Nubian Bride Issue 6

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Great reception

ideas DĂŠcor, cakes and flowers

REAL weddings

Inspiration for your big day



Fashion and accessories for grooms, bridesmaids and flower girls


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ISSUE 6 | 2013



Winning Kgomotso and Odwa Ndungane on love and marriage

National wedding directory

African DREAM Amazing local designs with a cultural twist

Glorious gowns

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Editor’s letter


had my picture taken for the editor’s letter – nice, huh? Anyone who knows me knows that I am terrified of having my picture taken. But I’m glad I did it. Finally you can put a face to the words. This is not the only change you will notice: we have also gone through a complete redesign. This means the magazine not only looks amazing but we have also added more content that we believe will benefit you. This includes our traditional bridal fashion with a cultural twist on page 48, where our very clever fashion stylist Natalia Fernandez paired gorgeous locally designed gowns with tribal accessories (behind-the-scenes pictures are on our website). The local honeymoon venues on page 130 are also a new addition. It’s crazy that we forget about all the great holiday destinations like the Winelands, the Cradle of Humankind and the always-fun Mozambique. We are also every excited about our new bumped-up wedding directory. We now feature all the major wedding districts including Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Cape, the Garden Route and the Eastern Cape, from page 115. You can thank us by sending us your wedding pictures for the website. We still have our old favourites like Celeb Talk, which features rugby star Odwa and Kgomotso Ndungane on page 22. We have loved this couple since before they got married. Kgomotso visited the Nubian Bride stand at one of the bridal shows and shared with us how useful the magazine had been to her during her wedding planning. It was fate that they would feature in the magazine. Moneysavvy couples are now requesting contributions to their honeymoon or house funds. The Great Debate on page 27 looks at wedding registries, how they are changing and whether it is for the better. Finally we want you to put your feet up and enjoy the revamped wedding inspiration section at the back. Prepare to be inspired, because the realwedding couples really outdid themselves. The same can be said about the cakes and flowers from page 93 and décor from page 101. Between doing all that, please take a moment to grab a glass of champagne and take pleasure in the rest of the fashion pages: Belle of the Ball on page 38, Designer Studio on page 18 and our shopping pages starting on page 56. For more visit

EDITOR Lebohang Thulo ART DIRECTOR Tumi Sibambo DESIGNER Justine Kerr COPY EDITING Anita van der Merwe PUBLISHER Eric Bornman MANAGING DIRECTOR Gina Borthwick PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Dion Viljoen SALES TEAM Janine Borthwick and Luc Kazaba FINANCIAL MANAGER Morgan Lufumpa



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CONTENTS FEATURES 14 18 22 27 30 34 160

Perfectly planned: Wow your wedding guests Designer studio: Klûk/CGDT Celeb talk: Kgomotso and Odwa Ndungane The big debate: Wedding registries Heritage: ‘I do’… the Xhosa way Wedding etiquette: Bride SOS Good advice: Cake tips and tricks |



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38 48 56 58 60 63 64 65 133

Belle of the ball: Bridal fashion for your big day African dream: Classic bridal looks with a cultural twist For her: Shopping for the bride For him: Shopping for the groom For bridesmaids: Shopping for the bridal party For flower girls: Shopping for the bridal party Bridal beauty: Wedding-day glow Bridal beauty: Get the look The gown pages: Find your perfect dress


Real weddings: Inspiration from real couples Cakes and flowers: Best trends and styles Décor themes: Ideas for reception settings Ideal venues: Choose your perfect location


Highveld Western Cape KwaZulu-Natal The East Coast

HONEYMOON 125 130 12


Honeymoon travel: Koh Samui, Thailand Local honeymoon destinations: Romantic getaways



Choosing the right bloom is one of the most important parts of your wedding dĂŠcor. Flowers are the quickest and easiest way to add natural colour to any setting.




WOW your wedding guests

Everyone wants a wedding that will have their guests talking for months. However, getting that perfect look can be difficult to achieve. Wedding Emporium, wedding designers to the stars, know a thing or two about creating glamorous weddings. Here they share some of their many secrets to help you do the same


lanning a wedding is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience, so you will want to get it right. We have seen many brides become completely overwhelmed by the entire experience of planning their own weddings, which is why we started the Wedding Emporium seven years ago. Your wedding is the beginning of your married life; it’s the launch party of your committed life together. Don’t make the same mistake as countless others by doing it in a fog of sleeplessness and debt. Be aware of what is really important, what really matters, and above all, enjoy the process. It can be so wonderful if you get it right.

What to focus on – tips and tricks for a glitzy affair Table settings


The right light will not only highlight the décor and flowers, but will also create a warm atmosphere.

The tablecloth you select for your table setting is the foundation for all that follows – choosing elegant damask in your preferred colour and accenting it with complementary serviettes, and perhaps even designer serviette rings, can add a sense of glamour to your setting. Also, your choice of under plates, whether crystal or glass, can lift your whole setting, adding sophistication to each person’s dining space. In addition, designing beautiful menus and table numbers will dramatically affect the whole flow of your table layout, bringing the colours and décor design together beautifully. |


Lighting Ideally your lighting should not only create isolated areas of interest in your room, but flood the entire space with colour that can change throughout the evening, thereby creating different moods during the event and altering the feel of the landscape from your starters through to your first dance. Magnificent lighting, even in a single colour of your choice, will definitely take your wedding to the next level – it can create a unique atmosphere in the room that will have a positive effect on how your guests feel, and at the same time highlighting the décor and floral design.

Flowers Flowers are possibly the most significant component to your wedding design, adding your distinctive style and filling your landscape with beautiful pieces of art. Investing your money wisely in this area will allow you to create floral arrangements that can be simple or opulent, and fill your room

Cutlery and crockery The right presentation will allow your guests to dine in style on your big day.



with colour and dimension – creating a flow from high to low across your table settings. Doing alternative floral arrangements on different tables will create a far more sophisticated landscape, making it more interesting than just one design throughout.

Cutlery and crockery When it comes to selecting crockery and cutlery, bear in mind that this is a once-ina-lifetime occasion. By adorning your tables with crystal glasses and beautiful cutlery, you add a level of sophistication to your event making it special, stylish and refined. Presenting your food and beverages tastefully will elevate your guests’ appreciation of their dining experience with you on your special day.

Room setting It’s important that you absolutely love the venue you choose, and that it fits in with the overall experience you want your guests to have while celebrating with you. If you love

nature, select something that allows you to be part of it, by selecting a glass marquee where the surrounding trees are lit up so they become one with the interior landscape. If it is classic elegance you are looking for, take note of the fittings in the room you select, from chandeliers to ornate mirrors and lavish curtaining. The most important thing is to imagine your room in accordance with the dream you have for your day and then make sure the style matches that expectation.

When selecting your venue, it’s important that you make sure it fits in with the overall experience you want your guests to have while celebrating with you


Table setting

The secret to the perfect setting is for all the elements on the table to work together, including your menus and table numbers.

Current & classic trends Do’s

• Do send out beautifully designed paper invitations – dye-cut, boxed with a ribbon detail and even some swank Swarovski crystals for added sophistication and style. • Do the order of events, like speeches and cutting of the cake, in your unique way. • Do the unexpected – it creates a much more interesting experience for your guests, who have probably attended a few weddings already and know the drill. • Do have an open bar. • Do spend the night before your wedding at separate venues. • Do have entertainment.


• Don’t send out email invitations. Email save-the-dates are fine, but when it comes to your actual invite, there is nothing more charming than receiving the real deal. This is the first glimpse your guests will get of your special day – make it memorable. • Don’t stick to the old way of doing things at your wedding. • Don’t expect guests to pay for their own drinks. • Don’t see each other the day before you get married. Even though you may already be living together, hang onto this age-old tradition. It will add something special to your day when you see each other for the first time again at the altar. • Don’t leave your guests wafting around during canapés and cocktails, watching their clocks to see when they can go into your reception area for dinner and dancing. Having a live band, or other entertainment, will definitely put your guests at ease and encourage them to get into a celebratory mood. |


The Romance


Malcolm Kl没k and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit are the creative force behind Kl没k/CGDT, a brand well known for its elegant and feminine garments straight out of fashion heaven. They explain how they create their one-of-a-kind bridal gowns with bits of fabric, embellishments and a whole lot of imagination

High end

Kl没k/CGDT dresses are sophisticated and romantic. They also offer their clients a unique experience in the making of their dress.

Designer stuDio

Malcolm Klûk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit have been collaborating for over 10 years. They talk about their design process and what brides can expect when they walk through their boutique doors What was behind Klûk/CGDT’s decision to go bridal? We love bridal wear; we love the romance and the femininity. It goes with our brand sensibility, although wedding dresses are not so much about fashion as about personal style. Over the years as we have built a reputation, brides have trusted us to realise their dreams. What kind of brides approach Klûk/CGDT for wedding gowns? Our dresses are very sophisticated, quite romantic and for the customer that wants a unique experience in the making of her dress. Most off-therack dresses are mass produced and don’t consider the woman wearing the dress. What is the difference in the design process for the couture and ready-towear collections compared to that of the bridal gowns? Our bridal gowns are more than just a dress; they are tailored to the wearer. They are unique, one of a kind. It is the whole package and no one will have the same dress. What is the ultimate goal for every wedding gown designed by Klûk/CGDT, especially in terms of what it means for the bride? We want to make dreams come true. We want to create experiences that will never be forgotten. We want to indulge our customers and make them the most important person on their special day. Can you tell us a little bit about what happens behind the scenes, how the dress comes together and how long it usually takes to complete a gown? Each consultation is different. We create dresses for the individual’s personality; we learn who the person is and gauge what |



