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inter is upon us. The days get shorter and the nights longer. But weddings are as beautiful as ever. The proof is in this jam-packed issue of Nubian Bride. From traditional gowns to African couture, and hair style and make-up tips for your special day, we really have thought about everything for brides. Oh, and let’s not forget about the grooms – there’s fashion and accessory advice for men too. So, let’s take a look at what you can find in this issue. Evegenia Poplett from Splendid Affairs put the Fairytales Come True planning feature together and gives us some in-depth ideas of how to plan the perfect autumn/ winter wedding. Inspiration to whet your appetite, yes please! We have male and female fashion designers for you in this issue: Biji from Biji Couture and Paledi Segapo from PALSE tell us all about the latest bride and groom trends and what we can look forward to on the runway, or even at your own wedding. To co-habit or not? That’s the Great Debate in this issue. You’ll read some interesting yay and nay opinions as well as a relationship expert’s advice on living together before marriage or not.

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Our main fashion feature will blow you away; it’s a forest fantasy of ethereal beauty, stunning dresses and jewels sparkly enough to jump off the page. Equally striking is our traditional fashion spread – shot on the top of one of Joburg city’s buildings, it’s the perfect blend of African tradition and modern African city. We have even more real weddings for you, and they’re sure to spark ideas for your own wedding. In this issue we are introducing our new hair and beauty section with some great hairdos and accessories to finish off the perfect bridal look, as well as some must-have tips from make-up artist Gina Myers. We end off with some good advice from top catering companies. Since food plays such an important part in a wedding ceremony, we thought this would be the ideal cherry on top. So please enjoy this issue. We hope you’ll love it as much as we are proud of it. Thanks so much for your feedback on our website, Facebook page and Twitter. We value your input, so please keep it coming. Remember we have a digimag too, so take some time out during your lunch hour to browse through it. Keep warm and wedding happy.

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CONTENTS FEATURES 18 28 35 36 38 40 176

Perfect Planning: Fairytales Come True Designer Studio: PALSE and Biji Couture Wedding Etiquette: Conversations to have before tying the knot


The Great Debate: To cohabit or not to cohabit? Celeb Talk: Songstress LeAnne and her manager husband Sipho Dlamini Heritage: ‘I Do’… The Zulu Way Good Advice: Expert catering tips |







FASHION AND BEAUTY 44 56 66 71 72 74 77 81 147

Forest Fantasy: Contemporary bridal dreams brought to life Makoti: Cityscape meets African tradition in couture fashion Love Your Hair: Classic options for bridal tresses to impress Beautiful You: Top bridal beauty tips and trends 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 youngest, and cutest, of the bridal party The Gown Pages: Find your perfect wedding dress



Real Weddings: Couples’ dream days come true Cakes and Flowers: A range of styles and colours to help you decide Décor Themes: Fabulous reception setting ideas Ideal Venues: Find your perfect big day spot


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Fairytales COME TRUE Little girls dream of one day finding a Prince Charming, dressing up in a gorgeous gown and dancing the night away into the happy future. So get ready to swoon. This inspiring winter wedding shoot was created by Evegenia Poplett from Splendid Affairs





hen it comes to planning your wedding, draw your inspirations from who you are and what you love. The greatest thing about modern weddings is that it’s all about the couple. One of the most exciting parts is deciding what the event will look like. I’m not a fan of heavily themed weddings and prefer to use playful and unconventional details with more classic and traditional elements. You don’t want to date your wedding, or make it too whimsical and childish. Twenty years from now you want to look back at your wedding day and still have that warm and fuzzy feeling . Go for witty rather than whimsical. Wedding style should be determined by your personal style – the way you dress, decorate your space, and express yourself. Incorporate elements that you and your partner love. Smaller and intimate weddings at your own home are on the rise and here you can really save your budget. It’s amazing how you can use your own furniture to create a dream wedding setting.

Décor and flowers

Winter is a wonderful time of the year to get married. You can choose from an exciting palette of deep reds and gold for opulent romance, dark blues for winter wonderland enchantment, or even delicate cool pastel tones for more ethereal winter coolness. Winter weddings are rich in detail, texture, vibrant tones and beautiful details you can use to personalise your wedding.

Moody reds

This styled shoot was inspired by the change of season and as the air gets crisp and the leaves fall, we are feeling the awakening of our senses for rich textures, warm colours and intimate heartfelt gatherings. If you’re getting married in winter you are in for a treat with a wide range of beautiful blooms available to feast your eyes on. Bring them to your wedding table for incredible and breathtakingly beautiful centerpieces. Creating a warm, inviting and charming atmosphere is easy in winter, all you need to do is layer complementing elements. We used opulent décor with gold undertones to create a table that is elegant yet |



emanates effortless glamour. Candles add a romantic and moody glow, so go wild. Mixing different sizes and colours of candles adds an interesting element to a table.

Royal blue

At Splendid Affairs we take styling seriously. Coming up with a fairytale table in dark blue tones was exciting and fun. This table setting is styled to look regal, elegant and sophisticated. Opulent silverware is paired with luxurious white roses and blue chunky candles. The mason chair added to the look. For the Royal Blue look we created a book cover design for the menu and table number. This is a great way to personalise your wedding. Hint 1: Chairs make a statement, so if you want your wedding reception to be stylish and memorable, designer chairs are a must. Hint 2: Table linen is one sure way to create a breathtaking table. You do not have to match your tablecloth and napkins. Contrasting textures and layers add a luxurious feel to the overall styling.

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For brides who desire something that is soft, ethereal and delicate why not opt for cool pastel shades that blend in with the colours of the crisp winter dusk?


Stationery plays an important role in a wedding. Write your love story using beautiful fonts; play around with gorgeous finishings such as foiling, embossing or letterpress.

Styling of the bridal party

Princess gowns are back, but with a modern twist. The fabrics are delicate and layered with beautiful statement detail such as a belt or cape. Our gowns were provided by Lady Marmalaide, and the 2014 Demetrios collection is beautiful. You simply have



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Sharing of the cake with one another symbolises your vows, which means to love, honour and respect

to visit their bridal boutique to feel like royalty. They stock a wide range of gowns and beautiful wedding accessories. Trend alert: A delicate cape instead of a veil is a sure way to set yourself apart. The soft lace adds intricate details and softens the contours, giving you an ethereal feel. Trend alert: Non-wedding shoes. Splash out on a gorgeous pair of dark or nude heels. Winter is a perfect time to wear black shoes under your gown, it adds a sexy and naughty element – think Cinderella all grown up.

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Erin worked her magic and our models looked like real princesses, with gorgeous up-styles and a beautiful tiara.

Wedding cake

One of the most awaited parts of the wedding is the cutting of the cake, which has always been a tradition. The bride cuts the first piece with feigned assistance from the groom. It has come to symbolise the first task in the couple's life together. Originally, guests would have a share of the cake, which was solely cut by the bride. As cakes became grander, the task became quite unnerving, particularly for the multi-tiered cakes where the icing had to be strong. After cutting the cake, the bride and groom feed each other the first slice, which symbolises the mutual commitment to share and provide for each other. A wedding is a commitment to share whatever path life takes you on, with love and devotion, and the shared cutting of the first slice represents this commitment. Sharing the cake with one another symbolises your vows, which means to love, honour and respect.





Some important wedding cake tips: Dos • Timing: If you are holding a lunch or dinner reception, cut the cake after the meal and before desserts. • Educate the MC: Make sure that the MC announces the event and have your best man make a toast for the couple. • Listen to the photographer: The cake cutting is a highly photogenic moment and the photographer will ask the couple to cut a particular layer of the cake that will work best for photos. • Pause for a while: Friends and family members want snapshots of the ceremonial first cut, and gracious couples will take their time to allow plenty. • Use a serving set: Use a special silver cake knife, purchased for the occasion. • Cut it together: In cutting the cake, the groom’s right hand will gently hold the bride’s right hand – and make sure to slice through the bottom layer. • Feed each other first: The groom will feed the bride first and then the bride to the groom from the slice they cut. • Offer slices to in-laws: Make sure you both serve each other's parents a piece of cake. • Assign someone: Ask a friend or someone from the catering staff to cut and serve the cake to your guests. Don'ts • Smash the cake: Don't make a mockery of this ceremony by smashing cake into one another's faces. This can ruin carefully applied make-up, well-made tuxedos, and expensive wedding gowns. • Use your fingers: A delicate dessert fork is the appropriate utensil for feeding one another cake. • Cut the top tier: Not only may the top tier be too unstable for a good first cut, but many couples choose to save the top tier of their wedding cake for their first anniversary or first baby christening. Source:




Winter wedding planning tips Choose your venue wisely. Pay close attention to the finishes, undertones and lighting aspects. Make sure guests know where they're going. As easy as online map programmes are to use, sometimes the directions are wrong, or there's a quicker, less traffic prone route to take. Ask your ceremony and reception sites for printouts of recommended driving directions. Test out the routes yourself. Heed the weather – guests have been known to skip out early from improperly heated winter receptions. Your photographer needs that gorgeous light at sunset to capture beautiful couple portraits, and the sun sets earlier in winter so your wedding needs to start earlier. Give warm fleecy blankets for your guests to use during the reception and ask for the blankets to be left behind so you can donate them to a charity of your choice. If you love someone’s work, don’t be afraid to contact them. They may seem expensive, but you might be surprised how accommodating suppliers can be, especially in winter. The Dream Team Stylist Eve Poplett, Splendid Affairs Wedding Company | Photography Rensche Mari Photography | Flowers and décor Splendid Affairs | Wedding gowns and accessories Lady Marmalaide | Hair and make-up Erin Smyle Walsh | Stationery Canvas Stationery Boutique (on the blue table) | Chrystalace Stationery (white, letter-press ones) | Cakes Es. by Seline (the white cake with delicate flowers) | SugarSmith Cakes (the blue, red, gold cake) | Venue Private Estate Models Ice Models |



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An Elegant Statement The talented and incredibly creative Biji from Biji Couture creates bold, dramatic and ultra feminine dresses that set her designs apart. She’ll do anything to make a bride happy and believes the experience of buying a gown is as important to the bride as wearing one |


