Stellenbosch Xhosa Wedding

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My family and I went on a sweet adventure this weekend. It was something completely different from what we normally do. We had so much fun and are planning to return before the summer ends. Not only did we burn calories(obsessed with calorie counting these days), I enjoyed spending precious with my family. We had no phones, no internet connection and switched off completely from the mad world of technology.

So our adventure involved a bit of walking around appreciating and picking fruits( oh! the strawberries were gorgeously sweet) and veg. Yes! We went on a farm adventure. I’ve never walked so much in my life. I run an occasional 5k. However, this place was huge. I had no idea the UK had that much land (and owned by one family). Mind you, the farm is in a rural area so for a city girl like me this was a culture shock. I’m not sure how many acres that place is but it’s huge. I didn’t take pictures however next I go I will and blog about it.

Enough about my adventures, today’s wedding is a Stellenbosch Xhosa wedding. It was submitted by the groom (Earl) yay! Grooms read blogs too you know. Earl and his wife planned to have an outside ceremony. However, the rain had other ideas and so they were forced to get married indoors. Below is their beautiful story.Stellenbosch Xhosa Wedding

The Love Story
Our love journey began through our colleagues that knew each other. His first contact with me was through BBM, he got my pin from his colleague (thank God for BBM). We started sharing pictures of each other and got to know each other. After a week of chatting, we had our first date at Marcels, we had frozen yoghurt. I can still remember the day, the scent of his cologne ahh!!! Will never forget it. It was not long until he told me that he is looking for serious relationship and would like to introduce me to his family. After that everything is history, it has been total bliss to have met such an amazing individual who loves unconditionally.Stellenbosch Xhosa Wedding

The Proposal
He proposed on my Birthday 10 April 2015. I did not expect it at all. After a braai in celebration of my birthday, when everyone had left, He went down on one knee and asked me “WILL YOU MARRY ME” I was soo shocked I ran out the door screaming. He followed me and found me in a parking lot and he still went on one knee and asked and YES YES YES!!! I said. The planning process was amazingly beautiful and exciting. The support from each other, friends and families was what made the experience soo memorable.Stellenbosch Xhosa Wedding

Stellenbosch wedding3The Creative’/Suppliers
The venue we found it on the internet and went for viewing, we fell in love with it. There was no doubt about. The Photographer we once met her in 2014 we did a beach photoshoot with her. Ever since then we have developed love and connection with her.This was not even up for discussion that she will be our photographer and she introduced us to the videographer. As usual, she did not disappoint the pictures are breath-taking. The décor and flowers we got from the venues preferred supplies. Anne is such a beautiful hearted soul. She did an amazing job.Stellenbosch Xhosa Wedding

One Thing I’d Change
My day was perfect, all that happened for a reason. I honestly would not want to change anything. We were supposed to have Garden ceremony but that morning it rained so we had to go to plan B which turned out to be amazingly beautiful, later in the day the day was so beautiful. I just think that the rain had to happen to wake up the beauty of the flowers, grass and trees. So definitely no regrets!!!Stellenbosch Xhosa Wedding

Culture
We had a traditional reception which was held at Lookout hill. Both the Bride and groom wore Umbhaco (Xhosa garment). The food prepared for the day was African food. There was a lot of dancing from the sounds of Simo Marimba band. Lastly, the bride wore Makoti outfit and was taken to the groom’s home. Where she was welcomed as a daughter to the groom’s parents.Stellenbosch Xhosa Wedding

Most Memorable Moment
Walking down the aisleStellenbosch Xhosa WeddingThe Wedding Style
Summery, Fun and IntimateStellenbosch Xhosa WeddingThe Dress
Love at first sight, once I had put it on there was no doubt in my mind that “it was thee dress”, it just felt right in my heart and it was a perfect fit. I must say that I did struggle to get a perfect size dress due to my small body size. Well I did not cry, I was soo excited

Biggest Investment
We saved on the stationery. Invested in photography

Photographer: Karen Bergh
Videographer: Blaze production
Venue: Lanzerac Estate Stellenbosch
Dress: Eurobride
Make-Up: Innocentia
Suits: Zedmensware
Décor/Venue Styling: Sitting Pretty
Flowers: Sitting Pretty

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