IT was a glorious mixture of high society and tears when Pumeza Kashe, of Kashe and Son Funer al Parlour in Mdantsane, tied the knot with Mandisi MvandabaMandisi Mvandaba in a fairytale wedding on Friday.
Kashe – who wore a dress inspired by Richard Branson’s daughter’s wedding gowndress, which she saw online – said it had been a hectic but fulfil ling seven months of wedding plan ning. A personal stylist was brought in for both Kashe and her bridesmaids while the make-up was entrusted to the artist responsible for the cast of popular local soap 7de Laan.
The dresses, flown in from Johan nesburg, were put together by designers Forever New while Gonu bie Manor took care of the guests.
Kashe said the guest list included somea number of East London’s elite such as businessman Siyabulela Moko and as well as other well-known names such as Orlando Pirates soccer club public relations officer Mickey Modisane.
The couple kept the public abreast on all the wedding planning details via a webpage which washad been specially created for the occasion which inclu ded the story of how they met, the wed ding venue and the wedding party list.
“It’s been a hectic seven months but finally everything came together and I’m so excited,” Kashe gushed before exchanging vows with her husband-to-be. “I actually can’t believe this day is finally here.”
Kashe said she and husband Mvandaba had met on the dance floor of a popular local club and it had been love at first sight.
The couple have an eight-month- old boy, Khwezi, with a second edi tion to the family already on the way.
“We met at a club and I remember I first wanted her number from her brother but I guess now the rest is history,” Mvandaba said.
Born in the Eastern Cape, Mvand aba grew up in Cape Town but returned to East London in 2006 and is self-employed.
“I’m very happy. The wedding was really beautiful and everyone who was there were people who we want ed to come and share the day with us,” he said.
After a tearful exchanging of vows in front of their friends and family, the day culminated in a wonderful surprise planned by Kashe for her new husband.
“As a surprise for my husband, whose nickname is Magesh, I’ve organised the original Magesh to perform at the wedding reception.
“This is a surprise I’ve been work ing on for some time now and is really special for him as he was not expecting it,” Kashe said.
Mother of the bride, Nobulembu Kashe, expressed her happiness at her daughter’s choice of husband and her excitement of the day.
“I’m very happy, Pumeza is mar rying a very fine young man,” she said.
“I’m a widow but I know my hus band would have been very proud of her choice.” — zisandan@dis patch.co.za / firstname.lastname@example.org