2016 has flown by so quickly, it’s scary. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry or do both because I feel like there’s a train moving at a ridiculous speed. I can’t keep up let alone breath. I had to take a step back and reflect on 2016. I thought about all the challenges and triumphs I’ve experienced this year. I’m sure you’ve experienced some challenges and triumphs too. I think we should be thankful for all. As long as we have breath there’s hope that #2017 will be a better year. After all in biblical numerology #17 is a number of victories. So let’s be victorious in 2017.
During my reflections, I also thought of weddings that graced these pages. Every one of them beautiful beyond measure. Therefore, it was so hard to pick 10. I love the diversity of the blog. There’s something for every bride, even the ones who prefer white weddings instead of cultural weddings.
The first wedding to hit Bontle Bride (known as Pure wedding blog then) in 2016 was Bianca and Regan wedding. The prayer moments at this wedding were so beautiful, I had to feature them.
After Bianca and Regan nuptials, it was Phil and Mo’s turn. Although their initial photographer let them down, they found Christine Joy Harding. She did such an amazing job they’d recommend her to anyone. Their wedding was mostly western however they sang many traditional songs.
And then we were taken on a journey to Eastern Cape by Henry Dillion photography for Nwabisa and Mzi’s Xhosa wedding. When I first saw their wedding, I was struck by how beautiful their attire looked.
At this point, I thought it couldn’t get better than this but along came Katlego and Lebogang. Although their Rustenburg wedding was traditional, they added a modern twist to their theme.
Thoko and Lucky seriously made my blog look stylish. Their gorgeous wedding at Avianto left me speechless. I caught myself smiling as I went through their pictures.
And then we were spoiled with yet another Xhosa wedding. This bride wanted her wedding to be entirely Xhosa. Nothing modern just proper Xhosa culture at its best.
After that Xhosa wedding, A Zulu bride came so eloquently to bring inspiration for those planning a Zulu wedding. She looked so radiant in her custom made dress. Look here for the whole wedding.
Vuyolwethu and Buntu’s wedding took us to Port Elizabeth where they said I do in a stylish way at running waters venue.
Off we went to New York for this New York Meets Africa Wedding. This bride broke all the rules of the normal stereotypes of what a wedding in NewYork should look like. She shared her African roots with her New York guests and loved every bit of it. A reminder to be authentically you.
A Summary Of #2016 Weddings
Rachel and Tshepo showed us how to plan, style and execute a wedding with the help of family and friends. Rachel said she was no expert, however, judging from what she’s achieved I’d beg to differ. She’s so talented.
Last but certainly no least is Ntokozo and King. This is one of those weddings that pierced my heart. Glad for Ntokozo & King but sad for all the pain they went through to get to the altar. If ever there’s a reminder that love wins then this couple is a living testimony to that very fact. If you’ve not yet read their story click here
Big THANKS to every couple, every photographer and all the creatives who make it all happen. And to you my gorgeous readers, every like, comment and share don’t go unnoticed. Thank you and a Happy New Year to you and your families.