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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.

Onias & Maita’s Wedding

Let me start with our love journey 😍
I met MR C so long ago we both don’t recall. Our love story was not the usual or one that you would expect.
We had one mutual thing that brought us together and that was my late brother Brian (RIP bestie). Onias was Brian’s best friend 😁🙊🙈 yes yes I know unorthodox. But Brian was my ride or die so therefore we were always together and that’s how I met Mr C . I always thought he was kinda cool and I guess he thought the same too and one day I suppose he gathered his guts and asked me out ! And the rest was history . Of course Brian was there on the first date just for damage control lol 😂

Fast forward 7 years later he asked me to be his wife !

Yes 7 years is a long time lol 😂 , so you may say but it was absolutely worth it .

From the time we were dating he always mentioned he would marry me , towards the end of my degree he started to speak about marriage more and more, however I was still into pageantry and he would say I’ll wait till your tired of modeling 🙊. Eventually pageantry wasn’t the center of my attention and as soon as he noticed 💥 boom the ring came .

He decided to propose on my 27th birthday, I was being pampered all day from head to toe and just figured it was just a birthday thing little did I know @laura_murape and @the_chiroodzas had a trick up their sleeve 😍🙈.

3 months later we had our Lobola . He already had a date in mind all we then had to do was go through the protocols and get approval.

Planning the lobola was exciting I knew exactly what I wanted and how I wanted it.

We decided to have 2 sets of outfits , one for the actual lobola process and the other for the celebrations.
Also got my new family in love to match my family and I in shweshwe material and everyone else wore shades of blue to the celebration luncheon which was held after we had meet & greet cocktails .

Obviously on the day you’re always nervous but it was a blast !! Everything went according to plan. 😉

Then began the wedding journey

Wedding planning Journey then began 🙌🏾 .

I started looking for a planner as I knew he or she was essential to be able to execute the vision I had for the big day .

But before the wedding there was the bridal shower . I created a wishlist which everyone picked their pick .
My mom and sisters put everything together so perfectly for me 😁 pastel colors we amazing.

The event that sealed the deal 😍🥰

Aaaw the wedding for me was just perfect 🤩 . We took enough time to plan our wedding and carefully thought out each item . The biggest thing for me was the ceiling install & deco and @functionjunctionzw made it happen. I knew the colors I wanted though a lot of people weren’t keen on the color black as the base but I knew it would work well. I prayed it did as there were so many other colors to compliment it .

The other big thing was my GOWN . My dress was personalized and took us 7months to get done . With a tail which was 6m long and veil 20m.
It was absolutely perfect !!

The planning process was hectic at times but if I could get a redo I wouldn’t change any of it . @shamieventcoordinator was our planner who was amazing by the way.

I promised myself I would enjoy this day no matter what and that’s exactly what I did . I danced my heart out and so did MR.C .

BIBI & MUCHI

How we met
I Met Muchi in 2000 I was on my high school holidays and Muchi was on his uni break. Instantly I was attracted to him because he was a fine young man, however I didn’t show it. I knew he also had a thing for me 🥰but we were both trying to play hard to get. Unfortunately we didn’t exchange numbers that time. Later on that same year, I escorted my sister to a call box, lol yea we are that old. Muchi must have recognized me and decided he also needed to use the call box🤣we ended up exchanging numbers that same day. Fast forward two months later, I received the first call from Muchi and we arranged a date. For our first date we went for breakfast at wimpy udc centre on first street in Harare. Oh my word the butterflies were all over🥰 I couldn’t even look at him. We had a cute innocent date, I went straight home after but we made plans to meet again the following weekend. We met again the following weekend and he invited me to his house to chill, those days it’s was all innocent guys not the “Netflix and chill kind” 😅. We made our relationship official after that. Muchi asked me to be his girlfriend and I said yes immediately, I didn’t have to “think about it“. We started dating in March 2001.

Roora December 2001 9 Months later Muchi told me he wanted to marry me, mind you, those days it was normal for someone to propose marriage without a ring. I told my sisters what Muchi was planning and immediately started the procedures . We did introductions first, I went to meet Muchi’s family, his grandmother was happy but also worried when she saw me, I was a very tiny girl and and these were her words “ Ko nhai Muchi, zvawati vigira chana chidoko doko, tichasungwa nema purisa” 🤣. Muchi also met my side of the family before the roora. My family was happy because he looked responsible.  Fast forward one week later, we had our roora day. It was on 23/12/2001. We had our roora event at churumanzu, at our village home which was my parent’s wish. Guys lobola day finally came and Muchi was late. Oh my word, anyone that has been through this can relate imagine vakwasha being 4 hours late apa we didn’t have mobile phones  to keep in touch, guys I humbled myself that day and told myself the Lord is my shepherd 🤣 4 hours later we saw Muchi and his family coming vachi Tinha mombe, immediately vana mbuya vakabva vatanga mhururu nemiridzo, ko inini wacho I could not stop kuzhinya😆vana sekuru vakatanga kuwuchira maoko 👏🏾 imi ko kuzoti vazukuru vaibika, askana paka moniwa sadza kani, zvaita senge zvichango tungidzwa😅 even huku nembwa dzakafara musi iwowo. Roora proceedings were just straightforward and quick, I finally became Mai Mandishona.

Wedding planning

Oh boy where do I start from 😅 planning my wedding has been the longest, hardest and most beautiful thing I’ve ever had to go through. Life kept getting in the way. After our roora we found out we were expecting our first daughter so we had to put wedding plans aside, you guys know that babies cost 💰 and at that time the Zim economy was also on a down turn. Me and my husband decided to relocate to the UK and y’all know it’s not easy. While in the Uk we were working trying to make ends meet and we welcomed our second daughter. At that point pfungwa dzekuchata dzanga dzakure our babies had us occupied 24/7, couple of years later we had our last daughter, at this point I was content, however I still knew I wanted a wedding someday. After we had our last daughter we relocated to Australia, moving to Australia was not easy guys but it’s the best decision we have ever made. I really wanted to have my wedding in Zimbabwe, I even went to meet with @kevintheweddingplanner in December 2019, then early 2020 Covid happened. It was devastating but I didn’t think It was gonna last long so I was willing to wait for things to normalise. after waiting it out we realised that Covid wasn’t ending soon and Australia wasn’t going to open international boarders anytime soon, I decided to start planning my own wedding here in Australia. It was hard knowing that our families would likely not make it to our special day but they  were happy for us because they knew how much we wanted this and how long we had waited for it. I started planning my wedding in December 2020 and our wedding was on 17 April 2021. Guys it was just smooth, I never had any issues during the planning process and on the day. My husband is a very simple man so he trusted me to plan everything myself, it was just an enjoyable journey, from looking for the venue, to choosing vendors and dress hunting, I would do it again!!! Above all, the journey has taught me to trust Gods timing because when it is his time, things will flow easy. I’m also grateful that my children could witness one of the best days of my life.

Word of advice

Guys marriage is not easy, it’s serious commitment and both parties must be willing to sacrifice. Take time to know, understand and forgive your partner. Things will happen good and bad , it’s a roller coaster but at the end of the day, God must be the centre of your marriage because without God there is no strong foundation. It also takes two to tango😉 More to come on the live