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Gugu and Awa’s Story

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We’re back!! So excited for this takeover, we can’t wait to share on all the awesome pre-wedding events, the planning process, plug you guys to dope BYO vendors and of course take you through the big day????
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G E T T I N G R E A D Y
So there’s a rundown of the entire wedding on my personal IG page so we are just going to keep this one brief.
Morning off the wedding I decided to get ready at the castle, with just my girls, my mum and the glam team. Didn’t want to get ready at home and be surrounded by a million relatives ????
The getting ready process was everything! @kevinweddingplanner being the plug that he is, brought us a spread of food for breakfast and we started our day with multiple glasses of mimosas and of course Beyoncé!????
@makeup_by_sisa , @hairbypraiseworth , @hairbyfia_zw and @evedup_glam were soo professional but also added to the general vibe of the morning, lit!
Details on the robes, stemless flutes and bridesmaid gift boxes will be given during the live if anyone wants to know. ???? @lecyril_ncube_photography

T H E D R E S S
So my girls were a bit upset I didnt take them wedding dress shopping but it was so worth it cause we had the most special “first look” moment, everyone’s eyes were glistening. #moist
I got my dress at @eurobride after only trying 2 dresses on…. I fell inlove with the massive train I definitely had a “day yes to the dress tears moment with my mum and dad????. Bridesmaids dresses by @zippercreations @lecyril_ncube_photography

C O C K T A I L H O U R
So I feel like the vow exchange ceremony, although being my very favorite part of the day is a very personal moment, so we going to skip right past that to the cocktail hour!
That was one of our key focuses when we planned the wedding. We wanted to make sure our guests were fed, entertained and had enough to drink!
Being the self proclaimed donut queen I just HAD to have a donut wall at my wedding! And @gourmeteats_ came through for a girl! I loved the personalized wall of gold leafed donuts!
Being the DIY bride that I am, I had a champagne wall and gin bar made just for our wedding..The signature his & hers cocktails were such a hit as well as soo the desserts and canapés supplied by @gourmeteats_ and @sweetandsavoury_byo
Not forgetting the proudly Zimbabwean craft beer supplied by @artisancraftzw ????????#quality

So still on the cocktail hour we also decided to keep our guest entertained with live music from @sekunjalo_maafrica who performed at our lobola day and @nyasha_bothwell who serenaded our guests with all my favorite Ringo Madlingozi songs. @lecyril_ncube_photography

C A K E
One of the other highlights of the day was the cake cutting. Because we wanted to do things a little different we had our cake cut during the cocktail hour outside.
I absolutely loved how the cake looked on the DIY swing my dad built for me????
I call this part of the wedding the “coming to America part” cause @iyasazw created that exact scene as the Eddie Murphy movie coming too America????, soo memorable, and the cake super delicious.
Florals by @vuyelwablue. ????

D E C O R
So for the decor we wanted to keep things very simple, so we went for a classic black and white color pallet. Against the candle lit backdrop, and @soundkalcha lighting, it really created a soft and romantic ambiance. @pinky_eventdesigner really nailed the brief! Also the all black dancefloor from @pristine_event_rentals fit in soo well.
Florals by @vuyelwablue
As a personal touch each guest got a laser cut wooden place card of their name, I loved those!

D I Y S & D E T A I L S
so being a DIY bride I loved getting an array of personalized items throughout the wedding. From the Perspex welcome sign, the acrylic invitations, signature cocktail sign, preachers podium, personalized cups, cake swing, acrylic gift box (now being used as a snack box☺️), wooden place names, the guestbook, the gin bar, kids table decor, the ceremony arch, the champagne wall, bridal shower engraved wooden spoons and name biscuits, and ring box.
Not only was I a DIY bride I was also a super frugal bride, so most of these things were super affordable to get made. Deets during the live for anyone who wants to know.

S P E C I A L M O M E N T S
So obviously the day was filled with many special moments and here are just a few of my faves.
1. First looks with my baby bro and dad.
2. My husband walking down the aisle with ALL his mums #priceless.
3. Getting veiled by both my parents before walking down the aisle.
4. Walking down the aisle to my baby brother playing the saxophone.
5. Bouquet toss, every single queen got a rose ????
6. Club Bottle service before the toast.

The Mguni’s ????

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