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Paula & Tatenda’s Wedding

One sweet thing about love,

Becoming the Kanoyangwas Part 1

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

Panashe & Keen’s Love Story

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.

Philmar & Farai’s Love Story

Philmar & Farai’s Love Story shows that love is kind, and love is patient. Love endures and love nurtures. Find out more about this incredible story in Philmar’s own words.

Feeling himself and pompous

Farai and I met for the first time when we were both with other toxic people. Being together was the furthest thing from our minds.
I had gone to see one of my best friends in Karoi but she wasn’t there. Farai was feeling himself and pompous which annoyed me. This was a brief meeting not more than 2 mins max. We met again, a year later in 2016, as I was in town and I went to see my friend. This is the time he then asked for my number and pictures from my friend. He didn’t call for a few months, only when I had forgotten all about him did he reach out and said hello.

Hello

That hello led to late night conversations up to 2am getting to know each other. This went on for months. He invited me to Karoi for the weekend after Valentine’s Day 2017. From then my travels to Karoi became more frequent and longer. I would travel on a Thursday and be back home on a Sunday every week. It was like having 2 homes at the same time.

Hwange and Victoria Falls

This went on for 2 months straight then he invited me to Hwange where he was going for work. I figured I might as well make it a holiday get away and do Hwange and Victoria Falls all at the same time. I asked my sister to baby sit my son for me during the Easter holiday when my helper was going to be away, but my sister was not having it she also wanted to tag along. It very weird for me, asking my boyfriend of 2 months that my sister and our 3 kids want to tag along, but when I told him he was all fine with it. I became open to the idea of a steady relationship. Easter came and went my sister and our kids went back. I remained behind with Farai for a month at least.

Was that a proposal proposal?

When it was time for me to go back to Harare, we were watching a movie and Farai paused it and played diamond song I want to marry you. He didn’t get on one knee or anything like that he just looked into my eyes and said I have found what I was looking for I think I want to marry you. It’s the way he said it that made me think it wasn’t a proposal proposal. So I just said well we can’t get married yet we have been dating only 2 months. Besides I had walked that path before I honestly thought it wasn’t for me.

At that point I was OK with just dating nothing more. He said don’t say no just yet let’s try staying together and see how it goes if we move in together you will see it will work. By May he was helping me with my rentals and my son.

Modern Musengabere

End of May he called me and said he’d found school for my son. He said he was sending a moving truck to my flat in Harare. To me this was modern daylight musengabere chaiwo. To combine the 2 households was economically strategic. This way he could save for my bride price. So I moved to Karoi. Come December 21st he went to do introductions and met all my aunts and immediately asked for a date. On 3 February 2018 the cows came home. In 2019 we had our baby girl and that’s when we decided to wed. I don’t remember who suggested it first but it was probably me.

Don’t break the bank

We wanted a classy wedding but didn’t want to break the bank. I also didn’t want to strain our families with our big dream. So Farai and I decided to spread our costs over. Our engagement was in November 2019 and we started our first service provider’s deposit payments in March 2020 for the venue. I don’t know if you will call it luck or a whisper from the heavens but we opted for Dec 22 2021 as we thought it was enough time to plan.

Philmar & Farai’s Love Story has happy ending!

Then came the lockdown and the plan to keep the payments going were disturbed because of the uncertainty in the world. July we were back on track. Advice to future brides spreading over expenses would be your ideal strategy, but I guess this works best if you are staying together. Always hire service providers you can afford. To the grooms remember most brides fantasy about this day from the age of 5 do your best to be supportive and brides remember there is rentals and food and honeymoon to pay for after the wedding so don’t break the bank.


*Farai’s note”
I’m happy the day was everything she pictured I would marry her under a bridge with just me and her as long as she is the one who meets me at the aisle and says I do.

Photography – Mazville Photography

Zandile and Percy: A Real Zimbabwe Love Story

A Real Zimbabwe Love Story

When people say things like, “shoot your shot” or “the love of your life may be on social media”… It’s not out of thin air. How we met: we met in a WhatsApp group in August 2018. I was always and then we decided to add more people to keep the group interesting chiii chiii😂. I checked out his profile pic ndikanakirwa then I slid into his DM and introduced myself then we started talking 🤭. He was chilled and laidback and wasn’t much of a talker. One night we stayed up late chatting then it turned into phone calls. We first met on 28 August and we had our first date and we hit it off instantly. I then went to Poland in September 2018 and we decided to try the long distance relationship to see if it would work out. It was the best decision ever!