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From dressing up and designing clothes for her Barbie dolls, Biji knew she wanted to make women feel beautiful from a young age What made you want to get into fashion design? As a young child I was always impressed by the selection of Barbies and clothes available in toy stores. I would collect scraps of fabrics, felt and anything else that was interesting. I loved sewing just about anything. Some years later, we were given a group assignment for Life Skills. We were to imagine life in the year 2000, when the Earth’s ozone layer would be totally depleted. We were tasked to design a fully functioning and self-sustainable school for that future environment. This was such an exciting concept to me that I promptly hijacked most of the tasks for myself. I think that this was the catalyst that made me realise I resonated with the idea of becoming a fashion designer. When did you start designing wedding gowns? After graduating with a diploma in fashion design at Leggats Academy of Design, I found work as a designer and seamstress and I also managed the sewing room for a small boutique. Afterwards I found employment as a junior designer, then head pattern-maker in a denim jeans factory. Within months I ended up working for a newly established garment label as co-designer with the owner and designing collections to be supplied to high-end boutiques. By the age of 21 I had become impatient with employment and it’s restrictions, and with my dad’s help I started my own label, designing small collections that were also sold to independent boutiques. This proved to be a huge challenge and not at all lucrative. At some point, probably aged 23, I was approached by a relatively established bridal designer to design and make a couple of her clients’ bridesmaids’ dresses. And just like that, I got sucked into the bridal industry. What do you love about wedding gown design? The challenge of taking a woman with all her complexities and designing a magnificent gown for her to wear on one of the most significant days of her life and making her feel like she is the most beautiful and important person on this planet. I want her to experience what it feels like to enter a room full of people, whether they’re family, friends or even strangers, who stop in mid-sentence and gasp in amazement and awe at just how magnificently radiant and beautiful she is. How would you describe your design style? I love power dressing. There will always be an element of drama in my work. Even the



simplest of my designs will have something unique or unusual about the detailing or the cut. I like to believe that my sense of style is both bold and ultra-feminine at the same time. My design aesthetic is definitely more contemporary classic as opposed to traditional. What are brides mainly looking for at the moment in terms of design? Many women are beginning to embrace their uniqueness, which is quite empowering and inspiring. The access to so many images and beautiful ideas on the internet and on many social media sites makes finding the perfect wedding gown both easier and more overwhelming at the same time. Brides are more prepared than before and are searching for a dress that best defines them and also sets them apart from every other bride who has been married before them. This is where our creativity comes to life and the creative juices are stretched. The references she supplies us with are seeds that need to be nurtured and taken care of. It is with our vision and care that we can breathe life into her dream. What is the ultimate goal for every wedding gown you design, especially in terms of what it means to the bride? I love to design exquisite wedding gowns that make an elegant statement without saying a word. I want to create and design dresses that leave a lasting impression on the bride first, and then on her groom. The ultimate aim is to create her perfect dress for her. The perfect dress will make people notice the radiance of the woman before them before they begin to admire the detail of her gown. Her joyful and beautiful confidence that emerges from this vision of herself becomes tangible when she sees herself in the mirror, turns to me and says, "Biji, this has got to be the most beautiful wedding gown you have ever made!" A simple statement that speaks volumes. Have you had any experience working with bridal divas, and how do you handle it? Many women hold down really demanding and stressful jobs. They don’t have the time to waste with people who don’t ‘get them'. It is usually a clash in personalities that arises, especially when there are many people to please. Time and time again we notice a general pattern which begins to emerge with friends and family getting really excited about the wedding plans and offering their free and unsolicited advice. Some designers who fall prey to this occasional lashing out very often react with an attitude of arrogance, which in my opinion is massively disempowering and breaks down the lines of communication altogether. Are there any wedding gown trends that you’re currently enjoying? I am loving dresses that express an opulent use of luxurious fabrics such as Chantilly lace and silk chiffons that have beautiful movement and a life of their own. I also love interesting details and textures, low backs, sensual illusion necklines, hemlines, design lines, you name it. If it flatters the figure, I’m all over it. Contact +27 11 784 8018

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Founder and creative director of PALSE, Paledi Segapo, has become a household name in men’s fashion and is now branching out with a new women’s range as well as a retail store. We chat to him about grooms, suits and what men will be wearing when they say ‘I do’ this autumn and winter


PALSE was established in 2010 and has been showcasing biannually at SA Fashion Week since 2011. April was PALSE Homme’s fifth season at SAFW, previously walking the international runways in Switzerland, London, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. With an emphasis on fine tailoring and bespoke designs, the brand diversified in 2013 to also cater for women, as PALSE Femme. What interested you in fashion design – in particular men’s fashion? My career in the fashion industry began in 2007. In 2010 I completed my postgraduate degree, a Masters in Business Leadership (MBL), and my dissertation title was Growth Strategies for SA Fashion Enterprise in Gauteng. Subsequent to my graduation I left corporate and established PALSE Consultancy, followed by PALSE Homme. We don’t choose our career paths, careers choose us. In terms of suits for grooms and groomsmen, what are the biggest trends at the moment? Grunge is autumn/winter 2014’s biggest trend at the moment. Leather has also been quite significant on international runways, making its presence felt on men’s rails too. I’ve also picked up that tweed has made a dramatic comeback for menswear. Do you think grooms are becoming more involved when it comes to choosing their suits for their wedding? I think grooms feel an enormous amount of pressure to find a suit that’ll pick up or complement the bride’s gown. And because of this, most grooms I know are very involved when it comes to choosing the perfect fit, cut, colour and style for their big day.

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What is your most popular groom suit shape/design? The tuxedo three-piece look. It’s essential for grooms to look ‘groomy’, and not like they’ve just stepped out of a board meeting and dashed to the wedding ceremony. What would you say the ratio between smart suits and casual wear is in your collection? It‘s honestly cumbersome to try create a balance. However, I do like my collection to be fragmented and to comprise ready-to-wear and formal wear, including wedding style, in order to cater for the market from a 360-degree perspective.

How many pieces are in each collection and how many collections do you produce each year? I showcase biannually at SA Fashion Week. On average I produce a minimum of four collections because I also showcase outside the SAFW platform. My collections range from 17 to 25 pieces. Talk us through the process, from the inspiration of each new collection to the fabric sourcing and the sample making. Music plays a pivotal role when I conceptualise and design a new collection. I always endeavour to find music I’d like to complement my new collection. I then start researching and putting together a mind map (designer’s road map) and only then can I come up with a storyboard. After that I can start collecting fabric swatches that correspond with my mood and storyboard. My team and I then finalise the sketches and execute the collection. This is never a static phase until model fittings have taken place. We’re talking on average a period of three to five months. What are your favourite suit fabrics and why? One hundred percent woollen fabrics, classics such as hound’s-tooth, Prince of Wales cloth, Milton, and of course 100% velvet it is the ultimate. I’m allergic to synthetic wool or polyester fabrics. Do you have a studio? Tell us about your working environment. I do have a studio/production area. It’s my secret weapon and I never allow anyone, including clients, to set foot there. I’m launching my first flagship store, PALSE, in Johannesburg in May. The brand is growing pretty rapidly and we’ve diversified into our first women’s line, PALSE Femme.

It’s essential for grooms to look ‘groomy’, and not like they’ve just stepped out of a board meeting

What are the hottest menswear trends for autumn/winter 2014? Definitely grunge. Cropped blazers, particularly double-breast jackets and pants with pin tux detailing. Slim fit leather blazers have made a massive comeback too. What’s your take on accessories when it comes to suits? What about cufflinks? Cufflinks have been around; they complete a shirt, and especially a blazer, with impeccable sleeves. An accessory that has shifted how we look at today’s man is a man’s clutch bag. They come in different sizes, with detailing such as spikes. This is not for a man intimidated by style. Visit |


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CONVERSATIONS TO HAVE BEFORE TYING THE KNOT Marriage is the ultimate expression of love; however, there are many things to consider before tying the knot. Nwabisa Ngumbela chatted to the experts


ccording to Anri van de Berg from Vita Nova Counselling Services, people have different ideas of what a marriage should be like. These different notions are likely to lead to conflict. Therefore couples need to discuss how they envision their ideal marriage, and understand that it takes a lot of hard work to make a marriage work, bearing in mind things like finances, religion, kids and sex.

Your sex life Going through certain body changes in life is inevitable, says sexologist Babalwa Funda. “These phases of change will not be the same as that of your partner’s, due to genetic make-up. Changes may include menopause and taking of medication.” Olivia Tantsi, a mother of two from Kempton Park, says during these challenges she and her husband find that joking around helps. “Be playful and treat each other right. When you do that it’s easier to feel more sexual towards each other. A nice holiday is also a big sex spice up.” Babalwa suggests having conversations about how your emotional status will have an effect on your sex life. She also advises that each party in the relationship should have what she terms ‘self-love dates’ in which they examine their bodies so they may pick up any bodily changes.

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Starting a family and religion To have or not have children is a potential deal breaker, yet couples rarely discuss this matter. “They get married without bringing up the topic of having children, then there comes a time when one party feels it’s time to start a family, and the other partner objects. Unfortunately there’ll be a person in the union who has to compromise in order to

save the relationship,” says Anri. Mother of two Genali Steenkamp agrees with this. “It’s crucial for couples to be upfront. Having different expectations makes things difficult and expecting it to change after marriage is wishful thinking. “Apart from this, raising kids requires a lot of effort, patience and love. You must be clear about religious beliefs so as not to confuse the kids. This is critical, unless you’re both very liberal people.” However, Pastor Khaya Masango has slightly different views. “I cannot highlight enough the importance of religion in a marriage; in fact, a God-, and not a religion-, authored marriage.” If a couple were to get married without having decided on a religion to follow, the marriage would have a disastrous outcome. “It’s crucial that the would-be couple should discuss this issue in light of what they want to enter into marriage for, and what they want out of it.”

Finances in relationships Relationships that succeed are built on trust. “If you can’t trust your partner with information about your finances, what can you trust them with? Different attitudes and approaches to money are the main reason

why relationships fail, so start as you mean to finish – with openness and honesty,” says Lara Warburton, managing director of Imara Asset Management. Sit down and decide what will work best for you. A joint account for shared expenses? Lara reckons it’s important for each party to have their own bank account, for money they have direct control over. The pro of having a joint account is that there’s transparency regarding costs of living. Each partner understands where the money goes. The con is that when funding the bank account, each partner must take earnings ability into consideration. When the couple can’t agree on what the joint account will pay for, decisions regarding savings and mounting children’s expenses need to be shared. Even if accounts are separate, couples should still see each other’s bank statements so that they understand the financial position and financial priorities of the other party. Always remember to talk about your likes and dislikes in a positive manner to strengthen the foundation. “Without it you might as well put on boxing gloves. If children sense division, they’ll play you up against one another,” says mother-oftwo Genali Steenkamp. |


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Cohabitation Debate

Rei Farinha is the director of guest relations at the Travel Corporation. He’s been in a relationship for 14 years and has been happily living with his partner for seven of those.


My partner and I have no contract between us and no children. We’ve worked hard to cohabit well, enjoy and love each other without marriage, and neither of us can see any reason it would change anything for the time being. We agree that if at any stage through our relationship any practical benefits of



marriage may arise that suit us, perhaps we’d consider it. Furthermore, neither of us are traditional enough that we would get married simply because our parents, friends or their friends did. One always has to consider and try to understand cultural and religious beliefs, and their influence over a couple living together, married or unmarried. A work colleague of mine recently expressed his feelings on the impact that being married has on him. He suggested that getting married gave him a new sense of ‘being’ in his relationship, whereby he felt more committed to it. I’ve never understood this and disagree

that ‘marriage’ and ‘commitment’ should have anything in common. I’m committed to my partner because I choose to be, and no marriage certificate will likely make me feel otherwise. Nonetheless, what I suppose was revealing about this conversation was that people have varying opinions and apply different levels of importance to what marriage means to them. I find it problematic that society, for either cultural or religious reasons, expects that one should be married before cohabiting, having sex, having children, etc. Why should it matter so much to society, in any case?

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Is it alright to live with your partner before marriage? Or should you wait until you’ve tied the knot? We chat to people in relationships with different views, as well as a relationship expert



Noxolo Nelana is a content administrator. She believes that a couple should be married before they move in together.

