Traditional African Wedding Celebration: Rumbi & Tom

Traditional African Wedding Celebration: Rumbi & Tom

Zimbabwean and Czech cultures collide in this classic African marriage celebration.

Rumbi & Tom were being about to give up on adore. Then, 1 working day, they fatefully swiped appropriate and matched on Tinder. They haven’t seemed back again considering the fact that! Their cross-cultural romance finally culminated in a wonderful screen of family, love, and laughter at their common African wedding ceremony in April 2022.

Set in Rumbi’s family’s home in Zimbabwe, the common celebration, referred to as roora (in Shona) or Lobola (in Ndebele), is a ceremony where a dowry is paid and where by households have the option to fulfill. Their second wedding will take put in September in Tom’s place, The Czech Republic.

Reflecting on their unique working day, Rumbi shares, “What designed it so exclusive was the meeting of cultures. I am Zimbabwean and Tom, my associate, is Czech. I was humbled by how warmly my relatives embraced my companion and his relatives. It was his mother’s initial time traveling this sort of a long length and she was a trooper. The language barrier did not make any difference, enjoy prevailed.”

The few was so grateful to celebrate with their shut close friends and relatives. Bringing all people together for the initial time, they could not picture a far more magical working day. Additional sweet particulars from their standard African wedding down below!


  • Few: Rumbidzayi Dube & Tomas Zezula
  • Occupations: Rumbi is a Instructor & Tom is a Application Developer

Quick Facts:

  • Date of Celebration: April 17, 2022
  • Spot of celebration: Dube Household Home in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Marriage ceremony day: September 4, 2022
  • Wedding day site: Czech Republic
  • Bridesmaids and groomsmen items: Bridesmaids got personalised robes and slippers. The groomsmen bought personalised whisky flasks.

How they met…

We satisfied online on Tinder when we ended up both of those about to throw in the towel on relationship.

The proposal…

Tom required to satisfy my relatives. We were imagining of heading to Zimbabwe in the Summer months of 2021 so he could fulfill my folks. Regretably, because of to COVID, there had been constraints on travelling property for me.

We determined to satisfy the family ‘half-way’ in Dubai where by my mom and dad and sister have been in a position to fly. We spent 7 times with each other, with Tom obtaining to know my dad and mom and vice versa.

Two times before leaving Dubai, Tom and I went to get COVID assessments completed. With Tom’s insistence, we went to see the Burj Al Arab. His approach was to begin with for us to go on a boat trip, but me getting me, I was happy with their viewpoint and not as well keen on missioning to discover a boat in the heat. Even though preoccupied with capturing the great shot, Tom explained he had a thing crucial to request me, acquired on a person knee and proposed to my utter shock. I claimed certainly, and here we are nowadays!

We were being thrilled that we obtained to rejoice with my mothers and fathers and sister who have been there with us on our excursion in Dubai. It built it that considerably sweeter for us!

Marriage style & attire…

Standard African apparel (gown) and a two-piece set. Equally personalized made.
What was the wedding day purchasing knowledge like for you?: The excellent detail about getting my outfits custom made built, I could occur up with ideas. I wanted a little something common but not usual. I’ve generally been drawn to 70’s fashion and spoke to Midi of Moshe Krafts who then took some inspiration from me and made the dress which suit properly on my initially try. We created some small adjustments to finish it off.

For my 2nd glance, I worked intently with Danayi Madondo of Haus of Stone. I have been a admirer of her work for a whilst. She took me by way of a approach of selecting design and style and colour and material and we landed on the 2 piece. We had a fitting when I was residence and she finalised my outfit in just 2 times.

Both equally women had been a treat to get the job done with presented this was all taking place remotely. The last final result was so gorgeous and I felt so magnificent in equally fits.

Cultural elements…

This being our African regular celebration, it was surely about society. We get in touch with it Roora (in Shona) or Lobola (in Ndebele). Tom paid a dowry which necessary a loved ones conference and reps who had been existing on his behalf. This was his dedication to making relationships with my relatives. Following the roora / lobola negotations, we had a blessing and then experienced a celebration where by we ate and danced the night absent.

The details…

Sweet treats…

The cake…

Mr. & Mrs…

Favourite memories…

The love and gentle that crammed the ambiance. My father cried when indicating his speech and that was amazingly touching.

We’d also settled on a color theme for the occasion – not far too absolutely sure if friends would adhere to the topic. Going for walks out for the blessing ceremony, I was so humbled to see every person dressed to the theme. The mustard introduced a amount of brightness and pleasure. Folks were genuinely satisfied for us which was so humbling.

There have been so numerous beautiful times – from Tom’s mother dancing with my spouse and children to the type phrases shared the decor which was amazing to the fantastic vibes and DJ who experienced people dancing all evening. It was so exclusive.

Marriage suggestions for other engaged couples…

Interaction with the appropriate people today is essential. Attempt to encompass your self with individuals you have faith in who will give you viewpoint and assistance you to system any frustrations constructively. These men and women are also crucial to stand in on your behalf wherever need be. Retain the principal issue the key thing and at some position, you just have to trust that factors will arrive with each other as they should really. Then let go and Love. Soak it all in mainly because it goes by way far too quick.

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Vendors:

  • Pictures Studio: Waloko Studios
  • Photographer: William Karimatsenga of Waloko Studios
  • Make-up: Make-up By Tolerance
  • 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 Pants: Tanya Nefertari
  • Hair: Loc Refresh of Simba Cutter (AKA Simbarashe Nyamhandu)
  • Hair Stylist: Angela Maravanyika
  • Decor: Upway Gatherings
  • Event Stationery: Tique Style and design
  • Function Idea: Suvania Naidoo
  • Party Coordinator: Sonia Dube
  • Drinks: The Mixologist
  • Catering: Nana’s Connoisseur Kitchen
  • Canapes: Joe Tsoka Catering
  • Cake & Treats: Sophy’s Creations
  • Bride: Rumbidzayi Dube
  • Groom: Tomas Zezula

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