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Cultural weddings hold a very special place at Wedding Concepts, and Muslim weddings in particular have some of the most beautiful customs and traditions. Limia and Ahmed, a young stylish couple from Johannesburg, chose to celebrate this momentous occasion with close friends and family in Cape Town. A Mehndi evening was hosted by Limia’s family at their Bishops Court home the evening before the wedding. The house was a riot of vibrant colours having been decorated with lanterns, scatter cushions on kelim rugs, flower arrangements and bright colourful organza draped throughout. Limia was a vision in her embellished wedding sari and jewellery, and with a fantastic spread of traditional food, an Indian DJ who kept the tunes going whilst the ladies had the intricate Mehndi expertly applied to their hands and feet, the night before the wedding was a small taste of the fantastic celebrations that were to follow the next day.
The wedding reception was held at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, with the “nikah” taking place on the polo viewing deck. The marriage contract is signed in a nikah ceremony, in which the groom proposes to the bridein front of witnesses. The bride and groom demonstrate their free will by repeating the word qabul (“I accept,” in Arabic) three times. This moving ceremony was then followed by the exchange of rings.
As the sun set, guests celebrated with the couple with exceedingly picturesque views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The reception was an elegant and lavish setting in a soft floral colour palette with sporadic vibrant colour courtesy of tall arrangements of tulips and lilies by the ever talented Okasie. The mix of fresh summary blooms with crystal and pearl chandeliers over the bridal table and gold sequenced lampshades outside added dazzling touches and spoke to Limia’s inner Diva. Custom-made floral napkins, mirrored wooden centre pieces and tulips still attached to their bulbs added a glamorous garden feel to the tables. The designer wedding cake by Roxanne Floquet displayed intricate Mehndi patterns on its tiers with the couple’s initials in coral in the middle, fitting in perfectly with the overall coral theme. Roxy also created gorgeous cookies in white, coral and gold dusting for all the ladies as gifts, whilst the gents received truffles in a personalised gold box.
The menu was a decadent feast like no other! Starters were kept light with Norwegian Salmon, salads and a selection of fresh country style breads. Main course stole the show with dishes ranging from a fragrant Indian Prawn Curry served with all its accompaniments such as rotis, naan, Mango Atchaar, Kachumber and a vegetable chaat, to a traditional roasted leg of lamb served with roasted potatoes and summer vegetables. Dessert was a tasty finale of Madagascan vanilla ice cream served on a bed of almond flakes with a mango coulis.
Limia and Ahmed first entered the reception to Clocks by Coldplay and their very first dance as a newly married couple was “Have I told You Lately” by Rod Stewart. Although a young couple, these two are reminiscent of “Old Hollywood” style and grace and are truly old-world romantics at heart. They respect and honour their cultural traditions dearly and combine it seamlessly well with modern day revelries. They danced the night away in style with family and friends before jet-setting off on an around the world honeymoon!
Photgraphy: Vivid Blue