For many centuries women were told that the ultimate achievement is marriage. Even today, where women are educated, breadwinners and career driven, the question of marriage is always on our minds. I’m a modern woman but I do draw from the teachings of the old school because I don’t share the common belief that partners should live together before being married. My opinion comes a little from experience and a little from observation. My boyfriend and I were a young, brighteyed couple filled with all sorts of hopes and dreams. I got pregnant while we were still at university and in our dreamy state we


We asked Mochabo Moerane, a registered psychologist and social worker, and a lecturer at UNISA,

What are the pros and cons of moving in together before getting married? Relationships in general are complex in nature. What may be a positive to one person moving in together before getting married could be a negative to another. I’d like to highlight the following positives: • It affords partners the opportunity of intimately knowing each other and developing a more trusting relationship, in the absence of the financial and emotional burdens. • Communication can improve emanating from this trusting relationship. • Evenly share and allocate tasks and living expenses. • Give each other a sense of belongingness and assurances, the building blocks for future commitment.

decided that getting married was the obvious next step. The first few weeks were exciting, and then reality kicked in. The first problem was the expectations we had as two young people living together, then we had to deal with the expectations of our families, and we both had jobs that demanded our attention. Suddenly, we were an instant married couple, and that wasn’t what we wanted. His family assumed I was getting a free ride and not contributing anything to the household. This household I was part of, that I helped create, started feeling like a warzone. He also hated being in this pressured environment. He, too, had to deal with my family’s wrath, for not protecting me enough from his family. After being together for over eight years, living together for two months destroyed our relationship. Now, these challenges are faced by many couples who are married, but the difference

between them and us was that we didn’t have a legal right to anything; we couldn’t approach any elders in our family to help us resolve anything, because we weren’t a recognised entity. Our living arrangement was frowned upon. The people of old weren’t as sophisticated as we deem ourselves today, but they knew one fundamental truth – that living with another being is complicated, especially if you aren’t from the same family. Therefore, the contract of marriage – whether it’s recognised by the courts or by the ancestors – protects us from our nature. It also allows us the freedom of mind to know that our individual families need to respect the union, and therefore the household. Elders give advice to young couples on how they navigate the life ahead, something that every couple needs when they embark on a journey together.

The big negative of staying together without getting married other than religious or traditional norms, values and principles, is that the women are the most disadvantaged as men tend to delay getting married.

relationship? The basic principle in counselling is not to give advice to couples. Instead it’s to help them make their own informed decisions. Their decision-making process will normally move along a continuum of either growing together or growing apart.

What are the pros and cons of not moving in together before getting married? Most religions encourage couples to stay together after getting married as a covenant or sacrament to their God. The positive role played by these religious groupings is that they view marriage as sacred, protected and a blessing. For non-believers the advantage of not staying together before getting married is primarily to exercise the function of procreation according to their cultural and traditional prescripts. The major disadvantage of not moving in together before getting married is not getting to fully know the other person. What’s your advice to couples who are thinking of moving in together? How will this shift the dynamics of their

What should couples who don’t want to live together until after their wedding prepare for when they finally find themselves having to share space? They must look forward to embracing the exciting times of getting to know the ‘blind’ spots of their partner. It will be important that they share the same life purpose and common interests. What’s your advice to couples about to get married, regardless of whether they cohabit or not? If one of them can’t fully accept the uniqueness of the other, they aren’t ready to marry them. They must love each other unconditionally and be there for one another in the ever-changing seasons and challenges of life, either in trouble or in joy. |


No Ordinary Love Song Singer/songwriter LeAnne Dlamini and her husband Sipho, who just happens to be her manager, have been making beautiful music together as colleagues and as a couple ever since they first met. They have two daughters together, Zani-lee and Zaya Rose


eAnne and Sipho met at church where LeAnne was a member of the choir. “He was managing local artist Loyiso at the time and the three of us got chatting about music. Sipho and Loyiso suggested I do some backing vocals on a song he was working on, and the rest, as they say, is history.” However, it wasn’t love at first sight for the couple. “Sipho is 10 years older than I am and I was still in high school at the time of our meeting. So, it was more of a work relationship that grew into a romantic one much later.” The couple began dating in 2002, and while holidaying in Paris, Sipho, proving the real romantic that he is, proposed to LeAnne at the top of the Eiffel Tower. “I didn’t expect it, but he’s very romantic like that.” LeAnne says that both she and Sipho wanted to get married. “We wanted it to be forever and for it to be done right. We also went for pre-marital counseling and I think that’s very important as you learn so many lessons.” The couple has a very strong bond and they’re 100% supportive of each other. “Our marriage is a 100/100 partnership and giving up is never an option for us.” They were married in 2006, and “it was just the perfect day,” says LeAnne. “We were surrounded by our family and friends, the weather was on our side, and, most importantly, I was marrying my best friend. You could really feel the love all around. We danced, laughed, and just had an incredible time.”

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Love and marriage


y husband is a typical Zulu man; he wasn’t on a bended knee, just a Ngifuna ukuya kini (I’m coming to your house), when he asked for my hand in marriage,” says Khethiwe. Like all Zulu men, she says that her beau nagged her to take him to her family home so he could ask her parents for her hand in marriage. Even though she knew she loved him dearly, she brushed

The pictures in this article of Khethiwe and Celani's traditional Zulu wedding depict the colourful, exuberant and happy celebrations in the culture.

him away, but Celani wouldn’t be deterred, until the object of his affection finally gave in, in 2012. “I was too nervous to tell my parents about the prospect of their daughter getting married, as most Zulu girls are. So, seeing that I was wasting time, Celani asked my aunt (my mother’s sister) to tell my mother about this, which she did. Once she’d told her my mother called me to confirm the news. She then told my father

and just like that a date was set. “In December the Ilobolo day arrived.” The ilobolo or dowry has today changed somewhat and not everything is done according to the traditional steps that used to be followed. In the past, ilobolo was the next step after courtship, but now people can live together for years and even start families before they consider paying it. Whereas cows were used for dowry, now people bring cash as a form of exchange.


“I Do...” The Zulu Way

Pictures: Janeke Wissekerke

Khethiwe and Celani Jobe had a traditional Zulu wedding and there’s certainly a lot that went into it. They tell Julia Mafcher the ins and outs of the events leading up to their big day

With the migration from rural areas to the cities, where people have no space to keep cows, using money is the only reasonable way to conduct ilobolo. Whereas culture says that ilobolo cannot be paid in full, these days some parents demand every cent of the money they asked for. “It was an early nerve wracking morning filled with family preparing food in the yard for our visitors,” Khethiwe continues. “They (Celani’s family) arrived in the morning sig-

nalled by praises coming from outside the gate – this is a sign of respect to the brideto-be’s family. They were kept outside until the men in my family were happy enough about their performance. Then the negotiating party were let in and the rest of the family stayed outside awaiting the news. Hours later I heard singing and ululating, signalling that all had gone well. “The next order of our wedding was the umembeso ceremony. This is held at

the bride’s family home where the groom presents the bride and her family with gifts. The bride receives a traditional outfit, headscarf and blanket, and the other family members are given blankets and other items they’ve asked for. After the gifts have been given, a huge party is thrown.” Because of financial constraints, distance, and time, Khethiwe and Celani decided to bypass some of the traditional events (uMkhelo and uMbondo) and planned the main events; white wedding and uMabo (the Zulu traditional wedding that usually takes place after the white wedding). They managed to do this all in one day. uMkhehlo was a tradition observed by the bride before her wedding day. She would visit her relatives with her bridesmaids and ask for gifts. She would go from family to family collecting things, such as appliances or cutlery, which she would need to start her own home. Families gave generously and were ready with gifts. Nowadays brides are afraid to do this as they don’t want to be seen as demanding. What now happens instead of uMkhehlo is a more modern bridal shower. uMbondo is one of the stages of the marriage procedure performed by the bride. Accompanied by her friends and family, the bride brings along baskets filled with fruits and veggies, and a lot of other different types of food, to the groom’s family. This |



includes rice, mielie meal, samp, cooking oil, sweet potatoes and pumpkins. These are the gifts for the mother-in-law that she shares between her family and neighbours. “The night before the wedding abakhongi (ilobolo negotiators) came to collect me and my kist (suitcase) from home and took me and my maids to Celani’s home, where the bride’s cow is slaughtered,” explains Khethiwe. “Then on our wedding day we changed into traditional outfits, me in is'dwaba (a traditional Zulu skirt) and is'cholo (head piece), and Celani in ibheshu (a male traditional Zulu skirt). The wedding started with my family and I singing and dancing outside Celani’s home in an attempt to impress and to be let into the yard. Then, once we’d been let in, my family gifted his family with blankets, grass mats and pillows, which symbolises the warmth the bride will bring. I then presented my husband with our matrimonial bed and his blankets to show how I’d take care of him by putting him to sleep, while my maidens hit him with sticks as a symbol of how upset they were that he was taking their sister. The day is filled with song, dance and tears as I said goodbye to my old family and hello to my new one. “The whole day was a highlight for me,” says Celani. Khethiwe adds that their wedding was just how she’s envisioned it to be. “It had been a long journey for us and I’d been wishing for this day for a long time.” Will you be getting married the traditional way? For more stories on South African traditions, visit



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LoveYourHair You’ve got the perfect dress, amazing accessories and to-die-for shoes – so that means it’s time for the hair. We’ve simplified matters for you by giving you three effortless, chic styles that will save the day and have you looking picture perfect in no time. These classic options will leave any bride tressed to impress!

Go from bohemian side braid to elegant up-do in seconds...






Step 1: Lightly comb all your hair backwards and then smooth a hair serum lightly over your locks to get rid of flyaway strands. Gather all your hair at the nape of your neck and divide it into three even sections to make a simple plait. Step 2: Attach a hairpiece, which should be the same colour as your natural hair, to the top at the fullest part of your own plait. The hairpiece provides volume and makes your



hair look thicker and fuller. The hairpiece should be neatly plaited in the same style as your own hair. Step 3: Using hair bands and hairpins, securely attach the extension to your plait. Wind the hair band around as many times as possible in order to make sure the plait stays in place. It’s best to use pins and bands in the same shade as your hair. Use hairpins to further secure the extension in place – the hair extension must be seamlessly attached to your natural hair. Step 4: You’re almost there with your ladylike and elegant boho-style side braid. You can

either leave the plait falling loose over your shoulder, which would work well for a rustic bride or someone who wants a farm-style wedding. Alternatively, up the style stakes with an elegant plaited chignon. Step 5: For the up-style, simply take your plait to the side, and start to wrap it around the side of your head like a bun. You secure this style by using hairpins to hold it in place – pin as you wrap it tightly around in a circular motion. While you will need several pins to hold up the chignon, make sure the pins are well placed and not visible. The finished product is a classy, easy-to-handle style that will stay firmly in place for the whole night.

Pictures: Dion Viljoen

This versatile style embodies classical elegance and style. It looks great on long hair but even if your hair is short you can fake it until you make it, in these five easy steps:


A romantic mix of modern and vintage

This is one of the simplest but most popular wedding styles available. It’s chic and provides the right amount of ‘vintage’ glamour. It’s also the perfect choice for a bride who wants to let her hair down, as you can dress this style up with beautiful accessories. This look is soft and romantic and is best suited to brides with longer hair.

Step 1: Start with brushing all the tangles out so your hair is smooth and knot free. Next, divide your hair into smaller, manageable sections for your curling tongs. It’s best to use one of the newer styled curling tongs without




the iron barrel – rather use the ‘stick’ type tongs with a wider base and narrow tip. Step 2: Wrap a small section of hair around the tong and wait for about 10 seconds – don’t hold for more than 30 seconds a section. When you remove the barrel you will be left with a glossy ringlet which you will tone down. When curling, remember that hot air is for straightening while cool air is for setting, so use the curler on a low to medium setting. Keep going like this around your whole head but work in small sections. Don’t be put off by the perfect ringlets as this is how you create the texture for the look.


