THE CEL­E­BRA­TION

DRUM Weddings - - AKHONA & ANDILE -

The day af­ter the white wed­ding, the cou­ple had their tra­di­tional wed­ding with 200 guests in Gugulethu, where Andile grew up. The day started with “un­y­athelwa kwenkundla”, the Xhosa way of wel­com­ing the bride to the groom’s home. From there the wed­ding party moved to the Gugulethu Sports Com­plex for the tra­di­tional re­cep­tion. The pro­ces­sion was led by Xhosa tra­di­tional dancers and women in tra­di­tional blackand-white Xhosa at­tire. The menu in­cluded “am­ag­winya” (vetkoek) and chicken giblets served in lit­tle black pots, lamb stew and “um­le­qwa” (chicken stew). Af­ter the re­cep­tion, Akhona went with the Mlindi fam­ily to Andile’s child­hood home for “uMem­beso”, the ex­change of gifts be­tween the fam­i­lies. She wore an or­ange dress with a blan­ket cov­er­ing her shoul­ders. “Pulling off a stylish wed­ding and still stick­ing to tra­di­tion was a true high­light,” she says.

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