Gigaba’s gardens fairytale

2014-09-01 00:00

HOME Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and his bride Nomachule Mngoma, enjoyed a fairytale wedding weekend.

The couple said their “I dos” in front of a host of South African celebrities and politicians at the Botanic Gardens in Durban and celebrated their traditional wedding in Mandeni yesterday.

Designer Gavin Rajah, who was enlisted to conceive the event, said the couple wanted the event to be beautiful but “not in your face”.

“I’m thrilled the event looked gorgeous and amazing. It’s also great that my client was thrilled that I delivered their wish,” he said.

DRC designer Patrick Lusala, who is based at the La Rue Boutique in Sandton, was responsible for the groom’s dapper attire.

Gigaba opted for an oatmeal waistcoat and co-ordinating tie. He also wore a black formal tailcoat with a curved end, while dashing the colour with charcoal trousers and nut-brown derby lace-ups.

The bride was draped in a virgin-white wedding gown by designer David Tlale.

“It’s a traditionally styled wedding gown taken through the ages to where we are today. It’s a boob-tube dress and French lace, silks and satins were used in the design,” Tlale said.

The gardens played host to celebrities, socialites and politicians with the likes of ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa and his wife, Zama, who were also married at the same venue three years ago. Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe and Durban business tycoon Vivian Reddy and wife Sorisha Naidoo also attended the celebrations.

Later DJ S’bu was tasked as the master of ceremonies with the evening’s programme, and formalities were opened with a line dance by Mr and Mrs Gigaba and their retinue.

Catering was done the Durban University of Technology’s hotel school and The Thirst handled all the beverage needs.

The menu featured a mango salsa with prawns starter, the main course was roast lamb with potatoes, and coconut marshmallows and apple pie followed for dessert.

Long-time friend and fellow cabinet minister Nathi Mthethwa spoke on behalf of the groom, firstly wishing him a happy birthday and joking that as the new bride was an IT technician and married a “Gigaba”, the result was a Gigabyte. The evening continued with more choreographed dancing and the couple cutting their towering, eight-tier cake.

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