Step 3: Once you’ve finished curling, use a wide-tooth comb or hair brush to brush out the ringlets. The comb is great for keeping more of the curl and leaving it loose while the brush gives you a smoother look with less curl texture. Once you’re satisfied with the level of wave, you can attach your veil, fascinator or any hair comb. The overall effect is a dreamy look with texture and it’s great for a bride who wants to leave her hair down or frame her face. If this is too casual for the bride, it can work beautifully on the bridesmaids for a modern, vintage feel.

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Nothing says perfect, ‘look-at-me’ hair like the right hair accessories. These days there are plenty of options, from diamonds and crystals to pearls and flowers. You could also go old school with a traditional veil or crystalencrusted tiara to unleash your inner princess. Alternatively, add an air of mystery with a bridal bird-cage veil.

Top tips for choosing the right hair accessory Decide in advance what works best with your dress style as you could have your designer make a special bespoke piece that works well with your wedding gown. Nothing will complete your princess fantasy better than a tiara but it can be hard to choose the right one. Firstly, make sure it fits properly – if it pinches or is too heavy, you’ll end up with a sore head. The tiara should draw attention to your face.



Follow these simple rules and you won’t go wrong: Round face: Choose a bridal tiara with a delicate, high peak to make your face look more elongated. Long face: Opt for one that has little or no height and extends over your head from one side to the other at an even height.

Oval face: Avoid peaked tiaras; rather go for symmetrical headpieces that have the most volume at the side of the head. Crystal-encrusted bridal combs are a simple headpiece style that can be worn with almost any hairstyle. Some resemble tiaras and are worn similarly, while others are worn at the side of the head or in the back. These are great, easy-to-use pieces that add a beautiful sparkle to your hair.

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Beautifulyou Elizabeth Arden national makeup artist Gina Myers shares her top bridal beauty tips and trends

Skincare The thing you have to think about before we can even speak make-up is skincare. Your skin provides the canvas to paint a beautiful picture on your wedding day, so ensure you start a strict skincare regime months before your big day. Remember to never skip these four steps: cleanse, tone, treat and moisturise. Visit your beauty consultant to ensure you are using the correct skincare regime for your skin’s needs. Foundation The trick to looking glowing on your wedding day is to look natural and effortless. This is why I like to use a foundation that will give you just the coverage you need, without making you look overdone. You don’t want to feel like your foundation is too heavy on your wedding day. You want to feel comfortable and natural. The Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Make Up (R345) is fantastic for this. It has great coverage properties while at the same time feeling as light as a feather on your skin. But my absolute favourite thing about this foundation is that it leaves a luminous, ‘dewy’ effect, leaving

Every bride I meet says one thing to me, ‘I want to look glowing on my special day’

your skin looking and feeling silky and moisturised with a naturally radiant finish. The simpler you keep it, the less you have to worry about during the day. Eyes My mantra is: keep it natural, but defined. I love a shimmer on the lid. This adds definition and that extra ‘magical touch’. To keep it natural, I lean towards using earthy, gold tones like the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Eye Shadow in Shimmering Copper (R210). To add a bit of ‘va-va-voom’, I then mix this with a rich brown or charcoal tone and blend it in towards the outer eye to achieve the smokey eye effect. Try the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Eye Shadows in Chocolate or Truffle (R210 each). The biggest trend I’m seeing at the moment is an elegant, but distinct liquid liner that lifts the eye and gives you the ‘cat eye’ effect. Don’t forget long luscious lashes. Use my favourite mascara of all time, the Beautiful Colour Lash Enhancing Mascara (R210.00), and give the bottom a coat of it to get the doll-eye effect. Finally, use a brow shaper to fill in the brows. 

Cheeks The cheeks are where you get to play around to achieve that amazing glowing look. Use the Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Correcting & Highlighting Perfector (R245) around your key areas: around the eyes and by your cheekbones to boost the radiance on your protruding areas. Contour these areas with a bronzer and blend a small amount of soft pink blush on the cheeks to add a bit of colour. This way you will get that look of fresh, ‘happy’ cheeks. Lips More than ever brides are opting for bold, colourful lips. This is a big trend and I’m really enjoying it. Pink is the new black. Try the new beautiful colour lipstick in Pretty Pink (R210) and finish off with the Beautiful Colour Lip Gloss in Passion Fruit (R195). It smells like dessert and gives your lips 60 percent moisture with a high gloss impact. All in all, this will give you a sophisticated and eternally beautiful look. Visit |





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Fatherland estate is the ideal venue to host your wedding or any other required function. It is perfectly situated in the beloved Bushveld, with a magnificent view over Blaauwbankdam. The venue offers a thatched chapel and a function hall for 250 guests. A celebration on the open deck, surrounded with water, is sheer bliss and calls for a cocktail from the outside bar. A small private party in the boma will be an unique experience. Hidden between the indigenous trees of the veld, is a luxurious honeymoon suite with a private deck where the newlyweds can relax in the serenity of the Bushveld The reception hall with magnificent roof and earthy atmosphere, is the perfect compliment to the perfect wedding day. Mouthwatering menus are created to suit every intended bridal pairs unique exclusive needs

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Inspirations These couples have had their special day, with dream-like pictures to show for it. Enjoy these magnificent real weddings to help you get ready for your big day |



Marcia Jermaine

real WeddIngs Where and how did you meet? Jermaine and I met at a happy hour function. Towards the end of the evening, he asked me to dance and before I left we exchanged business cards. After that evening we became inseparable and six years later we decided to get married. How did he propose? Over the years we took a very slow practical approach towards discussing marriage. One day after our church cookout he asked me if I would get married again and I in turn asked him the same question. The answer was ‘yes’. One weekend we selected the diamond, designed the ring and placed the order. When the ring arrived – we were so excited to see the final product – he opened the box and put the ring on my finger. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? Wedding Concepts took care of everything for us. The day was perfect. What was the highlight of your day? We were able to get a sneak peek of the venue before our guests and that moment was a feeling we’ll never forget. The design of the wine cellar with the brick walls, wood doors and arching pillars was absolutely beautiful yet simple. Also, the combination of the chandeliers, dimmed lighting, and detailed rose carpet created the intimate feeling we were looking for. Photography Gavin Casey Photography Contact Wedding management and design Wedding Concepts Contact +27 21 426 5783 | Wedding coordinator Megan Kenny from Wedding Concepts Venue Grande Provence Contact Wedding gown Tadashi Shoji Contact Flowers Fleur Le Cordeur Contact Cake Roxanne Floquet Contact Stationery Lara from Lara’s Designs Contact |



Felicia Chris

real WeddinGs Where and how did you meet? We met at work. Felicia was studying Industrial & Organisational Psychology and she needed assistance with accounting. We started studying together and ended up spending more and more time together, the rest is history. Give us a short description of your wedding day. We had an intimate wedding with only 100 guests. We were both calm and relaxed – we’d promised each other to overcome the nerves and just have an amazing time and we achieved that. We enjoyed every moment. What were your highlights of the day? Getting ready at the venue. Oakfield Farm is like the Garden of Eden with its green trees and well-kept gardens. Our first kiss was amazing, as was our first dance to our favourite song ‘All of me’ by John Legend. Photography Christiaan David Photography Contact +27 84 504 7721 | Wedding design and coordination Gladys from Oakfield Farm Contact +27 11 933 3464 | Venue Oakfield Farm Contact Cynthia +27 82 606 6000 | Event designer and florist Erna Swart from Magnifique Floral Art Contact +27 79 413 7180 | Cake Belles Patisserie Contact +27 11 440 4474 | Candy bar Radishes & Roses Contact +27 82 301 7834 | Wedding gown Olivelli Houghton Contact +27 83 602 0822 | Bridesmaids’ dresses YDE Sandton Contact Hair and make-up Melissa Melilli Contact +27 73 424 5228 | Groom’s suit Bagozza Contact |



Limia Ahmed

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How did he propose? We went for a hike up Lion’s Head in Cape Town early one Sunday morning. When we reached the top, we enjoyed a picnic basket and Ahmed proposed then and there. Tell us about your wedding day? I woke up to a beautiful bouquet of red roses and a heartfelt card from my soonto-be husband. I spent the morning with my gorgeous mom and bridesmaids having our hair and make-up done.  We all got dressed, had our pictures taken and made our way to Lourensford Wine Estate.  After the nikah ceremony, I walked down the aisle with my dad and Ahmed and I exchanged rings.  At sunset we entered our venue as husband and wife and enjoyed our special wedding reception that was even more beautiful than we could have ever imagined.  After the wedding festivities we were chauffer driven to the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town where our honeymoon officially commenced. What were your wedding day highlights? Seeing our venue for the first time, having our family and friends share in our special day, our nikah ceremony, walking down the aisle with my dad, exchanging rings, and leaving the venue as husband and wife.  Photography Vivid Blue Contact Wedding management and design Wedding Concepts Contact +21 426 5783 | Wedding coordinator Kim Werner from Wedding Concepts Venue Lourensford Wine Estate Contact Flowers Okasie Flowers Contact Cake and cookie favours Roxanne Floquet Cake Design Contact Wedding gown Maggie Sottero Bride’s shoes Salvatore Ferragamo Bridesmaids’ dresses Bride & Co Contact Hair and make-up Yolande du Toit Contact |



Palesa Thembani

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Where and how did you meet? Palesa: My friends and I had heard about the new News Café in Woodmead and decided we’d go check it out. As we arrived, Thembani and his friend walked past. Thembani said, “Hi ladies, you all look beautiful tonight, especially you in white.” And that was me! He only approached me again much later and he was so certain of our future. Thembani: My colleagues and I went to News Café on a Friday after work. We were walking towards the entrance when we saw Palesa and her friends. I thought to myself, ‘Wow, what a beautiful girl’, and said the first thing that came to mind. It was only afterwards that I started doubting my impact. I clearly had made one, because she remembered me. What was the highlight of your day? Palesa: The ceremony. Thembani: It was seeing Palesa walk down the aisle. Where did you go on honeymoon? We stayed in the Western Cape for three weeks after the wedding: a week in Stellenbosch and the remaining two in Cape Town. Photography Vivid Blue Contact Wedding management and design Wedding Concepts Contact +27 21 426 5783 | Venue Lourensford Contact Cake Wades Cakes Contact Wedding gown Pronovias Contact +27 11 784 2000 Bridesmaids’ dresses Maphale Motuba Contact Hair and make-up Shanaaz Alexander Contact Groom’s and groomsmens’ suits Wedding and Suit Contact +27 11 781 4448 Flowers Lush Flowers Contact Stationery Secret Diary Designs Contact |



Kachi Agbon

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Give us a brief description of your wedding day. Our wedding had an art deco theme with a very modern twist. The wedding colours were black, white and gold. We love laser cut patterns so it was also used as a running theme throughout the wedding, from the wedding invites to my wedding shoes and the wedding cake. At the church ceremony, The Soweto Gospel Choir wowed every single guest. My wedding dress was everything I ever wanted in a dress. I added a black embellished Vera Wang sash with a mesh insert for contrast and a bit of drama. My veil was by Peter Langner and was called ‘Vita’. My shoes were ‘Belinda’ by Charlotte Olympia, in silver. What was your highlight of the day? Our first dance. We felt like we were the only ones in the room. For that moment we were in our own world. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? It felt natural. It felt like it was destined to be and we both felt so lucky.   Photography Ryan Graham Contact Wedding planner Wedding Concepts Contact Videographer Studio Memoir Contact Reception venue Urban Tree Contact Event designer Stefan Norval Contact Cake Sugar ‘n’ Ice Contact Wedding dress salon Browns Bridal Contact Groom’s tux Dolce & Gabbana Contact Make-up Algria Ferreira   Stationery Secret Diary Contact |