she likes. We then sketch an idea to be approved and discuss fabric. We offer fabric alternatives at different prices. Some brides insist on certain fabrics over others. We will never work with fabric we do not like. At the first fitting we will pin to get the fit perfect and show fabric samples. Our process is just that, a process. We work with the brides as opposed to imposing our style on them. We like honest feedback all the time and adjust the dress accordingly. After we are happy with the mock-up fitting, we will go into real fabric and fit again until we are all happy. As the dress evolves, so we will decide on exact embellishments or what length and style of veil. Then we box the dress like a gift and hand it over before the wedding. What kind of conversation do you have with a bride to understand her vision for her dress and wedding? Our schedule gets quite booked up in advance, so the quicker you can book your slot the better. We like at least four months to work on the dress, depending at what time of year the big day is, to give us time to perfect everything. Sometimes we need to order lace from overseas or dye specific colours – all these



processes take time. We prefer the bride to bring examples of what she likes and does not like, and will help her work this out if need be. We also like to discuss her wedding plans and ideas. This helps us to get to know her. Are there any ‘extras’ or added benefits that you give to your clients, for example make-up and hair advice, or advice on bridesmaids dresses? Weddings work as a whole, so everything is worth discussing: hair and make-up, flowers, colour schemes etc. We also work with the best wedding planners, florists, chefs and so forth, and can advise according to taste. We offer a dressing service for the wedding day, but nothing is beyond our scope. We definitely do bridesmaids and flower girls and all the retinue if need be. We are even known to help plan a wedding or two. Have you had any experience working with bridal divas, and how do you handle it? We understand that a wedding is a stressful experience. The important thing is that we are calm and know how to work in a firm and understanding way

with brides that are feeling the pressure. Remember, this is what we do. We make dresses for VIPs that need the service and professionalism and want the stress taken away from them. What is your take on gown imports? What would your message be to brides about going for an original instead? Recently a celebrity bride imported a Vera Wang dress from overseas and two weeks later, the same guests at another high-profile wedding watched the bride walk down the aisle in the same dress. The truth is Vera Wang only makes five bespoke dresses a year; the rest is mass produced off the peg. If you want exclusivity and a dream experience for the same money or less – have something made. Do you watch wedding-gown trends? Are there any trends that you are currently enjoying? Obviously there are broad fashion trends, but weddings are personal and should be about the person wearing the dress and not only about what is ‘fashionable’. That is why you come to us, because we know how to make both work.

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Perfect fit

Each dress is created for the individual bride’s personality. Malcolm and Christiaan get to know the bride and gauge what she likes. They then sketch an idea to be approved and discuss fabric choices.

Picture perfect

Kgomotso and Odwa were married in Hillcrest KwazuluNatal. The ceremony was a family affair with Odwa’s twin brother Akona playing the role of best man. Kgomotso planned the wedding herself with a vintage romance theme.

Love & Friendship Springbok and Sharks rugby player Odwa Ndungane and his beautiful wife Kgomotso got married in what was surely one of the most glamorous weddings of the year in 2012. They talk to Nubian Bride about how married life tops a fabulous wedding and how they are creating their own vision for marriage


How did you and Odwa meet? We met through a mutual friend in Pretoria in 2004. He introduced Odwa to me and the following day Odwa came to visit me at the university residence. The rest is history.

When did each of you know that you had found the one? The friendship bond that developed between us was a definite sign that we had found each other and that we would be life partners.

How did Odwa propose? He took me for a weekend away to Cape Town. We stayed at the One & Only Hotel. We had a beautiful dinner set up on the day we arrived in Camps Bay. I remember thinking: Could this be it? But it wasn’t. The following morning we enjoyed breakfast in our suite and Odwa took me through our relationship journey, then he proposed. That’s how it went down, over a champagne breakfast. I was quite surprised because I wasn’t expecting it.

What were your thoughts on marriage before getting married? Did either of you have any other marriage to hold up as an example? No, not really. There wasn’t a marriage that we held up as an example. We want to create our own legacy. Before we got married we went for marriage counselling. Our thoughts really were very much centred on God’s design for marriage. We are both strong believers and we wanted to be guided by God’s principles around marriage. So we had to understand the covenant that we were about to enter into, respecting it and taking it seriously.

What has been the biggest surprise to both of you regarding marriage and partnership? There hasn’t been a big surprise as yet, besides the one we got when we found out that I was expecting our daughter Amahle. |



What have your roles as a mother/ father and a wife/husband taught you about yourself and each other?

How have you and your husband made sure that your marriage stays strong? We always pray together. We pray for

These roles have first and foremost taught us to make Christ our safe centre and to grow much closer to Him. This comes after looking after our most precious gift from God, Amahle. We have learned that we can work as a team, make sacrifices for our daughter, for each other and have patience. The best gift that we can ever give to our daughter and our future kids is to love one another, and these roles have taught us both that we have so much love.

protection over our marriage, our friendship and union. The closer we are to God, the closer we get to each other. That’s our glue to our happily ever after. A couple that prays together stays together – that’s our motto!

Do you have any advice you would like to share with other couples taking the leap? We have been married

that marriage is built on a solid friendship, and that you get exactly what you put into your marriage. When you love better, give better, you will receive better. Respect each other, respect yourself, have faith and always remember the vows that you have made. Keep the intimacy fires burning. Communicate and be open about things. Don’t ever go to bed angry with each other. Most importantly: always pray together!

for over a year, going on two. The advice that we have for other couples taking the leap is

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Great The

Wedding Registry


Gone are the days of asking friends and family for pots, blankets and cutlery. The new trend is to ask for a monetary contribution towards a new home or a honeymoon away. Two brides face off about whether the new trend is practical or in bad taste

CHANELLE BOOYSENS works at an advertising agency. She set up a house registry for guests to contribute to her and her husband’s dream home. What did you request as gifts when you got married? Money. We asked guests to contribute towards the deposit for a house.

Was there a reason behind having a house registry instead of the traditional household registry? Ignatius and I had already collected most of what we needed to set up house before we got married. What we really needed was a house! So we set up a ‘House Account’ at the bank and asked our guests to make a contribution.

Were you worried about people’s reactions to asking for non-traditional gifts? Yes we were. It is always difficult trying to please everyone when you get married. We’re devout Christians and there was so much culture and tradition to remember and |


PLANNING honour that sometimes we felt that the wedding wasn’t ours anymore. We had to compromise on so many things to keep the peace but my husband and I stuck to our guns on this and we were pleasantly surprised. After the initial shock, everyone admitted that it was a very good idea.

We opened a separate bank account and gave our guests the details.

A wedding is so expensive and it lands up costing the couple and their families so much that usually there isn’t anything left over for the honeymoon or the house. A contribution to something practical is an excellent idea. Your guests know exactly what you want and they don’t have to schlep around a shopping mall to get it. They just have to make an EFT. We had a lot of guests from out of town and they all made a contribution instead of carrying a blender or kettle all the way from the Eastern Cape to Jo’burg!

Do you think it is better to ask for money or contributions towards your dream home or honeymoon? Absolutely.

What surprised you about your friends’ and family’s reactions to your request? I was surprised that most

GRACIOUS MOYO is a receptionist at a legal firm. She had a traditional gift registry.

My husband and I knew that we wouldn’t be able to afford a honeymoon after the wedding, so we could have asked our friends and family to help us. But the whole idea of a house or honeymoon fund seems like something reality stars would do. We believe that you shouldn’t ask others to do what you can’t do yourself. At the end we decided that the honeymoon was something we wanted to do for ourselves, even if it meant saving for the next two years.

How did you go about your registry? What did the process involve?

What did you request as gifts when you got married? I registered at Boardman’s and Mr Price Home because we wanted to give our guests options for how much they wanted to spend. We got a lot of décor gifts like lamps, pillows, throws and decorations for the bathroom. We also received amazing kitchen appliances like an expensive coffee maker that we really didn’t think anyone would get for us.

Did you every consider asking for non-traditional gifts like money, house or honeymoon registry instead of the traditional household registry?



Were other people’s reactions a factor in sticking to the traditional household registry? A little. It was mainly about how my husband and I felt but I also wondered how I would even begin to ask people for money. My mother told me that my grandmother had a whole chest full of linen, cutlery and tablecloths at home

people agreed. I expected the guests to ignore our request and go out and buy pots or a toaster or the usual wedding presents couples receive, but most of our guests made a contribution to our house fund.

What is your advice for brides who are also looking into doing this as an alternative to the traditional wedding registries? Just do it! We all know how hard it is to make money, so don’t waste your guests’ time and money on things you don’t want or need. R100 towards what you really need is better than R100 on something that’ll land up at the back of a cupboard.

and that she had been saving to give it to me when I got married to help set up our new house. Asking for money would have seemed ungrateful.

How did you go about your registry? What did the process involve? Everything was done online. I signed up and my husband and I went through the website to see what we wanted for our new place. We told all guests where we registered on the invitation that we sent. It was very simple.

What is your advice for brides who are considering which way to go? My advice would be to not take advantage of people’s generosity. The way I understand it, the gifts you get for your wedding are not supposed to save you money but to wish the new couple well and add warmth to their new home.

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“I do...�

the Xhosa way

Happy affair

Tabisa and Batandwa Pupuma's traditional wedding, like most Xhosa weddings, was a mix of smells, vibrant colours and a celebration of culture. The ceremony was held in Nqamakwe village in the Eastern Cape.

To fully appreciate the Xhosa ways of doing things, including the practices at their weddings, funerals or any event, you have to understand that this is a nation with a very rich heritage. Pearl Maphalala writes about these people who are still very rooted and proud of everything that makes them who they are



hosa people may have descended from the Nguni people, but they also have unique cultural practices that set them apart. Aaron Songongo, an elder and community and cultural leader from Grahamstown, explains that the Xhosa people are divided into different clans or groups such as amaMfengu, amaBhaca, amaMpondomise, abaThembu, etc. When it comes to important life stages such as marriage, every clan is guided by its customs as to how an event must be handled. "It is important that the elders of the families are involved in the planning of the wedding," says Songongo. "There are a lot of rituals that have to be performed that young people do not have a clear understanding of, and should these not be done correctly, there might be negative consequences."