Dating

The long distance relationship worked out for us. Even tough we had our ups and downs but we managed to hold it down. I returned to Zim in July 2019 we then started going out on dates. In time, he introduced me to his siblings and then his sister parents. They were all loving and welcoming and I introduced him to my sister and my tete. We were getting to know each other since we had only dated virtually. My friends liked him and so did his ☺️. He would always tell me that he wants to marry me ndotoseka kuti ‘ko tazivana nguvai nhai’ and he would just say mira uone 😂😂😂. We dated the whole of  July before he decided to take it to the next level

Engagement

On 7 September 2019 @percy_g_pg called me in the morning and said we are going for lunch. He explained he wouldn’t be able to pick me up but that @tendai93 (she was his friend’s gf, with whom we were going on a double date with) would. I got ready and she picked me up, when we arrived at AloAlo she told me we have to wait outside for @shaunchoto( her bf and @percy_g_pg friend). Two minutes later he came holding a camera and he started filming, ndakarohwa ne confusion kuti how far 😂 as we approached our table I saw Percy ndikatomhanya ndichida kubvunza kuti ko how far lol then mans went on his knees and proposed 🥹 tbh hapana kana chandakanzwa ndakarohwa ne confusion and happiness at the same time 😂😂😂. I said yes to the man of my man of our dreams ☺️☺️

Roora Day

Due to Covid-19 we had to wait 10 months before we had our lobola ceremony. It was a hectic time and gatherings were not allowed. It was stressful and we thank God we managed to pull through that dark time as a couple. You know engagement ikati rebesei unotanga kuita ka impatience kamwe sooo and unenge wakutya kuti ko munhu akazodya mari mu covid umu 😂. On 15 August the cows came home, we did it lowkey coz we were still in lockdown and restrictions were still there. I only had one friend with me @phyllismuzenda (she has stood by me all the way). Our good friend @shaunchoto took our pics. Vakwasha vakagamuchirwa mumusha and all went well ☺️

Life After Marooro

I think the key to a fruitful and long lasting marriage is marry your type 😂. And never your compare your marriage kune ya nhingi. We both love traveling and going out. My friends and family became his family and it was not hard for us to blend with each other’s family and friends. We are fortunate enough to live near our in laws (from both sides) so we are all close and hapana anosuwa kumba kwavo 😂. It’s not always highs, we also encounter some lows but we always find a way to solve our issues tiri two tisina ku involver other parties. I highly recommend marrying your type 😂😂😂 you get to do zvamunoda without fear of being judged by your partner!

Wedding

Since we were already staying together and had bills to pay and we didn’t want a wedding that was going to break our budget and leave us in debt, we decided to have a court wedding . We had our court wedding on Thursday 27 January 2022 and it was one of the best decisions we ever made. We got to the courts(Rotten Row) at 7:20 and by 7:45 we were married and given our marriage license. They were very efficient and made the whole process smooth. We were to have a ceremony with a few friends and family afterwards. I managed to go back home and had my makeup and got dressed in time. My good friend @phyllismuzenda was my witness and my maid of honor at the ceremony. We had planned our wedding several times and had to postpone due to one reason or another. But when we decided that we now wanted a court wedding we just went and registered and set the date. We planned to invite 50 people so it was a manageable number and the planning was not so hard from there.

Ceremony

We had our wedding ceremony on the same day as the court wedding. The weather behaved that day and @chotographyzw took us some breathtaking pictures 😊. We had our reception at Goshen events in Hatfield and they also did our decorations and then provided us with a PA system. When we were looking for a venue we wanted one that would be able to provide us with everything, we planned the wedding in less than a month so we didn’t want stress dzekutsvaga different service providers. My gown, veil and tiara was from Becky’s bridal boutique and the owner personally came to dress me and made sure I looked stunning. My MUA showed up on time and I was ready. The reception was beautiful and we managed to have a good time and our friends and family danced and had a blast. We managed to have a beautiful wedding which was within our budget and we were debt free. Court weddings are so inexpensive and you can have a reception of your choice afterwards and do things within your budget.