Unathi & Mtunzi - Wedding Album

Unathi & Mtunzi

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Lawyer Unathi Kondile and marketer Mtunzi Jonas celebrated their union Gatsby-style in an opulent ’20s-themed wedding in PE.

HERE COMES THE BRIDE…

Mtunzi whisked me away on many romantic weekends. Each time I thought he’d propose, but he never did. I decided to just relax and enjoy it when he took me to the luxurious Budmarsh in Magaliesberg. As luck would have it, that was the weekend he proposed.

I knew I wanted a non-traditional wedding, something a bit theatrical. Most of all, I wanted everyone to have fun, drink lots of Champagne and dance on tables.

We settled on a 1920s theme. It was such a vibrant period, with the birth of jazz and acceptance of ‘black culture’. It was about opulence, large parties and silliness. This was the backdrop for our day.

THE BIG DAY

The wedding exceeded all expectations. I felt like I was in a movie. Having been so involved in every detail of the wedding, finally seeing it live was surreal.

We took our photos before the chapel service. Our photographer put us back-to-back with our eyes closed. When we turned round and Mtunzi saw me for the first time in my dress, he came running towards me in tears. We spent a while just holding each other. It was a very intimate moment.

We wrote letters to each other on the morning of the wedding. We put them in an old briefcase with two bottles of wine to read on our tenth anniversary.

Everything was memorable that day, but Mtunzi putting his fist up in the air as we kissed at the altar was the best.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

Work with your partner. The day is not only about the bride. It’s a big milestone in both your lives. If you can, outsource as much as possible to ensure you have a stress-free day. And make friends with technology – planning apps make everything easier.

THE FINER DETAILS:

We had delicious canapés and fresh Knysna oysters for the cocktail hour. The starters consisted of a chicken trio and venison parcel. The main was beef fillet with a tiger prawn, creamy mushroom risotto and fresh garden vegetables.

Mtunzi and I don’t like icing, so we went for a ‘naked’ tiered vanilla and red velvet cake with fresh cream and strawberry jam filling, all dripping with fresh berries.

The decor was vintage opulence. We had large wingbacks and couches in the garden, crystal chandeliers hanging from the trees, gold coffee tables and tons of fairy lights. There was a whisky and cigar bar, croquet set up on the lawns, a live jazz band and even a professional shoe-shining station.

I wanted a dress similar to Kate Middleton’s or Grace Kelly’s – something with lace detail, long sleeves and traditional. I did a search on Pinterest and found a dress I liked instantly.

My niece sang ‘At Last’ by Etta James for us. It’s one of my favourite songs by one of my favourite artists. We also did a special dance choreographed by Hayley Bennet from World of Dance (of Strictly Come Dancing) to the song ‘Booty Swing’ by Parov Stelar. It’s an upbeat swing-jazz number and makes you feel like you’re at one of Gatsby’s parties.

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LITTLE BLACK BOOK 

Wedding planner: Confetti Events

confettiweddings.co.za

Venue: The Plantation

theplantation.co.za

Dress: Elbeth Gillis

elbethgillis.co.za

Photographer: Niki M Photography

nikimphotography.co.za

Cake: Amazing Cakes

amazingcakes.co.za

Flowers: Floral Creations

floralcreationsonline.co.za

Decor: Angelic Wonders

angelicwonders.co.za

Videographer: My World Creations Videography

myworldcreations.wix.com/videography

Music: VuDu

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Make-up: Iris Gomez

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Hair: Michael Daniel Hair Design

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Choreographer: Hayley Bennett’s World of Dance

worldofdance.co.za

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