Thamaga of Precious Celebrations | Décor & flowers Café Fleur | Cake Magnolia Bake & Cake | Venue & catering Memoire Wedding Venue | Stationery Trendy Settings | Videographer Feature Films | Wedding gown Lady Marmalaide Fourways | Bridesmaids’ dresses Tuelo Nguyuza Collectiv | Hair Thabiso, Lajawi Beauty Café | +27 82 443 5618 Lighting & dance floor Upstage Productions | Lounge furniture Lounge Around | For more pictures visit



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Tubana Michael

& 90


Where and how did you meet? We met in Luanda, Angola; we worked for the same company. Our paths crossed every day for three years; we both thought it was an impossible dream that we would ever be together, given that we come from two different parts of the world (I lived in Angola and Mike lived in South Africa and Scotland). How did he propose? Mike proposed to me in Cape Town, a memory that will stay with me forever. He made reservations at the One&Only hotel in a beautifully appointed suite on an island. We went out for the most romantic dinner/dance. I could see that he was nervous and once back at our suite, he proposed. He offered me the most stunning engagement ring, and there was a bath filled with rose petals and the finest champagne. I had no hesitation in accepting. We were both in tears and couldn’t believe our dreams had finally come true. Please provide a short description of your wedding day. We spent the previous night apart, anxious about the unpredictable Cape weather. We woke to a perfect day. I was pampered at Maison Noir Villa; Michael was spoilt at Cape Royale. I was driven to the beautiful, quaint church in Hout Bay in a vintage Rolls Royce. The wedding ceremony was incredible, enhanced by a stunning string quartet. We were then ushered to various beauty spots in Hout Bay for our photo shoot, after which we returned to Maison Noir for a pre-dinner cocktail party that seamlessly |



became dinner. The two chefs and cakes by Wayde were a delight; their work was complimented by everyone. We had a fantastic live band and DJ. There weren’t many speeches – the evening was about celebrating our marriage. Lots of dancing and fun was had by all. The day ended as it started, peacefully. We went to sleep feeling truly blessed. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? We cannot fault anything and wouldn’t wish to have changed anything either. What was the highlight of your day? Standing proudly as husband and wife in the church amongst family and friends. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? It was a tearful, very emotional and joyful experience. Where did you go on honeymoon? We originally planned to visit the Seychelles, but realised that South Africa had so much to offer, so we spent several days in the sun-drenched Cape Winelands. It was a memorable honeymoon. What advice would you give to a bride-tobe? Choose a wedding planner carefully, as we did; one that truly understands your vision and dreams. Photography Vizion Photography & Films | Wedding coordinator 99 Occasions | Venue Maison Noir Villa | Wedding gown Kobus Dippenaar | | Flowers & stationery 99 Occasions | Cake Cakes by Wade | For more pictures visit



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Fiona Aubrey

& 94


Where and how did you meet? We met at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in 2008 when we were both students and doing our practicals. Aubrey would sometimes assist me with my schoolwork as he was my senior. We officially started dating in 2010. How did he propose? In 2013 Aubrey paid his respects to both our families by paying lobola. He wrote a letter home telling the elders when he would be coming to pay his respects. Please provide a short description of your wedding. Aubrey was calm. When I arrived at the venue, I realised that it was actually happening. My bridesmaids looked lovely; my coordinator was such a blessing. The ceremony itself was very intimate, I almost cried. Then, at the reception, our programme director made everyone laugh so hard. The first dance was special, the catering and drinks were great and the dÊcor was amazing. If you could change anything about your wedding what would it be? I wouldn’t dare change anything; the day was all we dreamed of and more. What was the highlight of your day? The matrimonial ceremony, when I walked down the aisle with my dad and when Aubrey and I declared our love to each other. Another highlight was our first dance. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? It felt good to |



know that we could continue to love each other and conquer anything life throws at us, because we have each other – and this time it’s forever. Where did you spend your honeymoon? We plan to go on honeymoon on our first anniversary. We’re going to a private spa and lodge in November 2016. We are both looking forward to it. What advice would you give a bride-tobe? To let the groom also be involved in the planning. Work out a theme beforehand, and do your homework. Go to wedding expos, they are very helpful, especially if you are looking for suppliers. Lastly, enjoy every moment of your special day. Photography LWG Photo | Wedding coordinator Christo Minnaar, SA Wedding Décor | Venue Avianto | Wedding gown Lady Marmalaide, Montecasino | Flowers, décor & stationery SA Wedding Décor | Cake Kelly Jayne’s Cake Boutique | For more pictures visit




Cynthia Tinyiko





Where and how did you meet? We met at Varsity at a church service at chapel. Tinyiko was a worshipper there and I was in a drama ministry . How did he propose? I don’t remember exactly, but we had a discussion about lobola. When he came to pay lobola he also proposed formally; he knelt down in front of my pastor and the congregation and asked for my hand in marriage. I was so surprised and happy. Please provide a short description of your wedding day. It was so exciting, colourful and regal. I felt as if I was getting married to a prince. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? Nothing, everything was perfect. What was the highlight of your day? The dancing, the support from friends and families, the stunning décor and the vibrant music. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? It felt as if it was the first time we were properly seeing each other. It was an absolute dream come true. Where did you go on honeymoon? We went to different provinces – KZN, Mpumalanga and Gauteng – and explored various resorts. What advice would you give to a brideto-be? As soon as you know your wedding date, book a venue and hire a wedding planner. Then relax. |


Photography Andre M Photography | Wedding coordinator Mabutla Innovative Events | +27 72 290 9549 Venue Dzingidzingi Village, The groom’s home Wedding gown Zulu attire - Mrs Zondo | +27 73 057 5762 & Tsonga attire - Mrs Mavasa | +27 73 482 8398 Flowers Mabutla innovative Events | +27 72 290 9549 Stationery Cut Out Design | For more pictures visit






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Refilwe Nhlanhla

& 102


TRADITIONAL REAL WEDDINGS Where and how did you meet? We met almost 12 years ago in Bryanston. We became best friends and, to this day, he still nourishes my soul. How did he propose? He wrote a letter to my family, lobola negotiations took place, a mutual agreement was reached… and only then was there an engagement ring. Please provide a short description of your wedding day. It remains one of the most beautiful days of our lives. It was a day filled with beauty, joy, gratitude and love. Everything played out beyond our expectations. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? We would not change anything – both our wedding ceremonies were magical. What was the highlight of your day? Seeing our love manifesting itself in such a beautiful way. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? It was magical. Where did you go on honeymoon? Victoria Falls. What advice would you give to bride-to-be? Be involved; don’t just outsource everything. Let your wedding reflect both your souls and characters. Wedding creative director & planner Refilwe Khumalo | Décor, flowers, cakes, catering & stationery Refilwe Nhlapo, Bridal Basket | Photography creative concept & editing Nkanyiso Media | Photographers Bongani Mndaweni, Toeka Photography | & Flo Mogale, Still Skill Productions | +92 304 945 5884 Wedding gowns, bridesmaids’ & flower girls’ dresses Ursula Masilo | +27 72 048 4338 Traditional beadwork, groom’s attire, bridesmaids’ & groomsmen’s outfits Thobile, Kwa Mai-Mai | +27 84 998 1675 Hair & make-up Nomalee Beauty | +27 84 896 9841 DJs Castro and Kurupt | Venue Thornbirds | For more pictures visit |


Les choses extraordinaires In this issue Flower Editor, Otto de Jager, focuses on unusual beauty where odd fruit, odd colour and odd shapes (fruit and vegetables) are used in combination to create modern classics. This is not for the classic bride, but rather the artistic, creative, adventurous spirit who sees beauty beyond the obvious


The orange used in a classic Grecian urn, to bring back the idea of Greek and Roman mythology. Think Cicero, think Octavius and vestal vigilance.




