Every bride wants to feel like a princess on her big day and Lebohang Magagula made sure she looked the part when she married Xolani Magagula at Zulu Nyala Country Manor in Fourways, Johannesburg. Her cathedral-length veil (don’t you just love the scalloped, lacy edge?) and stunning royal blue shoes complemented her classic dress perfectly. Add a lavish reception look of white and green and you have a celebration fit for a king and queen! Thank you to Rianka Conradie for the images.
How did your groom propose?
I started watching Say yes to the dress over and over, especially when he was around, to drop some hints! He finally proposed a week before Valentine’s Day. I cried and had a moment without realising I hadn’t said yes! He asked, “Um, is that a yes?” so I jumped onto him and said “Of course I will marry you, Mr Xolani Magagula – about time!” The rest, we may say, is history.
Tell us about the theme of your wedding.
Our wedding theme was royal elegance with a touch of vintage. Everything, from the cathedral wedding veil and gown to royal blue shoes and the blues of a live band playing in the background during the reception, combined to make the perfect fairy-tale wedding I had always imagined. We chose the beautiful and tranquil Zulu Nyala Country Manor in Fourways for our reception. We were particularly captured by the romantic wedding chapel with tall windows overlooking a dam and just that touch of nature that completed our choice. Our reception was in the stunning Diamond Events Centre, with its sparkling crystal chandeliers – a perfect setting for a lavish celebration of our wedding.
And the menu?
I’m an aspiring chef and my motto is “its not complete until it has a touch of green”. Our menu starter was [a salad of] strawberry, watercress and Parmesan shavings drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar. Main course was a choice between beef stroganoff or chicken, served with savoury rice, mixed peppers, ratatouille and roast rosemary potato wedges. The meal was completed by a dessert choice of apricot-infused malva pudding or blueberry fridge cheesecake.
What was the highlight of the day?
That moment when the pastor said, “Turn around, bride and groom. Family, friends and colleagues: introducing Mr and Mrs Magagula!” The joy in our parents’ and friends’ faces was heart-warming – a “can’t hurry love” moment…
Any special advice for future brides-to-be?
First and foremost, book a good photographer and videographer – it’s worth every penny! Second, stop stressing. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed at times, it’s part of the journey, so delegate some items to your bridesmaids and siblings. When you look back at all the “challenges” after the wedding you will realise how frivolous your concerns were. I wish I had had a camcorder throughout this time, it would make for a great sitcom… Just have fun!
Little Black Book
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Truworths 0861 878 967
Cake: Pam of Cake Sensation 083 655 5979
Coordinator: Derek Herrer of Zulu Nyala Country Manor 084 638 4191/079 464 6892
Decor: Derek Herrer of Zulu Nyala Country Manor 084 638 4191/079 464 6892
Dress: Pronovias (Sandton) 011 784 2000
Entertainment: Xolani Magagula (groom) 073 466 8037
Flowers: Derek Herrer of Zulu Nyala Country Manor 084 638 4191/079 464 6892
Food: Zulu Nyala Country Manor 011 702 9300
Groom’s outfit: Edgar Kibongui Creations 082 211 1515
Groomsmen’s outfits: Edgar Kibongui Creations 082 211 1515
Hair and make-up: Philile Mahlaku of Bemdzabu Creations 083 7789136
Photographer: Rianka Conradie of Rianka’s Weddings 082 721 9905
Shoes: Benjamin Adams at Christiaan Michael 011 326 5245
Stationery: Did it myself
Venue: Zulu Nyala Country Manor 011 702 9300
Videographer: Andre Mostert of Motion Craft Films 082 319 3605