Finding a bride

Pre-wedding rituals Even before families can start discussing wedding plans, there are certain rituals that have to be performed, including the meeting of families, payment of lobola (dowry) and a slaughtering by each family. Once the potential makoti (bride) has been identified by the boy’s family, a delegation of onozakuzaku (elder men of the family) will be sent to the girl’s family to report that they want that family’s daughter to marry their son, or that their son has met their daughter and wants to marry her. Luthando Mditywa and Siphiwo Rolo got married the traditional Xhosa way on 31 July 2010 after dating for about 10 years. They chose the traditional route because as Luthando explains: "We believe in culture and tradition. We follow what you would

call African religion and so for us this was the only way to go." Luthando and Siphiwo asked that the families sit down for a proper introduction and get to know each other better. Then the families went ahead with the lobola negotiations where the bride price is agreed upon. Songongo says the common price is usually eight cows, which nowadays where lobola is paid with money instead of livestock, would be about R3 000 per cow. “While many may think lobola is about trading the bride, it is not. It is about ukwakha ubuhlobo, meaning building relations between the two families,” says Songongo.

Wedding preparations The elders meet to discuss the proceedings of the wedding day. They also go to ubuhlanti (ancestral place in the home), taking with them a bottle of brandy or traditional beer and incense, which is believed to chase away evil spirits, to ask the ancestors to bless the day of the wedding so everything can go smoothly and peacefully. This week is also a time for the bride to reflect and prepare herself for the

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In the olden days in Xhosa culture a bride was chosen for a young man by his parents. Songongo explains: "It was a non-negotiable thing. If the parents felt that their child was old enough to start his own family, they

would find a girl they liked and instruct the boy to marry her. The choice was mainly based on the kind of family the girl was growing up in. Parents wanted to be associated with a family that had good values, was respected and in some cases had some kind of financial status." |



A bride is always given a name that her new family will use, this is a way to show the bride that she is welcomed into the family important day by beautifying herself using creams, calamine lotion and ochre paste (a rust-coloured paste). She stays in seclusion where the elder women of the family give her advice about marriage. It’s also a time to prepare the outfits, which is a very important part of the celebrations.

Wedding celebrations and outfits The wedding kicks off on a Friday afternoon when the girl’s family welcomes the groom’s family to their home. This is called ukwamukela abayeni. The groom’s family is presented with a goat they can slaughter or take with them when they leave. In turn, they present the bride’s family with gifts of blankets, pots, ukhukho (mats made of reeds) and everything else that the bride’s family had requested from the groom’s family. A small celebration is held with traditional beer and food. The bride is kept away from this celebration as she remains in seclusion. Saturday is the big day of the wedding. Traditionally there were no white weddings in Xhosa culture but recently they have become acceptable. According to Asanda Madyibi, a fashion designer based in



Johannesburg, an outfit can make or spoil the wedding. She says whereas in the olden days people’s traditional outfits were designed and coloured based on which clan the bride and groom came from, these days many people choose to go with white as the primary colour. Asanda says that while the traditional wedding dresses called umbhaco or isikhakha were made from animal skins or hard linen, these days any fabric goes. “You can make a traditional outfit using any kind of material from silk to cotton and still look traditional.” She says that whereas in the past people liked using multicoloured beads to accentuate their look, nowadays they keep it simple with turquoise and sky blue beads. This also applies to men who wear beads and carry a beaded stick called intonga. Traditionally, people chose to go barefoot at weddings, which some people still do as a way of keeping with tradition. Some women still use calamine lotion to make dots on their faces as decoration. The bride wears a small beaded veil over her face and a cloth that is wrapped around her head as a symbol of respect to her in-laws. These days this is often replaced by a hat or fascinator.

Taking umakoti to her new home Luthando says while the first two days of the wedding are full of celebration, cheer and lots of food, the real wedding happens on a Sunday in a process called umdudo. On this day the bride, her family and people invited to accompany her take gifts to the groom’s family. Included in these gifts are hats made of wool, called isankwane, that are presented as thank-you gifts to onozakuzaku who were involved in the lobola negotiations. On arrival at the groom’s house the bride

is taken to a separate room by the women of the house. "Siphiwo’s female relatives then dressed me in isishweshwe, black head gear, a towel around my breasts, a blanket over my shoulders and a scarf around my waist,” says Luthando. Songongo adds that once umakoti has been dressed a goat is slaughtered, called ukuhlabisa umakoti. The grilled meat, together with amasi (sour milk), is then given to umakoti to eat and drink. “After this and as part of tradition, I was then given a new name, Chulumanco, which means happiness. A bride is always given a name that her new family will use. This is also a way to show the bride that she is welcomed into the family,” says Luthando. Once this is done, explains Songongo, umakoti is given a spear or a big knife and taken to a hut or a traditional place surrounded by trees or a kraal where only men of the family can enter. This space is called ubuhlanti. It is considered to be the ancestors’ place and it is where the slaughtering of animals takes place for events. "Ubuhlanti has a pole called ixhanti where umakoti is instructed to press the spear or knife into the ground. This is her introduction to the ancestors from the groom’s side and it’s the most important part of the wedding." After this process the bride sits with the women from the groom’s side who give her advice on marriage and its challenges. The bride’s family is presented with a goat they can slaughter or take home. The feasting and celebrations begin again and can go on well into the night. The last and final step of this customary wedding is to register it at home affairs to make it legal.

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Wedding etiquette


SOS! Managing awkward wedding woes


our wedding is one of the most special events of your life, but it does come with ups and downs. From the moment you announce your engagement there will be a stream of congratulations, questions, chatter and a few awkward situations. From the finances to the guest list, there may be a few times where you have to make uncomfortable choices.

To make your life a little bit easier, follow this simple guide on how to breeze through these sticky situations without any feelings getting bruised: The guest list Drawing up your guest list could wind up being quite messy. Before you start drawing it up, you need to determine how many guests your budget will allow. Then you need to draw up a few rules, and don’t budge on them. Firstly decide on whether you are going to allow plus ones. Kerry, a 28-year-old attorney who got married last year, said they decided to only allow guests to bring partners if the guest did not know many people or if they were in a long-term relationship. “We had a few awkward situations, but we just said our venue could only accommodate a certain number of people,” said Kerry. Then there’s the issue of inviting all

Every wedding has its fair share of sticky situations, from dealing with finances to cutting people off your guest list. Bridget Williamson has a few pointers to ensure you don’t get bullied into saying yes to everyone those long-lost relatives. “We had a sixmonth rule,” said Toni, a 28-year-old in logistics and property management. “If we hadn’t seen that person in the last six months, we didn’t invite them.” This may work unless you have close family members who live overseas or across the country. Then you need to decide who is most important to you. Another issue is whether you want to allow children at your wedding. Kerry says she allowed children as her godchildren were in her wedding party. Just make sure you communicate clearly with your guests whether or not children are allowed. If a few people don’t make your guest list, such as old friends, distant cousins or work colleagues, just explain that you have a restricted number of guests you can invite. Closer to the wedding a few spots may open up if there are any cancellations. “We were able to add three more people to our guest list a few days before the wedding,” said Kerry. “We explained the situation to these people and they were just so happy to share our day with us.”

The finances Money is never an easy subject and is best discussed early on in your wedding planning. Get it all out in the open and decide who will pay for what and how much they are willing to pay. “My parents gave me money that I used to pay for the venue, flowers, photographer, DJ and bridal

gown. The groom’s parents paid for the drinks. We paid for the rest as we both have good jobs,” said Kerry. Finances can also create a sticky situation if you choose to have a destination wedding as some of your guests may not be able to afford it. Toni had her wedding at Victoria Falls and found that money was quite an issue with some of her guests. Toni and her husband tried to help out by getting discounted rates for their travel and accommodation. “We also made sure guests did not buy presents and told them their presence were the best present they could give us,” said Toni. Some guests will have to decline your invitation. If they are upset about it, just tell them how important it is for you to have your wedding at the destination you have chosen. You can organise to have a small party at home for those guests so they will still get a chance to celebrate with you.

Wedding party Your maid of honour and bridesmaids should be people that you really want to stand next to you during the ceremony. Just because your cousin asked you to be her bridesmaid does not mean that she has to be yours. Kerry found this to be the hardest part of her wedding, as she had sisters, sisters-in-law and old and new best friends. “I gave some of the girls other things to do at the wedding,” says Kerry. They then still felt like they were involved somehow. |



Belle of theBall


An old–world style mansion is the setting for a dreamy wedding. Reminisce about days gone by with this selection of lace, tiered and princess–style bridal gowns from a more glamorous time

Fairytale princess

Clouds of tulle and a jewelled bodice makes this gown a dream. The flower girls are equally lovely in a variety of styles and colours. Ntombi, Tulle skirt and embellished corset, La Collezione Dei Conti | Earrings, Olivelli | Diamanté Alice band from Accessorize Flower girls L to R: Gomolemo, Gold long-sleeved flower girl dress, Vesselina Pentcheva | Alice band, Jet Guajira, Tulle skirt, Vesselina Pentcheva | Diamanté cat-ear Alice band, Mr Price | Gold pumps, Jet | Sequined top, model’s own. Anesu, Leopard print and tulle dress, Marianne Fassler | Alice band and shoes, Jet |


Queen for a day

Classic lines and accessories transform this wedding into a royal occasion. Clean lines and a train add a regal air to the bride’s appearance. Dress, Olivelli | Earrings, Olivelli | Tennis bracelet and ring, Wolf Bros | Pearls, Woolworths


Retro glamour

This is a timeless look is inspired by the glamour of the 1950s. A headdress is a good way to add a sense of drama to any look. Ntombi, One-shoulder dress, Olivelli | Ring, Wolf Bros | Earrings, Olivelli | Flower in tulle headgear, Woolworths Flower girls L to R: Anesu, Crème flower girl dress, Olivelli | Silver pumps and pearl necklace, Woolworths | Tiara, Vesselina Pentcheva Gomolemo, Flower-embellished shift dress, La Collezione Dei Conti | Pumps and bracelet, Woolworths | Tiara, Vesselina Pentcheva Guajira, Crème satin dress, La Collezione Dei Conti | Silver pumps, Woolworths | Tiara, Vesselina Pentcheva |