Shades of green

African cucumber mixed with lotus seed heads and fern green bottles juxta-positioned where shape, texturing and light all come into play, working in a harmonious symphony.


Geometric shapes meet organic shapes

Indian pumpkin, mixed in with bromeliads, create a simple platform, but in essence, shape, colour and texture allow for the theatre that comes to play in the centrepiece.



Down to earth

African clay pots, meeting the underrated prickly pear leaf, the beauty of the Karoo is brought out of the simple texture and shape of the leaf, and adds exponentially to the gravitas of unpretentious African clay pots.

Green on green

The addition of the Chinese marrows adds yet another layer of texture and shape. Simplicity hasn’t been sacrificed with the addition of the marrow, but adds a layer of interest to the already established minimalism previously discussed.

Concept & styling Otto de Jager Events | | +27 11 447 6780/2 Photography Christiaan David | |


Magic cakers


Picture Channay Harvey

Nubian Bride asked three of the country’s wedding cake specialists to create a special concoction for the magazine. Here are their masterpieces

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On paper

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It’s in the details

Delightful ideas to give a wedding that personal stamp and reflect the bridal couple’s individual style

Café Fleur

Urban indie Ebony, emerald and a modern mix of metallic rose gold and copper create the perfect backdrop for this elegant urban wedding setting


Photography Angelique Smith | Venue Atlantic Imbizo | Design Elsje Design | Wedding planner Heavenly Love | Flowers Flowers in the Foyer | Wedding gown Alec Roux Couture | Stationery Astagraphix | Cake Kanya Hunt | Furniture rental Scape Events | Linen rental The Tablecloth Hiring Company | |


Earth tones A neutral palette, stunning simplicity and a picturesque beach setting combine to create an unforgettable wedding


Photography Lad & Lass Wedding Photography | Venue White Pearl Resorts | Cake White Pearl Resorts | Décor & flowers The bride, Kate Weightman |


Ever green Glimmers of gold and pretty garden cuttings add an eclectic feel to this delightful wedding setting


Venue Lake Umuzi Secunda  | Photography Lilatography | Cake Heavenly Bakes | Décor & flowers Bes van der Westhuizen | |



Copper feel Epitomising the ultimate in luxury, Lothian House offers a superlative wedding venue with unmatched opulence in every detail

Photographer Jacques Weyers | Venue Lothian Vineyards | DĂŠcor & styling Trunk Events |


The classic Black & White • Mushroom – Oyster mushroom and silver grey shiitake mushroom. • White - Chinese carrot in white. • A play on artichokes in ceramic combined with snowballs and a ginger protea to create a new take on fantasy but classic. |




• A wedding over Halloween. • For the unusual bride, all things ginger, gold and orange. • The pumpkin features prominently, but its shapes and colours are robust, and can be adapted to the greater simplicity. (The photograph below demonstrates harmonious colour.) • The function of colour with the function of shape allow for this harmonious striking interpretation where flower meets vegetable.

The dance of the vegetables Cherry tomatoes, kumquat and other berries suspended in midair to create the impression of a flight of the dance. It is light, stylish, understated.

Concept & styling Otto de Jager Events | | +27 11 447 6780/2 Photography Christiaan David | |


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A comprehensive list of South Africa’s top wedding suppliers and service providers for classic and traditional weddings |


Getting married in the Highveld & surrounds: Johannesburg, Muldersdrift, Pretoria etc

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Gauteng may not have balmy beaches, but it does have pockets of stunning scenery. The accessibility of these places make them ideal wedding venues

BAR SERVICES Behind Bars (Jhb) Flair Mobile Bar Services (Jhb) KWS Bartending (Jhb) Liquid Sensations (Jhb) Norman Goodfellows (Jhb)

CAKES Artisticakes (Jhb) +27 82 551 4094 Belles Patisserie Bridal Basket The Cake Boutique Divine Delights (Jhb) EWR Cake Designs (North West) Glamour Cakes Inspirationz (Pta)



Sugar ‘n Ice (Jhb) Sugar and Nice (Pta) Sugar Smith (Pta) Wedding Warehouse Wicked Creations (Jhb)

CATERING Awee en Ree Bokhumo Catering (Centurion) +27 72 495 5542 By Choice Catering (Pta) By Word of Mouth (Jhb) Destiny Cuisine Catering Companion (Pta) Jem Catering (Jhb) Kagisho Catering Made to Order (Jhb)

Mulberry Catering (Jhb) Prep’ed by Sasha (Jhb)

DÉCOR Bathokwa Events Bokhabane Events Bridal Basket Chuma Events Dougs Hiring (Mpumalanga) Glo Décor & Hire (Rustenburg) Leepile Hire LTD Catering Services (Pta) Nomadik Stretch Tents Olga’s Function Design & Event Décor (Jhb) Plank Décor & Embroidery (Soweto)

WEDDING DIRECTORY Rekakgona Décor & Events (Germiston) Ronkhenka Events (Pta) SA Wedding Décor (Jhb) Table Salt Tickled Pink Events

FLOWERS Blooming Beautiful (Pta) +27 83 278 3969 Café Fleur (Jhb) Happily Ever After Wedding Designs (Jhb) Scent Flower Studio Wedding Warehouse (Pta)

GIFTS, JEWELLERY & FAVOURS Arthur Kaplan Jewellers (Jhb) Boardmans Club Aranda (Jhb) Diamond Boutique (Jhb) Michelangelo Towers Mall (Jhb) Oriental Plaza (Jhb) Prestige Housewares (Jhb) Sedgars Home Simply Favours (Countrywide) Sterns Sugarbird Wedding Favours Tempur Beds White House Interiors Yuppie Chef

GOWNS & SHOES Amour Design Biji Couture (Jhb) +27 11 784 8018 Bravacious Bridal Basket Bridal Room (Pta) Bridal Boutique (Jhb) +27 11 478 0667 Bridal Heaven (Jhb) +27 11 425 4998 The Corsetiere Calegra Bridal House Crystal Garnet Bridal Boutique

Eurobride (Pta) GF Bridal Couture (Jhb) Garnish Couture (Jhb) House of Agrie Couture (Pta) JS Collections (Jhb) L’ affaire (Pta) Lipsy London (Countrywide) Middestad Fabrics & Bridal Boutique Olivelli (Jhb) Sevenov Design House Style Fabrics Wedding Connexion (Jhb) Zodwa Collection

SUITS Alexander Suits Carducci Csquared House of Ole +27 82 298 9169 River Island @riverislandsa T.M. Lewin TM-LEWIN-South-Africa

HAIR & MAKE-UP Bamboo Mobile Spa (Jhb) +27 83 333 3097 Blo Hairdressing Salon Brunel Laboratoria Glam Squad Hair Extravaganza (Jhb) +27 11 648 4103 Jeunesse Lyn Reece (Jhb) The Hair Whisperer (Jhb) +27 74 918 7292

