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Munaluchi Bride Magazine: Sweethearts In Soweto! Lerato & Siya’s Artistic South African Wedding



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BellaNaija Weddings in collaboration with Munaluchi Bride Magazine brings you sweethearts Lerato & Siya’s wedding in Soweto, South Africa.

The couple had an intimate affair with only the closest family and friends, where everyone pitched in to make the ceremony spiritual and reception special.


Bride: Lerato Dikotsi
Groom: Siyabonga Ngcakani
Wedding date: June 30, 2012
Location: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
Photography: Anabela Lourenco Photography

How They Met
From Lerato, bride
I remember laying my eyes on Siya for the first time at a live music venue he was managing, in one of Johannesburg’s very artsy, bohemian like suburbs called Melville. A cousin who’s good friends with him took me there and we were introduced … Something about him stopped everything around me and blocked out the hustle and bustle of Melville’s busiest street, 7 Avenue. He was calm, gentle, humble and spoke with such ease and respect. I remember feeling like “I’d love to get to know this man”… We then continued to bump into each other at friend’s birthday parties, baby showers and gigs till we started to chat more and exchange numbers. He truly was and still is a breath of fresh air in my life …

The Proposal
From the bride
Now Siya’s an artist but don’t get it twisted, he’s not the mushy, soft, roses and poems kind. He’s hardcore; a hip hop MC, and also a very rooted Xhosa man. So, on one of my birthdays I come home from work – it was a Friday. He hands me a small plastic bag, says “Happy Birthday” and he goes off into the lounge. So I open the bag – there’s a small box and inside it is a beautiful ring! So, I’m frantic jumping up and down, I call him and ask him what it means. His response: “What do you think it means baby?” as he shrugs, Lol. To celebrate he’d planned a dinner and after to catch QuestLove of The Roots playing as he was in town. I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

Our wedding took place in Soweto, Johannesburg, SA in the middle of winter so I decided to use bright, warm and earthy colors – orange, brown and beige. We are proud Africans and wanted to incorporate that so we used African print material for our attires, the cake and décor had an African theme, and our wedding ceremony was in our language, Xhosa. We set-up our tent in the middle of Dikotsi Street, in Soweto just outside my dad’s home. The weather was lovely despite that it was winter – friends and family gathered singing, jubilating and dancing in the middle of the street! It was a true celebration of two families coming together, the Ngcakanis and Dikotsis. What made this wedding even more special is that everything was done by family, no professionals where brought in apart from the company that set up the tent. I had unbelievable support from the Dikotsi family who cooked the most amazing food, decorated the tent, served guests and ensured things ran smoothly. The Ngcakanis gave us spiritual guidance to prepare us for this covenant and ensured smooth running of the ceremony at the church. And lastly, a very bright young designer who put together this vision I had of my wedding dress and groom’s suit, Kha’Iso Designs! Photography was done by the very talented and professional Anabela Lourenco Photography, she was the only person we could trust with capturing such an important day in the most artistic way, as we’d worked with her before.

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Bride & Groom’s Attire: Kha’Iso Designs
Photography: Anabela Lourenco Photography
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  1. dee

    August 7, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Umm..We sure do all have different tastes! All the same, Congrats and Happy Married life!

  2. dlapikin

    August 7, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Different, simple and original!

  3. ME

    August 7, 2013 at 6:58 am


  4. Mwechi

    August 7, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Lovely African wedding.

  5. guess

    August 7, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Amazing African wedding. we’ve had enuff of the whole “white wedding” in Africa. Am super impressed by this. more please!

  6. Bubblehead

    August 7, 2013 at 7:08 am


  7. nomad

    August 7, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Never commented on a BN wedding post but I love the simplicity and homeyness of this wedding. You can tell that it was ALL about them. Far more than the Jimmy Choos, Rolls and other accoutrements of obscene wealth and the armies of hangers on in most of the Nigerian weddings featured that elicit all the “Lord, do my own for me” comments. BN please do more small, simple weddings like this! The pictures are gorgeous and I wish you two all the best!!!!!!

    • Tinuade

      August 7, 2013 at 9:29 am

      agreed! so refreshing! those “do it for meeee, Lord Jesus!” weddings are a dime a dozen!

    • AMAA

      August 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

      I so Agree with you especially when the wedding in Nigeria is that of the same politician who stole and laundered our money and they are now throwing lavish weddings and parties for their kids and we are ugling and agling bella please more lovely wedding like tthis

    • Gold digger

      August 7, 2013 at 11:36 am

      @ Amma, you are so right, i thought i was the only one that had that thought…..

    • Royalty

      August 7, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      a touchin comment..aww… Happy married life!

  8. Amara

    August 7, 2013 at 7:24 am

    So natural, artistic n beautiful

  9. deep

    August 7, 2013 at 7:26 am


  10. Fashionbabe

    August 7, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Simple. HML

  11. Aibee

    August 7, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Somehow, I can’t shake the feeling that this is a couple that will be together for all time this side of eternity, and will stay good friends while at it.

  12. Aquarian

    August 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

    @Nomad…you’re on point!