Shumarai Muvirimi


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How did he propose? I had just arrived home from a long trip when he told me that I had ten minutes to get dressed for a surprise dinner. He wouldn’t tell me where we were going or answer any of my questions. When we finally arrived, it was a private game lodge. The room was filled with candles and the floor was covered with rose petals. We had the whole place to ourselves. The meal consisted of my favourite things from starters to dessert. He asked me to fetch something across the room. He followed me and said, “I’ve been meaning to ask you something,” and he got down on his knee. Describe your wedding day? It began at 3pm when guests arrived to a jazz band playing. The weather was perfect in Franschhoek. Our ceremony was followed by a party in the vineyards where post-ceremony cocktails were served accompanied by canapés. It was a special celebration of family and love. What were the highlights of your day? Shimurai: Walking down the aisle, I looked up to Mu. He had tears in his eyes. He’s not a big crier so that moment was so special. Muvirimi: My favourite moment was when we flung open the reception hall doors and welcomed our guests in while forming a dance tunnel to Bruno Mars’s Marry You. It’s a moment I’ll never forget. Photography Inecke Photography Contact +27 84 679 5953 | Videography Visualeye Contact Wedding coordination Debbie and Bernise from Lovely Events Venue Molenvliet Wine Estate Contact Catering Annelize Buchanan Flowers Heike from Fleur Le Cordeur Contact Shoes Jimmy Choo Contact Make-up Renee de Wit from gorgeous2go Contact Minister Evan Mawarire |


Sizo Ntokozo


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What did you enjoy most about your wedding day, and the run up to it? We really enjoyed the personal touch of saying ‘I do’ at home, and seeing the garden transform over time leading up to the day was so special. What was your favourite moment of the day? Sizo: Seeing Ntokozo for the first time walking down the aisle with her dad, dancing to Ray Charles singing I got a woman and our alone time in the car as Mr and Mrs Sizo Jali. Ntokozo: Arriving for dinner and seeing the full set-up and all our guests for the first time, the speeches, especially the groom’s, and dancing under the stars until 4am. How did it feel to finally stand side-byside as husband and wife? The best word to describe it is ‘surreal.’ It was real but it hadn’t really sunk in yet. Photography Devon Krige Photography Contact +27 72 262 5824 | Wedding planning Splendid Affairs Wedding Company Contact +27 11 463 8306 | Wedding design, décor and flowers Splendid Affairs Wedding Company Contact +27 11 463 8306 | Venue The groom’s family home in Bryanston Catering Miya’s Fusion Catering Contact +27 11 760 3634 | Cake Sugar ’n Ice Contact +27 11 788 1202/3038 | Wedding gown Vintage Groom’s suit Tuxedo, Hawes & Curtis; dinner shirt, Rixon Shirts Contact Rixon Shirts +27 11 268 6260 | Videography Hauke Digital Production Contact +27 12 460 7798 | Stationery Canvas Stationery Boutique Contact +27 82 393 7070 | |


Situated in one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations, surrounded with a backdrop of Table Mountain, The Clock Tower Centre in Cape Town focuses on a “custom made wedding experience” that combines a beautiful and flexible facility and service excellence. | +27 021 419 7661|

De La Paix is situated in the hamlet of Klapmuts, Cape Town, next door to Butterfly World on the R44, on the way to Stellenbosch. With magnificent views and efficient and friendly service, this venue is ideal for weddings. | +27 021 875 5472 |



They’re said to be a good luck charm for the couple, but whatever they symbolise for you, here are some cake themes to draw inspiration from

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Over the years the craftsmanship of wedding cakes has evolved from classic plain white to modern textured whites with a pop of colour


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Pops and cupcakes have become a trendy treat in the wedding scene. If you’re going the cupcake route, play around with different colours to match your theme


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Bridal Bouquets Bouquets play an important part of the wedding ceremony and its meaning differs from culture to culture. The Romans believed that the bride would have luck in conceiving. Whatever your belief is, we say they must look incredible when you walk down the aisle. Draw inspiration from these


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Venues Whether you plan on making your wedding day big and lavish or small and intimate, where you host the ceremony plays a huge part in making your day special

For intimate weddings

Surval Boutique Olive Estate

Oudtshoorn, Western Cape In the Klein Karoo lies the Surval Boutique Olive Estate at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain range, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Offers: A bridal preparation room, in-house catering, marquees, overnight accommodation, flower and dÊcor services. Menu: Banqueting options paired with wines from the estate’s well-stocked cellar. Perfect for: Family-oriented weddings with a great playing ground for children. Contact +27 44 272 8472 | |


VENUES For larger weddings

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate

Cape Town, Western Cape The venue, situated in the magnificent Paarl valley, 40 kilometres from Cape Town, is nestled between the granite hills of the Paarl Rock Mountains. The Rhebokskloof wines won 34 medals in 2013. Offers: A Cape Dutch venue that hosts up to 100 guests and a Bedouin tent under a permanent roof structure that hosts up to 300 guests,

catering, beautiful photography opportunities and décor. Menu: Tailor-made packages accompanied by complimentary fresh farm bread. The venue also offers a wide array of drink options and canapés throughout the day, and mouth-watering menu options. Perfect for: The vineyards, willow and oak trees make for a quintessential postcard perfect outdoor wedding. Contact +27 21 869 8386 |

De La Paix

Cape Town, Western Cape Located in Klapmuts between the N1 Highway and Butterfly World, De La Paix has a dam on the property with a grass embankment suitable for all events. Offers: Accommodation in nearby hotels, décor, musicians, transfers and equipment. Menu: Contemporary with a South African twist. They have signature dishes such as pork belly and butter chicken curry. Perfect for: An outdoor wedding. Contact: +27 21 419 7661 |

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For a country farm experience

Oakfield Farm

Roodepoort, Gauteng One of Johannesburg’s most popular wedding venues has hosted TV shows that include Isidingo, 7de Laan and the Mr Bones movie. It accommodates big wedding parties, and has wedding experts to help with the planning. Offers: A specialist to assist with videography, décor, cakes, gifts,

Diamond 4 Estate

Krugersdorp, Gauteng The venue has vast open fields that are brought to life by the fountains. The estate hosts from as few as 80 to up to 1,000 guests. Offers: Wedding coordination, cake making, décor and photography. Menu: Eight different menus, from traditional Indian cuisine to Kosher and vegetarian. Perfect for: A sunset wedding. Contact: +27 82 660 2522 |



bridal couture, hair and make-up. You can bring your own snacks for a culturally themed menu. Corkage is R75 per bottle. Menu: Caters for all four seasons and includes a variety of desserts. Perfect for: Its close proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria makes it great for city dwellers. Contact +27 82 606 6000 |

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Exchange your vows and celebrate the beginning of your lives together in the perfect setting at Hoyohoyo Chartwell Lodge. We strive to ensure that the most important day of your life is also the most memorable. Elegant ceremonies and grand reception – we can cater up to 500 guests in the Grand Glass Marque. Comfort, style and incomparable scenery, this is a memorable venue for your special day. Our team is committed to helping you with your planning and ensuring a wonderful day. We create special memories of a day to last your lifetime Our blissful Wisani Spa with its full range of treatments is not to be missed. Wedding guests enjoy the preferred accommodation rates at the hotel. There is really no other city centre venue that can offer your celebration the unique setting that Hoyohoyo Chartwell Lodge has to offer.

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Bergvallei Estates (Muldersdrift) +27 82 806 1260 Budmarsh Country Lodge (Muldersdrift) +27 11 728 1800 De Hoek Country House (Muldersdrift) +27 14 577 9600 Diep in die Berg (Pta) +27 12 807 4630 Ekudeni (Muldersdrift) +27 11 021 2186 Fatherland Estates (Pta) +27 83 279 3640 Glenburn Lodge Country Estate (Muldersdrift) +27 11 668 1600 Hoyohoyo (Jhb) +27 11 024 2612 Irene Country Lodge (Pta) +27 12 667 6464 Lavandou (Pta) +27 83 447 9996 Mangwa Valley Lodge (Pta) +27 12 711 4348/9 Misty Hills Country Hotel (Muldersdrift) +27 11 679 2994 Oxbow Estate (Pta) +27 13 932 8000 Shepstone Gardens (Jhb) +27 11 728 6738 The Moon & Sixpence (Muldersdrift) +27 79 399 4574 Tres Jolie (Jhb) +27 11 794 2473 Waterfall Cove (Muldersdrift) +27 76 753 2754 Woodlands Game Lodge (Pta) +27 12 808 2146

Chrystalace Wedding Stationery (Pta) +27 12 998 9801 Creative Heroes (Jhb) +27 79 492 2532 Fralenco Wedding Stationery (Jhb) +27 11 764 3893 House of Functions (Jhb) +27 11 477 3079 Invite Me (Jhb) +27 11 452 0513 Minit Print (Pta) +27 12 362 2807 Paper Shaper (Jhb) +27 84 430 5225 Pink Soda (Jhb) +27 71 506 0855 Ruby Grey Creative (Jhb) +27 11 453 5220 The Paper Rose (Jhb) +27 11 664 7575 The Wedding Workshop (Jhb) +27 72 252 2999

pHotoGrapHy and VideoGrapHy Andre M Photography (Jhb) +27 72 426 3736 Beyond Photography (Jhb) +27 82 851 4085 Carolien & Ben Photography (Jhb) +27 82 554 8906 Christiaan David Photography (Pta) +27 84 504 7721 Eulalie Photography (Jhb) +27 82 898 6604 Gordon Harris Photographic (Pta) +27 86 146 7366 Goshia Dulz Photography (Jhb) +27 79 693 8238 Hema Nana (Jhb) +27 79 663 2448 Janeke Wissekerke Photography (Jhb) +27 79 040 3000 Johan van der Walt Photography (Pta) +27 82 550 6337 Kelly M Photography (Jhb) +27 72 875 8727 Kerry G Photography (Jhb) +27 82 332 6122 Kim Welsford Photography (Pta) +27 83 212 8955 Laura Jane Photography (Jhb) +27 76 046 6188 Melanie Mare (Jhb) +27 82 928 0179 Michael Tree Photography (Jhb) +27 83 411 5863 SamT Photography (Jhb) +27 71 929 6173 Tree Photography (Jhb) +27 83 411 5863 Velvet Photography (Countrywide) +27 76 372 9382 Welovepictures (Pta) +27 12 343 9341

transport Horse and Carriage (Jhb) +27 11 835 2923 Limousine Hire (Jhb) +27 11 781 0380 SLV Luxury-Car Rental (Jhb) +27 11 708 1385 Status Luxury Vehicles (Jhb) +27 11 468 3910


weddinG planners A Piece of Cake (Jhb) +27 11 298 5757 Dizzy Designs (Jhb) +27 11 469 4654 Element of Style (Jhb) +27 73 162 3999 Happily Ever After (Jhb) +27 79 914 3404 House of Functions (Jhb) +27 11 477 3079 Imicimbi (Jhb) +27 82 292 3199 Kegola Events (Jhb) +27 11 938 3521 La Promesse (Jhb) +27 82 769 5344 Meletlo Celebrations (Jhb) +27 84 600 0118 Perfect Planners Wedding and Event Coordinators (Jhb) +27 83 230 6611 Wedding Emporium (Jhb) +27 11 883 0012