HONEYMOONS Air Seychelles Ayka International Travel Legend Lodges LUX* Resorts Mauritius Tourism MSC Cruises Sure Travel The Holiday Factory World Leisure Holidays

MUSIC, DANCE & ENTERTAINMENT Blast Music Specialists (Jhb) DJ’s Incorporated (Jhb) +27 83 694 0656 HarpGigs (Jhb) Pipe Fantasies (Pta) +27 82 923 3315 Saxophone-for-Functions (Pta) Starry Night Mobile Discotheques (Jhb) Thatch Music (Jhb) The Sticky Triggers (Jhb) +27 11 786 9123

PAPER GOODS Chrystalace Wedding Stationery (Pta) Design by Invitation Fralenco Wedding Stationery (Jhb) House of Functions (Jhb) Invite Me (Jhb) +27 11 452 0513 Jakaranda Engravers (Pta) Mayday Creative Studio (Jhb) Minit Print Pink Soda (Jhb) The Paper Rose (Jhb)

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY Admired in Africa Alexander Smith Photography Andre M Photography (Jhb) Belladucci Photography (Jhb) Christiaan David Photography Custo Photography (Jhb) +27 78 742 6933 Escada Photography (Jhb) Fern Tree Wedding Photography (Jhb) Isense Photography (Pta) Jackalberry Studios JLN Photography (Jhb) Kelly M International Photography (Jhb) Kwanda Photography (Jhb) Laura Jane Photography (Jhb) |


WEDDING DIRECTORY Manoko Malete Photography (Jhb) Neo Morapedi Productions (Jhb) Nicholas James Photography (Jhb) Tyme (Jhb)

TRANSPORT Hire Classic Cars Horse and Carriage (Jhb) JPD Limousine Services (Jhb) +27 11 781 0800 Supreme Limos (Jhb)

VENUES Amanzingwe (Hartbeespoort) Ascot Mews Avianto (Muldersdrift) Bergvallei Estates (Muldersdrift) Blyde River Canyon (Mpumalanga) Bundu Lodge Bushwillow Tented Camp (Muldersdrift) Casa Grande Guest Lodge Casa Toscana Lodge (Pta) Crowne Plaza The Rosebank (Jhb) Diep in die Berg (Pta) the forum company (Bryanston) Forever Hotel @ Centurion (Lyttleton)

Photographed at Red Ivory Lodge


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Celebrate the start of your journey together at Ghost Mountain Inn - the quintessential romantic setting for a beautiful and memorable wedding. The relaxed Zululand ambiance combined with the personalised service of Ghost Mountain Inn’s highly skilled and professional team will leave you to enjoy the wedding of your dreams. Elegant wedding venues (both indoor and out), charming accommodation, indulgent spa facilities, boat cruises on Lake Jozini and wildlife safaris all combine to promise a spectacular wedding experience for both couple and guests.

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Getting married in KwaZulu-Natal: Durban, Drakensberg and the Midlands

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KwaZulu-Natal is well known for its wonderful weather. It’s the only place in the country where you can have a summer wedding in winter, and who wouldn’t want that?

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Getting married in the Cape: Cape Town and the Winelands

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It’s easy to fall in love with the Cape. With its tranquil beaches and beautiful winelands and dramatic mountain views, it’s an ideal wedding destination



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Getting married in the Eastern Cape:

Port Elizabeth, East London and the Garden Route

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Perhaps the most underrated wedding destination in the country, the Eastern Cape has plenty to offer, including gorgeous landscapes, luxurious venues and much more

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Making your Dreams a Reality

When you’re having a traditional wedding: around South Africa

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Wherever you live in South Africa, this selection of vendors will make it easy for you to plan a traditional wedding



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The country-style Indaba Hotel in the heart of Fourways is the perfect place to say “I Do”. Located on 17 hectares of established gardens incorporating two gorgeous dams, wooden decks and avenues of trees to capture that perfect memory, the Indaba Hotel offers four different Banquet Venues to choose from. From small and intimate to a fairytale Banquet for 450 guests, the Indaba Hotel will certainly make your dream wedding a reality; and with our expert staff and dedicated Wedding Coordinator, saying “I Do” will be stress free. We also boast a romantic outdoor Gazebo – perfect for a garden wedding ceremony, and a Chapel which is ideal for the more traditional couple; and with 260 en-suite bedrooms, we can accommodate your guests with ease. To view our facilities, contact our dedicated Wedding Coordinator and start planning your dream wedding today.

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Of all the places It’s definitely all about the location when you choose your wedding venue. Here’s a selection of stunning spots to consider for your Big Day Picture Red Ivory Lodge | Estilo Photography |




Casa Toscana’s specialist team will tailor make the perfect package to suit you. There are a variety of remarkable venues, from breathtaking Rubica Hall & Chapel to the underground cellar and more. Offers A picture-perfect wedding venue in Pretoria, with a choice of packages and banquet halls. The team is on hand to offer wedding advice, suggestions and ideas to make your Big Day special. The spectacular gardens and tented function venue are

ideal settings for an outdoor wedding. The Rubica Wedding Hall offers an intimate, stylish ambience and the Tuscan-style Chapel makes a fairy tale ceremony location. Menu Menus are planned to the finest detail. Their pride shines through in the presentation and quality of their meals and the dedicated staff live up to the venue’s high standards. Perfect for An intimate indoor or outdoor wedding that can be personalised according to your dreams. Contact +27 12 348 8820 |



Distinctive 18th century Cape Dutch architecture takes centre stage at this magnificent venue, located in historic Graaff-Reinet. This luxury boutique hotel offers a magical setting. Managed by Newmark Hotels, Reserves and Lodges, it features a sprawling selection of 48 colourful cottages divided into three smaller ‘courts’, each set around a pool. Accommodation is luxurious, with every facility imaginable. Offers This charming estate is ideal for a wedding and offers a romantic location in the heart of the Karoo. Couples can book the entire property for the weekend, and the hotel’s excellent De Camdeboo Restaurant is ideal for the



reception. There’s also a lovely Karoo church for the ceremony and a dedicated wedding team takes care of everything, including décor and photography. Facilities cater for up to 140 guests. The bride and her party can enjoy beauty treatments and bubbly at the spa. The bridal couple have special dressing rooms with snacks and champagne before the wedding; they also stay in the Honeymoon Suite. Menu The De Camdeboo Restaurant doesn’t disappoint. Drostdy is also famous for its excellent wine. Perfect for Those looking for a location where they can get away from it all with friends and family when they celebrate their union. Contact GM Elmare Kotze + 27 49 892 2161 |




This iconic building located in the heart of Joburg’s arts and cultural precinct has been specially designed to accommodate a selection of functions. An integral part of the city’s architectural history, Turbine Hall was used as the Jeppe Street Power Station from the 1920s to 1961. It has since been meticulously refurbished and is now back to its former glory – since it reopened in 2009, it has become an ideal, contemporary, stylish location for weddings,

conferences and other celebrations. Offers Managed by The Forum Company, one of the city’s leading event management businesses, it offers a stunning location for anything from 10 to 800 people. There is a wide selection of venues, including triple volume spaces and underground areas. Menu Fine, exquisitely crafted dishes as delightfully varied as every other offering Perfect for The discerning couple who know exactly what they want. Contact



