I love how diverse Bontle Bride is. These days I’ve been receiving weddings from couples of different cultures and background and it makes me so excited. I have so many gorgeous weddings I’m working on for issue3. I promise you, it’s going to be epic. You wait! It goes on sale Dec1st just the perfect time to bless someone with a digital copy as a Christmas present or simply buy one for yourself. It’s only R37 $1,5 £2.
For today though, I have this stunning multicultural wedding with the bride in Pedi attire. These two met each other in New Zealand(see Bontle Bride is global) and have been inseparable ever since. Enjoy their journey to saying I DO.
How did he propose?
During a walk along the beach during sunset in Fiji
3. Please tell us about your individual cultures. How are weddings celebrated and are there any similarities?
We have been lucky to have been able to merge and blend the two cultures as they are quite different. We’ve had the chance to celebrate via a Traditional Sepedi wedding in Pretoria and a Western wedding in Stellenbosch the following week. The Sepedi wedding was held in Rietvlei game reserve and involved Sepedi traditions and outfits. We celebrated with traditional music and ate traditional food. The Western wedding was held at Cavalli Estate in Stellenbosch and involved a pastor. We wore a traditional white wedding dress and suit. The food was a standard wedding set menu and chart music was played by the DJ. We then decided to mix it up a little later in the evening where we changed into traditional outfits and danced to South African songs and music. We are so happy we were able to celebrate our individual cultures together.
How did you find the planning process?
The planning process was heavily supported and organised by my family in Pretoria. We live in New Zealand so trying to organise the traditional wedding ourselves was challenging.
Was the community involved in helping with the wedding?
My family, friends, and neighbours were the driving force behind the traditional wedding. We literally couldn’t have done it without them and we appreciate their help. Everything from the outfits to the food was carefully planned and executed by them and we couldn’t have wished for a better day – everything was perfect
Marriage is such a big deal, at what point did you know you were ready?
This was an easy one for us, we are best friends and we can’t imagine living without each other. We realised this early on in our relationship, so the moment Andrew proposed, I did not doubt in my mind that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.
Tell us about your suppliers, how did you find them? Would you say your suppliers delivered as promised?
Everything was organised through family and friends so there weren’t many suppliers involved. My mum suggested the venue of “The Big Lapa” at Rietvlei game reserve she couldn’t have picked a better venue. The DJ and photographer were both friends of my sisters. The bride outfit was designed and made by a family friend called Maphele. The groom, the mother and father of the groom and mother and father of the bride’s outfits were all made by Majita Tailors in Randburg.
Did you learn any lessons through your wedding journey?
If so can you tell us of 2 lessons you’ve taken away based on your experience… The journey taught us a lot and brought us closer together. We have learned that patience is key throughout the planning process and that family and friends are so important.
What was the favourite part of the wedding?
The entrance to the venue was special. We entered separately and then came together to dance to our favourite song “Ungowam ft. Ami Faku – De Mogul SA” but seeing all our friends and family celebrating together was truly priceless.
What would you say to couples planning their wedding at the moment? It’s not easy but remember, it will all be worth it in the end!
Now that you are married, has life changed much?
Do you both have the same friends or are you making new ones? If so tell us a little about how you are adjusting… Life is the same as before but we have made new friends along the way. Our friendship groups in South Africa and England have come together and it’s been great to see everyone getting on so well.