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A Gorgeous Sotho Bride In A Stunning Xhosa Cape Dress

The idea behind (Sotho Bride) Mmabatho’s Xhosa dress was inspired by two dresses she found on Pinterest. If you’re not on Pinterest and are planning a wedding you’re missing out big time. There are many ideas that you can implement for your on Pinterest. Click here to follow Bontle Bride’s Boards.

It’s not often that we get to hear from the groom. Sometimes we forget that men get excited about getting married too. When I received this gorgeous wedding from Kevin Halama of Hamala Ink Media, I was excited. It was refreshing to hear the groom’s perspective. ENJOY!


The Love Story
Groom: Back in high school, I was friends with her older brother and that is how I met her. At that times I had no intentions at all, and years went by without seeing her. I went to tertiary for my studies in Port Elizabeth and came back to Jozi on a full-time basis in the year 2010. In 2011 I saw her around the neighbourhood with her friend and asked for her contacts just to keep in touch. I think two weeks later I visited her and also asked her to accompany me to a closing function dinner at work and after that, I can safely say she was signed, sealed and delivered to the Bukali clan.sotho bride

The Proposal
After dating for about 2 years, one morning when we woke up and having our pillow chats, I told her I’ve decided to send my elders to pay lobola so she can be officially welcomed to my family.sotho bride

Sotho Bride In A Stunning Xhosa Cape Dress

The Planning Process

BrideThe planning process was very exciting and interesting, as I have done proper research on how to plan for the wedding, although at times it was stressful due unforeseen circumstances.

Groom: I must admit my wife did most of the planning process. I had my fair share of duties and other issues to handle and it was a seamless process for me.sotho bridesotho bride

The Suppliers
In terms of suppliers, I tried my utmost best to keep the Rand circulating amongst black people, as I believe black suppliers are capable of delivering quality service and therefore black businesses should always be supported before even thinking about taking money outside the neighbourhood. The ceremony was an outdoor garden set-up in a beautiful venue by the name of Medley House in Brakpan and the reception was held at home to cater for the people and experience a homely support wedding by everyone.

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I have always been advocating for traditional weddings, and in that sense, we decided to fuse both our cultures into our 2 days wedding celebration. On Friday we embraced the Sotho culture from my wife’s side and Saturday we embraced my Xhosa culture.sotho bridesotho bride in south African wedding

Memorable Moment
Yhooo…I think the whole day was just pure bliss, particularly when we were announced as Mr & Mrs Bukali by the pastor.sotho bride in south african weddingsotho bridesotho bride

Bride: I did a bit of research then I found some dresses on a site called Pinterest. I ended up incorporating two dresses into one which came out beautifully as I looked like a goddess. LOL!!! Honestly, I didn’t cry I was just amazed at how beautiful I was.

Groom: Lol…maybe this question applies to me as well since I was wearing a Xhosa traditional skirt. Anyway, we went for traditional attires.sotho Bride

Saves And Splashes
I think the décor mostly and I’m not sure about the saving part…

Bride: My advice would be that before you get married start saving as soon as possible to avoid doing things on credit. Enjoy planning your wedding, seek more quotations/ or do more research. Communicate on everything and lastly do what will make the both of you happy.

Groom: Plan your wedding properly and do what makes you happy without being bullied by anyone in terms of what your wedding should be like.

“We are looking forward creating our own marriage with our own rules.”Day 2

The Creative’

 -Decor: Fri and Matrimony – Andi Dlamini from vividsight events
Sat – Nelson from Mvula Events and Co-Ordination
– Overflow decor: Nhlakanipho Brave Bukali from Planka
– Cakes: Beverly Sharp from The Cake Boutique Benoni
– Attire: Fri – Mmamohapi from Mebala Couture in Menlyn Mall
Sat: Kelebogile Ginger Mokoena and Mandla Mokoena
– T-Shirts: Zwaisome Ka Jongwe from One-Day Sopopa Brand
– Make up: Fri – Faith and Sat: Facebeatbymphomoe
– Catering: Nombuyiselo and Tshepo from Mlindo’s Restaurant 
– Catering equipment: Itumeleng Simanye Mokoma Malothe and Sifiso Burbul Bovet
– Photography: Kevin Halama from Hamala Ink Media and Ntokozo Cash-in Mabuza
– Videography: Thando Bukali
– Sound System: Nyakallo Xaba
– Band: The Movement by Nhlanhla Mazibuko Mbali Zethu Madoda Jafta MziziJudah Ngwenya Sibusiso Bojas Xaba
– Deejays: Thabo Mokoena MrSpend DjSpend BabNdwandwe Matthews Nunu Mnyakeni Themba Malankane Nkosi Deej Rooi
– Toilet Hire: Jongizizwe Dlabathi
– Fridge Hire: Bra Marks from 10921 Fumba Street K/T

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