Katlego and Lebogang celebrated their stunning Rustenburg wedding over the course of two days. The celebrations started at Mabeskraal at the bride’s home and continued at the groom’s home the following day. Katlego’s wedding planner Neo orchestrated their day so beautifully, it’s hard not to fall in love with all details that make this chic Rustenburg wedding a delight to share.
I love that throughout her entire wedding process Katlego was true to herself. She wore dresses that suited her body type, style, and taste. Plus her heritage.
The Proposal Story
It was in 2010 April when we met. We were both at Colliery Training College (CTC) in Witbank doing our underground blasting ticket. There I was chatting with my friends when I saw a light skinned brother from across a footpath LOL. He called out to me saying I must come chat to him. And in true moswenko style, I said NOPE. I said that if he wants to chat he must walk to me! *I was new in Witbank so I didn’t want anybody getting used to me too quickly. Mos the “new girl” in any hood is always a target* LOL
I had also recently damaged my car side mirror and I did ask him to come with me that same weekend to panel beaters. We made a detour to Gold Reef City that weekend. We just clicked like that. We became best of buddies. Always together. Laughing. Eating out. Having fun. We were just great friends. The rest they say is history. LOL.
And that’s how we met. And on a random day, he said I think it’s time we got married. Lets set a date for my uncles to come to your house and start the negotiations. I was excited! Nearly cried. So in December 2013, his parents met with mine to start the process. And so for all intents and purposes were were engaged. But it was not until his uncles first showed up at my house that it was official. He proposed. I was honoured. Of course, I said YES!
The Planning Process
As told by Neo Senne, the event coordinator at @the_hummingbee: “Having being approached by the bride 5/4 months prior to the wedding date, I found it a daunting task as decorating on that scale was new to me and also having to think of two themes for two days. But the bride had unique ideas so it was fun brainstorming with those ideas.”
The Creative/Vendors Selection
As told by Neo Senne, the lady responsible for all my deco and event coordinator at @the_hummingbee: “The bride found me on Instagram having seen the décor I did for my sister. I outsourced the major stuff from LaBoda and Jessies Party tableware and hire –both are based in Rustenburg and we have worked with them before with smaller events. Consumables were outsourced from Mr Price Home and stationary goods were obtained from Creative Minds based in Rustenburg”
One Thing I’d Change
If I could go back and change one thing it would be to restructure the wedding program. I should have added my sister to the wedding program…she has been my best friend and my rock. She has held me together more times than I can remember and has helped me to find the center in me. And introduced me to my spiritual awakening. I love how she appreciates all cultures. A real queen I tell you. I would have loved to hear her speak on our wedding day.
”For day 1 the bride had wanted to incorporate the shweshwe pattern she was using for her bridal attire and had actually been distributing a sample to family members and friends so it would create a uniform look on the day of the wedding, unfortunately that particular print was out of stock by the time we needed to use it for table runners. For day 2 the bride initially wanted the Zulu culture incorporated but later changed her mind to Ankara print – which we made minimal use of by using them as part of the napkin pouches –but we created the vibrancy of Ankara with the use of bright bold colours in the floral pieces .”
Our Wedding in 7 Words
Honest. True. Alive. Centered. Cultured. Pure. Beautiful.
The Favourite Moment
When we exchanged our vows at church. I cried right through mine. I felt the presence of God at that time and we are living testimony that His grace is sufficient. I have never felt surer of anything in my life. I was so present and taking all the love in.
The Wedding Style
As told by Neo Senne, the event coordinator at @the_hummingbee: “Day 1 –was a rustic-chic look with use of succulents, babysbreath, and white roses for the floral pieces for a simple colour palette as we didn’t want the shweshwe table runner to be overwhelmed by other elements of décor so we kept it very simple in terms of floral pieces and used clear glass elements to highlight the décor ;
Day 2 – We used Ankara print very scantily and preferred to interpret the bright bold colours of ankara through the floral pieces and we wanted to create something earthy and vintage and included the enamel kettles in mustard as the carriers for the flowers and to accentuate the bright colours we used white linen and white phoenix chairs to create brightness and a clean finish (this theme was the harder of the two )”
A Rustic Chic Rustenburg Wedding Day2
I had 2 dresses designed and custom made. I had an idea of what I wanted and fortunately when I met with my designer @orapelengmodutle we just clicked. I wanted one dress to reflect the tswana letoishi print which I had bought at a store down- town Jozi. And so we opted for a blend of tulle and navy blue accents. It had to be princess-like. I knew certainly wanted to feel like that for the 1st part of our wedding. That dress had to be all things precious, pure and adorable. My 2nd dress I also came with a design and the Ankara print fabric. Showed that to @orapelengmodutle and he added his creativity to it as well. I definitely wanted a cape and to have a regal feel. Like an African queen type with a headwrap. I wanted it to show off my collarbone and neck. My husband always found it fascinating that I have a long neck and I love it.
The Biggest Investment
Our biggest investment was my dresses, deco, photography and our rings. We saved on car hire…used our own car and saved a lot on venue hire. We used our parents’ homes. This was a real saving considering that there were about 500 people who attended.
Advice To Future Brides And Grooms
For future brides and grooms when you start planning your wedding make sure that you do it as a team. You’ll see it will become a team building of sorts and a process to bond. You’ll be able to handle whatever hiccups on the day with ease because you know your partner has your back. And plan a wedding that is a reflection of you and no one else. This will make it so much easier to prioritise what you need and what you can do without as the budget gets tighter and tighter. Tell yourself that nothing can get you down on your wedding day. You guys have spent way too much time and money for your wedding you had better make sure that you have the most fun. That was our motto going in. And we did exactly that.
Photographer: Amy Wolland, http://asaimages.co.za
Venue: Mabeskraal and Phokeng, Rustenburg (Mabeskraal: Bride’s Home, Phoekeng: Groom’s Home)
Dress: Orapeleng Modutle Style Avenue. Instagram: @orapelengmodutle
Suits: Shem Boutique, Rustenburg
Décor/Venue Styling: Neo and Debora Senne. Instagram @the_hummingbee
Flowers: La Boda
Thank you Katlego for sharing your wedding with us. We love it.
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