Tips for getting married in this area

• Summer temperatures range between 17 and 28 degrees Celsius while winter months average between 5 and 19 degrees Celsius. • Gauteng offers great entertainment, arts and culture, and nature. • Enjoy some post-nuptial adventure by visiting Gauteng’s best kept secret: Sedibeng, located in the south of the province. |


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

Picture: Janeke Wissekerke

KZN is hailed as South Africa’s playground. It’s the perfect destination for a beach wedding as the weather is always balmy, making it easy to plan

Bar ServiceS Cocktail and Caviar (Durban) +27 31 266 6751 LV Occasions (Durban) +27 83 775 4194 The Oyster Box (Umhlanga Rocks) +27 31 514 5000 Thirst Mobile Bar Service (Durban) +27 86 184 4778 Thistle Bar Services (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 386 0801

cakeS Arriba Chocolate (Durban) +27 31 312 4059 Cakes Unlimited (Pietermaritzburg) +27 76 602 5999 Cupcake D’lights (Durban) +27 31 266 1979 / +27 82 096 4267 Cupcake Indulgence (Durban) +27 83 256 3662 Sharyn’s Cakes (Midlands) +27 82 772 7633 Spectacular Events (Durban) +27 82 876 7447



Sugar & Spice (Durban) +27 31 584 6477 / +27 72 407 7477 The Cake Specialist (Durban) +27 82 921 0676 The Wedding Cake by Lena (Durban) +27 76 970 2610

catering CHC Catering (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 394 3924 Engweni Caterers (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 398 0515 Gourmet Basket (Durban) +27 31 502 2578 / +27 72 190 2401 Hamblin’s Catering (Durban) +27 33 345 2009 Lettuce and Lime (Drakensburg) +27 76 570 6590 Olive Twist (Durban) +27 84 298 3799 Rita’s Country Kitchens (Midlands) +27 33 343 4224

Décor Décor Boutique (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 342 1267 Designer Décor (Durban) +27 31 764 1898 Etc Events (Durban) +27 83 653 7900 Fantasy Décor (Durban) +27 32 533 8365 Labola (Durban) +27 82 654 0692 Lemontree Concepts (Durban) +27 84 661 1997 / +27 31 569 5563 Michelle da Silva Draping & Party Décor (Durban) +27 31 261 4358 Midlands Style Events (Midlands) +27 33 234 4266 / +27 82 651 0831 Nature’s Design (Durban) +27 83 496 7770 Ntokazi Events & Tents (Durban) +27 83 793 4919 Occasions Floral (Durban) +27 31 767 1024 Planned to Perfection (Durban) +27 31 764 2416 / +27 83 463 7704 Settings Function Hire (Durban) +27 31 701 6391

Speciality Functions and Draping (Durban) +27 84 263 1740

Flowers Blooms Florist (Durban) +27 31 467 0114 Mokka Blooms (Midlands) +27 32 946 2029 Occasions (Durban) +27 82 468 3121 Perfect Petals (Midlands) +27 33 266 6454 Petal Mania (Midlands) +27 76 872 7734 Peters Florist (Durban) +27 31 309 3541 Sweet P (Durban) +27 31 669 8123 Talloula Celebrations (Durban) +27 31 205 0706

GiFts and Favours Divine Weddings (Underberg) +27 76 141 4614/ +27 84 951 4114 Gifts Inc (Port Shepstone) +27 72 154 2435 I Do Invitations (Durban) +27 82 494 4373

Gowns Bridal Boutique (Durban) +27 31 208 5906 Bridal Elegance (Pietermaritzburg) +27 84 688 8356 Bridal Mall Couture (Durban) +27 73 090 3999 Maryke Designs (Midlands) +27 83 542 0824 Shona’s Wedding Collection (Durban) +27 31 709 0712 Sposabella (Durban) +27 31 312 0321 The Bridal Shop (Durban) +27 83 799 5537

Hair and Make-up Accentuate (Durban) +27 79 541 2551 B Scene Hair Design (Durban) +27 31 201 7700 Casa Nova Hair Studio (Durban) +27 31 566 5540 Chilli Peppers Executive Hair Salon (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 342 0911 Colour ‘n Kohl (Durban) +27 72 939 0205 Emile’s House of Hair (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 342 3863 Gayle Davies (Midlands) +27 33 262 2156 Glitz and Glam (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 387 8081 Hair & Beauty Emporium (Durban) +27 31 402 0496 Hair Flava (Midlands) +27 33 330 6860 Janice (Durban) +27 83 677 0990 Lize Hair (Durban) +27 83 382 7945 Lip Service – Freelance Make-up Artistry (Pietermaritzburg) +27 74 121 7387 Logique de Beauty (Durban) +27 31 208 0160 Make Up Your Mind (Durban) +27 31 312 2019 Miss V Makeup (Durban) +27 79 890 7756 R & D Hair Co (Durban) +27 31 572 5873 Rag Hair and Beauty (Durban) +27 83 799 9529

Sabath Salon and Makeup Artist (Drakensberg) +27 74 111 9428 Salon Sareeta (Durban) +27 31 765 9638

Music and entertainMent Beat-Route Swing JZ Quarter (Durban) +27 82 622 6902 DJ Mixmaster (Durban) +27 83 994 6389 DJ Worx (Pietermaritzburg) +27 72 557 5339 Durban DJs (Durban) +27 31 209 1584 Entertainment Today (Durban) +27 31 462 0499 / +27 82 442 8346 Executive DJs (Durban) +27 72 140 1616 Mooi River Dance Group Zulu Dancers (Midlands) +27 78 054 2561 Sound Unique (Durban) +27 82 924 5837 The Wedding DJ (Durban) +27 82 874 0352

paper Goods and stationery By Invitation (Durban) +27 82 875 5551 Cassandra Kidson Design (Durban) +27 82 978 8875 / +27 33 396 5568 Crystal Print (Durban) +27 31 205 7284 / +27 82 417 4668 Delicious Design (Durban) +27 72 449 0248 I Do (Durban) +27 82 494 4373 Inviting Cards (Durban) +27 82 737 9969 Paper Trail (Pietermaritzburg) +27 83 556 8665 Save the Date (Durban) +27 79 469 4282 Very Inviting (Durban) +27 31 312 7582

pHotoGrapHy and videoGrapHy Brett Florens (Durban) +27 31 563 0489 Filmco Video Photographers (Durban) +27 32 537 6449 Heather Fitchet (Durban) +27 84 583 2957 Ivor Hamilton Photographer (Durban) +27 83 272 0726 Jacki Bruniquel Photography (Midlands) +27 82 642 8547 Justin Erasmus Photography (Durban) +27 31 763 4375 Kelly Daniels (Durban) +27 84 511 9991 Oliver Twist Productions (Durban) +27 83 235 6421 Pieter Clarke Photography (Pietermaritzburg) +27 76 196 4166 Saysha Baker Photography (Pietermaritzburg) +27 82 678 9804 Spectrum Photography (Durban) +27 72 431 3006 Studio Elle Wedding Films (Newcastle) +27 82 449 6870 Tink Photography (Midlands) +27 82 333 7937

transport Coastal Limo Hire (Durban) +27 32 945 3475 First Car Rental (Durban) +27 86 117 8227 Mount Edgecombe Limo Service (Durban) +27 31 502 1971 Weddings Etc – Vintage Car Hire (Kloof) +27 74 111 9433

venues Beverly Hills (Umhlanga) +27 31 561 2211 Coastlands on The Ridge Boutique Hotel (Durban) +27 31 271 8200 Collisheen Estate (Durban) +27 32 947 0198 Durban Country Club (Durban) +27 31 313 1777 Grand Manor Garden (Tongaat) +27 32 945 4671 Netherwood (Midlands) +27 33 266 7132 Riverside Hotel (Durban) +27 31 563 0600 Sica’s Guest House, Berea (Durban) +27 31 261 2768 Talloula (Durban) +27 31 777 1586 The Quarters Hotel (Durban) +27 31 303 5246 The Royal Hotel (Durban) +27 31 333 6000 Upton Hall (Durban) +27 31 303 7987 Verbara Forest Lodge (Durban) +27 32 947 9010

weddinG planners Delyse Wade Coordinator (Durban) +27 82 877 4111 Emily Lockhart (Midlands) +27 84 468 9890 Etc Events (Durban) +27 83 653 7900 EventCo (Durban) +27 84 511 6834 Functions for Africa (Durban) +27 31 205 2211 Just Jade (Durban) +27 83 262 2200 Margie Stott Weddings (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 396 3336 Serene Bride Wedding (Durban) +27 83 635 8149 Talloula (Durban) +27 31 205 0706 The Perfection (Durban) +27 76 466 3232 Timeless Wedding (Durban) +27 82 560 8653

Tips for getting married in this area • Extend the wedding celebrations by heading over to The Elephant Coast, well known for its sea life, including whales and turtles. • Some might prefer The Zulu Kingdom’s North Coast, also known as the Dolphin Coast. This is the playground of bottlenose dolphins that frolic in the waters close to shore, and they are visible all year round. |


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getting Married in the cape: Cape Town and the Winelands

Picture: Melanie Mare Photography

Cape Town apart from its alluring beauty has the added bonus of being the new seventh wonder. It has some of the most amazing beaches, perfect for saying ‘I do’ near the shore

Bar ServiceS Barcode Mobile (Mobile) +27 82 568 6969 Bar Motion Mobile Bars (Mobile) +27 86 193 7625 Blend Eventlife (Mobile) +27 21 706 0642

cakeS Cake Couture (Cape Town) +27 72 358 0623 Cake Town (Winelands) +27 82 847 3022 Lady Lucy’s Kitchen (Cape Town) +27 73 659 8718 Mrs Jones Cakes (Welgemoed) +27 83 263 7497 Rozanne’s Cakes (Stellenbosch) +27 72 259 4790 The Secret Ingredient (Cape Town) +27 83 711 9218 Wades Cakes (Cape Town) +27 21 685 5041



Wendy McLeod Cake Design (Cape Town) +27 82 927 7261

catering Forest44 (Cape Town) +27 21 880 0293 Dial-a-Picnic (Cape Town) +27 82 789 5478 Salt & Pepper Catering (Cape Town) +27 21 982 3727 Stir Food (Stellenbosch) +27 76 028 1041 Stir Food (Cape Town) +27 79 396 4049 / +27 82 414 3180 The Gourmet Chef (Cape Town) +27 21 712 8639 / +27 82 495 4148 Verve Caterers and Event (Cape Town) +27 21 801 8378

Décor A Vintage Affair (Somerset West)

+27 83 551 9115 Blooming Wonderful (Somerset West) +27 82 332 8588 Classy Hire (Cape Town) +27 21 872 4922 Confetti Hire (Cape Town) +27 82 777 6279 Décor Hire (Cape Town) +27 21 863 3635 / +27 21 516 0547 Dine Décor and Flowers (Worcester) +27 23 347 4923 In and Out Events (Cape Town) +27 21 870 1606 La Maison House of Parties (Cape Town) +27 21 981 9040 Leengoed (Cape Town) +27 83 625 0275 That Little Shop (Countrywide) +27 21 555 0917 Top Table (Cape Town) +27 21 447 4000

Flowers Flamboijant (Bonnievale) +27 84 799 1773 Flowers in the Foyer (Cape Town) +27 21 887 8138 Foci Function Concepts (Cape Town) +27 21 946 4700 Jenny B (Cape Town) +27 21 686 3182 Lol’s (Cape Town) +27 82 875 3521 Oh So Divine Flowers (Cape Town) +27 21 592 4632 / +27 21 887 9904 Special Events (Stellenbosch) +27 82 578 5080 The Flower Cottage (Cape Town) +27 21 886 5296

