Traditional African Celebration: Rumbi & Tom

Traditional African Celebration: Rumbi & Tom

Zimbabwean and Czech cultures collide in this classic African celebration.

Rumbi & Tom were being about to give up on like. Then, one working day, they fatefully swiped suitable and matched on Tinder. They haven’t looked back considering the fact that! Their cross-cultural romance in the end culminated in a wonderful show of family, really like, and laughter at their standard African celebration in April 2022.

Established in Rumbi’s family’s residence in Zimbabwe, the conventional celebration, identified as roora (in Shona) or Lobola (in Ndebele), is a ceremony where by a dowry is compensated and the place people have the chance to fulfill. Their formal wedding ceremony will take put in September in Tom’s country, The Czech Republic.

Reflecting on their unique working day, Rumbi shares, “What built it so unique was the conference of cultures. I am Zimbabwean and Tom, my companion, is Czech. I was humbled by how warmly my relatives embraced my companion and his household. It was his mother’s very first time flying these kinds of a prolonged distance and she was a trooper. The language barrier did not subject, appreciate prevailed.”

The pair was so grateful to rejoice with their shut mates and household. Bringing everyone together for the initially time, they could not think about a a lot more magical working day. Extra sweet information from their conventional African celebration down below!

  • Pair: Rumbidzayi Dube & Tomas Zezula
  • Occupations: Rumbi is a Trainer & Tom is a Software package Developer

Rapid Specifics:

  • Day of Celebration: April 17, 2022
  • Spot of celebration: Dube Spouse and children Home in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Marriage day: September 4, 2022
  • Marriage ceremony place: Czech Republic
  • Bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids received personalised robes and slippers. The groomsmen got personalised whisky flasks.

How they met…

We achieved on line on Tinder when we were being both of those about to throw in the towel on relationship.

The proposal…

Tom wished to meet up with my family members. We have been contemplating of going to Zimbabwe in the Summer months of 2021 so he could meet up with my folks. Sad to say, because of to COVID, there ended up constraints on travelling house for me.

We decided to meet the family ‘half-way’ in Dubai in which my moms and dads and sister ended up able to fly. We invested 7 times collectively, with Tom having to know my parents and vice versa.

Two times before leaving Dubai, Tom and I went to get COVID tests accomplished. With Tom’s insistence, we went to look at the Burj Al Arab. His program was initially for us to go on a boat experience, but me being me, I was happy with their viewpoint and not much too keen on missioning to uncover a boat in the heat. Whilst preoccupied with capturing the great shot, Tom claimed he had one thing significant to talk to me, obtained on one particular knee and proposed to my utter shock. I mentioned indeed, and in this article we are today!

We were being thrilled that we acquired to celebrate with my moms and dads and sister who were being there with us on our excursion in Dubai. It created it that a great deal sweeter for us!

Celebration design & attire…

Conventional African attire (dress) and a two-piece set. Each tailor made designed.
What was the wedding buying encounter like for you?: The great issue about obtaining my outfits custom made produced, I could occur up with suggestions. I preferred a thing conventional but not usual. I’ve always been drawn to 70’s model and spoke to Midi of Moshe Krafts who then took some inspiration from me and established the costume which fit beautifully on my initial try out. We designed some small changes to complete it off.

For my 2nd appear, I worked carefully with Danayi Madondo of Haus of Stone. I have been a fan of her perform for a whilst. She took me through a course of action of choosing fashion and color and materials and we landed on the 2 piece. We had a fitting when I was dwelling and she finalised my outfit in just 2 times.

Both women have been a treat to perform with specified this was all occurring remotely. The remaining final result was so wonderful and I felt so beautiful in each fits.

Cultural elements…

This currently being our African standard celebration, it was certainly about lifestyle. We contact it Roora (in Shona) or Lobola (in Ndebele). Tom paid out a dowry which needed a family assembly and associates who were existing on his behalf. This was his motivation to building relationships with my family. Immediately after the roora / lobola negotations, we had a blessing and then experienced a celebration exactly where we ate and danced the night absent.

The details…

Sweet treats…

The cake…

Mr. & Mrs…

Favored memories…

The love and light that loaded the environment. My father cried when declaring his speech and that was unbelievably touching.

We’d also settled on a color theme for the event – not also confident if visitors would adhere to the theme. Walking out for the blessing ceremony, I was so humbled to see everyone dressed to the concept. The mustard introduced a stage of brightness and pleasure. Persons have been truly happy for us which was so humbling.

There were being so quite a few gorgeous moments – from Tom’s mother dancing with my relatives to the kind phrases shared the decor which was spectacular to the wonderful vibes and DJ who experienced folks dancing all night. It was so special.

Assistance for other engaged couples…

Communication with the pertinent persons is critical. Test to surround yourself with men and women you trust who will give you viewpoint and help you to procedure any frustrations constructively. These individuals are also important to stand in on your behalf in which want be. Maintain the main detail the key thing and at some level, you just have to believe in that issues will appear jointly as they ought to. Then enable go and Take pleasure in. Soak it all in simply because it goes by way as well rapidly.

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  • Pictures Studio: Waloko Studios
  • Photographer: William Karimatsenga of Waloko Studios
  • Make-up: Make-up By Patience
  • Stylist: Amanda ‘Am’ Mudege of I Am Whom I Am
  • Bride Gown Groom & Groomsmen Shirts: Moshe Krafts
  • Bride 2-piece: Haus of Stone
  • Bridesmaids Headwraps & Palazzo Trousers: Tanya Nefertari
  • Hair: Loc Refresh of Simba Cutter (AKA Simbarashe Nyamhandu)
  • Hair Stylist: Angela Maravanyika
  • Decor: Upway Events
  • Event Stationery: Tique Structure
  • Occasion Concept: Suvania Naidoo
  • Occasion Coordinator: Sonia Dube
  • Beverages: The Mixologist
  • Catering: Nana’s Gourmand Kitchen area
  • Canapes: Joe Tsoka Catering
  • Cake & Treats: Sophy’s Creations
  • Bride: Rumbidzayi Dube
  • Groom: Tomas Zezula

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