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As if the strains of Bette Mi­dler’s hit Wind Be­neath My Wings weren’t enough to get new­ly­weds Malusi Gi­gaba and No­machule Mn­goma to their re­cep­tion tent, Dur­ban pulled out a cheeky south­wester yes­ter­day to help things along. And the bride had a smile that said it all. One of the coun­try’s top de­sign­ers, Gavin Ra­jah, who was roped in to con­cep­tu­alise the event, said the cou­ple wanted their wed­ding at the Dur­ban Botanic Gar­dens to be beau­ti­ful but “not in your face”.

“I’m thrilled the event looked gor­geous. It’s also great that my client was thrilled and that I de­liv­ered their wish. I ap­proach all my de­signs the same way. The client had an idea and I fol­lowed through with my own ver­sion,” he said.

Ra­jah has been work­ing on the wed­ding since May, and said the cou­ple were very easy to work with.

“They wanted to feel the love and they wanted their guests to feel the love. I think we pulled it off.”

Mn­goma’s wed­ding gown and 6-me­tre veil were de­signed by 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,” Tlale said.

De­signer Pa­trick Lusala, who hails from the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo and is based at La Rue boutique in Sand­ton, de­signed the groom’s dap­per suit.

Gi­gaba opted for a tai­lored, Veste en Coupe Lapien-cut coat with an oat­meal waist­coat and co­or­di­nat­ing tie. The black for­mal tail­coat fea­tured a curved end, while Gi­gaba added colour with char­coal longs and nut-brown Der­bie lace-ups.

In at­ten­dance were celebri­ties, so­cialites and politi­cians, in­clud­ing ANC spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa and his wife, Zama; Deputy Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Bheki Cele, Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­dency Jeff Radebe; and busi­ness­man Vi­vian Reddy and his ac­tress wife, Sor­isha Naidoo. Arts Min­is­ter Nathi Mthethwa, busi­ness­woman Baset­sana Ku­malo and Sports Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula were also there.

Pho­tog­ra­phers scram­bled to get pic­tures of the bride as she made her en­trance to the gar­dens in a pearl-white Bent­ley, decked with white gar­lands and sport­ing the num­ber plate “The Bride”.



Malusi Gi­gaba and wife, No­machule, just af­ter they were mar­ried at the Dur­ban Botanic Gar­dens

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