Traditional Xhosa Wedding – Futhi & Sonwabo

Couldn’t have asked a better person to capture our beautiful day!

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This was such a special day.  I was welcomed as part of the family into the home, and I felt such a sense of love and community as I witnessed all the preparations of the day. Decorations were being laid in the beautiful marquee and mountains of food was being prepared.  Every room was filled with women, there were stories being told and the air was filled with laughter and singing.

Xhosa8.jpgCollage4.jpg_LKC4762.jpgCollage3.jpgThere is so much symbolism and tradition in the Xhosa wedding attire – I am going to do a separate piece in my blog about this as I really struggled to find information prior to the event. My greatest understanding came from speaking to family members on the day.Xhosa1.jpgXhosa2.jpgXhosa3.jpgCollage.jpgXhosa5.jpgXhosa7.jpg

The groom’s family then arrived bearing blankets and gifts. This part of the ceremony included singing, dancing, negotiations, and more singing. Upon ‘acceptance’ there was the symbolic ‘opening’ of the gates for the two families to join, followed by…

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