Devon & Matsela
Matsela and Devon met in 2012 at a Maboneng restaurant called Pata Pata. Devon was an American tourist taking in the sights of Johannesburg and Matsela was out for Sunday lunch with a friend…
The restaurant was filled to capacity, so when Devon and his friend walked in, they approached Matsela and asked if they could join her table. They started chatting and at the end of the evening they exchanged email addresses.
Two years later, while visiting Matsela in South Africa, he took her back to Pata Pata for a drink. There was a live band performing. Matsela says, “The next thing I knew, he got up on stage with a microphone in his hand, the music stopped and he professed his love, and in front of a full audience, he asked if I would be his wife. I was pleasantly surprised as the entire restaurant applauded.”
Matsela says that on the day of their wedding the weather was perfect. They had 100 friends and family join them on the day. It was small and intimate. “I am born and bred in Johannesburg and wanted a venue that is quintessentially Joburg, so I we went for Emoyeni in old Johannesburg (Parktown), which has views of The Parks and is a beautiful place to watch the sunset,” she says.
“Devon is American and I am Pedi, so I wanted something that brought the two worlds together. My theme was a contemporary wedding that was inspired by my South African heritage. We wore the usual white dress and tailored suit, but accessorised with different South African ethnic accents,” says Matsela. “Instead of wearing ties, the groom and groomsman wore Xhosa beads (intsimbi). The bride and the bridesmaids accessorised with Ndebele dzila and sekgoloane. The bridesmaids wore pantsuits instead of dresses. I chose rose gold and creamy white for the décor, and the king protea for the table flowers. The guests’ dress code was monochromatic (one colour from head to toe), which worked out beautifully.”
Matsela planned and styled the entire wedding and used a wedding coordinator for the day. She is a stylist by profession and wanted a certain detail to be carried out throughout the day – she wanted it to be original.
Matsela’s dress was designed by Pantora Bridal based in New York. Her brief was that she wanted a simple dress with a cape (for a dramatic effect).
Matsela says that everything went smoothly, but she possibly would have started the ceremony an hour later as the 4pm summer sun was still quite hot. Other than that, the day was amazing. The highlight of the day was having Matsela’s 97-year-old grandfather join them for the day, all the way from Limpopo.
Her advice for a soon-to-be-married couple? “Don’t sweat the little stuff and make sure that the wedding reflects who the two of you are.”
List of suppliers
Photography Petronella Photography | bypetronella.com &
DeRonn Kidd Photography | www.deronnkiddphotography.com
Wedding coordinator & flowers Lulu D Event Décor and Concepts
Venue Emoyeni Estate | www.emoyeniestate.co.za
Wedding gown Pantora Bridal | www.pantorabridal.com
Cake Belles Patisserie | www.bellespatisserie.co.za