A Johannesburg icon, this historic 19th century venue offers an atmosphere of a bygone era, with grandness, majestic décor and historic charm. It’s the ideal location for a memorable wedding in the city centre, offering a selection of lovely rooms to choose from, including the highlight, the Main Ballroom. A quiet sanctuary in the midst of the city, the Rand Club offers plush, old-style comfort, Offers A magical experience for those who appreciate fine art, African history, great food, ambience and camaraderie. The Rand

Club has a wedding coordinator and there is a selection of venues to customise your wedding, including six function rooms catering for six to 80 people, and a beautiful main dining room is available for up to 220 guests. For entertainment, there is a dance floor, plus facilities for an evening reception, live band or DJ. Menu Buffet meal facilities, in-house catering, alcohol licence and corkage option for anything from 150 to 250 guests. Perfect for A memorable, elegant wedding with all the trimmings. Contact +27 11 870 4267 |


MICHELANGELO HOTEL | SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG Start your own ‘Legacy’ at the five-star Michelangelo Hotel on Nelson Mandela Square – it’s guaranteed to bring sparkle and panache to what will be one of the most important days of your life. Known worldwide for its sheer opulence, the magnificent L’Incontro Ballroom will impress with its capacity for 160 guests, while the Il Paviglione sets the benchmark for the perfect ceremony with its 100 guest seating capability. Offers The start of your journey together should be all you’ve ever dreamed of and more. The exceptionally dedicated team at The Michelangelo Hotel ensures that every last detail is taken care of. Venue hire prices differ depending on what day of the week you’ll be exchanging vows, but start from as little as R11,000. The Michelangelo offers a lavish Bridal Room so brides can get ready in unparalleled comfort. From the walk down the aisle to the first dance and the cutting of the cake, everything is stylish and elegant. The Michelangelo Hotel



even offers a special cake knife for you to cut your cake and to keep forever after! Spend your first night in the honeymoon suite and enjoy breakfast as newlyweds in The Michelangelo’s famous Piccolo Mondo Restaurant. The Michelangelo Hotel also has special family and friends rates that can be arranged for your wedding guests should they require accommodation. There is a fully equipped spa (with a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and indoor heated pool), where the couple or bridal party can enjoy sumptuous treatments at special rates. Menu Couples have the option of a trained bridal butler available to assist with any food and beverage, unpacking or special errands that are required on the day of your wedding (booked with your coordinator at least one month prior to your event). The hotel is famous for its excellent dining options and catering for your wedding is of prime importance. Perfect for Those who want a fairy tale wedding with all the trimmings in a luxurious setting. Contact +27 11 282 7000 |




Located 8km outside Franschoek, this magnificent 17th century building boasts a breathtakingly beautiful mountain setting and manicured lawns. Offers There is a selection of lavish venues and romantic settings for ceremonies and receptions, including the Rose Garden where the bridal couple can declare their love surrounded by a mass of entangled roses. The Lyceum offers a muted canvas with dramatic arched windows and elegant chandeliers, and the

Winery provides a glamorous location, with its chequered marble floor and intricately forged brass lanterns. When the weather is good, the grounds are the perfect outdoor sanctuary for any grand event. Menu Superb catering options for up to 120 guests in the Winery, and the Lyceum holds up to 400 guests. For a private event, there’s the Arbour, which boasts a hidden garden. Perfect for A luxurious and romantic wedding. Contact +27 21 8670171 |



A perfect wedding location in the heart of the bush, the lodge is located on the banks of Lake Jozini with the majestic Lebombo Mountain range as its backdrop. This venue is easily accessible from Durban and Gauteng, and boasts every possible facility for a relaxing holiday and a lakeside wedding. The resort’s excellent facilities include comfortable accommodation, a spa, gym and infinity pool. Offers Weddings here are luxurious and sumptuous. This venue is an African dream in the midst of a wilderness in the Kingdom of the Zulu, famous for its rich heritage and untamed beauty. The lodge offers superb facilities to ensure an

unforgettable, stress-free wedding experience. Catering for up to 180 guests, it offers open-air ceremonies with breathtaking views on the Lake Deck, the Upper Deck or in the Boma. There are various reception options and the entire lodge can be booked out if necessary. Everything for the wedding is catered for, from the ceremony to waiters and bar service at the reception. Menu The food is renowned, and wedding menus are no exception, with a wide selection. The outdoor Boma is great for groups and weddings – nothing beats dining under the stars. Perfect for An intimate wedding where everything is taken care of. Contact +27 35 572 1020 |



This spectacular garden dates back to 1965 and was officially opened in 1969. The garden nestles in a valley between two small koppies and are divided into two main sections, a natural area and a developed one. An abundance of wildlife has made the garden its home, including more than 140 kinds of birds and 32 different mammals as well as over 300 different plant species.

Offers Spectacular locations for a wedding include a lapa and a large marquee lawn area, which both offer lush garden views. The gardens is managed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), which manages 10 national botanical gardens throughout South Africa. Menu This would have to be outsourced. Perfect for A scenic outdoor wedding in a paradise garden setting. Contact +27 51 436 3530 | +27 51 436 3612



Established in the late 19th century, this breathtaking botanical garden boasts a selection of trees from the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands as well as an exquisite collection of azaleas, a pretty pond and a tea garden. The garden is known for its plant conservation efforts. It is also one of the 10 national botanical gardens managed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). Offers There is a selection of function



venues that can be hired for all sorts of events, including weddings and bridal showers. The Clivia Hall is particularly popular as a wedding reception venue. For ceremonies, there is London Plane Tree Avenue, which is home to those famous giant trees that were planted in 1908, Camellia Cove and the Lakeview area. Booking is essential. Menu This would have to be outsourced. Perfect for A magnificent outdoor wedding in a spectacular tropical setting. Contact +27 33 344 3585 | Email




Secluded and luxurious, Umthunzi is a modern, award-winning hotel located close to Port Shepstone, just an hour away from Durban by car, or 15 minutes’ drive from Margate Airport. This stunning hotel offers comfortable private rooms with breathtaking ocean views and a beautiful beach nearby, which is an ideal setting for an al fresco wedding. Offers The hotel itself offers numerous venues for stunning receptions in a tropical coastal setting, including the new poolside room, which can be used as a chapel for your special ceremony. As your wedding is a reflection of your personalities and your future life together, the staff will assist in creating whatever type of wedding you wish for, whether it’s romantic, fun, stylish or elegant. Menu Whatever style of wedding you choose, one thing is certain: it will be warm and welcoming here, as Umthunzi has all the dream elements – excellent cuisine, as well as an idyllic location, inspiring décor and impeccably trained staff. All of these elements ensure that your wedding is as personalised as you wish, a special celebration for you and your loved ones. Perfect for A romantic seaside locale with almost guaranteed perfect weather year-round. Contact +27 39 695 0852 |



