South African Royal Wedding - Zulu Princess Bukhosibemvelo

February 18, 2011

The 24 year old Zulu Princess Bukhosibemvelo married her love, Sipho Nyawo, during the summer of 2009. The princess is director of the Amathonga Institute, which supports the efforts of entrepreneurs in South Africa. Her new husband is a business executive. The photos of their lovely wedding day at the Botanical Gardens in Durban reflect the bright smiles of the happy couple and their guests. The bride wore a gown that was designed by Johannesburg designer Julian and carried a bouquet of pastel pink spring roses. The groom sported a gray suit from the Giorgio Armani collection.

The pleated neckline of her gown features an element found in the collections of numerous bridal designers. I love the textured styling of this contemporary look.

The bride’s father King Zwelithini has 37 children – 22 sons and 15 daughters while her mother Queen Mantfombi is Swazi King Mswati III’s sister. Guests at the event included South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, the country’s first ladies; Sizakele Khumalo, Nompumelelo Ntuli and Thobeka Mabhija, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Swaziland’s royal family and Nigerian chiefs Adolf Omobude and Osawe Joseph. ~

The princess chose Western styling for her special day. The South African wedding featured in the delightful video below embraces both Western and traditional Zulu customs. . . enjoy the color & celebration of love. . . love, love, love it! This couple and their guests are perfect examples of Soaring Hearts!

Traditional African wedding attire consists of the multiple-piece Buba (blouse), Iro (wrapper), Gele (head wear) and Ipele (shawl) The gele and ipele are often made of hand-loomed Yoruba Aso oke fabric. I know where to look for inspiration when I get around to creating those turban designs still swirling in my head.

May all your days be equally colorful and expressive!




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