Traditional African Celebration: Rumbi & Tom

Traditional African Celebration: Rumbi & Tom

Zimbabwean and Czech cultures collide in this traditional African celebration.

Rumbi & Tom had been about to give up on love. Then, one day, they fatefully swiped ideal and matched on Tinder. They haven’t looked again since! Their cross-cultural romance in the end culminated in a attractive display of family members, really like, and laughter at their traditional African celebration in April 2022.

Established in Rumbi’s family’s household in Zimbabwe, the traditional celebration, referred to as roora (in Shona) or Lobola (in Ndebele), is a ceremony in which a dowry is paid and in which households have the possibility to fulfill. Their official wedding ceremony will acquire spot in September in Tom’s country, The Czech Republic.

Reflecting on their special day, Rumbi shares, “What created it so exclusive was the conference of cultures. I am Zimbabwean and Tom, my associate, is Czech. I was humbled by how warmly my spouse and children embraced my companion and his family. It was his mother’s to start with time flying these kinds of a lengthy distance and she was a trooper. The language barrier did not matter, love prevailed.”

The few was so grateful to celebrate with their near close friends and household. Bringing anyone together for the first time, they could not imagine a far more magical day. Extra sweet particulars from their standard African celebration down below!


  • Couple: Rumbidzayi Dube & Tomas Zezula
  • Occupations: Rumbi is a Instructor & Tom is a Software program Developer

Brief Specifics:

  • Date of Celebration: April 17, 2022
  • Location of celebration: Dube Relatives Residence in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Wedding day: September 4, 2022
  • Wedding locale: Czech Republic
  • Bridesmaids and groomsmen items: Bridesmaids got personalised robes and slippers. The groomsmen acquired personalised whisky flasks.

How they met…

We met on line on Tinder when we had been both of those about to toss in the towel on dating.

The proposal…

Tom desired to fulfill my family. We have been considering of likely to Zimbabwe in the Summer time of 2021 so he could satisfy my folks. Regretably, because of to COVID, there had been limits on travelling home for me.

We resolved to fulfill the family members ‘half-way’ in Dubai wherever my mother and father and sister ended up equipped to fly. We expended 7 days collectively, with Tom having to know my mom and dad and vice versa.

Two days before leaving Dubai, Tom and I went to get COVID exams accomplished. With Tom’s insistence, we went to check out the Burj Al Arab. His system was to begin with for us to go on a boat experience, but me staying me, I was satisfied with their viewpoint and not way too keen on missioning to locate a boat in the heat. Although preoccupied with capturing the fantastic shot, Tom reported he had anything essential to check with me, obtained on one particular knee and proposed to my utter shock. I stated indeed, and in this article we are currently!

We ended up thrilled that we received to celebrate with my moms and dads and sister who were there with us on our trip in Dubai. It built it that substantially sweeter for us!

Celebration style & attire…

Conventional African apparel (gown) and a two-piece established. The two custom made designed.
What was the marriage searching working experience like for you?: The wonderful issue about acquiring my outfits customized manufactured, I could occur up with solutions. I needed something traditional but not standard. I have often been drawn to 70’s design and spoke to Midi of Moshe Krafts who then took some inspiration from me and created the costume which fit perfectly on my very first attempt. We created some minor adjustments to end it off.

For my 2nd glimpse, I labored closely with Danayi Madondo of Haus of Stone. I have been a enthusiast of her get the job done for a even though. She took me by means of a course of action of picking out design and colour and substance and we landed on the 2 piece. We experienced a fitting when I was dwelling and she finalised my outfit in just 2 times.

The two girls ended up a deal with to do the job with provided this was all going on remotely. The ultimate outcome was so attractive and I felt so attractive in each fits.

Cultural elements…

This becoming our African regular celebration, it was undoubtedly about lifestyle. We call it Roora (in Shona) or Lobola (in Ndebele). Tom compensated a dowry which essential a relatives assembly and associates who ended up current on his behalf. This was his determination to creating relationships with my household. Following the roora / lobola negotations, we had a blessing and then experienced a celebration where by we ate and danced the evening away.

The details…

Sweet treats…

The cake…

Mr. & Mrs…

Preferred memories…

The appreciate and light that filled the atmosphere. My dad cried when saying his speech and that was incredibly touching.

We’d also settled on a color topic for the event – not too absolutely sure if attendees would adhere to the topic. Strolling out for the blessing ceremony, I was so humbled to see everybody dressed to the theme. The mustard brought a stage of brightness and pleasure. Persons had been genuinely happy for us which was so humbling.

There have been so a lot of stunning moments – from Tom’s mom dancing with my family to the variety terms shared the decor which was stunning to the good vibes and DJ who had folks dancing all night. It was so exclusive.

Suggestions for other engaged couples…

Communication with the pertinent people is crucial. Test to encompass yourself with individuals you have confidence in who will give you standpoint and support you to approach any frustrations constructively. These individuals are also key to stand in on your behalf exactly where need be. Keep the main factor the most important issue and at some issue, you just have to belief that things will come jointly as they need to. Then permit go and Take pleasure in. Soak it all in mainly because it goes by way much too quickly.

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Suppliers:

  • Pictures Studio: Waloko Studios
  • Photographer: William Karimatsenga of Waloko Studios
  • Make-up: Make-up By Patience
  • Stylist: Amanda ‘Am’ Mudege of I Am Whom I Am
  • Bride Gown Groom & Groomsmen Shirts: Moshe Krafts
  • Bride 2-piece: Haus of Stone
  • Bridesmaids Headwraps & Palazzo Trousers: Tanya Nefertari
  • Hair: Loc Refresh of Simba Cutter (AKA Simbarashe Nyamhandu)
  • Hair Stylist: Angela Maravanyika
  • Decor: Upway Events
  • Celebration Stationery: Tique Design and style
  • Event Idea: Suvania Naidoo
  • Function Coordinator: Sonia Dube
  • Beverages: The Mixologist
  • Catering: Nana’s Gourmet Kitchen
  • Canapes: Joe Tsoka Catering
  • Cake & Treats: Sophy’s Creations
  • Bride: Rumbidzayi Dube
  • Groom: Tomas Zezula

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