Kabelo & Mamokete Motswatswa
Kabelo and I met in a mutual friend’s back seat. We were going back home from the Wits Freshers in 2013 and there wasn’t much space in the car so I opted to sit on his lap.Those car rides are the most awkward but funny enough, not for us. We had such a detailed intro that a conversation between two strangers sparked a genuine friendship.
We became best friends, then everything took a turn in 2016 when we decided to test if we could take our relationship to the next step.
We took it to Oppiekoppie :), and by that I mean we decided to join camp sites amongst our friends so we could spend the weekend camping together.
That weekend together defined our love and confirmed that we needed to be together. A year and a half later, June 17th 2018, Kabelo took me hiking (something which was not unusual to the many things we enjoyed doing together) and he asked me to marry him.
He’s so sneaky, he had already sent the letter to my parents two days before he proposed and got my parents blessing. I just found out after the proposal.
I’m such a planner at heart, so I started planning and doing research on possible suppliers the moment I got that ring on my finger.
I looked everywhere, but my main source was definitely Instagram. Collecting data was very fun for me, I did it in much silence because everyone was looking forward to the mahadi negotiations.
Once mahadi was done, I got Kabelo on board, we joined ideas and wishes together, then the serious work began (mind you, I followed all my possible suppliers’ work on IG for about a year, that helped us make final decisions), we contacted and locked in our suppliers 3-4 months before the wedding.
In doing that, we could spend the months testing their work and making sure that everyone could execute our dream day perfectly.
The biggest thing for us was for us to enjoy each step of our journey, and that we did!
Our families and friends were supper supportive, and I think knowing and being stern about what we wanted for the weekend helped make the journey smooth. If asked if I would go through the journey again, we definitely would!
What Was Your Favourite Aspect Of The Day?
Our favourite aspect of the day would be walking down the aisle, seeing each other and realising that it’s actually happening.
Walking out the church as Mr and Mrs Motswatswa and seeing how happy our families were, most especially our parents.
What Would You Change in Hindsight?
Absolutely nothing, the day was perfect!
What Advice Would You Give to Future Brides?
Plan, Plan, Plan… that will help you EXECUTE! Dont leave anything for last minute, it alleviates so much stress!
How Has Married Life Been? Any insights you can share?
Keep dating, just because you’re married doesn’t mean your relationship should change. The only thing that’s changed really is your wife’s surname, don’t put pressure on your relationship because you’ve both assumed a new role 🙂
(**Starred = Mzansi Bride supplier)
(PS: We always ask our couples to only list the service providers they were happy with)
Bride’s Dress: B Mashilo Designs
Groom’s Suit : Rafael Mukendi
Bridesmaids Dresses : Thulani Nyuba
Groomsmens Suits : Thomi R Creations
Hair : Indalo Nubian Naturals**
Makeup : BK Makeup Artist
Venue : Ayana Wedding Conference
Gin bar : Fluid Bar
Cake : Monate ka Ganong
Photography : Mothusi Molote
Videography : Essy Photography
Decor : GlamClan Decor
Gifts : LPM Creations & Gifting**
Bouquets: MNM Flower Rangers
Entertainment: Performances by Kamo Matsoso, Ms Lira & Taygz
Sound, Stage & Lighting : DJay Touch