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umembeso 2016

My boo and I had our umembeso on the 26th of November 2016, after months of planning, stress and overall being tired – the day finally arrived. Umembeso is one of the functions that need to happen in the process of getting married as a Zulu person, it usually happens after the lobolo has been paid and it involves the groom bringing gifts to the bride’s family. I feel weird calling it a traditional wedding – sigh! But the English language has its shortcomings and some concepts can’t be fully expressed.  

First things first, the photographer of the day was Lethu (find her on Insta here), she did such a great job, I am so happy with the pictures. My other suppliers were local and they were awesome and kept up with me changing my mind ever so often and not being sure of what I wanted. My family was wonderful, I delegated a lot of activities and they executed to the tee; my mom did the most of the groundwork at home, my aunt and brother helped me with the stuff that I had to do in Durban. My best friend was a god sent in the last few days before the function: she drove me around, managed the to-do list,  overall calmed me down and put things into perspective when I was starting to freak out. A huge shoutout to all my friends who travelled far and wide to come help us celebrate our day – one of my friends came in from Gaborone, Botswana! My in-laws for welcoming me into their family, and of course to my boo, none of this would have been possible without him!

I did vlog the preparations for this function and I had someone vlogging for me on the day – it would be very hypocritical of me to be vlogging other children’s functions and then not doing mine. These will be on my Youtube channel soonest. My friend Lebo also vlogged at the function – you can check out her footage on her Youtube channel.

Let me stop yapping and show you guys some photos from the day. Enjoy!

 umembeso 2016Getting ready

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When internet friends become real life friends 🙂

umembeso decor

The decor

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Bringing in gifts for my mom – including the dolled up sheep which we ended up slaughtering and eating the next day.

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Some of the other other stuff that she received

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I was brought out of my mom’s house by the women of my husband’s family.

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Some of the ladies from my new family

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I love this picture <3

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Everyone laughed at us when he was helping me to get up from icansi 😀 – I’m tall and pregnant, getting up from sitting on the floor is not something I can do by myself!

Umembeso 2016

Some of our friends who came far and wide to support

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I got some lipstick on him…oops

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The 3 of us 🙂 

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<3

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30 Comments

  • Reply Lebogang

    Wow!!! Welcome to the united states, I hope you enjoy your new life.

    December 5, 2016 at 09:58
    • Reply Lungi

      Thank you Lebogang

      December 5, 2016 at 15:16
  • Reply Lebo Kuty

    Hey Real life friend!!! It was such an honour being there with you and bae friend. It was such a beautiful ceremony!!! Wishing you guys well and so many blessings!

    December 5, 2016 at 09:59
    • Reply Lungi

      Thank you friend! It was a pleasure having you there!

      December 5, 2016 at 15:17
  • Reply Vuyelwa

    Congrats Lungi! Such happiness!

    December 5, 2016 at 11:20
    • Reply Lungi

      Thank you Vuyelwa!

      December 5, 2016 at 15:17
  • Reply Nomali

    You guys are so beautiful together! Siyanibongela. <3

    December 5, 2016 at 12:31
    • Reply Lungi

      Siyabonga!

      December 5, 2016 at 15:20
  • Reply Nosie

    Congratz Lungi,you looked happy.Wish you all the happiness in the world

    December 5, 2016 at 17:03
    • Reply Lungi

      Thank you Nosie <3

      December 5, 2016 at 19:31
  • Reply Michelle

    Your pictures are beautiful. Congratulations!

    December 5, 2016 at 18:01
    • Reply Lungi

      Thank you Michelle

      December 5, 2016 at 19:31
  • Reply lolo

    you look beautiful. I’m so happy for you

    December 5, 2016 at 19:55
    • Reply Lungi

      Thank you Lolo

      December 10, 2016 at 00:01
  • Reply Uzoma | Don't Touch the Hair

    Congrats Lungi! The pictures look so beautiful. I wish you and your husband all the best.

    December 5, 2016 at 22:36
    • Reply Lungi

      Thank you Uzo

      December 10, 2016 at 00:02
  • Reply Dineo Lekhanya

    This is so beautiful Lungi! Congrats once more hun. All that planning and stressing paid off
    SheerDee.

    December 6, 2016 at 09:03
  • Reply Philani Mthethwa

    Congrats cuz, would’ve loved to be there but hopefully the wedding will be before I get back.

    December 6, 2016 at 11:45
    • Reply Lungi

      Thank you cuz – you mean after you get back neh 😉

      December 10, 2016 at 00:01
  • Reply Simpz

    U ate the sheep #soHurt. Lol

    It was a beautiful day indeed, wishing you and your boo all the best…

    December 6, 2016 at 12:18
    • Reply Lungi

      Thanks sis! Yep, we ate it and it was good!

      December 9, 2016 at 23:57
  • Reply kgomi

    congratulations lungi. it looks like it was a beautiful occasion. wishing you all the best of you forever life together

    December 6, 2016 at 15:15
    • Reply Lungi

      Thank you so much for the well wishes Kgomi

      December 9, 2016 at 23:56
  • Reply Ika

    Wow, wow, wowie! Lungi everything looks awesome. You too make a gorgeous couple. Congratulations and blessings!

    December 6, 2016 at 16:09
    • Reply Lungi

      Thank you Ika, I definitely picked up some tips from your blog. I will carry on picking up more tips as we plan for the white wedding

      December 9, 2016 at 23:54
  • Reply Joie

    Congrats Lungi! So happy for you.

    December 7, 2016 at 20:13
    • Reply Lungi

      Thank you Joie 🙂

      December 9, 2016 at 23:53
  • Reply Mamothoana

    Congrats boo. We love love ❤️

    December 9, 2016 at 18:20
    • Reply Lungi

      Thank you Mamo ♥

      December 9, 2016 at 23:51
  • Reply Mvumikazi

    I’m lilizeraring . Congratulations babes.
    This makes me want to go back home sooner man. Kadeach ngagging ukubuya imicimbi yesintu. Wishing you a prosperous marriage. And whyg is that sheep more stylish than me ? Lol.

    Mvumikazi | Urban Mnguni

    December 12, 2016 at 23:18
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