OUR PANEL

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 . . .

DRUM Weddings - - CONTENTS -

Meet the wedding ex­perts who shared ad­vice and trends in DRUM Wed­dings.

NTHABISENG MAKHOKHA

BEAUTY EX­PERT

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.

Nthabiseng.Makhokha@me­dia24.com

GERT-JO­HAN COET­ZEE

DRESS DE­SIGNER

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.

info@gertjo­han­coet­zee.com

NON­CEDO SIWISA

CATERER

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.

non­ce­dos@gmail.com

LINDA PHALATSE

BAKER

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.

eka­si­cakes@gmail.com

MASEEISO SISULU

EVENT OR­GAN­ISER

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.

info@events­byhrh.co.za

ZUZI SEOKA

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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.”

zuzi@zunopho­tog­ra­phy.co.za

LINDI MASANGO

FLORIST

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.

lindi@casablan­caevents.co.za

BHEKI NGEMA

JEW­ELLER

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.

bheki@ben-code­signs.com

ISAAC LETELE

HAIRSTYLIST

isaac.letele@ya­hoo.com

MATOME SESHOKA

DRESS DE­SIGNER

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.

se­shoka4­mat@ya­hoo.com

TSHEGO MOLOABI

WEDDING PLAN­NER

tshego@melet­lo­cel­e­bra­tions.co.za

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