  13. Tolu

    August 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Lovely wedding,but the baby ‘s hand shouldn’t have been pulled in the last pic,she is still tender and dat can affect her shoulder.

  14. Soum

    August 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I Love Love Love this wedding….

  15. pynk

    August 7, 2013 at 9:23 am

    nice natural and earthy.

  16. Ibinabo

    August 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

    this is so different..

  17. Sir Farouk

    August 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I love this, it is simple and down to earth. Not the overpriced weddings that dont necessarily end in happiness.

  18. agatha

    August 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I love their wedding cuz their value their culture. I wish them the very best

  19. xoxo

    August 7, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Very afro-centric wedding

  20. billionaire in grace

    August 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Nice one

  21. Harhbeesolar

    August 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Love the cute baby looking at the mirror picture..too cute!!!

  22. bree

    August 7, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    could this be angelou and beverley

  23. Beauty

    August 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Hahaha @ bree

  24. Warri pickin

    August 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I love the simplicity, nice to have a variety of cultural / international wedding photos . Welldone Bella naija

  25. Chic

    August 7, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Beautiful simple and personal exactly how I like i t. I always say that I need to be able to recognise and have a personal story about my wedding guests when looking at the photos ten years from now.

  26. konne

    August 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Fresh approach. congrats

  27. Blahla

    August 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I just want to say that I love this website. I love coming here for weddings, and this was a beautiful wedding nonetheless. Beautiful couple! I agree with other posters that the simplicity of the affair was great and I like how they let their love be the focus.

    With that said though, I love coming here to see Nigerian weddings because this site is supposed to be celebrating Nigerian culture. Lately it’s been as though every other wedding is not Nigerian….

    • BimOgs

      August 10, 2013 at 10:11 am

      @Blahla, I don’t see anything wrong in showcasing weddings from other lands and countries. Just because the name is “Bellanaija” doesn’t automatically translate to “Bella who features all things ONLY Nigerian” it could mean “Bella of Nigeria” or anything for that matter.

      That said, I L.O.V.E these wedding pictures. The cake, the very traditional attires (because white wedding no be our tradition ooo ignoramuses!!!!). We deffo need more of this especially Nigerians. For me, wearing a white dress on some level still indicates slavery and the way we view everything Western but that’s a topic for another day. I am fervently praying that my man allows me get married in an Ankara outfit designed by MAI Atafo or Yemi Kosibah.

  28. Suyacrush

    August 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Earthy and soul filled! Happy married life! The bride is really beautiful

  29. Idak

    August 7, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Very fine bride and a matching confident groom.

  30. Gee | EverythingWeddingsAndMore

    August 7, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Ink you know I like this!

  31. L.L.

    August 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I love the simplicity & originality of this wedding. HML to the stunning couple.

  32. justtomian

    August 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    beautiful bride and groom MAY GOD continue to shower blessings on them.i like the fact thats its all african …im from the U.S Virgin Islands and i love african culture,i always wonder why the african brides of today dont stick with there african roots when it comes to weddings and stop copying the american ways with the white wedding.please please stop mimicking the ways of the americans and stay true to the rich traditions and cultures of your country. stay true, stay positive,stay Bless.bellanaija keep coming with the wedding celebrations they are great!better than the ones i see in our american magazines.

  33. OmoMakun

    August 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Wow this was so different and amazing at the same time. I absolutely loved it! Very African!

  34. John

    August 8, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Nice simple wedding. No pomp and pageantry here like we have in Nigeria.

  35. Mama mia!!!

    August 8, 2013 at 1:54 am

    LOL, so, this will be Beverly and Angelo few months from now. hmmmmmm. Btw, Love its simplicity…

  36. damepenelope

    August 8, 2013 at 2:02 am

    More of these Bellanaija! So refreshingly original! We are getting tired of affluent kids trying to out do each other with monies some of their daddies stole from our national coffers.

  37. Osa

    August 8, 2013 at 4:38 am

    I’m in love with the simplicity of the wedding. I love everything about it. I dont know them obviously but it fits them so well. What God as put together let no man divide it. Happy Marriage life.

    • Osa

      August 8, 2013 at 4:39 am


  38. 'Nifesimi

    August 8, 2013 at 5:51 am

    This is such a beautiful wedding. May God bless your marriage.

  39. Mbonyiwe

    August 8, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Lovely, simple, unique. As someone earlier commented – their own and no Jimmy Choos and Rolls Royce. May the couple live happily ever after.

  40. Woman

    August 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Just beautiful and simple. I like a lot. HML

  41. Kristin of byPetronella Photography

    August 8, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Absolutely love how personal, intimate, and celebratory this wedding looks! You can tell the focus was on starting a beautiful life together. And that last picture tugs at my heartstrings. Congrats!

  42. IM

    August 9, 2013 at 12:44 am

    now who says a wedding dress has to be white! very nice wedding. love d fact that its different. im inspired!!

  43. Miss Anonymous

    August 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Very original.

  44. Beverly

    August 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Love the colors, the dress… The simplicity

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