Minimalist bride channels Tswana roots in traditional bridal gown

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Denga and Omphile Takalani on their wedding day.
Denga and Omphile Takalani on their wedding day.
  • Omphile and Denga Takalani recently tied the knot in a traditional wedding ceremony.
  • The bride wore a Tswana inspired gown that made her feel like a princess.
  • She tells us about her minimalist glam choice for her special day. 

The modern bride aesthetic gives brides the freedom to wear a gown that embraces their identity. 

Omphile Takalani's take on what the modern bride looks like has our attention. It is the elegance of the design and simplicity of the wedding that made it perfect. 

The 28-year-old bride wore a Tswana inspired long silky dress with lace embellishments. In keeping with the traditional wedding theme, she included leteitse/letoise (a Tswana fabric) to her dress. As per traditional bride decorum, the lace covered her neckline and arms.

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Presenting Mrs Omphile Takalani. Image by PK Ndalamo

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She lets us in on the dress - designed by Refiloe Molekoa - which exceeded her expectations. 

"I enjoy exploring and playing with modern style and trends in general hence I wanted to have the long silky part at the bottom of the dress and some lace on top of the leteitse. It reminded me of a Princess look," she says.

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Omphile Takalani felt like a princess on the day. Image by PK Ndalamo

Omphile is a minimalist, and she made sure her makeup was done by childhood friend Fungile Moetanalo. The MUA did her justice and reflected her personal style. Her hairstyle was also chosen to keep it all-natural.

"I wanted to go for a soft glam but bridal glow look. Fungile understood my personality and understood the assignment. For my hairdo, I wanted to embrace my natural hair. I thought a high natural hair bun would go well for the day and show off the dress at the neckline," she adds. 

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The Tswana bride went for a soft glam and kept her hair all natural with a high bun. Image by PK Ndalamo

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Speaking of her new husband, Denga Takalani, the happy bride says, "Denga had always been there for me, especially when I was going through a lot of challenges in my varsity and professional career for my CA(SA) journey. He's compassionate, loves me and prays for me. He is also very patient with me." 

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After five years of dating, The Takalanis  tied the knot. Image by PK Ndalamo

She loves that her 30-year-old husband is her pillar. "I  knew he is the one for me as he makes sure I embrace other creative talents in my life, which I had neglected for years. He is a gem, able to bring out the best in me, so of course, I wanted to spend forever and a day with him," Omphile shares. 

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Love is also a daily choice, the Takalanis say. "The emotions are never constant. But your commitment to your choice is. Respect is important from both sides. It can be fun and full of adventure," the bride says,  

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