Make this luxury country retreat just outside Dullstroom your venue for a memorable wedding. It’s only two to three hours from OR Tambo Airport, and close to Johannesburg and Pretoria. Aside from perfect wedding venues, there is excellent accommodation in a choice of lakeside suites, twin rooms plus self-contained cottages that sleep up to six. A highlight here is the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. You can also enjoy trout fishing, hiking, archery and other fun activities. Offers There is a designated wedding venue

and a Colonial-style lounge, private dining room, breakfast terrace, library, pub and restaurant, offering a choice of venues. The Triple Twigs seats 60; it is a popular reception choice. The hotel’s wedding coordinators will assist the bridal couple plan their wedding. The bridal couple enjoys a free night here with a romantic rose petal turndown on the night of the wedding. Menu The hotel will spoil you with delicious culinary delights and will personalise the reception to suit your taste and budget. Perfect for A wedding in the country catering for up to 60 people in a scenic, luxury setting. Contact +27 13 256 9148 |

Private island idyll

This is possibly the only time you’ll ever be able to call a private paradise island your own – Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort in Mozambique is the ultimate honeymoon destination. It’s also easily accessible, for those in the know Photography Minor Hotels



es, it’s a best-kept secret and it boasts an extraordinarily beautiful setting. Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort is a private island paradise in the middle of the Quirimbas Archipelago off northern Mozambique that offers every facility for a luxury honeymoon. Mozambique is an ideal honeymoon hideaway and one of the most popular southern African destinations because of its excellent snorkelling opportunities, superb seafood (prawns here are legendary) and idyllic weather conditions. Spending your honeymoon on a private island here offers every possible opportunity for a once-in-a-life-time experience, complete with snorkelling, excellent diving, great fishing and, of course, the opportunity to enjoy your very own secluded island paradise. Transport to Medjumbe is by light aircraft transfer, so your first sighting of this paradise isle is from the air. A tiny strip of land fringed with tropical greenery appears on the horizon – this is it: your honeymoon heaven, a tiny little island in the midst of the Indian Ocean that is just 1km by 500m in size. Medjumbe Island is the perfect honeymoon hideaway, with its endless white sand beaches, |


turquoise sea, unspoiled marine world and breathtaking natural scenery. This privately-owned and exclusively operated resort is home to just 12 private luxury villas, havens of luxury and peace with four-poster beds and personal plunge pools, an indoor-outdoor design complete with loungers, indoor and outdoor showers and stylish contemporary finishes. A staff of 44 offer guests personalised service and ensure that your stay is a pampered one that will exceed all your expectations. Dining is in a glass-fronted restaurant offering breathtaking views from an inside or outdoor deck overlooking an inviting swimming pool and the sea. If you prefer, you can also dine by design and enjoy a private candlelit dinner on the beach or almost anywhere on the island. Take a light lunch under the shade of a parasol, or enjoy a refreshing cocktail from the well-stocked bar. The main areas offer several strategically placed spots for complete privacy if you prefer. Dining is a constant delight, showcasing Mozambique’s legendary seafood that is freshly caught daily by local fishermen and served alongside popular Portuguese dishes prepared with the resort’s unique flair. Guests enjoy a traditional lobster braai during their



HONEYMOONS stay, as well as other memorable treats. Your honeymoon is your own, to do as much, or as little, as you wish. But there are numerous activities to enjoy when you tire of soaking up the sun on the beach or by your private pool. Take a stroll around the island at low tide, book a kayak or paddleboard, explore the spectacular underwater world in the Quirimbas National Park, which is full of impressive coral reefs home to abundant marine life, making it an ideal snorkelling and scuba diving destination. Enjoy dolphin and whale watching, and watch out for sightings of turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs, often right in front of the resort’s luxury villas. You can also sail on a traditional dhow boat on a romantic champagne cruise – if you like, you can even learn how to sail and steer! And let’s not forget the pampering on offer at the Anantara Spa, which includes massages and other holistic treatments offered by skilled therapists. A highlight of a stay at Medjumbe is a gourmet picnic enjoyed on the neighbouring untouched island of Quissanga, a 15-minute boat ride away which is known for its enormous seashells. Spend a few hours in this secluded slice of heaven, and you’ll feel as if you’re the only people in the world. This extraordinary environment offers absolute exclusivity and lavishness – the perfect romantic respite. At Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, unforgettable memories await.


If you wish to share the magic of Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort with friends and family, why not organise your tailormade wedding here for a maximum of 24 guests? With an experienced team on hand to assist you in the wedding preparations, you can enjoy a one-of-akind wedding in paradise. +27 010 003 8977 | |


LANGUAGE Portuguese and English TIME GMT + 2 VISA Not required VACCINATIONS Yellow fever, hepatitis A, malaria, typhoid CURRENCY Mozambican Metical WHEN TO GO June to October is the dry season |


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‘I do’ destinations

es, there’s nothing more romantic than a beach wedding. But, before you rush into arranging one, take note of all the pros and cons. Sharing your Big Day with friends and family in such a stunning setting is the stuff of dreams. Think about it. There you are, the two of you, getting married barefoot on a whitesand beach, with the palms swaying in the background and the azure sea as your perfect backdrop. And once you’ve tied the knot on the beach, the resort of your choice has all the facilities to ensure your reception is a fairy tale. From the ceremony, whether religious or not, to the flowers, food and the magical setting, not to mention hair and make-up, photographs and video, entertainment and everything else that’s involved, all is taken care of for you. All you have to do is make sure you look good on the day. But wait. Are there any snags? What if it rains, for instance? What if one of the guests arrives late? The flowers aren’t just right? Every wedding venue has its advantages and disadvantages, and no wedding is guaranteed to be accompanied by great weather. Some guests will arrive early, others won’t get there at all. But the wedding

must go on, and somehow, when it’s away from home, in a paradise destination, those problems seem to dissolve. The bigger picture is just so breathtakingly beautiful, that there’s no need to dwell on those niggling worries. First of all, when you’re at a beach destination, you’re likely to be spending more than one day there, so your wedding continues after the ceremony and the reception, possibly for up to a week. Then, let’s face it… when you’re on a tropical island, with a setting so beautiful, all you’re planning to do is have lots of fun. Resorts offer numerous facilities for an unforgettable holiday, from an array of water sports like snorkelling and windsurfing, to beauty treatments at the spa, and every day is a new adventure.


World Leisure Holidays specialises in arranging weddings on the island of Mauritius. They have put together a range of wedding packages to suit every couple. |


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LOOK WHO’S WON OUR R1 million wedding! Meet Thato and Nomaswazi, the winners of Nubian Bride’s R1 million Bona Dea Win-a-Wedding Competition! Pictures Channay Harvey |




nce in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” This is the comment Thato Khesa put on Nubian Bride’s Facebook page after finding out in August that he and Nomaswazi Tshabalala were finalists in the competition. And although he was referring to the fairy tale of the love of his life, this quote actually covers much more than that. These two lucky people are about to really live their fairy tale, in the form of a R1 million wedding, thanks to Nubian Bride and Bona Dea Private Estate. He told us their love story and, out of the hundreds of entrants, theirs is the one we chose. You can’t beat a relationship that spans 24 years, and includes everything from pulling her tooth out at the age of 10 to being nominated as finalists in this competition during her 28th birthday month. And now he is going to be able to give Nomaswazi the wedding she has always dreamed of. In his letter to Nubian Bride, Thato mentioned that: “This amazing wedding prize



would be the perfect puzzle piece of our love journey into this new chapter of our lives. It would be a dream come true. Please help me give Nomaswazi the wedding of her dreams.” And we are going to do just that… Thato and Nomaswazi will be getting married on 18 March 2017 and enjoying a sublime R1 million wedding in the Western Cape! This once-in-a-lifetime competition, which was brought to you exclusively by Nubian Bride and Bona Dea Private Estate, includes everything possible to make this special couple’s dream wedding a reality. There’s an exquisite wedding gown designed especially for Nomaswazi by Kobus Dippenaar; a venue that is quite spectacular at Bona Dea Private Estate, near Hermanus, in the beautiful ballroom, that includes furniture, décor, service staff and more for 160 of their friends and family; a delectable wedding cake from Krummels Sugar Art and photography by Billy-Jean Photography. The bride and bridesmaids will enjoy hair and make-up by Leoumé Vos Bridal Make-up Artistry, guests

will be pampered with favours from Uthando, and entertainment will be provided by Event Music Solutions and the Alan Cameron Jazz Duo. To top it off, the bridal couple will also enjoy a two-week holiday in five-star luxury on the V&A Waterfront.

