It was a fabulous fusion fest – a traditional Xhosa wedding with a Scottish spin as the bride and groom made every effort to honour each other’s heritage on their special day.
“I love this guy. He’s my best friend,” actress Hlubi (38) gushes about Kirsten (37), a financial consultant.
The couple have been together for just over 15 years and Kirsten’s best man, Dirk Fourie, loves telling the story of how the groom had been smitten with the TV star since seeing her on the soapie Isidingo.
“Every time she was on, Kirsten would ask me to lower my volume and up her volume!” Dirk says.
Hlubi says she and Kirsten, who enjoyed a honeymoon skiing in the French Alps months after their wedding, can’t wait to have children.
“I feel God has put it in my heart to adopt so that may be on the cards for us,” she says
The couple rehearsed a special dance for their reception entrance to Brenda Fassie’s Vulindlela. “Then, all of a sudden, my husband, who loves to dance, just breaks into a dance of his own!” Hlubi says.
“So much for the dance rehearsal! But, of course, in the end I joined him. It was a great moment,” she says. Having their wedding at her parents’ home was her dad Mzobanzi’s idea.
“It was wonderful to share our wedding with friends and family at the home blessed by our ancestors,” Hlubi says. “It also saved us venue costs!”
couple also brought in more tradition at the ceremony when Kirsten and his groomsmen were led to the waiting bride by a bagpipe player, playing his clan’s anthem.
Hlubi’s intricately decorated reception dress was designed by Fred Eboka.
“I’m a feather kind of girl – they’re so fun and festive so I adored the dress. Everything about it is so beautiful, so rich, right down to the yellow pearls along the neckline,” she says.
As part of the décor, photographs of Hlubi and Kirsten’s family hung from a tree (far right). “Trees are a symbol of family, heritage and the future.
So this was our family tree, literally and figuratively,” she says.