Inside a perfect farm wedding with a distinct touch of Xhosa culture

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Babalwa and Zola Mcaciso had their dream wedding on a farm in the Western Cape. Photo by Ramiie G
Babalwa and Zola Mcaciso had their dream wedding on a farm in the Western Cape. Photo by Ramiie G
  • Babalwa and Zola Mcaciso recently got married on a farm in the Western Cape. 
  • It was a wedding they had always dreamt of having, mainly as they incorporated their Xhosa culture.
  • The three-day wedding had guests also dressed in Xhosa-inspired attires.

On a farm called De Uijlenes in Gansbaai, just outside Hermanus in the Western Cape, the Mcaciso's walked down the aisle. And it was nothing short of a fairytale.

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From the first day they met, Babalwa and Zola Mcaciso knew their love would be forever. Photo by Ramiie G. Dress: Asanda Madyibi. Make up: Sive Martini

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From the white wedding with a distinct touch of Xhosa culture, wedding guests dressed in Xhosa attire, and, of course, the breathtaking location in the forest - it was one perfect wedding.

Social media influencers, Babalwa and Zola Mcaciso let W24 in on their three-day getaway wedding that deserved all the likes.

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Babalwa Mcaciso in her regal gown gown, getting ready to walk down the aisle. Photo by Ramiie G

They admit that the wedding was not easy to plan. "The nitty-gritty planning of the wedding was a little bit stressful, like trying to allocate rooms to people and planning for additional food for all the other days that we were staying there,"  Babalwa tells us. 

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But everything worked out perfectly in the end, compliments of a focused and hardworking wedding planning team beside them.

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Babalwa and Zola Mcaciso had great support and that made their wedding plans seamless. Photo by Ramiie G

"We are Xhosa, and we really wanted to retain our heritage on one of the most memorable days of our lives. We also wanted to ensure that when our kids look back at our pictures, they remember who they are and where they come from through culture," the bride says.

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Wedding guests honoured the invitation and wore Xhosa-inspired attires at the Mcaciso wedding. Photo by Ramiie G

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Babalwa chose one of the finest South African designers known for her panache in Xhosa designs. She was trusted to make the bride's wishes come true.

"My dress was made by Asanda Madyibi. She is absolutely talented in beading. When I had the vision for my wedding dress, there was no one else I could think of besides her. She did a sterling job and brought my vision to life," she says. 

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Babalwa Mcaciso in a wedding gown of her dreams, designed by Asanda Madyibi. Photo by Ramiie G

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Babalwa wore a white custom gown with handmade beadwork all over it and a long train to complete the queenly look. The train was beaded and had trimmings of black and white Xhosa traditional regalia.

For her wedding reception, she wore the same dress but without the train and the headscarf. The pearl embellishment on the dress was simply flawless. 

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The newlyweds have candidly shared their love journey, particularly on Instagram and their YouTube channel.

Babalwa says she knew from the first time they started dating, they knew that they would spend the rest of their lives together. 

"We just clicked. We got on so well! Having said that, I did have my fears, doubts, and questions on whether it would work out. Little did I know that he was also as invested in the relationship as I was. The rest is history," she laughs.

Now the have their own little family.

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Signed and sealed: Mr and Mrs Mcaciso. Photo by Ramiie G

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When it comes to Mcaciso's love story, patience, perseverance, respect, and understanding are what have made their love solid.

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Babalwa and Zola Mcaciso at their unforgettable fairytale wedding. Photo by Ramiie G

Babalwa says commitment makes their love work: "It is not just committing to one another, but it is also committing to making your marriage work by loving your partner, respecting yourself and your partner, and being supportive."

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