Here is the love story that won the competition:

I would love to give the love of my life the wedding of her dreams. Nomaswazi and I have known each other for 24 years. We attended the same primary school and commuted in the same bus. I had wanted to talk to her and one day I built up the courage to say, “Hello, I saved a seat for you next to me.” She greeted me back, but didn’t come and sit next to me, so I decided the following week to ask the girl who sat next to her on the bus to move. Although a little surprised at my request, she eventually agreed. That was the beginning of our friendship and my crush. I remember taking her loose


tooth out for her on our way to school one day. At the tender age of 10 I was already love-struck. We spent a lot of time together, as not only did we go to the same school, but we also attended the same Sunday school, and lived close to each other. I then changed schools, and, although we no longer travelled on the bus together, we kept seeing each other at home and at church. One day we promised each other that we would get married and have a family when we were old enough. Then she went off to boarding school in Cape Town, and we communicated by phone and mail right through high school and tertiary education. Somehow we lost contact for a while, but then in 2013 I was visiting home (I was then living in Pretoria) and went to church. To my delight, there she was, finally all grown up and beautiful. I couldn’t find her in the parking lot, so I went to visit her at her parent’s home. That day was the start of reigniting the love we had for each other. She was back in Johannesburg, and so I moved to Johannesburg so that we could be together. A few years after that, I proposed and now I cannot wait to start this new chapter in our lives.

Thato and Nomaswazi have won…

• Hire of an exclusive venue at Bona Dea Private Estate, the ballroom, including furniture, décor, service staff for 160 guests – and more. • Flights and transfers to and from the wedding venue. • Two nights’ accommodation at Bona Dea Private Estate. • Two-week honeymoon in luxury five-star accommodation at the V&A Waterfront. • Wedding gown designed by Kobus Dippenaar (one of his gowns is

featured on the cover of this issue). • Hair and make-up for the bride and two bridesmaids by Leoumé Vos Bridal Make-up Artistry. • Wedding photography by Billy-Jean Photography. • Music from Event Music Solutions. • Bar service (cash bar). • Favours from Uthando. • Wedding cake from Krummels Sugar Art. • Live entertainment by Alan Cameron Jazz Duo.





Get your groom on

Everything you need to know, including plenty you never thought pertitent, about getting perfectly groomed for your wedding |


Opener Suit River Island Bow tie #dandyAF Pocket feather House of Ole Suits CSquared Pocket Square T.M. Lewin Zulu tie Ntozinhle Accessories




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Photographer Jurie Potgieter | Stylist Bontlefeela Mogoye | Make-up David John, Carlton Hair Hyde Park | +27 11 325 4995 Hair Seema Chita, Blo Hairdressing | Models Thami and Armando, Boss Models |


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Ab Fab duo

Design duo Quiteria and George create fabulous suits and gorgeous gowns for local celebrities – and the rest of us. Nubian Bride chatted to them





ince formidable fashion duo Quiteria Kekana and George Malelu joined forces in 2013, their creations, which include suits for men and beautiful red carpet gowns for women, have become legendary. Theirs was a real ‘rags to riches’ story, starting with them working in a Soweto backyard and culminating in the present, which sees them packing for Paris to showcase their stunning haute couture gowns at

Their gowns have graced local stars like Terry Pheto, Boity Thulo and Jessica Nkosi, and their suits are just as famous European Indian Fashion Week from 21 to 23 October. Their gowns have graced local stars and celebrities, including Terry Pheto, Boity Thulo and Jessica Nkosi, and their suits are just as famous. The two are often asked to create suits and gowns to complement each other on the red carpet. Whilst the gowns are signature haute couture, the suits, on which Quiteria and George collaborate, are stand-out items, renowned for their surprising elements (anything from a giant lapel to a too-long jacket that adds that extra cachet), their choice of fabrics and their extra edge. “More is bigger,” explains Quiteria with a smile. “That touch of surprise always gives me a thrill.” When creating a suit for a client, he and George are inspired by the colourful culture, the country’s rich history and South African men themselves. “South Africa is a colourful continent; we

represent this aspect in the colours and fabrics that we use.” Whilst they are often required to dress a couple for a red carpet occasion, the two are careful to make both outfits work as a unit, not necessarily matching in colour or design. This applies to wedding gowns and suits as well as to red carpet dressing. Wedding attire became part of Quiteria and George’s business as a direct progression from haute couture; often clients who had been dressed for special occasions asked them to create wedding gowns and suits for their Big Day. The couple, who work from a studio in Melville, create garments that marry fantasy with perfection. Their collections, which include La Madame in 2014 and The Rise of Nandi in 2015, a celebration of the Zulu nation created for Durban Fashion by the Sea, are always extraordinarily beautiful, whilst they manage to be functional at the same time. That magnificent marriage of African tradition with haute couture is what makes Quiteria and George’s exquisite creations stand out from the crowd. Whether it’s the perfectly tailored suit, or a wedding gown fit for a fairy tale, their designs have become very much a part of the South African designer tapestry. Take a look at some of their designs in our fashion feature page 34 - 48.


For the CLASSIC groom Keep things classy with a classic tux, luxury timepiece, stylish cufflinks and a spritz of spicy cologne

Suit T.M. Lewin | Picture Jurie Potgieter | Pocket feather House of Ole | +27 82 298 9169



FASHION & BEAUTY Drive de Cartier watch, Cartier

Our Pick

Black bow tie, Ted Baker

This classic belt is not only chic, but is also reversible, and rounds off an outfit perfectly

Reversible pull-through belt, Country Road

Silver square cufflinks, Next

Criss-cross socks, Happy Socks

Strength ring, Unbreakable Man

White shirt with classic black tie, T.M. Lewin

Laboux patent black leather shoes, Dune London

Brown pointed toe shoes, Ted Baker Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior Aramis by Aramis

Fragrances for him Dior’s Eau Sauvage is now one of the great classic men’s fragrances. Few contemporary scents are as exquisitely refined as this one, which features fresh notes of lemon and rosemary combined with spicy lavender and a masculine, wood base. Aramis doesn’t smell like anything made in the last quarter-century. Aramis is ‘old’ by modern standards, and that’s a good thing. It’s neither light nor airy, clean nor simple – it’s dense and complex, with wood, spices and an intensive leather note. |



For the EDGY groom

Say yes to bright colours, patterned socks, quirky jackets and chic leather shoes. Because, there’s nothing better than a super cool groom

