It’s a wedding feast here on the blog today. I’m sharing one couple’s two very different weddings which happened to be on the same day. I’ve blogged this wedding in two parts. I felt one post wouldn’t do it justice. So let’s feast on the Umabo ceremony first.
Beautifully captured by Knot just Pics, the Umabo ceremony of Silindo and Siyalo’s has just made me appreciate traditional weddings even more. They had their ceremony at home and the white wedding at the stunning Netherwood venue in KZN. How they pulled it all off in one day is a mystery to me.
So what is Umabo ceremony? It’s a traditional Zulu wedding, where a few traditional practices are performed and the bride is introduced to her in-laws and ancestors. I’ve already written about Umabo in great detail here. Just in case you needed a bit more information about traditional Zulu weddings.
There are many reasons as to why the Umabo ceremony takes place. It differs from family to family. Most families however believe that if the Umabo ceremony doesn’t take place, the ancestors don’t recognise Makoti (the bride); and can therefore prevent her from having children, cause difficult relations between both families and in some cases cause the marriage to end. A bit extreme but true.
I hope you loved this gorgeous Zulu wedding as much as I did. It’s so refreshing seeing many African brides celebrating their cultures without feeling ashamed. I hope in future we’ll be seeing more and more weddings like this all over magazines and wedding blogs. How awesome would it be to see a bride like Silindo on a cover of a major magazine(not not mention any names) “clears throat”. I think all types of brides should be celebrated and cultural weddings should get more press than they’re currently getting.
Silindo my dear I take my hat off to you. You are a testament to the fact that a beautiful bride is not necessarily a pinterest bride. A beautiful bride is someone who is comfortable with who they are and is not afraid to show or share that with everyone. Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Mwah!!!
To see all photos from Silindo and Siyalo’s Umabo celebration, click here
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