GiFts and Favours Charmed Simplicity (Stellenbosch) +27 83 455 0774 Presles (Cape Town) +27 21 672 3142 Sugarbird Wedding Favours (Cape Town) +27 21 786 1236

Gowns 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 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 Rene H Couture (Cape Town) +27 82 908 3994 Special Occasions (Cape Town) +27 21 948 0870

Hair and Make-up All Made Up (Cape Town) +27 21 715 6096 Be Premiere (Stellenbosch) +27 21 876 4944 Beauty by Erane (Cape Town) +27 84 524 5741 Carla Abrahams (Cape Town) +27 21 671 5611 Donna Hay (Cape Town) +27 21 557 1480 Exquisite Look (Cape Town) +27 79 509 2036 Jenro Beauty (Cape Town) +27 76 546 9075 Le Hair Lounge (Stellenbosch) +27 21 883 8323 Mariaan Enslin (Cape Town) +27 72 341 5650 Marli Basson Professional Hair and Make-up (Winelands) +27 79 515 1304 Merlene Joy (Somerset West) + 27 83 384 8198 Powder Puff Hair & Make-up (Cape Town)

+27 82 466 2429 Robyn Leigh Elford (Cape Town) +27 21 712 4016 Sanmarie (Stellenbosch) +27 83 749 3118 Yulia Shimmer (Cape Town) +27 76 085 8667

Music and entertainMent Deejays Music (Paarl) +27 21 872 1110 K and Double B (Cape Town) +27 21 438 9177 Silk Music (Cape Town) +27 73 257 7612 Trilogy Music (Cape Town) +27 21 671 0403 Triste (Cape Town) +27 21 712 7765 Your DJ (Cape Town) +27 82 853 3528

paper Goods and stationery Lily Young Couture Wedding Stationary (Cape Town) +27 12 348 1311 Little Works Design Studio (Cape Town) +27 21 701 6113 Secret Diary Designs (Cape Town) +27 21 914 7224 Susan Brand (Winelands) +27 84 240 3319 Wedding Poetry (Cape Town) +27 21 975 6561

pHotoGrapHy and videoGrapHy Alice Swan Photography (Cape Town) +27 79 571 5076 Annemari Ruthven Photography (Cape Town) +27 82 822 7197 BMG Wedding Cinema (Cape Town) +27 21 851 6388 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 Missing Piece Films (Cape Town) +27 21 461 2704 Nikolai P Photography (Cape Town) +27 72 223 3805

transport Cape Town Carriage Company (Cape Town) +27 21 704 6907/8 Limousine Hire (Cape Town) +27 86 111 4683 Motor Classic Rentals (Cape Town) +27 21 461 7368 Status Luxury Vehicle Hire (Cape Town) +27 21 510 0108 Wine Valley Horse Trails (Paarl) +27 21 869 8687

venues Delvera (Stellenbosch) +27 21 884 4352 Dornier Wine (Stellenbosch) +27 21 880 0557 Dutch Manor (Cape Town) + 27 21 422 4767 Holden Manz Wine Estate (Franschhoek) +27 21 876 2738 Kleinevalleij Wedding and Conference Centre (Paarl) +27 21 873 0075 Lagoon Beach Hotel (Cape Town) +27 21 528 2000 Landtscap (Stellenbosch) +27 21 865 2736 Langkloof Roses (Wellington) +27 21 864 1014 Le Manoir de Brendel (Franschhoek) +27 21 876 4525 MolenVliet Wine and Guest Estate (Stellenbosch) +27 21 885 1597 Rhebokskloof Wine Estate ( Cape Town) +27 21 869 8386 Val de Vie Estate (Paarl) +27 21 863 6120 Weberburg Guest House (Cape Town) +27 21 881 3636

weddinG planners Blank Canvas (Winelands) +27 79 508 0916 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 Simply Perfect (Cape Town) +27 21 851 0780 Someday Soon (Cape Town) +27 82 708 8437 Wedding and Design (Cape Town) +27 21 872 4946

Tips for getting married in this area

• The Cape has a Mediterranean climate. Winters are cool and wet and the summers are dry and hot. Summer weather varies between 20 and 26 degrees Celsius. Average winter temperature is a high temperature of 17 degrees and a minimum temperature of 8 degrees Celsius. • Rainy season: Winter • While in the Cape, enjoy being a stone’s throw away from the merger of two oceans, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. • Cape Town is a sophisticated city with a lot of heritage. An example is the Green Point lighthouse in Mouille Point – the oldest active lighthouse in South Africa and a great photographic opportunity. |



Getting Married in the Eastern Cape:

Port Elizabeth, East London and the Garden Route

Picture: janeke wissekerke

Choosing to say your vows is in the Eastern Cape is one of the best things you can ever do. The province is home to the romantic Wild Coast and has some of the most idyllic beaches in South Africa


The Tin House Café (Knysna) +27 44 382 2761

Shake and Strain Liquid Catering (Port Elizabeth) +27 73 787 9933 Shaker Events (Mobile) +27 21 422 1574


CAKES Amazing Cakes (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 360 6943 House of Bakes (Port Elizabeth) +27 84 679 7874 Le Dèlice at Tramonto (George) +27 44 870 7150 (East London) +27 43 735 1155 Sweet Somethings (Port Elizabeth) +27 83 763 8179 The Baking Shop (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 581 0509 The Cake Lady (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 371 7235 The Cake Studio (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 464 3442



Angie’s Cuisine (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 583 1456 Cassie’s Catering (Port Elizabeth) +27 81 444 3827 Chef Leesha Potts at Tramonto (Knysna) +27 44 870 7150 Good Fellas (Port Elizabeth) +27 86 143 3552 Imagination Food Design (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 581 3812 Kei Catering Services CC (East London) +27 43 726 9172 Roots to Branches (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 364 3272 Shake and Strain Liquid Catering (Port Elizabeth) +27 73 787 9933 Werner’s Spitbraais (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 360 7803

DÉCOR Angelic Wonders (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 379 5331 Designer Decor Rental (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 365 2052 Draping Creations (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 966 1251 Ecozest (Knysna) +27 44 382 1801 Madiba Bay Events (Port Elizabeth) +27 76 035 1882 Roots to Branches (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 364 3272

FLOWERS Abfab Function and Floral Stylists (Knysna) +27 82 569 8974 Casa Rose (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 581 3839 Nina Roses (George) +27 44 874 5598 / 9 Pollen (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 581 8284

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Rhubarb Flower Company (George) +27 44 874 5108 Stephanie & Janine’s Florist (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 373 8841 The Flower Shop (Plettenberg Bay) +27 44 533 3492

L Designs (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 424 0527 LMB Blushing Bride Designs CC (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 377 5111 Lorette Designs (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 581 5775

Gifts and favours

Hair and Make-up

Beautiful Beginnings (Mobile) +27 82 447 2414 Fotoh!Food (Knysna ) +27 44 384 0030 Sugarbird Wedding Favours (Mobile) +27 21 786 1236

Hair by Elaine of London (Knysna) +27 44 382 4191 Iris Gomez Make-up Artist (Port Elizabeth) +27 79 702 2379 Ivana Bertoni (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 379 3011 Mandy’s Hair Studio (East London) +27 43 731 1085 MC Make up Artist & Image Stylist (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 829 8983 Michelle Marx Make-up (Port Elizabeth) +27 83 380 5101 Nine on Gray (Knysna) +27 44 382 1919 Samuel Beck Hairdressing (Jeffrey’s Bay) +27 42 293 3103 Spraytan (Countrywide)

Gowns Besters Bridal Boutique (Knysna) +27 82 268 1354 Brides and More (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 585 0517 Carelina (George) +27 44 874 3452 Janine Oates (East London) +27 43 740 4493 Janine Oates Couture (East London) +27 43 721 1217

+27 21 557 5279 Strands of Joy (George) +27 44 874 6671 Theano (Port Elizabeth) +27 72 281 5269 The Art of Make-up (George) +27 82 584 2819 Wilna Allpass Professional Make-up Artist (George) +27 44 873 5107

Music and entertainMent Davey Mac (Knysna) +27 44 343 2825 Elite Entertainment (Mobile) +27 82 678 7999 Imagine Mobile (Mobile) +27 71 277 5700 Jazz Quartet (Mobile) +27 72 996 5828

paper Goods B-Unique +27 84 456 0187 Lacush (Grahamstown) +27 82 454 8242

Paper Shaper (Garden Route) +27 84 430 5225

pHotoGrapHers Charmaine Rowe Photography (Port Elizabeth) +27 83 452 4758 Creative Film Productions (George) +27 44 873 3947 / +27 72 158 5166 Debbie Louw Photography (Port Elizabeth) +27 84 271 0885 Digby Owen Photography and Video (Port Elizabeth) +27 83 406 3126 Full Circle Photography (Port Elizabeth) +27 83 886 9429 Ingrid Marais Photography (Port Elizabeth) +27 84 554 3034 Judith Doubell Photography (Grahamstown) +27 71 554 0258 Lauren Claire Photography (Port Elizabeth) +27 79 359 9273 Liza Wigley Photography (Knysna) +27 44 877 0869 Michael Sheehan (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 550 4800


excellent exclusive elegant

Northcliff Head Office: +27 82 852 6285 Bloemfontein: +27 83 704 0868 Cape Town: +27 84 683 0222 Centurion: +27 79 491 1716 Durban: +27 71 509 3223 George: +27 72 609 1353 Houghton: +27 83 602 0822 Namibia: +264 81 288 7777 Port Elizabeth:+27 82 964 1681

Wedding directory Michelle Photography & Videography (George) +27 84 600 6048 Pixelume Photography (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 839 4959 Shannon Bradfield (East London) +27 83 650 3548 Studio 68 (Port Elizabeth) +27 72 560 2245

TransporT Garden Route Vintage Cars (Garden Route) +27 73 512 8160 Humewood Wedding Cars (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 585 9781 Terence Car Hire (Mobile) +27 82 085 4047

Venues African Sky (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 379 5002 Conrad Pezula and Spa (Knysna) +27 44 302 3333 Crawford Beach Lodge (Port Elizabeth) +27 43 738 5000 Die Waenhuis Guest House (George) +27 44 874 0034 / +27 83 461 9302



Fairview Homestead (Knysna) +27 82 226 9406 Fancourt (George) +27 44 804 0432 Hacklewood Hill Country House (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 581 1300 Lake De La Vie Country Estate (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 379 3115 Le Domaine (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 379 2800 Morgan Bay Hotel (Port Elizabeth) +27 43 841 1062 Nikalandershoek Guest Farm (Port Elizabeth) +27 42 283 0906 Quarry Lake Inn (East London) +27 43 707 5400 / +27 83 273 8805 Shanel’s Country Estate (East London) +27 43 730 7498 Slipperfields (Port Elizabeth) +27 71 856 5787 The Boma (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 366 1591 The Garden Café (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 553 0091 The Plantation (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 366 1591

Thornycroft Lodge (East London) +27 43 730 7300 Tramonto Function Venue (George) +27 44 870 7150 / 7798

Wedding planners Confetti Events (Port Elizabeth) +27 84 513 3599 Jupiter Afrika (Port Elizabeth)

+27 84 512 0155 Weddings by Marius (Knysna) +27 44 382 3579 Wedding Ideas Eastern Cape (Port Elizabeth) +27 72 937 5003 Wedding Wizz (Knysna) +27 82 787 1427 Wilma Fourie at Tramonto (George)+27 44 870 7150

Tips for getting married in this area

• Summer in the Eastern Cape starts in November. Summer temperatures range from 17 to 28 degrees Celsius. It seldom gets very hot in the region. In winter the temperatures range between 7 and 20 degrees Celsius. • Port Elizabeth and East London both get summer rain. The Garden Route shares a similar winter climate to Cape Town but has much less wind in summer and with rainfall throughout the year. • After the formal wedding fun, spread your wings with the Featherbed experience. Featherbed is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only. • Newlyweds who are nature junkies might enjoy the exquisite forests of The Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail. This southern Cape hiking paradise journeys through lush indigenous afromontane forest and mountain fynbos.



