This wedding was extravagant, amazing and beautiful. To top it all it was something Zimbabwe has not seen in a while in terms of Celebrity weddings.
According to Tafadzwa Zimoyo (Arts reporter from Herald), ‘it was a type of a wedding that could make one forget about Princess Meghan Markle’s fairytale wedding and Minnie Dhlamini’s wedding.’ It is surely without doubt Zim’s Celebrity wedding of the year.
It was a union between local top wheel spinner, music producer Steven Sanders known in the music circle as Dj Stavo and his long time sweetheart Kudzai Alifa. The two had been traditionally married for 15 years and are blessed with two children. The fairytale wedding was planned by the top wedding planner in Zimbabwe, Tendai Kevin Zhou of VIP Hosting. He planned this amazing wedding for nine months with his team.
The wedding was a black and white themed with an ensemble of gold. The couple chose these colours because white to them symbolises goodness, understated elegance and light whilst black resembles power. The wedding had 200 guests namely Zimbabwe’s renowned socialites, musicians, fashionistas, celebrities, diplomats and even Honorable Minister July Moyo. All the guests were dressed to kill in black. In addition, his best man was musician ExQ.
They spent USD$200k in costs. The bride had her gown custom made by the renowned South African based designer Gert Johan Coetzee. The designer flew in to dress her himself. The highlight of their wedding was their ‘dangling upside down’ cake which was supported by a crystallised chandelier by Rhys Cake Creations. Guests were treated to a bottomless cocktails before a three course dinner was served.
It was surely a night of glitz, glamour and unfolding of a beautiful love story with family and friends. The wedding is something Zimbabwe will not forget quickly because the bar was set very high with everything well thought out and on point!
After Roora the pressure for wedding preps was really upon us . It was exciting as well . This was my chance to implement all that I had imagined and dreamt of whilst growing up .
Our number 1 secret is God he made it possible. Number 2 we started planning as soon as we knew that we wanted to get married. Number 3 we wrote everything down. Number 4 we stayed within our budget . 5finished paying service providers before wedding. Planning was not easy. My husband is very thorough He didn’t want us to leave things upside down. He wanted to make sure that everything is in Order
Becoming the kanoyangwas part two
Planning our wedding was very emotional because my husband lost his elder brother four weeks after roora. This was a huge blow even to me. We wanted to postpone the wedding to August but my husband said May was cool. They say the bride and groom do not dance much on their wedding but we danced our feet off🤣 we had fun . We wished everyone could be part of our day but covid has made that impossible 🥺😒 . Choosing the right bridal team is equally important. They should have the same vibe with you they understood the assignment.
We have no regrets
I am to become Mrs Kanoyangwa to my Hubby Craig Tatenda Kanoyangwa
When you are getting hitched to the one that your heart beats for, there’s a set of people that are the happiest, and they’re your favourite people!
The Very First Day! – 30 May 2020 Our first selfie together. Still checking ma settings kuti taka fitana here? Lol. We were so excited, yet scared. Somehow, we both felt weirdly drawn to each other, but in a scary way. We met through a mutual friend, Panashe’s cousin Eugene. Keen had at some point ghosted Panashe. He. Says he took one look at the beauty, and thought, “Well, this might be too much for me.” Panashe had also expressed some fears of her own. “He doesn’t seem very interested in me,” she’d told her cousin. But over a period of time, we kept talking, and eventually, we found a connection. We both loved music, traveling, adventure and just genuine love. Long hours at night, talking till 3 or 4 am in some instances. Keen finally built the courage to ask Panashe out. She made him wait for seven days, (she says she was thinking about it🙄). And on 30 May, she sayed the first “Yes!”
You know, when people are in love, they talk about a lot of things. Especially about getting married, having babies, the babies names etc. So like any ordinary couple, we talked about getting married. Keen would often tell Panashe that he wanted to marry her. But like any other girl, she would dismiss the reality of that statement. “Tozoona kana waa serious.” The topic was just casually brought up here and there, until, March 12, 2021. So our birthdays are the 9th and 10th of March. Panashe had suggested we do something special together, to celebrate our birthdays. So we gathered all our friends and headed to Kariba. Panashe was totally unaware of any of the plans Keen had secretly made. All our friends knew, and no one even hinted to the bride-to-be. We had a great trip. Panashe was working flat out to be a great host. Keen was handling all the entertainment and fun. Perhaps you saw the video? It’s on both our feeds. Keen had planned a very creative way to propose. And it payed off! When he got down on one knee, she sayed the second, “Yes!” and put a ring on it. 💍
Soon after the proposal, we called all our relatives and parents to let them know that we were now engaged. We didn’t want them to find out on social media, so we asked all our friends who were with us in Kariba not to post on social media until the important people had been notified. Panashe’s family were so surprised! And supportive of course. Keen’s family already knew. A new muroora / mukwasha was coming home! We started visiting various members of each other’s families, introducing them to our better half. The family was thrilled and super excited about the upcoming marooro / lobola. Keen had his lumpsome saved, and as per tradition, he also allowed his family and friends to bring in their tokens, to ensure that the family was well respected. On the other side, Panashe’s family was making preparations of their own. Food, for vakwasha, the decor, cleaning up the venue. The company hired for the occasion provided food, tent and decor. The grooms family was supposed to see that Panashe was coming from a very good family. We decided not to have a squad. Because of the pandemic, we had to keep our guests under 50 people, including ourselves. So the ceremony was a very intimate moment for the family, and on July 10, 2021, Panashe and Keen were traditionally, Mr and Mrs Mushapaidze. The day after lobola, Panashe’s family hosted a beautiful “Kutambira Vakwasha” (Welcoming the Son-in-law) ceremony in their family home.
Lobola Done! To be honest the bond between us has only grown stronger over the time we’ve been together. The feeling of being one makes it easier for love to flourish. We felt that we needed to go all the way, and we were ready to put in the work. So we began to plan our wedding. The pandemic was our biggest obstacle, in terms of guests. But we really tried to have at least two representatives per family. We went venue hunting, cake tasting, and decor scouting whenever we weren’t busy with work or family. Most of the wedding was planned in the evening, after work. As with any couple, we sometimes argued over things like staying within the budget, important people, things that were actually necessary or not. But it’s normal, and we got past it. We made it a point to celebrate our success in planning the wedding, by throwing a party with the bridal team, on the wedding eve. And on the 4th of December, we were legally Mr and Mrs Mushapaidze. We thank God for the amazing day. People had a great time. We had a great time too!
We would like to thank everyone who watched the wedding video. Indeed it was an amazing day. We’d also like to thank everyone who assisted us and helped make the great day a success. All the family had friends that we had invited, who took time out of their busy schedules to be with us. We’re so humbled, so grateful! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported and watched us grow, from 2020 till now.
Truth be told, our love story has just begun. We came to a realization, while on our honeymoon in Zanzibar, that love is a long journey. It has ups and downs, curves, obstacles, accidents and pain. But we will choose love always, we will advocate for love and put our love for each other first, before anyone and anything. We will win together, travel together, explore the world together for better or worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.
We met 10 years ago our mums are best friends but moreblessing was married at the time fast forward 2021 we started dating in May and fell head over heels a year later I’m 7 months pregnant and roora was on the 21st May 2022 engaged 26th March 2022. GOD IS GOOD THIS MAN IS MY SAVING GRACE after I left a troubled marriage I have found my true love, my person i love him deeply.