SENZO & OLIVIA MYEZA
“Honeymooned in Malaysia for a week then on to Melbourne to spend more time with my family and friends.” A LOVE of music and a passion for community upliftment brought Olivia and Senzo together. They first met when Olivia was on a study tour to South Africa with an Australian aid and development organisation. How long did it take to plan your wedding? We had a long engagement of 18 months to allow friends and family from Australia time to save up money and leave. 30 of my family and best friends made the trip. We did all the planning ourselves and made every single decision together. Theme/colour scheme? Purple, with some silver thrown in too. Our theme was 12 words: love, peace, hope, faith, laugh, happy, joy, dream, inspire, dance, sing and smile. They were on our invitations; used as our table names and on the cup cakes. They represent everything that we hope our marriage will contain. Why Bella Vista as your venue? It was local. It has the most stunning view of the Valley of 1000 Hills where Senzo is from and where I fell in love with South Africa (and him!); their prices were competitive and a ‘one stop shop’ who managed our décor, food and even our flowers. What worked best? Everything worked like a dream! Something special was that the bridal retinue didn’t walk down the aisle – they all danced in one after another – including Senzo. Then we changed the music and my father and I entered, just walking though! The dancing set the tone for the whole celebration. Any interesting or extra special guests? Our choir, Connection Choir, attended as our friends and they performed a number of songs. They are amazing and got everybody up and dancing! Unique aspects? It was the coming together of three cultures – Australian, Zulu and Sotho as Senzo’s father is Sotho and his mother is Zulu. We incorporated aspects of each culture into the wedding, and it worked beautifully.
42 • REAL BRIDES • 1 March 2012
Published on May 6, 2012
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