Sihle & Amanda
Amanda and Sihle met informally a couple of years before they actually started dating. In 2013 they exchanged phone numbers and, after a series of back and forth SMSs, they went on their first date…
Sihle grew up in the same town as Amanda’s cousin – Standerton. In 2013, over the Easter period, the couple swapped phone numbers and started communicating. The rest, as they say, is history.
African traditional weddings are always a festive occasion. Amanda says, “Our Umabo ceremony started off with my family escorting me in song to the gate of my new family. After a short negotiation and agreement on the money to be paid to open the gate, our new family warmly welcomed us into their home. We opened in prayer, my family gave gifts to the in-laws and we then proceeded to the main marquee for a reception – with food, speeches and toasts. The overall theme of the day was ‘Simple Rustic Elegance’ with greenery and touches of wood complementing the crisp white cloths and royal blue African Shweshwe overlays. Overall it was nothing short of magical.”
Amanda says she would change absolutely nothing about her day. “As cliché as that answer may be, it is true. Not everything was perfect, it never really is on a wedding day, but it all came together in a beautiful way and left my husband and I with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Maybe if we had stuck to the time it would’ve been much better,” she laughs.
The highlight of the day for Amanda was having fun with her best friend, her husband Sihle. She says that they had a blast, and were in the moment and enjoyed every last bit of it.
The moment they were announced husband and wife, felt surreal. Amanda says: “It felt so right and natural. It was a confirmation of what we had always known, that in each other we found a friend for life.”
The couple went to the sunny, playful city of Durban for their honeymoon. They decided to keep the first honeymoon local, and are planning a second honeymoon abroad soon.
Amanda says she would advise future brides to enjoy the journey and to do it together. She advises not to succumb to society’s expectations, other people’s opinions and sometimes even opinions of family members who have a vision contrary to what they want. She also emphasises that couples should be respectfully bold in planning the wedding of their dreams. “Be open-minded, and strictly stick to your decided budget.”
Photography: Kwanda Photography www.kwandaphotography.com
Wedding coordinator: Nokwethemba ‘Nokz’ Ndaba
Venue: Groom’s family home in Standerton
Wedding gown: Gloria (local seamstress in Pretoria)
Flowers: Pervigeo Floral Design www.pervigeofloral.com
Cake: Kelly Jayne’s Cake Boutique www.kellyjayne.co.za
Stationery: Minuteman Press Silverton https://silverton.minutemanpress.co.za
Marquee tent, tables and chairs: Nono Events www.nonoevents.co.za