Simple sensation

A lavish veil takes this off-theshoulder gown with embellishment from simply beautiful to sensational. The dove grey dresses of the flower girls show that a little colour goes a long way. Ntombi, Beaded strapless dress, Kluk/CGDT | Bracelet and necklace, Accessorize | Ring, Wolf Bros | Shoes, Europa Art Flower girls L to R: Anesu, Silver dress and pumps, Woolworths | Alice band, Accessorize Gomolemo, White ballgown dress, Mrs Conti | Alice band and pumps, Woolworths Guajira, White satin dress with swirl detail and pumps, Woolworths


Sweet temptation

This look is all about texture. To offset the drama of the feathered dress, the make-up is kept simple. Jewellery is similarly low key with a simple necklace and diamantĂŠ hairclip. Feathered strapless dress, Marianne Fassler | Earrings, necklace and ring, Wolf Bros | Bracelet, Woolworths | Hair clip, Jet |


Here comes the bride

A billowing skirt, delicate cap sleeves and an ornate bodice makes this the perfect dress for the traditional bride. Add a tiara, veil and string of pearls to complete the picture. Princess ballgown, Thula Sindi | Necklace and earrings, Olivelli | Tiara, Vesselina Pentcheva




Sleek sophistication

With sophistication and sleek style, this gown’s dramatic back embraces the fact that the bride spends a lot of time with her back to the wedding guests. Wear it with imaginative earrings and an up–do hairstyle. Satin and bead detailed dress, Olivelli | Earrings, Accessorize | Hairclip from Jet

Pretty in pink

Old-world charm meets modern miss in this spectacularly detailed dusky rose dress accessorised with an equally extravagant veil and shoes in a similar hue. Nude tulle and silk dress with diamantĂŠ detail, Vesselina Pentcheva | Earrings, Accessorize | Ring, Woolworths | DiamantĂŠ nude heels, Europa Art

Credits CREW

Photographer Jurie Potgieter Photographer’s assistant Andy Walker Stylist Natalia Fernandez Assistant stylist Nonhlanhla Mahoto Hair and make–up Natasha Kruger using MAC Models Ntombi from Star and Anesu, Gomolemo and Guajira Shot on location Emoyeni Estate, Johannesburg +27 11 544 6900,


Accessorize +27 11 884 4644 Europe Art Shoes +27 11 455 0917 Jet Countrywide Klûk/CGDT +27 83 377 7730 La Collezione Dei Conti +27 76 878 6878 Marianne Fassler +27 11 646 8387 Mr Price Countrywide Olivelli +27 11 782 1155 Thula Sindi +27 82 847 6137 Vesselina Pentcheva +27 11 442 7501 Wolf Bros +27 11 675 6635 Woolworths Countrywide |



Zulu maiden

For the traditional wedding ceremony, a bride wears a traditional headdress (inkehli), beautiful beaded necklaces and soft leather skirts called isidwaba, which is only worn by married women. Skirt, shawl, hat and bracelets, Art Africa | Yellow beads on hat, Lovisa | Beaded necklace, Stylist’s own | Ankle straps, Galago | Shoes, Tomy’s from Jet

African DREAM Zulu weddings are a true celebration of colour. We take inspiration from the vibrant culture and pair classic white gowns, by local designers, with beading, fabrics and leopard prints for an unusual but gorgeous result



Rain queen

A breathtaking swirling cloud of chiffon is mixed with Zulu beading in an exciting array of rainbow colours. Dress, David Tlale | All beaded accessories, Art Africa

Royal blue

Blue is an important colour in the Zulu culture. Depending on the shade in traditional Zulu beadings, the colour can be used to represent the sky, ocean or faithfulness. Dress, David Tlale | Tribal necklace and bracelets, Lovisa | Beaded headgear and hand decorations, Art Africa

FASHION & BEAUTY Nature inspired

Leopard print has distinctively African roots. It can be used in accents for a touch of the unexpected. Dress, David Tlale | Necklace and bracelet, Lovisa | Leopard headpiece, Vesselina Pentcheva | Leopardprint belt, Thula Sindi | Gold medallion belt, Art Africa |


FASHION & BEAUTY Sunset silhouette

African–inspired prints and jewellery are enjoying a revival. Here they are used in gorgeous shades of gold, orange and purple. Dress, Vesselina Pentcheva | Beaded bracelets and necklace, Lovisa | Wood bracelets and earrings, Mr Price | Spear, Art Africa


Photographer Chris Saunders Photographer’s assistant Jacques de Jaager Stylist Natalia Fernandez Hair Saadique Ryklief Make-up Natasha Kruger using MAC


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A wedding gown is just the beginning. Choose from jewellery, bags, shoes and fragrances to complete your bridal look

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Dress, La Collezione Dei Conti +27 76 878 6878 Ring, Wolf Bros +27 11 675 6635 Bracelet and earrings, Accessorize +27 11 884 4644

FASHION & BEAUTY Destinee Solitaire, Cartier +27 11 662 2801

Necklace, Giorgini +27 11 089 6000

Clutch, Bride and Co +27 11 807 4000

Our Pick

Metallic is a favourite with brides right now. This clutch from Bride and Co fits perfectly with this trend while still being feminine and soft.

Heels, Anella +27 76 306 5585

DiamantĂŠ and freshwater pearl tiara, Vintij Blue +27 83 305 4388

Clutch, Bride and Co +27 11 807 4000 Jo Malone Red Roses, Jo Malone +27 11 325 6520

Shoes, Memoires +27 11 867 7409 Bride’s scents Choosing your wedding scent can be tricky. If you are looking for freshness and femininity, Eau de Cartier Goutte de Rose and Jo Malone Red Roses are perfect for you. For a fragrance that is a little more sensual, try Shalimar Parfum Initial.

Earrings, Giorgini +27 11 089 6000

Eau de Cartier Goutte de Rose, Cartier +27 11 662 2801 |




John Peter fitted suit, Eurosuit +27 11 807 4000

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Accessories add flair to any suit – here is a selection of products to complement your big day

FASHION & BEAUTY Belt, Eurosuit +27 11 807 4000

Rolex DateJust, Charles Greig +27 11 325 4477

Wedding band, Vena Amoris +27 31 811 4163

Tie, Paul Smith +27 11 447 1074

Our Pick

The cufflinks feature the three interlocking rings like the rest of Cartier’s Trinity Collection. The cufflinks are also available in white gold.

Trinity cufflinks, Cartier +27 11 666 2801

Magnanni lace-ups, Spitz Countrywide Dolce & Gabanna The One, Red Square +27 11 549 5322

Groom’s scents These two fragrances are almost polar opposites. Bvlgari’s Aqua Marine has a fresh aquatic scent while Dolce & Gabbana’s The One is warm and spicy. The one you choose will depend on what will match your groom’s look.

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Dress, bracelet and earrings, Olivelli +27 11 782 1155 Heels, Europa Art Shoes +27 11 455 0917

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The bridesmaids should never outshine the bride, but they can still look great with this selection of accessories

FASHION & BEAUTY Necklace, Foschini +27 86 172 9727

Bracelet, Sass Diva Countrywide

Brooch, Sleek Swim +27 11 447 2119

Clutch, Charles and Keith +27 21 552 4912

Alice band, Forever New +27 11 555 2300

Our Pick

Dress, Forever New +27 11 555 2300

Platform heels are your best bet if you want to get some height. This one from Nine West is a great all-rounder plus it is a shoe that bridesmaids can wear again after the wedding.

Earrings, Foschini +27 86 172 9727

Heels, Nine West Countrywide

Bridemaid’s scents Lancôme La Vie Est Belle and the L’Eau de Chloe will both complement the wedding day perfectly. They are romantic fragrances that embody femininity and joy. Chloe is a crisp and citrusy scent while Lancôme is a floral scent.

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle, Foschini +27 86 172 9727

L’Eau de Chloe, Chloe, Red Square +27 11 549 5322 |



For Flower girls Dresses and accessories for stylish flower girls

Pandora earrings, Wolf Bros +27 82 395 7683

Our Pick

These pumps are simply gorgeous for little girls. They come in a variety of styles and textures like glitter, satin and suede.

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Pendant, Foschini +27 86 172 9727

Dress, Kuna +27 73 800 7627 Dress and shoes, Woolworths Countrywide Alice band, Jet Countrywide

Pumps, Pretty Ballerinas +27 11 325 5411

Bow hair-clip, Jabulile |


Camera ready


American actress Gabrielle Union’s make-up look is what you should be aiming for, natural but still beautiful.

Day Glow Bridal make-up should be long lasting, look amazing in photographs, and be timeless. Bobbi Brown of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics offers wedding day fixes to help you look your best


o matter your age, bridal make-up should be special. On your wedding day, you should look like yourself at your most beautiful. It is not the time to try a look that is very trendy or radically different from your usual style. Bridal make-up needs to have enough colour to compensate for the whiteness of the dress. Remember, there’s a big difference between everyday clothes and a wedding dress, so there should be a difference in your make-up too.

What should women consider when applying make-up for a photo shoot? Any tips or advice? Make sure your face matches the rest of your body. To correct it, you may need to wear a slightly darker shade of foundation or use bronzing powder on your neck and chest to eliminate any obvious colour difference. If your picture is being taken outdoors, bear in mind that direct sunlight is the cruellest and least forgiving. To avoid looking harsh or older than you are, keep your make-up soft and neutral. Apply foundation sparingly – just where skin needs to be evened out. On lips, use soft, natural shades of lipstick or gloss. Indoor lighting, such as fluorescent and incandescent light, washes out colour and weakens features. Use concealer and foundation to bring life back to the skin. Add definition to the face by lining lips and eyes.

Should women avoid specific colours or textures? Steer clear of very dark eye shadows, which can also look harsh on camera. To avoid looking like a bad 80’s flashback, skip overly frosted lipstick and sparkly eye shadow. They reflect light and look too shiny in pictures.