Wonderment From the sparkling turquoise waters of Zanzibar and luxurious bush lodges around Africa, all the way to the highest peaks in Italy, we have plenty destinations to whet your appetite when it comes to choosing your honeymoon spot






Additional words: Lerato Mogoatlhe, Additional pictures: Africa Stay and Thompsons

It’s one of the most beautiful coastal getaways in Africa. Powder soft beach sand, warm azure waters and the Swahili culture make this island an enchanting destination. Words and photographs Channay Harvey


eing in Zanzibar on any given occasion is amazing – the island has earned its place among the world’s most popular destinations with pristine beaches, centuries’ old heritage and the classic look and feel of an earthly paradise. Narrow streets curve at awkward corners and a chorus of “Karibu!” – the Swahili word for welcome – follow travellers around the island. Being here on honeymoon is romantic. The resorts in the northern and eastern parts of Zanzibar are secluded and private, which makes for an intimate stay on the island. You get to be adventurous, to relax on the beach with a cocktail, to be on the back of a scooter sightseeing, or to indulge in massages and sunset cruises.

Welcome to paradise At sunset in Stone Town, the area around the jetty bursts into a hive of activity with rows of tables set up for the nightly feast – dinner at Forodhani Gardens. The smells of fresh seafood being grilled, the melodic sounds of Swahili, and the odd “Sawubona” the guides shout when they discover South Africans, is part of what makes Zanzibar such an alluring destination. It’s watching the sun sink into the ocean that makes being here feel like paradise. We find our fantasy travel experience at Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa. The Hideaway features expansive rooms, each with a private balcony, and tropical garden with ocean views. The fact that Nungwi is considered to be one the most beautiful beaches on Zanzibar, with no tide, adds to the excitement of being here. The place is made for pleasure, with leisure options that include long beach walks, re-energising and relaxing body treatments at the spa, steam baths and sundowners of the island’s signature cocktail, dawa.

Seven things to do in Zanzibar Explore Stone Town: The heart of the Swahili coast is a mix of culture and cosmopolitan influences. Get lost in narrow alleys, bargain hunt at the Darajani market for a slice of local shopping experience, gawk at the famous centuries’ old Zanzibar doors, visit museums that used |


to be Sultans’ palaces, and dine in true Zanzibar style at the Forodhani Gardens night market. Stone Town is also a cultural hub with the Sauti za Busara music festival in February and the Zanzibar International Film Festival in July. Snorkel at Mnemba Island: Zanzibar offers some of the best snorkelling locations in East Africa. Mnemba Island, an hour’s boat ride away from Stone Town, is considered the best spot for exploring reefs with thousands of exotic creatures, including blue ribbon-tail rays, green turtles, firefish and clownfish. Swim with the dolphins: Kizimakazi, in the north, is where people go for the truly unique experience of swimming with dolphins. The population is big enough to make spotting bottlenose and humpback dolphins easy. Spice tours: Zanzibar is also known as the Spice Island for the many plantations where almost every herb and spice you can think of is grown, including vanilla and saffron. Tours last three hours, and feature trips to farms and a spicy lunch served on a banana leaf. Kendwa Rocks: It’s not the Ibiza of Africa as locals insist, still Kendwa, a place so beautiful that being here feels surreal, knows how to party. The full moon parties are epic. Dhow safari: Go on a full-day excursion to Prison Island to see the remains of the prison built to condemn Zanzibari citizens to isolation. Watch the giant tortoises shuffle through the trees, then set sail to the Pange sandbank for a picnic.




Highlights • Silk Route Restaurant hits the spot when it comes to Indian food. The ambiance is calming with soft lights highlighting some beautiful décor, while the service is attentive without being overbearing. • Visit Dunga Ruins, the remains of the palace that was built in 1845 by King Mohammed bin Ahmed el Alawi. This amazing palace is a two-storey structure that’s set around a central courtyard. It contains a mosque, bathrooms and houses for retainers. • Flying around Zanzibar is no doubt one of the best ways to absorb a great deal of the island in a very short span of time. You can fly in a micro-light aircraft over some areas, including Stone Town and parts of the ocean that are known for their whale and dolphin populations.

Getting there Visa: 50 USD payable only in dollars. You won’t be allowed in without a signed yellow fever card. Flights: SAA and Mango offer direct flights from Johannesburg to Zanzibar. Great deals Africa Stay: Contact +27 11 880 3079 | Thompsons: Contact +27 11 770 7700 | |


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Zambia The first Relais & Châteaux property in Zambia, Royal Chundu is a haven of beauty. Two luxurious lodges are situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls. Rooms: There are four magnificent villas at Island Lodge. Each villa has a spectacular deck, a large open-air bath, a glass-walled double

shower as well as air-conditioning, a fan, mosquito net and a kingsize bed. There’s an intimate boma area for outdoor evening meals, two lounges, a dining room, private dining decks and an infinity pool. The experience: Island Lodge is the more private of the two lodges. It’s surrounded by gentle river channels, dotted with baobabs and 2,000-year-old jackalberry trees. Contact +27 13 751 1038 |

Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve

Northern Cape A gateway to the Kalahari and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, it’s situated in the upper reaches of the Northern Cape province near Kuruman, some 300km north-west of Kimberley. Rooms: The motse (‘village’ in Tswana) consists of eight spacious and secluded legae (another Tswana word, for ‘little house’) or suites. Each comprises a spacious bedroom with an open fire, an en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower, and a dressing and study area. Your private sundeck overlooks a waterhole. The experience: Owned by the Oppenheimer family, it’s South Africa’s largest private game reserve, covering over 100,000 hectares and featuring exotic animal species such as the desert black rhino. And seeing that the Kalahari is the ancestral home of the San people (Bushman), some of their ancient rock engravings are found here. Contact +27 53 781 9331 |



Sundibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Botswana Situated on the south-eastern border of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, this venue is well known for its waterways, rich wildlife and water species. Rooms: The venue has eight thatched cottages built under the wild palms and figs; you can watch wandering animals from the comfort of your room. There are en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers as well as a dressing area. Hot water bottles are provided on cold nights. The experience: Game drives are accompanied by an armed guide and tracker. Guests can track the Big Five and other animals like the sitatunga antelope. Or learn about how the elephant is vital to the survival of the fan palm. Contact +27 21 749 9050 |



Club Med

France, Italy & Switzerland Experience Club Med’s contemporary resorts set in the spectacular Alps. Ski in some of the largest domains of the world and enjoy magnificent views of snow-capped mountains. The experience: We recommend the Val d’Isere Club Med hotel on the border between France and Italy. This Savoyard ski resort, situated at an altitude of over 1,850m, has long been the haunt of champions and boasts a vast terrace overlooking the Espace Killy. Rooms: Ordinary rooms are tiny, so upgrade to the 5 Trident Luxury Space if you have the money. And in this Club Med you don’t have to get involved with the evening shows if you don’t want to. It has a huge stage with theatrestyle seating and the bar is at the top, so you can just hang out there. Contact +27 11 840 2600 |

St Regis Aspen Resort

Aspen A contemporary version of a mountainside manor that provides an exceptional base for lovers of fine food and wine and adventure seekers. Located just steps from Aspen’s signature slopes, and featuring premier amenities. The experience: With plenty outdoor adventures, Aspen is arguably North America’s top skiing destination. The town’s cosmopolitan ambience is a result of world-class restaurants, chic boutiques and cultured performances. Rooms: Emulating a guest suite in a historic late 19th century mountain manor, each room is fitted with custom furnishings, including a leather bed and desk designed by Ralph Lauren. Exquisite marble bathrooms offer separate showers and tubs, and there are fireplaces and balconies in select rooms. Contact +01 (970) 920 3300 |

Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa

Argentina Situated at Tierra del Fuego (an archipelago off the southernmost tip of the South American mainland, across the Strait of Magellan), you can sail along the mythical Beagle Channel, appreciate sunset at Bahía Cauquén, explore the national park and enjoy typical Patagonian cuisine. Oh yes! And you can ski almost the entire year round. The experience: The hotel is situated in Ushuaia, close to Cerro Castor (Mount Castor), a medium-sized resort with great views, excellent snow conditions, modern chair lifts and lots of après ski dining. It has much more reliable snow than Las Lenas and Baraloche. Rooms: The Senior Suites are the most comfortable rooms, with a view on the channel, and they contain every kind of equipment and amenity, including a separate living room, private deck-terrace and big hydromassage in a separate area. Contact +54 11 4735 2648 | |


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Good Advice Food makes an event, making the perfect menu all the more important on your wedding day. Karen Short of By Word of Mouth, Ntokazi Nkosi from Ntokazi Events & Catering and Alan Venketramen from Alan’s Creations, tell you how to plan a menu, which questions to ask a caterer, and share other important pointers to make catering for your wedding a pleasure

Getting started The first thing to consider when you are catering for a wedding – which Ntokazi says can be as expensive as it can be memorable – is your budget.

Karen: Your budget determines everything,

from your venue to what to serve and when to serve it. This should be the first step of planning your wedding, yet many brides start with everything but money; choosing their wedding theme, venue, guests and what to wear before they even know how much money they can afford to spend, including on catering. My advice is that you must choose a date, book a venue and then draw a budget for everything related to your wedding, including catering.

Alan: Catering is also influenced by your

Good food on a budget

Karen: You can serve a beautiful breakfast or have a cocktail party. Plated menus are often cheaper than buffets because the portions are controlled. Generally, the cheapest weddings are going to take place in winter because you can negotiate with suppliers in winter. Use seasonal ingredients.

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What to plate

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Ntokazi: If you have a tight budget, consider a morning ceremony that could be followed by tea, cake and champagne. People eat and drink less during the day and lunches or brunches can consist of less expensive foods such as finger foods and salads.

choice of venue and what’s included in the deal, like chairs, linen, cutlery etc. So start with your venue, and then let that help you determine how you are going to cater for your wedding.

Ntokazi: Choose a menu that is familiar to your guests so they can enjoy the food you are serving on your wedding day. Some foods are crowd pleasers, loved by everyone. It’s important for you to also remember that presentation is crucial: warm food should be served warm, cold food should be cold. Karen: Your food must reflect you as a person. Some key pointers to consider are having a simpler menu for a big wedding, 176

and incorporating the wedding cake into the menu to be served with tea or coffee after the meal. Another consideration is serving a late-night snack for weddings that go on until late at night.

someone who can cook for 12 people and someone who can cater at a wedding. Make sure the person or company you choose has experience – go to their websites to see what they have to offer and what work they have done. Go inspect their facilities, ask if they have basic equipment like a truck fridge, and make sure their basic health standards are in check. It’s also very important to taste the menu before the day: this way you will know what your guests will be eating.

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Nubian Bride Issue 8  
Nubian Bride Issue 8  

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