Suit CSquared | Picture Jurie Potgieter | Pocket feather House of Ole | +27 82 298 9169



FASHION & BEAUTY Tan wallet, Pringle of Scotland

Grey suspenders, Next

Our Pick

Salutation socks, Stance

Batman character tie clip, Next

This stylish and bang on-trend blazer is perfect for the more alternative groom

Hip flask, Ted Baker Blue checked blazer, Ted Baker

Tan belt, Pringle of Scotland

Honour ring, Unbreakable Man Black shoes, Pierre Cardin

Tan patterned shoes, Pierre Cardin

Only The Brave Wild, Diesel

La Nuit De L’Homme L’Intense, YSL

Fragrances for him L’Intense represents the ultimate in sophistication, housed in a bottle that combines the red intensity of seduction with the elegant black of night – now that’s got groom written all over it. The night never ends. The bottle for Only The Brave Wild is in itself a potent symbol of urban strength and raw power, the pure expression of what it is to live wild. This man has the courage to create his own path and to defend the values in which he believes. |



For the AFRO groom

Add a traditional flair to your wedding day with exciting ethnic prints, quirky patterns, leather accessories and a spritz of spicy African fragrance

Suit House of Ole | +27 82 298 9169 Picture Jurie Potgieter |



FASHION & BEAUTY Pork pie tan hat, Simon and Mary

Brown braided leather with hook bracelet, Tailor Me

Bopa bow tie, Babatunde

Our Pick

Chukka boots , Maria McCloy

The perfect outfit for the fresh, freespirited and forwardthinking modern African man Braided belt, H&M

Original royals motlatsi sunset, Unknown Union

Carvela leather moccasins , Spitz

Antique circle Afro print twopiece , Fundudzi by Craig Jacobs ZA Royalty Collection, Skinny Sbu socks

Tuxedo Vestiaire des Parfums, YSL

Armani Cuir Noir

Fragrances for him Inspired by the splendours of the Orient, Armani’s Cuir Noir is part of the brand’s exclusive collection of fragrances called ‘1,001 Nights’. Warm, addictive and elegant, Cuir Noir showcases the raw material saffron, a spice found in North Africa and invokes oriental nights and the heat of African summer days. Yves Saint Laurent presented its new collection of luxury fragrances, Le Vestiaire des Parfums in 2015, which includes Tuxedo, a masculine, elegant and dark fragrance with accords of Patchouli and spices. |



Here comes the bride A selection of classic and traditional wedding dresses to inspire you for your Big Day |


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Credits CREW

Photographer Jurie Potgieter |

Olivelli |

Stylist Bontlefeela Mogoye |

Amour Design |

Make-up David John, Carlton Hair Hyde Park | +27 11 325 4995

TN Collectiv |

Hair Seema Chita, Blo Hairdressing |

White Lilly Bridal |

Models Connie and Yonela, Boss Models |

Shifting Sands African Couture |


Accessories Ntozinhle Accessories |

Gowns The One Bridal Boutique | Vesselina Pentcheva |

“Come and visit our home Boutique in Johannesburg it is not a fling it is forever where your fairy tale begins.” Here at Amour Design, we are proud to have walk the journey with our brides to find their dream dress over the past 3 years. It is our mission to help realize every bride’s wedding dream come true. We look forward to help you find your dream dress. Amour Design specializes in handmade designer couture gowns/dresses. Our services focus on providing our brides with undivided attention to find The Dress that would be the centerpiece of the biggest day of life and help you create a moment that last a lifetime. Madeleen Tsai – Owner / Curator | C +27 73 722 9734 | T +27 11 913 0008 | E | Post Net Suite 397, Private Bag x19 Garden View, Johannesburg, South Africa


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How to keep a (cents)able balance in your marriage Financial issues can impact on a marriage. Old Mutual explains how you can prevent differences of opinion with regard to money


here is an old expression, “When poverty comes in the front door, love goes out the back door.” It doesn’t always have to be poverty that causes tension between married couples. Any degree of financial difference or difficulty in a marriage or relationship can lead to stress and ultimately divorce if not appropriately addressed.

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Defining differences Just as we all have different personalities, different preferences and different opinions, so can perceptions about money and how to spend it differ vastly between two people. These discussions should take place as soon as there is talk of marriage or living together. The couple should reach an agreement over key issues from the beginning in order to prevent disagreements later on. Potential pitfalls Yes, two can live as cheaply as one. But expenses have to be paid for, and it’s important to decide upfront who pays for what. This is usually fairly easy to determine, but things can go awry if one partner is retrenched or something happens that affects their ability to contribute. This can test the relationship as the other partner will have to carry the burden. Women often expect their partners to take care of key financial matters such as insurance policies (life cover, saving and retirement planning). This can have a negative impact if something goes wrong in the future. It is important for each partner to protect themselves and have their own financial plan and investments. Another important aspect to consider is to make sure you have a good marital contract in place. No one gets married thinking

about divorce, but it is important to protect yourself. From a legal perspective, marriage is a contract between two people and the contents of this contract will largely determine the financial outcome at divorce. Joint bank accounts It is important for each partner to maintain their financial independence and to have separate bank accounts. However, when it comes to household expenses, it may be wise to have a joint bank account where each partner contributes an amount that is proportionate to their salary. Who pays for what and what is paid for jointly should be discussed and decided upfront.

Expenses have to be paid for, and it’s important to decide upfront who pays for what Why insurance is so important Where there are two people working in a household, both incomes are needed to keep the standard of living intact. Consider the financial implications if one partner dies or becomes disabled or suffers a dread disease. Would the family still be able to enjoy the same lifestyle? This is where insurance fits in. At a minimum, each partner should have adequate life cover, preferably taken out by the other spouse, so that each party is protected against creditors. Other financial aspects to consider It is advisable for each partner to have their own financial plan. Women often tend to leave this up to their husbands and sometimes

the wake-up call comes too late. Only when they are faced with a crisis such as death, divorce or severe illness do some women realise the necessity of being financially independent. Both parties should maintain their financial independence when getting married, so that they will be able to cope financially, no matter what life throws at them. The financial plans should be drawn up by a qualified, professional financial adviser, who will conduct a needs analysis that takes each person’s situation and goals into account. This should include elements such as protecting income in the case of death, disability or severe illness, as well as investment and retirement planning. Also make sure that you both have a will – it may be a joint will, but consider the situation where you both pass away at the same time, particularly if you have minor children. Review your will at least once a year to make sure it is still relevant. Coping with retrenchment When the financial burden of an entire household suddenly falls on one person’s shoulders, it can be very difficult to maintain domestic harmony. One of the biggest mistakes people make when faced with this situation is to cancel their insurance policies. Remember, your policies and/or investments were taken out for a specific reason or goal and you will be short-changing yourself in the long run when the money is no longer there. Discuss your situation with your financial adviser or broker and let them advise you on possible alternatives. In difficult times, it’s important to seek advice. Speak to your financial adviser to assist you in making the most of your situation; they will ensure that your dream has a plan when you say “I do.” |


Catering, Events Management, Draping, Decor & Cleaning Services • Parties • Weddings • Full Draping • Theme Dècor • Hiring of all catering equipment • Dècor Linen • Chair covers • Tables & chairs • Table cloths, etc Ntokazi: 083 793 4919 Sthembile: 076 787 9345

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This lodge is situated close to Vanderbijlpark in South Africa’s Gauteng province, luxury accommodation to business and leisure travellers. We boast a variety of venues to suite each and every bride. The venues can accommodate from 50 to 250 guests. A chapel and garden chapel for garden weddings is also on the premises. Our chef’s offer a variety of menu’s to choose from but are more than willing to accommodate you for your special day. Ingwe has a licenced bar and a la carte restaurant on the premises with various types of accommodation suited for corporates, families and school groups. All rooms on the premises overlook the pool and are all en-suite.

