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Traditional African Wedding Celebration: Rumbi & Tom

Traditional African Wedding Celebration: Rumbi & Tom
Traditional African Wedding Celebration: Rumbi & Tom

Zimbabwean and Czech cultures collide in this traditional African wedding ceremony celebration.

Rumbi & Tom were being about to give up on really like. Then, a single day, they fatefully swiped appropriate and matched on Tinder. They have not appeared back again since! Their cross-cultural romance eventually culminated in a gorgeous screen of spouse and children, really like, and laughter at their common African wedding day in April 2022.

Set in Rumbi’s family’s home in Zimbabwe, the classic celebration, referred to as roora (in Shona) or Lobola (in Ndebele), is a ceremony where a dowry is compensated and the place households have the chance to satisfy. Their 2nd marriage ceremony will acquire position in September in Tom’s country, The Czech Republic.

Reflecting on their distinctive working day, Rumbi shares, “What built it so exclusive was the conference of cultures. I am Zimbabwean and Tom, my partner, is Czech. I was humbled by how warmly my family embraced my husband or wife and his relatives. It was his mother’s initial time flying this kind of a lengthy length and she was a trooper. The language barrier did not make a difference, enjoy prevailed.”

The few was so grateful to rejoice with their shut good friends and family members. Bringing anyone alongside one another for the 1st time, they couldn’t think about a additional magical working day. Extra sweet particulars from their classic African marriage beneath!

  • Pair: Rumbidzayi Dube & Tomas Zezula
  • Occupations: Rumbi is a Instructor & Tom is a Application Developer

Swift Info:

  • Day of Celebration: April 17, 2022
  • Site of celebration: Dube Household Home in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Marriage date: September 4, 2022
  • Wedding ceremony place: Czech Republic
  • Bridesmaids and groomsmen items: Bridesmaids bought personalised robes and slippers. The groomsmen received personalised whisky flasks.

How they met…

We achieved on the web on Tinder when we were each about to toss in the towel on courting.

The proposal…

Tom desired to meet my household. We ended up considering of heading to Zimbabwe in the Summer months of 2021 so he could meet up with my people. Sad to say, because of to COVID, there ended up restrictions on travelling residence for me.

We determined to meet up with the spouse and children ‘half-way’ in Dubai exactly where my dad and mom and sister had been ready to fly. We used 7 times collectively, with Tom receiving to know my dad and mom and vice versa.

Two times prior to leaving Dubai, Tom and I went to get COVID checks carried out. With Tom’s insistence, we went to look at the Burj Al Arab. His plan was in the beginning for us to go on a boat experience, but me staying me, I was content with their viewpoint and not far too eager on missioning to locate a boat in the warmth. Even though preoccupied with capturing the great shot, Tom mentioned he had something significant to ask me, bought on 1 knee and proposed to my utter surprise. I explained sure, and below we are currently!

We were thrilled that we acquired to rejoice with my mother and father and sister who have been there with us on our trip in Dubai. It built it that considerably sweeter for us!

Wedding day type & attire…

Regular African apparel (gown) and a two-piece established. Both customized made.
What was the wedding ceremony browsing expertise like for you?: The fantastic point about having my outfits custom manufactured, I could come up with suggestions. I wanted anything regular but not standard. I have often been drawn to 70’s type and spoke to Midi of Moshe Krafts who then took some inspiration from me and produced the gown which suit correctly on my initially try. We made some insignificant changes to end it off.

For my 2nd seem, I worked carefully with Danayi Madondo of Haus of Stone. I’ve been a admirer of her perform for a when. She took me by means of a procedure of picking model and color and product and we landed on the 2 piece. We had a fitting when I was home and she finalised my outfit in just 2 times.

Each women were a address to perform with presented this was all happening remotely. The closing end result was so stunning and I felt so attractive in both equally suits.

Cultural elements…

This becoming our African traditional celebration, it was unquestionably about culture. We get in touch with it Roora (in Shona) or Lobola (in Ndebele). Tom compensated a dowry which needed a spouse and children meeting and associates who were being current on his behalf. This was his determination to building associations with my loved ones. After the roora / lobola negotations, we experienced a blessing and then had a celebration the place we ate and danced the evening away.

The details…

Sweet treats…

The cake…

Mr. & Mrs…

Favorite memories…

The really like and light-weight that loaded the environment. My dad cried when expressing his speech and that was unbelievably touching.

We’d also settled on a color theme for the celebration – not too certain if friends would adhere to the theme. Walking out for the blessing ceremony, I was so humbled to see all people dressed to the topic. The mustard introduced a amount of brightness and joy. Men and women had been genuinely pleased for us which was so humbling.

There had been so a lot of beautiful moments – from Tom’s mom dancing with my loved ones to the form phrases shared the decor which was stunning to the good vibes and DJ who experienced people dancing all night time. It was so particular.

Marriage tips for other engaged couples…

Interaction with the appropriate individuals is crucial. Test to surround your self with folks you have faith in who will give you viewpoint and assistance you to procedure any frustrations constructively. These individuals are also important to stand in on your behalf the place need to have be. Continue to keep the key factor the main thing and at some issue, you just have to trust that things will occur jointly as they should really. Then enable go and Get pleasure from. Soak it all in since it goes by way much too rapid.

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

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