Sthe & Rudge’s colourful Traditional Wedding

Sthe was getting married into a Basotho family and she wanted her right of passage into her new family to be colourful and stylish. The couple agreed that they wanted a celebration on this day but not a western celebration at a venue. They took us back to the way our parents got married. Family and friends were welcome, neighbours and passer-by joined in on this celebration.

Basotho moms and aunts singing to welcome the Makoti Modern Zulu Bride ready to adorn her inlaws with gifts

Sthe arrived on her fathers’ arm in her isiZulu outfit, with her family singing and bring with them gifts for her new family. Rudge’s family were also prepared for the singing challenge as they took their new bride. This sort of singing exchange between the families are an age old tradition. Once the gifting ceremony was completed and the bride had been given her new name (a symbol that she is now a part of her new family) she changed into a stylish modern seshweshwe outfit.

Bride in her isiZulu outfit and groom in the Basotho regalia traditional observation of gifting as part of the bridal ceremony Praying guests as the gifting ceremony comes to an end Guests in the ankara print

Sthe knew that friends and family would be dressed in loads of colourful African prints, so they opted for a clean all white look and feel for their decor. The guests stood out and indeed the day was characterised by lots of food, drink and dancing.

White tulips, roses and calla lilies  in white ceramic vases, placed on an ornate mirror base long stem glasses paired with a golden amber glass which gave a pop of colour to the tablescape 4 tier white cake with gold foiling with the cakes that are made specifically for the moms bridal couple looking suave in their ankara print Bride trying to feed cake to the groom after they cut the cake