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Drum English Weddings 2016

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2 min
from the editor

IT feels like yesterday that I walked down the aisle with my husband. I remember that special moment when, as we were strolling on the beach in Durban, he knelt down and asked me to marry him. Before I could even respond, I heard some other couples shouting excitedly, clapping their hands. They were congratulating us! Within a few months, we’d declared our love for each other in the company of close friends and family members. Ours was a small and intimate wedding, and we tried to save money where we could. Even to this day, my wedding day is still one of the most memorable events of my life. This is because weddings are about celebrating love with loved ones. But before the ceremony, couples can lose themselves in the excitement…

3 min
ask the experts

NTHABISENG MAKHOKHA BEAUTY EXPERT Beauty editor Nthabiseng Makhokha lets DRUM, YOU and Huisgenoot readers in on the beauty secrets of the moment. She has a qualification in journalism and advertising from Boston House Media and has perfected her craft in the five years she’s been in magazines. “Brides have become more daring and adventurous,” she reveals. Nthabiseng.Makhokha@media24.com GERT-JOHAN COETZEE DRESS DESIGNER One of South Africa’s most successful designers, Gert-Johan Coetzee is passionate about spreading the gospel of glamour. His creations are of the most talked-about gowns worn at the biggest events on SA’s social calendar, and on the international red carpet his designs are worn by A-listers including Kelly Rowland. He also produces two ready-to-wear ranges. info@gertjohancoetzee.com NONCEDO SIWISA CATERER Noncedo Siwisa is a passionate cook who studied BCom (Economics and Business Management) at the University of Fort Hare. Today…

4 min
enchanting affair

COUPLE Tumi Sisulu and Peter Shivute VENUE Summer Place, Hyde Park, Johannesburg BUDGET Not available GUESTS 350 When Tumi Sisulu, acting CEO of the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Foundation, married Peter Shivute, consultant and entrepreneur, they wanted a celebration of the union between their families. “The negotiations and lobolo all culminated in the perfect wedding with family and friends,” Peter says. And when he saw his bride walk down the aisle he was blown away. “It was the most magical part of the wedding.” SadlyTumi’s father, Mlungisi Sisulu, passed away shortly before the wedding. But he had already given his blessing – even signing as witness on behalf of the groom to show his acceptance of his son-in-law. “Having my brother, Linda, walk me down the aisle was very memorable – he was the perfect…

2 min
romance and happiness

COUPLE Bubu Mazibuko and Langa Masina VENUE Fun Valley Pleasure Resort, Johannesburg BUDGET Not available GUESTS Not known Actress Bubu Mazibuko kept her wedding a private affair, having her traditional and white ceremonies on the same day, but was clearly happy to promise her love and commitment to Langa Masina. The couple, now based in Los Angeles, had traditional “green” and “red” celebrations – and a private white wedding ceremony at the Old Apostolic Church in Comptonville, south of Johannesburg. It was attended by family and celebrities including Sophie Ndaba, Manaka Ranaka,Thandy Matlaila, Zikhona Sodlaka, Zizo Tshwete and her husband Mayihlome, as well as Zwai and Melanie Bala. The beautiful bride arrived at the church with her two bridesmaids. After the ceremony, the newlyweds left in a luxurious Bentley to join their guests at the…

2 min
day of special moments

COUPLE Takalani Rathando and Takie Ndou VENUE Lighthouse Christian Church, Nzhelele, Limpopo BUDGET Not available GUESTS 1300 She cried when he professed his love to her in front of friends, family and church elders, says Midrand-based gospel musician Takie Ndou (33) as he recalls proposing to Takalani Rathando (26), an internal auditor. “It was in church where we have fellowship together.” And the wedding day in Limpopo was filled with special memories. “Her walk down the aisle was breathtaking,” he says. And his bride surprised him with Venda vows. “I was not expecting that as she usually speaks English, it was very special.” The bride loved their reception dance. “The night before the wedding I found the perfect song to dance to by Venda rapper Mizo Phyll. It goes, “Namusi ndo mala, ndo nanga ndo…

3 min
hollywood glamour

COUPLE Stephanie Olyn and Lwazi Mvovo VENUE Netherwood Farm, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands BUDGET Not available GUESTS 180 Eight years after Lwazi Mvovo (30) met Stephanie Olyn (28) and fell in love instantly, the Springbok rugby star married the love of his life and mother of their daughters Esihle (4) and Lwando (1). The couple celebrated their union on a misty morning in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The theme business studies student Stephanie chose for the day was 1950s-inspired Hollywood glamour, and it was indeed an elegant affair with a mix of antiques and more modern pieces. When Lwazi saw his stunning bride enter the venue chapel he had a broad smile on his face. And the bride says, “I can’t imagine a happily ever after without him and our two girls. I felt like the happiest woman in…