Sarah Charumbira And Oteng Masiane’s Unique Wedding
The proposal story
On the 17th of December 2016, he came to pick me from work with a friend of his who annoyed me. That obviously got me annoyed and he made it worse by saying telling me that I needed to meet his dad (his dad stayed in Gwanda, so I had never met him before, but I had met his mom) at Bulawayo Center and that was the opposite direction to my way home. So I just sulked my way to Bulawayo Center. We arrived at Bulawayo Center, then he took me upstairs. I was very much annoyed and worse with all those guys from Walkers Club surrounding us hence I was feeling out-of-place. So I wanted to make sure that we were going home soon because I could not see a “dad” anywhere. We walked down the stairs near the Choppies shops, and then to my surprise, I saw him go down on his knees right in front of the Choppies door and kneeling there, he popped the question. I had to make the biggest decision of my life at that door. I guess I took too much time to respond because everyone was shouting “say yes” and some guys from the crowd, actually came to kneel with him. What took me long to respond though, was the state of shock, surprise, excitement. But I eventually said yes and everyone around us was shouting and taking videos and pictures. It is one night that I will always remember.
The planning process
It wasn’t that hard neither was it that easy. The first thing I did when we decided the date was to decide the colors. The colors would set the pace and set the theme and vibe of the wedding. The first colors were beige(shade of brown) and Tiffany blue. But the colors where hard to find – black and blue were the next best thing but everyone had used those before. I wanted to be a different bride. Finally the colors Burgundy, blush pink or gold came to mind. Gold was too dark so I opted for blush pink. After that, ideas started flowing in my mind. I wanted something different. I wanted something fun. And I also wanted something simple and elegant.
How I found my suppliers
I quickly went around town and went on Facebook and Google to search for them. About two months later, a friend referred me to the guy who did decor. As for the dress it caught my eye as I was shopping around town. My friend’s mom sewed the bridesmaid dresses. I chose her because she was passionate about the job.
Anything I would change
I wouldn’t change anything because whatever happened that day happened for us to learn and get experience.
There wasn’t much culture involved Just the basics, so everything was smooth
Summarize your wedding in 7 words
A day I will forever cherish
How did you choose your bridal team?
The team was mostly family and close friends we both grew up with hence it was a close knit team
The I do part, “Kiss the bride part”, the Vows as well as Dancing the night out
What was your wedding style?
Smart and formal for the ceremony. The guests wore smart casual at the reception since it had a cocktail feel.
Tell us about your wedding dress
I still love the view and pictures. It was the most beautiful thing that caught the eye and the heart. I love how it was modest yet simple but at the same time had that “wow” effect.
We spent most on decor and pictures
Advice to other couples
We should never worry about a lot because the most important thing on the day is saying I do. As long the rings are there and the marriage license is ready, all will be well. Ladies should know what they want. Never go beyond what you can afford – always avoid debts because there is life after marriage. On your day just dance the day out …weddings are about celebrations!
Photographer: lime lite Media (weddings.limelite.co.zw and limelite.co.zw. Contacts are 0733 341 369, 0773 960 167, 0713 004 382)
Venue: The Horizon
Dress: Body Language Boutique (Haddon and Sly complex)
Make-Up: Nqobile Ndiweni (0773 227 568)
Caterers: Skinny Cow (0774 659 721)
Wedding Planner: Sarah Masiane (0773 187 553)
PA Systems: Probass Sounds (Valentine 077 842 0278)
Cake: Cake Fairy ( 077 321 8242)