Wed­ding fit for a princess

Soapie goes all out to im­press

Sowetan - - News - By Les­ley Mo­fo­keng En­ter­tain­ment Ed­i­tor

Tele­vi­sion view­ers are be­ing feted to a five-day wed­ding ex­trav­a­ganza, cour­tesy of 1Magic drama The River.

Since Mon­day, Tumi Mokoena (played by Larona Moagi) and Zolani Dlamini’s (played by Lawrence Maleka) nup­tials have had so­cial net­works fired up and fans lap­ping up the finer de­tails of the lav­ish af­fair.

For a while, it looked like the trip down the aisle would not ma­te­ri­alise af­ter ilobolo ne­go­ti­a­tions went south, thanks to the greedy un­cle (played by Sello Maake ka Ncube). But, as it hap­pens in the movies, af­ter much sus­pense and the dra­mat­ics, the bride took her walk to the pul­pit last night, re­veal­ing an over-thetop gown re­served for princesses in fairy tales.

The fes­tiv­i­ties con­tinue un­til to­mor­row. The dress was de­signed by Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee, af­ter cre­ative pro­ducer and writer of the wed­ding episodes Percy Vi­lakazi and Kgo­motso Dipholo briefed him.

Said Vi­lakazi: “We wanted some­thing ma­jes­tic and de­tailed; some­thing that is wor­thy of the money pre­mium sub­scribers pay to watch us daily. “It was im­por­tant that Tumi looked like a princess. She grew up very poor and has never even dared to dream about a wed­ding of that mag­ni­tude.” Scalo de­signed Lindiwe (Sindi Dlathu) and Beauty’s (Galalet­sang Koff­man) dresses, while Lunga Kha­banyane of Lungstar Cre­ations did the grooms­men suits. Linda Makhanya of LM Tai­lored Suits made the groom’s suit. The wed­ding was shot in Septem­ber at Shep­stone Gar­dens in Jo­han­nes­burg. “Again, the venue had to look op­u­lent. The view­ers needed to see and be­lieve that a wealthy fam­ily put that wed­ding to­gether.

“We en­listed Given Mabena of Givy’s De­signer Events,

un­der the lead­er­ship of our set de­signer Amanda Scholtz, to as­sist us with the decor. Our cake was cho­sen and voted for by the HODs, and was baked by Just Teddy, based in New­town, Jo­han­nes­burg.”

The episode also fea­tured songs by Rex Ra­banye (O Nket­sang), Langa Mavuso (Sun­day Blues), Mamp­intsha (Siyaba Than­dazela), Sun El Mu­si­cian (Sonini & Ntaba Ezikude), and Tribal (Um­lingo).


Larona Moagi, who plays Tumi Mokoena in the pop­u­lar soapie ‘The River’ on 1Magic, walks down the aisle.

Tumi and Zolani Dlamini dur­ing their wed­ding.

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