What are the differences between photo-shoot make-up versus everyday make-up? Keep in mind that a dewy face looks nice in person, but it can look greasy in pictures, so don’t over-moisturise. If you have a very oily T-zone, keep it in check with an oil-control face lotion applied before your foundation.

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Make-up for photographs – Q&A


Get the Look

– Blushing Bride

Natasha Kruger from MAC shows you how to get this simple, sexy and natural look using pretty blush and peach tones


or a soft, natural look on your special day, it is important to start off with beautiful, healthy, moisturised skin. Apply a good primer before you apply your foundation as this will help the make-up last longer. For this look, illuminating the skin either with a crème base (normal/ dry skin) or in powder form (oily skin) will give you that feminine glow. On the eyes stick to neutral tones with a metallic slate/bronze eye-shadow, layer top and bottom lashes with dark brown mascara and lightly fill in the brows to accentuate the eyes. To enhance the look, contour your cheekbones using a matte shadow and add to the apples of your cheeks a soft peach shimmer blush. Finish off with a natural tone gloss or a neutral brown lipstick with clear gloss.

All-in-one BB Cream This is an ‘all-in-one’ cream that transforms from a white cream to suit your skin tone. Pigment-filled capsules burst when applied to the skin, releasing the colour inside. Just blend for a perfect match and an even, undetectable finish. It is make-up and skincare in one.

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Avon Super Extended Mascara

Lengthen your eyelashes in one step. With Avon Super Extended Mascara you won’t need extensions, it visibly lengthens. The separating moulded brush works with a stretch formula to coax and comb every lash up, out and away.

Black Up Duo Eye-Shadow This all-in-one compact will transform your face. Use the darker tone over the entire eyelid for a soft natural look and highlight the brow bone with the lighter shade. They are available in various colours in Edgars stores.

MAC Prep This product works at its best with the other PREP + PRIME range but can be used alone as a primer. Apply it before your moisturiser to keep your skin looking bright and fresh the whole day long. |




All weddings are beautiful and the featured nuptials prove this. A colourful Cape affair complete with carnival minstrels, an elegant garden ceremony and a gorgeous Midlands wedding are just some of the real weddings that will delight and inspire

Mbali Ainsley


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hat started as a friendly flirting session on the rooftop of a popular hotel in Dubai, where they both live, has grown into a beautiful love story. Mbali and Ainsley are the perfect modern, cosmopolitan couple. While they may be living an international lifestyle, Ainsley went the traditional route for the proposal, having the ring delivered in Mbali’s dessert after a lovely meal at the then highest restaurant in Dubai. With Ainsley on one knee and the entire restaurant waiting with bated breath, Mbali said yes. And so began their wedding plans. They decided to spice up the traditional ‘something old, new, borrowed and blue’ to ‘something cool, anything funky and have fun and behave like a naughty monkey’. So Mbali wore cool Louboutin shoes, funky blue diamond-encrusted earrings and they danced the night away with their guests from around the world. Mbali’s most special moment of the day was being walked down the aisle by her son and seeing her knight in shining armour in the beautiful garden where they were married. It is a memory that neither of them will ever forget. The entire day was filled with love and happiness, with all of their dearest surrounding them. |


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Amanda Vukile


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his love story started off as an office friendship. Working in the same office, Amanda and Vukile slowly started to get to know one another over tea breaks and work functions. They started developing feelings for one another, and they kept in contact even when Amanda left the company. When the proposal came Amanda was in complete shock as it was such an unexpected surprise. Vukile poured out his heart to Amanda and it sent her into a flurry of emotions – she didn’t know whether to pray, laugh, cry, jump or pace up and down! In the end she said yes. Their wedding was in the freezing Natal Midlands with a temperature of 6°C. The venue was beautifully decorated to their theme of ‘Kings and Ribbons’ with the colours of peach, coral and blush pink. It was an elegant affair. The highlight of Amanda’s day was being able to kiss her husband; their first kiss as a married couple. Vukile was amazed by the splendour of seeing his bride walking down the aisle, and by the moment when they exchanged their vows. The blissful couple then enjoyed a honeymoon of fine dining and exploring the winelands of the Cape, including Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Hermanus and Cape Town. |


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Chintu Martin


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hintu and Martin have always been on the same page. After all, they first met when going for an interview for the same job. It seemed serendipitous that their paths joined again a few months later, ready to spark a glorious romance. Martin whisked Chintu off her feet with the most romantic and thoughtful proposal after a game drive while they were away at a Nature Reserve. Chintu followed a chain of 48 cards with 48 memories representing the 48 months they had been together; of course she had to say yes at the 48th card. Their wedding was celebrated over four days in Cape Town. The events included a Jazz and wine evening, an intimate familyonly sunset ceremony on a boat, a festive lunch reception, sunset cocktails and a newlywed breakfast the following day with their family. They made a grand appearance at their lunch reception to the Kaapse Klopse band singing ‘Welcome to Cape Town’. Everyone clapped and danced to the music, creating a festive atmosphere and welcoming their overseas guests to Cape Town. After all the celebrations, the happily married couple went off for a three-week honeymoon to Croatia, to relax and explore the country. |


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The Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton is a superb wedding reception venue, offering everything you need to make this special occasion magical. The experienced and professional banqueting team is there to assist you with all your planning. This all-inclusive wedding package includes: Sophisticated reception facilities • Structural floor plan • Spacious and elegant honeymoon suite • Romantic turn-down • Meticulous wedding-day checklist • Contemporary chair covers • Glamorous wedding facilities • Complimentary wedding ceremony venue • Distinctive overlays • Refreshing arrival aperitif • Sparkling honeymoon Champagne breakfast • Complimentary valet parking • Affordable accommodation rates for the wedding party CONTACT US TODAY FOR A SITE INSPECTION: Tel: +27 (0)11 322 5000 | Fax: +27 (0)11 322 5023 | | Physical address: 20 Maude Street, Sandown, Sandton, 2196, Johannesburg, South Africa Postal address: PO Box 783372, Sandton, 2146, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nonku Musa


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usa admired Nonku from afar at first, always seeming to miss her at their company canteen. Nonku casually went about her ways without taking any notice at all, until Musa finally spoke to her. Once they made that initial connection, the rest was history. After a few years of dating, Musa finally started making plans for the lobola negotiations to start, calling in his uncles from Natal. “I can’t really remember having any say in the matter. However, I was ecstatic that we had finally come to that point in our relationship,� says Nonku. Something that Nonku did have a say in was the wedding plans. The couple conceptualised and planned the whole wedding themselves. After months of making choices, changing minds, looking at flowers, venues and attending wedding expos, the day finally arrived. It was better than either could have dreamed of. While it was a scorching hot day in Pretoria, the ambience was beautiful and everyone looked red-carpet ready in their outfits. After their perfect day, the newlywed couple went on a four-day cruise along the coastline where they had a chance to reflect on their wedding day and the year, as well as spend some well-deserved quality time together. |


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Ria Vidwan


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hese two lovebirds seem to have fate on their side. After being born in the same hospital, delivered by the same doctor only a few days apart, their paths finally met years later at a birthday party. They immediately hit it off and so began a romantic love story. The journey to the altar started when Vidwan proposed to Ria while they were on the London Eye in March 2011. It then took them over a year and a half to get around to planning the wedding. What was the rush? They decided to go the traditional Indian wedding route which included pre-wedding celebrations in Durban and then the actual wedding celebration in Cape Town. They had a serene garden ceremony with the ocean as a backdrop, followed by an intimate and lavish reception at the Twelve Apostles Hotel. With hues of deep pink and burnt orange, the decor was absolutely exquisite and set the scene for the entire wedding. Everything was perfect, from their delicious North Indian cuisine to the imported hand-stitched outfits the wedding party wore. It was a truly royal affair, with one of the most memorable moments being their helicopter charter to the Constantia winelands for their romantic photo shoot. |


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Tumi Tshiamo


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he first time they laid eyes on one another was when Tshiamo was going for an eye test and Tumi was the optometrist. What was supposed to be a regular eye test turned out to be significantly more, and life became much brighter for Tshiamo after that. When the time came for Tshiamo to propose he was nearly caught out by Tumi phoning him for lunch while he was at the jewellers. Her suspicions grew later that day when he came over to her house. Tshiamo called her from the bedroom to help him carry something, but then surprised her in the candle-lit kitchen by getting on his knee and popping the big question. She was thrilled and the two celebrated with champagne. When their wedding day arrived it was exactly what they had hoped for and more. Everything was perfect, from the weather to the setting, guests, food and emotions. A highlight of the day was standing up in front of all of their loved ones, the people who had made them who they are today, and professing their love. Tumi loves the fact that her nephews still ululate whenever they see a white wedding dress or see her and Tshiamo holding hands. It brings back all the sweet memories of their wedding day. |


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Photography Johan Pretorius Contact +27 51 444 1108 Venue Sandstone Sleeper Estate Contact +27 84 397 0886 Coordination and wedding design Wedding Emporium Contact +27 11 883 0012 Cake Annica’s Cakes Contact +27 11 884 9445 Flowers Wedding Emporium Contact +27 11 883 0012 Stationery Wedding Emporium Contact +27 11 883 0012 Wedding gown Biji Couture Contact +27 11 784 8018 Groom’s suit Diaan Daniels Contact +27 11 011 9075 Bridesmaids’ dresses Norman Callan Contact +27 72 685 2796 Groommen’s suits Diaan Daniels Contact +27 11 011 9075 Hair MosDefinite Contact +27 11 447 7984 For more Real Weddings visit





Feast for the Eyes Delight guests with a personal touch to your wedding cake and flowers. Why not add a twist to the classic cake with macaroons or decadent chocolate and, for a fresh take on your floral arrangement, add unusual flowers like pompom daisies and proteas