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Let your journey begin with us... Our beautiful venue at Villa Castollini seats up to 200 people and has one of the most spectacular views in South Africa, over the Knysna lagoon and Outeniqua mountains. We offer 5 star accommodation in beautifully appointed suites and a complimentary honeymoon suite on your wedding night. Have your ceremony in the chapel or forest on site or barefoot in the sand at Brenton Beach which is only 5 mins away. Contact our function coordinators for more details: Tel: +27(0)44 381 8200 E-mail:

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Mopani Country Lodge is situated in lush garden like surroundings approximately 12km from Phalaborwa, one of the main entrances to the world renowned Kruger National Park and gateway to Mozambique - via the Giriyondo border post to Xai Xai and the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. The lodge is under new management with a 100% BBBEE status. Mopani Country Lodge specializes in the following services: Both catering and self-catering accommodation | High standard conference facilities | Events management | Decoration and wedding facilities | Restaurant and Catering | Ladies Bar | A magniďŹ cent swimming pool

P O Box 1062 Phalaborwa 1390 | Cell: 082 593 7213 / 076 593 0465 Email: / /

Situated in the beautiful Mountain of Tzaneen, 8k from Town, overlooking the Tzaneen. The many beautiful gardens are ideal for those allimportant, life-long memories: your romantic wedding photographs. For the banquet and wedding reception party, we offer an elegant, banqueting hall, with comfortable seating space for around 100 – 500 guests. Our chef will serve a banquet that will have your guests raving. Mashutti Country Lodge strives to ensure careful attention to detail at all times. Mashutti Country Lodge offers several venues to host the celebration of your dream day.

Email: | Tel: 0153074315 | Cell: 073 336 6489

Weddings are our speciality

- Oxbow Country Estate is the idyllic location for your unique dream wedding: A beautiful country setting with breathtaking views, panoramic vistas and sparkling waters.

Located on the outskirts of Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, on the banks of the Osspruit River, and only 40 minutes from Pretoria, Witbank and Benoni, Oxbow is ideally situated for any event.





Tel: 013 932 8000 / 08612 OXBOW / 0861 269 269 GPS: S25° 55‘ 41.56“ E28° 36‘ 57.00“ Photography done by Chris Munton and Nico Grobler

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2 MINUTES! Bonita - 082 414 0334

Fully Co-ordinated wedding venue

Main venue can seat up to 350 people Wedding decor | Flowers | accommodation | garden ceremonies | fully co-ordinated function |planning | souvenirs | honeymoon suite | beautiful scenery for photo shoots | One stop venue | Personalised menu Tel: 033 346 1300 (ofďŹ ce hours only-Mon to Friday) | Cell: 083 230 6244(all hours) Email:

Your happily ever after starts here...

This exquisite Spanish Equestrian Wedding and Conference Venue situated in the east of Pretoria can accommodate up to 500 guests. With the finest facilities, outstanding catering and professionally trained staff Monte De Dios has to be your first choice when deciding on a venue for your dream wedding.

Courtnall & Semone Skosan

087 654 4457/8/9

106 Achilles Str, Zwavelpoort, Pretoria Ps 48: Great is the LORD, and greatly be praised,in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness.




SPECIALISING IN Stage & wedding decor, themed events, corporate events, hire of cutlery and crockery. Walk-in walk-out packages includes full decor & food complete with waiters.


Passion for Creative Beauty at Affordable prices Contact us for an appointment E W T 011 805 9463 | C 083 346 8237 Contact no. 083 406 6414

Tel: 0861 106 573 | Cell: 083 773 8954 Email:


ZIZA.M JAZZ VOCALIST BOOK ZIZA AND HER BAND FOR YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION: A world class wedding décor & design specialist WE SPECIALISE IN Tailor made luxury weddings | Opulent celebrations I Exclusive gifts.



Table Salt Events +27 82 939 0714 |



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Weddings | Private parties and celebrations | Corporate functions

Tickled Pink Weddings and Events is here to help you add that little extra ordinary sparkle to your special wedding or event.We approach each function as you would a work of Art. We are here to smooth over and enhance your journey by hand selecting and working with the most suitable suppliers in the industry. We delicately weave all aspects of your function to create a harmonious and amazing message and experience for you and your guests. Something tangible that you and they will never forget and always cherish.

Email: | Cell: +27 78 173 2094 Tickledpinksa


How to be a fit and fabulous bride Robynn Niemack, a life coach, people development professional and Zumba fitness instructor, has recently become part of the Nubian Bride team. Here, and every fortnight on our website, she will share advice on getting fit and fabulous for your Big Day


he run-up to that moment when you walk down the aisle can leave you feeling like you’re enduring a race, a 100m sprint against time. One minute you are engulfed by a wave of love when the man of your dreams proposes, and the next you’re feeling out of your depth, having to juggle all the facets of your already hectic life and digest the demands being served to you by family and friends. It is not easy to plan the perfect wedding. So, just stop for a minute, sit down, take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Feeling a little more relaxed? Good, then let’s chat. I’m Robynn, your fit and fabulous coach, and together we will take this journey in our stride. Here in Nubian Bride magazine, and following up online on our fabulous new website, I will show you how to get fit and feel fabulous as you prepare for your special day. Every woman is different, so you need to learn how to lose weight effectively, sustainably and healthily in a way that works for you. Your wedding day might be a catalyst for stepping into a healthy lifestyle, but long-term wellness and longevity should be your ultimate goal. I know you want your bridal glow to radiate through to life beyond the wedding. So let’s get started. Weight loss is probably a high priority, but let’s add toned arms, a flatter tummy, a firmer booty and defined



calves to that list. Before I get ahead of myself, let me remind you of the 80:20 rule: what is important for weight loss boils down to 80 percent what you eat and 20 percent exercise. However, while exercise sits at 20 percent, for sustained bursts of those ‘happy’ hormones called endorphins, it is best to up that amount. The more exercise you do, the more fabulous you will feel. I am going to teach you how to nourish your body effectively, sustain your energy, strengthen your body, ensure flawless skin on your wedding day and beyond, and create harmony as you prepare for your wedding. You will reach your lifestyle goals and maintain your results as you manage your time, master your emotions, improve physical fitness and mental wellbeing. A lifestyle challenge is on the horizon, so keep reading, engaging and participating in the fit and fabulous fun. If you do, you can be that Nubian goddess as you move with poise and grace down the aisle. Robynn Niemack (Margaret Hirsch Business Achiever of the Year 2016 Finalist) provides wellness solutions. Her journey as a social entrepreneur and MD of Impact Africa has allowed her to develop and facilitate strategies to enhance the lives of people in rural and township areas through wellness and education.

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Nubian Bride Issue 13  

Nubian Bride is the only bridal publication in the industry that caters for African women. African brides, in all their diversity, celebrate...