We lined up the best of the best in the wedding industry and asked them to reveal what’s hot right now and how you can make your day extra-special. Look out for their expert tips on all the articles. May we present . . .
Meet the wedding experts who shared advice and trends in DRUM Weddings.
Beauty editor Nthabiseng Makhokha lets DRUM, YOU and Huisgenoot readers in on the beauty secrets of the moment. She has a qualification in journalism and advertising from Boston House Media and has perfected her craft in the five years she’s been in magazines. “Brides have become more daring and adventurous,” she reveals.
One of South Africa’s most successful designers, GertJohan Coetzee is passionate about spreading the gospel of glamour. His creations are of the most talked-about gowns worn at the biggest events on SA’s social calendar, and on the international red carpet his designs are worn by A-listers including Kelly Rowland. He also produces two ready-to-wear ranges.
Noncedo Siwisa is a passionate cook who studied BCom (Economics and Business Management) at the University of Fort Hare. Today she runs NC# Key Concepts Investments and the Noncedo Siwisa Foundation in Port Edward. Motivated by a love of beautiful things, she creates menus that are a modern take on traditional cuisine and prepares meals with her squad of young cooks.
Baking beautiful cakes is Linda Phalatse’s “heartfelt passion”. In fact, the founder and owner of Soweto-based Ekasi Cakes & Events Couture, left a career in climatology in 2002 to start her business. “We do elegant townshipstyle weddings and events.” Linda baked her first professional cake when she was 13 years old and hasn’t stopped since. “Baking stimulates my senses,” she says.
Maseeiso Sisulu is the founder and creative director of Events by HRH (formerly Pumpkins Designs). Growing up as she did with a graphic designer for a father, Maseeiso’s inclination to art and creativity is no surprise. Her love of classics, prints and colour inspired her to start her own business in 2006, now known for its elegant, extraordinary and unforgettable creations.
Zuzi Seoka of Zuno Photography is based in Joburg but works “where the weddings take me”. She began by sourcing photographers for a Joburg photographer while living in Durban and then studied photography when she moved to Cape Town in 2011. “My love for wedding photography stems from the raw human emotion that you cannot manufacture.”
Floral expert Lindi Masango knew from an early age that she wanted to work “with beautiful things”. Ten years ago she joined a renowned Joburg florist with whom she created “floral magic”. Then she took over an events/décor business where she’d been employed. Now she puts her stamp on big events as well as more intimate celebrations.
Barberton-born Bheki Ngema is an innovator.The creative director and co-founder of BEN & Co. Designs, his meticulously crafted collections are inspired by Africa’s natural raw materials. An award-winner of prestigious accolades (including design competitions of De Beers and Anglo-American Platinum), he’s injecting new ideas into the industry.
Launched in 2009, Antherline Couture Studio is the traditional fashion label of trendy Matome Seshoka. The founder and head designer operates from the Joburg CBD and says his clothes are worn “by the bold and the uber-confident”. Apart from custom-made wedding gowns, cocktail and eveningwear, and male couture wear, he has a ready-towear range, too.