Cupcakes D’light +27 31 266 1979 |


Classic Whites


A white cake always looks stylish. To keep it exciting, play around with different shapes and textures like flowers, crystals and brocade 1. Hunt House Kitchen +27 21 553 0440 2. Cupcakes D’light +27 31 266 1979 3. Mokgalaka Creations +27 82 650 0073 4. Le DÊlice at Tramonto +27 72 179 7922







Blooming Romance


For a spring or summer wedding, decorate your wedding cake with flowers, either real ones or made of sugar. Even a plain cake can be made marvellous when embellished with feminine touches like ribbons and flowers 1. Charly’s Bakery +27 21 461 5181 2. Vanilla House Patisserie +27 21 979 0307 3. Roxanne Floquet Cake Design +27 83 226 2471 4. Cupcakes D’light +27 31 266 1979



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Chocolate Delight


Chocolate and cake go hand in hand. Not only will chocolate be popular with guests but it looks lovely in an African-inspired design. And chocolate goes amazingly well with fruit like strawberries 1. Sugar ‘n Ice +27 11 788 1202 2. Sugar ‘n Ice +27 11 788 1202 3. Belle’s Patisserie +27 82 944 4018 4. Hunt House Kitchen +27 21 553 0440






Blush & Pinks


There is something romantic about the colour pink as part of wedding dĂŠcor. With pink you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to which flowers to use. Choose classic flowers like roses, lilies, peonies or veld flowers for something a little different




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Yellows & Oranges



Oranges and yellows are a bold choice for a centrepiece or in a bridal bouquet, and will add a touch of sunshine to your dĂŠcor. If are going for these hues, some of the flowers you can use are pin cushion proteas and yellow pompom daisies



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Greens& Blues


For a burst of freshness, add greens and blues to a floral arrangement. These colours work equally well for a summer or winter wedding. For a winter arrangement, use pine cones and pine needles mixed with cream roses and peonies


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Take your Seats

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From roof top magic to exotic night settings we bring you the hottest dĂŠcor wedding settings. Trends include attention to lighting, monochromatic colour palettes, the use of metallics and other reflective surfaces as well as extravagant floral displays

Event designer Absolute Perfection Contact +27 72 314 9347

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This is arguably the most spectacular setting in Johannesburg. With 360-degree views across one of Africa’s most spectacular cities, this is a wedding venue like no other. Coupled with an exquisite interpretation of urban chic, this setting is characterised by sleek lines and modern designs animated by rich textures


Event designer Wedding Emporium Contact +27 11 883 0012 Venue Randlords Contact +27 11 489 1930 |



in White

Ghost chairs, silver and mirrored accessories and crystal glasses add reflected magic and movement to this glamorous setting in bridal white. Magnificent floral arrangements filled with orchids, roses and lisianthus are placed on the table at varying heights to soften the setting


Event designer Splendid Affairs Contact +27 11 463 8306 Décor and flowers Splendid Affairs Contact +27 11 463 8306 Cake Sweet Buttercup Contact +27 72 414 7136 Stationery Crystal Lace Contact +27 12 657 1271 Photography Custo Photo Contact +27 78 742 6933 Venue Memoire Contact +27 71 286 7774 |


Garden of Eden Created in exotic Mozambique, this evocative and meaningful setting speaks of growing together and planting the seeds of a new generation. Sculptural shapes of seeds, foliage and other fauna create a beautiful but also powerful wedding theme while shades of bronze, taupe, gold and cream provide a warm and elegant palette


All work Wedding Emporium Contact +27 11 883 0012 |



Midsummer night’s Dream Silhouettes in ethereal white offset against a deep, dark midnight canvas makes this setting magical yet sophisticated. Adding to the drama and mystery is the waterfall of fairy lights and the indigo light balls that are suspended above the table


All work Black Orchid Designs Contact +27 84 603 0532 |





Black and white has never looked this good. Simple but sensational monochromatic place settings in strict linear formations are juxtaposed with large and small circles and explosions of magenta and purple floral creations


Event designer Absolute Perfection Contact +27 72 314 9347 Décor and flowers Absolute Perfection Contact +27 72 314 9347 Cake Annica’s Deli Contact +27 11 083 5264 Stationery Elephant Shoe Contact +27 11 467 9008 Photography Black Frame Photography Contact Venue The Sandton Convention Centre Contact +27 11 779 0000 For more décor themes visit |



Venues The wedding venue is the first and most important wedding planning decision you’ll need to make. Take your pick from these popular venues for your special day

Likweti Lodge

Mpumalanga Likweti Lodge is ideal for a bush wedding surrounded by mountains. Located in Mpumalanga, this private game reserve boasts scenic views with luxury accommodation. There are three different outdoor ceremony venues and a thatchroof reception room with a open-air dance floor. Guests can look forward to delicious food from their on-site restaurant. Couples will have plenty of photo opportunities with the Swazi Mountains as a backdrop. Contact +27 82 939 0629




Laurent at Lourensford Wine estate

Western Cape Laurent is based in the prestigious Lourensford Wine Estate, known as the jewel of the Cape Winelands, in the town of Somerset West. The event space is elegant yet intimate with Cape Dutch architecture. The best thing about Laurent is the dĂŠcor, complete with detailed crystal chandeliers and an entrance that boasts a fountain and sculptures. Guests will also enjoy views of the Helderberg Mountains nearby and the vineyards on the estate. Contact +27 21 847 1623

Asara Hotel and Wine estate


KwaZulu-Natal Nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Windmills offers a romantic setting for a country-style wedding. The glass-encased chapel is definitely the highlight of this place. The venue is able to accommodate 200 people and offers couples plenty of help with the planning with a dedicated team of wedding coordinators, catering and guest accommodation. Contact +27 33 266 6965

Western Cape Asara is the perfect choice for a glamorous wedding in the winelands. The ballroom can host up to 160 people and it has a dance floor. For an outside ceremony, a marquee tent seats 500 guests, while the restaurant venues are available for a smaller, more intimate wedding. The venue’s talented chefs can create a menu specially tailored to suit your tastes. Contact +27 21 888 8000

Lagoon Beach Hotel

Western Cape With breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean beachfront and Table Mountain, Lagoon Beach is the perfect venue for a wedding in Cape Town. Couples are able to choose their wedding style from a variety of options, ensuring their wedding is truly original. As part of each wedding package, the hotel also offers every couple a complementary romantic suite. Contact +27 21 528 2000 |




Garden Route Tramonto is a wedding and function venue in the picturesque town of George in the Garden Route. They specialise in the planning and coordination of bespoke weddings. The venue is situated near the beautiful Outeniqua Mountains and boasts a honeymoon suite and makeup studio. They also have a dedicated team of professionals that include photographers, florists and chefs. Contact +27 44 870 7150

Conrad Pezula Resort and spa

Garden Route Knysna is a beautiful part of the country to get married in and the Pezula Resort and Spa is no exception. Their team will help you celebrate your big day with champagne, roses and luxury accommodation. The Pezula Clubhouse can seat 100 guests for dinner and the two smaller spaces are perfect for intimate wedding breakfasts. Brides can treat their bridesmaids to relaxing treatments while the groom’s party can enjoy the Pezula Championship golf course. Contact +27 44 302 3333

Casalinga Ristorante Italiano

Gauteng Casalinga is an elegant Italian country restaurant in the popular Muldersdrift area which also hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions. The venue is able to seat up to 350 guests in a beautiful setting. Their gardens, together with the classic Italian architecture, provide the perfect backdrop for photographs. The venue offers five different dining areas with delicious food from the restaurant. Contact +27 87 941 1223

Oranje Guest Farm

Eastern Free State Oranje Guest Farm is a tranquil, laid-back working farm located in the mountainous eastern Free State region between Fouriesburg and Clarens. Guests can enjoy drinks on the veranda of the homestead or in the sandstone barn. The Guest Farm is able to organise a team to help with the planning of your wedding including dĂŠcor, cake, photographer and a menu for the reception. Contact +27 58 223 0412

summer Place

Gauteng Summer Place venue needs little introduction; it will appeal strongly to couples looking for a combination of classic design and romance. The property features plenty of beautiful places for photographs, with magnificent landscaped gardens, towering trees, rose arbours and water features in the background. Centrally located in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, it is a convenient location for out-of-town guests. Contact +27 11 447 9744



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We bring you the best service providers, from florists and caterers to dĂŠcor and gowns and all other the services you need for hosting a wedding in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and the Cape

Getting Married in the Highveld:

Johannesburg, Muldersdrift and Pretoria

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Getting married in the Highveld is great not only for its convenient proximity to major cities – it is also well regarded for its natural attractions and spectacular sunsets

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Flowers Blooming Beautiful (Pta) +27 83 278 3969 Cafe Fleur (Jhb) +27 82 336 6866 Chantek Floral Design (Jhb) +27 72 914 2075 Cor De Rosa (Jhb) +27 82 681 1862 Ecozet (Jhb) +27 82 745 7445 Franz Grabe Flower Couture (Jhb) +27 11 022 3894 Happily Ever After Wedding Designs (Jhb) +27 79 914 3404 La Fleur de l’Homme Emporium (Jhb) +27 11 447 8803 Merav (Jhb) +27 82 822 2683 Oblossom (Jhb) +27 11 447 0199 Oopsie Daisy (Jhb) +27 11 028 0809 Paddy Gibb (Jhb) +27 11 442 6351 The Bloom Room (Jhb) +27 72 240 6044 Thornbirds (Jhb) +27 11 948 6001

Gowns Asanda Madyibi (Jhb) +27 83 259 2017 Biji Couture (Jhb) +27 11 784 8018 Blush Couture (Jhb) +27 82 803 3515 Bridal Boutique (Jhb) +27 11 478 0667 Bridal Heaven (Jhb) +27 11 425 4998 Bride and Co (Pta) +27 21 376 1948 Cinderella’s Closet (Jhb) +27 82 906 0366 De la Vida Bridal Couture (Jhb) +27 11 431 4304 Enzoani (Pta) +27 12 809 2785 Eve’s Bridal Wear (Jhb) +27 11 268 5599 Garnish Couture (Jhb) +27 82 684 1630 Gert Johan Coetzee (Jhb) +27 11 024 4677 GF Bridal Couture (Jhb) +27 11 705 3073 Lady Marmalaide Collection (Jhb) + 27 11 467 7457 Olivelli (Jhb) +27 11 782 1155 Shifting Sands (Jhb) +27 79 496 0747

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African Pride Irene Country Lodge (Pta) +27 86 150 5050 Avianto (Muldersdrift) +27 11 668 3000 Casa Toscana Lodge (Pta) +27 72 716 0442 Casalinga (Muldersdrift) +27 11 957 2612 Everwood Country Weddings (Muldersdrift) +27 83 384 5002 Klein Kaap Boutique Hotel (Pta) +27 12 654 9878 La’Aquila (Pta) +27 12 802 0522 Lethabo Estate (Muldersdrift) +27 82 654 1690 Morgenzon Estate (Pta) +27 12 566 3693 Oakfield Farm (Muldersdrift) +27 82 606 6000 The Grace (Jhb) +27 11 280 7200 The Midrand Conference Centre (Muldersdrift) +27 11 315 8326 The Moon & Sixpence (Muldersdrift) +27 79 399 4574

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Tips for getting married in this area • The Highveld has a subtropical climate with hot summers and a cooler, dry and sunny winter season. Summer temperatures range between 17 and 28 degrees Celsius, winter months average between 5 and 19 degrees Celsius. • Rainy season: Summer • Gauteng is the capital of luxury, with an endless number of five-star wedding venues and world-class wedding planners. • Although well known for its more urban elements, Gauteng and the Highveld area have plenty to offer in the form of natural attractions, such as the majestic Magaliesberg mountain range. |


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getting Married in the cape: Cape Town and the Winelands

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The Cape remains a popular wedding destination because it has so much to offer to couples. Choose from the sea and sand of the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, or the fertile green valleys of the winelands




Cake Box (Cape Town) +27 21 797 3646 Cake Couture (Cape Town) +27 72 358 0623 Cake Town (Winelands) +27 82 847 3022 Charly’s Bakery (Cape Town) +27 21 461 5181 Florentines Cake Shop (Cape Town) +27 21 761 0581 Lady Lucy’s Kitchen (Cape Town) +27 73 659 8718 Nelle Cakes (Cape Town) +27 76 041 1206 Rocky Love Emily Wedding Cakes (Stellenbosch) +27 82 598 5357 The Cake Box (Cape Town) +27 21 797 3646 The Secret Ingredient (Cape Town) +27 83 711 9218 Wades Cakes (Cape Town) +27 21 685 5041

Constantia Cuisine (Cape Town) +27 21 794 8988 Forest44 (Cape Town) +27 21 880 0293 Oemf (Stellenbosch) +27 21 883 9758 Stir Food (Cape Town) +27 79 396 4049 The Gourmet Chef (Cape Town) +27 21 712 8639 The Gourmet Girls (Cape Town) +27 78 532 6464 Verve Caterers and Event (Cape Town) +27 21 801 8378


DéCor Blooming Wonderful Décor Hire (Somerset West) +27 82 332 8588 Cabrières (Worcester) +27 72 415 1007 Classy Hire (Cape Town) +27 21 872 4922

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Flowers Aartappel (Paarl) +27 21 872 0857 Aspen Flowers and Co (Cape Town) +27 21 424 6511 Bloem (Paarl) +27 21 870 1670 Blooming Affair (Winelands) +27 72 125 1491 Die Gieter (Paarl) +27 21 863 4128 Elgin Weddings & Events (Cape Town) +27 82 324 5959 Floral Affairs (Winelands) +27 82 807 3334 Flowers in the Foyer (Cape Town) +27 21 887 8138 Foci Function Concepts (Cape Town) +27 21 946 4700 Oh So Divine Flowers (Cape Town) +27 21 592 4632 Okasie (Stellenbosch) +27 21 887 9907 The Flower Cottage (Cape Town) +27 21 886 5296

Gowns Amelia Brides (Cape Town) +27 21 981 4690 Bridal Couture by Magda Grové (Cape Town) +27 82 923 0141 Didi Couture (Cape Town) +27 82 772 2033 Garnish Couture (Cape Town) +27 82 684 1630 Gert Van De Merwe (Cape Town) +27 82 450 0873 Jacoba Clothing (Cape Town) +27 21 462 7724 La Fashion Bridal Boutique (Cape Town) +27 21 872 6864 Lady Marmalade (Cape Town) +27 72 252 7349 MaryK Designs (Cape Town) +27 72 143 4921 Renate Bosch (Cape Town) +27 84 613 0646

Hair and make-up Absolut Hair (Cape Town) +27 21 671 3928 Be Premiere (Stellenbosch) +27 21 876 4944 Des Amis Hair & Make-Up (Paarl) +27 21 462 1091 Jenro Beauty (Cape Town) +27 76 546 9075 Le Hair Lounge (Stellenbosch) +27 21 883 8323 Powder Puff Hair & Make-up (Cape Town) +27 82 466 2429

make-up Anuk (Cape Town) +27 23 312 2154 Capital M (Cape Town) +27 72 176 3662 Carla Abrahams (Cape Town) +27 21 671 5611 Donna Hay (Cape Town) +27 21 557 1480 Mariaan Enslin (Cape Town) +27 72 341 5650 Marli Basson Professional Hair and Make-up (Winelands) +27 79 515 1304

Nadia Greeff Make-Up Artists (Cape Town) +27 82 216 2864 Robyn Leigh Elford (Cape Town) +27 21 712 4016 Sanmarie (Stellenbosch) +27 83 749 3118

music and entertainment A Due (Cape Town) +27 73 427 5767 Hungarian Trio (Cape Town) +27 21 794 7933 K and Double B (Cape Town) +27 21 438 9177 Triste (Cape Town) +27 21 712 7765 Your DJ (Cape Town) +27 82 853 3528

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pHotoGrapHers Abri Kruger Photography (Somerset West) +27 71 873 6611 Alice Swan Photography (Cape Town) +27 79 571 5076 Annemari Ruthven Photography (Cape Town) +27 82 822 7197 Cari Photography (Cape Town) +27 72 384 3692 Jani B Photography (Cape Town) +27 82 297 9796 Jean-Pierre Uys Photography (Cape Town) +27 81 288 1242 Jilda G Photography (Cape Town) +27 21 914 4311 Just Judy Photography (Paarl) +27 83 535 0033 Nikolai P Photography (Cape Town) +27 72 223 3805 Real Simple Photography (Cape Town) +27 28 272 9159 / +27 76 185 8634

transport Classic Cats (Stellenbosch) +27 21 881 3970 John and Miranda Jag Hire (Cape Town) +27 21 976 2166 Limousine Hire (Cape Town) +27 86 111 4683 Status Luxury Vehicle Hire (Cape Town) +27 21 510 0108 Wine Valley Horse Trails (Paarl) +27 21 869 8687

Venues De Huguenot Estate (Stellenbosch) +27 21 885 1240 Diamant Estate (Paarl) +27 76 111 6905 Dornier Wine (Stellenbosch) +27 21 880 0557 Holden Manz Wine Estate (Franschhoek) +27 21 876 2738 Kleinevalleij Wedding and Conference Centre (Paarl) +27 21 873 0075 Le Bac Estate (Paarl) +27 21 864 2960 Le Manoir de Brendel (Franschhoek) +27 21 876 4525 Palmiet Valley Estate (Paarl) +27 21 862 7741 The Conservatory (Franschhoek) +27 71 365 9612 Val de Vie Estate (Paarl) +27 21 863 6120 Vrede en Lust wine farm (Simonsberg) +27 21 874 1611

weddinG planners Aleit Wedding Coordination (Cape Town) +27 21 887 4448 Cape Occasions (Winelands) +27 83 643 6564 Event and Design (Paarl) +27 21 872 4946 I Do Weddings and Events (Cape Town) +27 84 405 7449 La Promesse Wedding Planners (Cape Town) +27 82 769 5344 Polkadot Wedding Planner & Coordinator (Cape Town) +27 21 982 0109 W. Collaboration (Stellenbosch) +27 21 885 8081 Wedding Concepts (Cape Town) +27 21 426 5783

Tips for getting married in this area: • The Cape enjoys a Mediterranean climate with well-defined seasons. The winters are cool and wet and the summers are dry and hot. The weather in summer is between 20 and 26 degrees Celsius. The average high temperature during winter is 17 degrees with a minimum temperature of 8 degrees Celsius. • Rainy Season: Summer • Summer is usually slated as the best time to get married, because it is warm but not hot. Winter is often referred to as the off-season but there are pros to getting married in the cooler months, for example costs are lower when the wedding season slows down. The city is recognised by many international wedding planners as one of the best wedding destinations in the world. |

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getting Married in KwaZulu-natal: Durban, Drakensberg and the Midlands

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The beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal is a special place for a wedding ceremony, offering a lovely mix of mountains, sea and great weather

Bar ServiceS Bar Serve Mobile Bar (Mobile, Durban) +27 83 444 4041 Cocktail and Caviar (Durban) +27 31 266 6751 LV Occasions (Durban) +27 83 775 4194 Thirst Mobile Bar Service (Durban) +27 86 184 4778

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Tips for getting married in this area: • KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a warm subtropical climate. The summers are gorgeously hot and humid but that is also the rainy season. A wedding is ideal in winter as the weather is warm, dry and clear with average temperatures of 23 degrees. • Rainy season: Summer • Many of the venues in the area have their own florists, caterers and decorators, which makes planning easier. • The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands are a magical place to get married – think green hillsides and burbling brooks. • It’s worth getting married in the Drakensberg if only for the sheer majesty of the mountains. The range is well known for its famous mountain peaks, which include Giants Castle, Cathedral Peak and Mont-Aux-Sources.

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getting Married on the east coast:

Port Elizabeth, East London and the Garden Route

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By choosing the Eastern Cape or Garden Route for your wedding, you truly are spoilt for choice. Take your pick from pristine beaches, enchanted forests and majestic mountains

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Tips for getting married in this area: • November is the start of summer in the Eastern Cape, with hot days and warm evenings. Summer temperatures range from 17 to 28 degrees Celsius. The weather here rarely reaches extremes, except perhaps in the height of the Karoo summer. In winter the temperatures range between 7 and 20 degrees Celsius. • Port Elizabeth and East London both get summer rain. The Garden Route has a similar climate to Cape Town with rain throughout the year. • The Eastern Cape and Garden Route has amazing natural beauty. Couples who enjoy nature can look forward to spectacular mountain cliffs, the seas, flora and dense green bush and forest along the stretch known as the Wild Coast. • Couples looking to honeymoon nearby are spoilt for choice. Beach getaway and cruises are always an wonderful option, as well as a bush getaways including the internationally renowned Addo Elephant Park.



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Retreat Couple’s

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For a faraway getaway enjoy the desert island of Koh Samui in Thailand. There are also plenty of amazing local honeymoon destinations, from the magical forests of the Wild Coast to the exotic beaches of Mozambique – and everything in between |





Koh Samui in Thailand is the ultimate island honeymoon with its tropical nights, sandy beaches and crystal blue seas – a real chocolate-box dream come to life. Pictures by Daniel Gallan

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as a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Koh Samui. Occasionally spelt Ko Samui and referred to lovingly by locals as Samui, this is an island of extraordinary beauty and charm, a place where you can have your own special honeymoon any way you like it: kicked back and relaxed or active and fast paced. Beautiful white sandy beaches, clean, clear warm water, tropical gardens, gentle ocean breezes and great nightlife makes this island an ideal honeymoon destination. Koh Samui is Thailand’s third largest island after Phuket and Koh Chang. Samui Island has plenty to offer, everything from lazing under a palm tree on a pristine beach to kite surfing at sea. Life revolves around the beach and this island is famous for its various beach experiences with different landscapes and characteristics, the most popular being Chaweng, Lamai, Bo Phut and Mae Nam. Couples who are looking for some pampering will find Samui a paradise of spas and massages. Thai massages and treatments are world-renowned and you can enjoy them on the beach or in a formal spa. But if you are looking for adventure and action, try elephant trekking, sailing, diving or golf.

Butterfly Garden Na Tian Butterfly Garden is situated in the south of the island. Apart from the numerous species of butterflies on display, there are also other interesting features in the garden including the Thai-styled bee house and the insect museum where rare insects from Thailand and other countries are displayed.

Hin Lad Waterfall Hin Lad Waterfall is located two kilometres south of Nathon Town or a four-kilometre hike through the beautiful, evergreen rainforest with palms and creepers. The waterfalls are different heights and each has a cool pool beneath for a fresh-water swim.

Hin Ta – Hin Yai These strangely shaped rocks are found in the south. A local story tells of an old couple whose ship was wrecked in the bay. Their bodies were washed ashore and turned to rock.

Magic Buddha Garden The Magic Buddha Garden is hidden in the hills of Samui. You can see several statues, temples and waterfalls which were all built by the same man in the last 20 years.

Accommodation and dining out

Namuang Waterfall

Ancient House Life in Koh Samui, like other of Thailand’s islands, revolves around the sun, sea and sand.

The island’s most popular attraction, The Big Buddha, sits 15 meters tall and was built in 1972 by the local society to give visitors a place to pay respect to the Buddha. Find this landmark on the island’s northern shore.

If you can drag yourself away from the beach, here’s a list of things to enjoy on the island: There is a wide variety of facilities as well as a range of accommodation for all budgets, ranging from bungalows to five-star resorts and hotels. There are also lots of restaurants of all flavours and origins that invite the traveller to an array of tastes and experiences. The seafood is the speciality of the island. Restaurants offer Thai and European cuisine as well as other specialties. You should also try the large range of tropical fruits and a fresh coconut.

At sea

The Big Buddha

This house was made of teakwood without any nails and is the oldest house on the island. It was built approximately 150 years ago, is constructed of teak planks and shows off many beautiful woodcarvings.

Namuang Waterfall is located 10 kilometres south of Nathon at Ban Thurian. There are two waterfalls. The first is 18 metres high and can be reached by vehicle and the second is 80 metres high and can only be reached by a 30-minute walk. The waterfalls are the most scenic on the island.

Samui nightlife Bars, cabarets shows and discos are located mainly in Chaweng and Lamai.

Sawadee Shrine The Brahma of Sawadee is an important being in the Buddhist culture and religion of the island. He is a central image for reverence and faith. Visitors come to the shrine to show their respect and to honour His kindness and mercy. |


HONEYMOONS Thai Boxing The undisputed national sport of Thailand, a Muay Thai professional bout can be seen at the Chaweng stadium every Monday and Friday, while the Lamai stadium stages fights every Saturday.

Weather Koh Samui’s weather is almost always beautiful. Blue-sky days and ocean breezes are the norm but for the purists late December to the end of March is the ideal tropical island weather experience. But some like it hot! If so, April to June is the time to bake. And then again, some like it wet! Try mid-October to early December.

Getting there

Local colour

Koh Samui is distinctive and colourful. Its culture is a rich blend of Thai as well as Chinese, Muslim and far-flung Japanese influences.



By boat: There are two companies that provide sea transfer from Suratthani (Donsak Pier). Seatran Ferry departs from Donsak Pier and arrives at Nathon Pier, and Raja Ferry departs from Donsak Pier and arrives at Lipanoi Pier. By bus: This is a cheaper option as it is a low fare from Bangkok. These busses travel at night and the journey lasts 10-12 hours. By train: From Hua Lamphong (Bangkok railway station), choose between a first or second class, seat or sleeper compartment, with either air-conditioning or a fan. We recommended a first class, airconditioned sleeper.


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Northern Cape Located in the heart of the Northern Cape, Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve. With its six-month



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La Residence

Western Cape No one does romance quite like the French, and Franschhoek is the closest we have to France in South Africa. La Residence, situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, is well known for its sophisticated opulence. Couples in search of romantic dining options are spoilt for choice in this charming little town, which offers a great mix of restaurants and delis. Take long walks around the estate and enjoy the olive trees, vines and roses as well as views of the winelands. For even more romance, there is hot-air ballooning and horseback tours of the surrounding wine farms. Contact +27 15 793 3977


Mpumalanga Singita is a small, privately-owned local conservation company that took top honours in last year’s prestigious Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. The Singita Private Game Reserve is located in the heart of the worldrenowned Sabi Sands on the western border of the Kruger National Park. The reserve is the last word in safari luxury and visitors can enjoy an abundance of game viewing with the big five in beautiful natural scenery. Contact +27 21 683 3424

The oyster Box

KwaZulu-Natal Located behind the famous Umhlanga lighthouse in Durban, with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and direct beach access, the Oyster Box Hotel is one of South Africa’s most distinguished hotels. Here you are sure to enjoy a very special honeymoon. The Oyster Box Hotel offers an array of splendours from the elegant interiors to the exquisitely appointed suites. The food is excellent and there is even a secluded tropical garden for guests to enjoy some romantic time in nature. Contact +27 31 514 5000

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Northern Cape Naries Namakwa Retreat is a beautiful and romantic hideaway in the heart of Namakwaland in the Northern Cape. This area is well known for the wild flowers that bloom in spring, but it offers a unique experience all year round. To truly enjoy the natural surroundings, guests can stay at one of three luxury en-suite mountain suites. All meals are planned and prepared specifically for guests. Make the most of the surroundings with an assortment of activities including hiking, picnicking, river rafting on the Orange River and tours of the Richtersveld National Park. Contact +27 27 712 2462

The Beach Villa

Western Cape Situated directly on the beach with breathtaking views of the ocean, Table Mountain and Robben Island, this seaside villa in Cape Town offers honeymooners all the luxuries, warm hospitality and personal service in private surroundings. Just relax, soak up some sun or walk along the beach to the restaurants nearby for some exquisite seafood or traditional dishes. Contact +27 21 553 1296 |


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Annica van Rensburg of Annica’s Designer Cakes has been in the cake business for over 10 years, creating designer cakes beautiful enough to be considered art. She offers advice on how to choose one of the important aspects of the wedding, the cake

Wedding cake trends for 2013 Choose metallic if you dare. It is elegant and sophisticated, and these opulent elements are soaring onto the trend scene. The metallic touch will work beautifully for a classic bride who likes a trace of embellishment. Think white or cream, which is classy and refined, with chocolate brown and a hint of copper. Or, should you prefer a more vintage look, choose softer latte tones or varying hues of stone, with metallic champagnes and pearl/pewter pink. For the modern bride looking to incorporate metallic hues, go bold in black and gold. Other hot colours that are trending now are emerald green and tones of blues, sapphire, violet, Monaco blue and even hints of indigo. Should you find yourself unable to decide, combine them all into trendy rainbow tones. The beauty of design is that your options are almost unlimited. And with a bit of tweaking and shaping, you can create a wedding cake perfectly matched to your special day.

Tips for the perfect cake • Decide on your cake three to six months before the wedding day or once colours, themes and décor ideas have been chosen. This leaves room for you to change your mind and will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed by choice. • Expect a cake tasting. This is important so that you know what you will be getting on your wedding day. • Come to the tasting with an open mind. Sometimes the idea or picture of what you want and the practicalities are not completely compatible. • Include your groom. Even if it’s only in



choosing the flavours. The cake is always more special when it reflects both of you. Go for different flavours – by having a new flavour in each tier, more tastes are considered and guests are inclined to eat more of the cake. Consider the cake as part of the main dessert. This will be more economical and means that more decadent options, such as mousses, can be chosen instead of just the traditional fruit cake. Also consider cutting the cake between the ceremony and reception and serving it as a pre-reception snack. This is your special day, and that is why your cake should be nothing less than a work of art.

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Go for different flavours – by having a new flavour in each tier, more tastes are considered and guests are inclined to eat more of the cake.

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