Jessie & Bonga's Traditional Zulu wedding ceremony: Part two

Jessie & Bonga's Traditional Zulu wedding ceremony: Part two

This is going to be another long post but I do hope I have portrayed Jessie & Bonga’s union in its entirety – a two day wedding celebration of love, respect, joy, laughter, dancing, colour and warmth. This couple were so awesome – I never tired of photographing them, capturing their interactions and exchanges between their families, their friends and their cultures.

The first few photos are of the reception at Netherwood – they made a GRAND entrance, dancing all the way to their table along with their bridal party. They both gave a speech standing next to each other, thanking their guests and families for all their support. They both spoke such endearing words about each other while fighting back the tears… Their first dance was unique and full of energy. What a couple!!

Then the second day of celebration began – I wasn’t sure what to expect but I knew I would feel challenged, inspired and welcomed. Jessie’s mom and aunt were arranging the undergarments of the Kimono and prepping all the bits and pieces while Jessie had her make-up done.

The dressing begins… I love this shot!

I left Jessie in Durban and made my way up to Bonga’s parents home and was greeted with wonderful smells coming from the large pots cooking delicious food on the fire, bright colours of beads, head dresses and clothing worn by Bonga’s family, and singing from young children.

Bonga’s mom greeting her guests with such warmth and affection.

Then Jessie and her family arrive in a shuttle service and they were greeted by Bonga’s friend with a shield and knobkierrie. Followed by Bonga and his entourage… I had goose bumps to say the least!!

All the while guests from all over the world were photographing and capturing this whole procession. It was truly something amazing and so special on so many levels.

Jessie’s entourage exit the shuttle and begin singing their own song to the tune of a well known American song, which I have unfortunately forgotten the name of, but they had changed the words to suit her life – it was very well done. They then walked towards Bonga and his family.

After a short while Jessie then had to go into her new family’s home and change into the Zulu wedding attire of a married woman.


  • Sally Griffin

    09.02.2012 at 10:19 Reply

    Beautiful people, fantastic wedding ceremonies (excellent and creative photography too), good wishes to you both.

    • admin

      09.02.2012 at 18:57 Reply

      Thank you Sally!

  • Kiyo

    10.02.2012 at 03:38 Reply

    A Fantastic job on both weddings …. the colors reflect the JOY felt by all. Both days were quite grey & the lighting really difficult … Congrats! you captured the emotions beautifully. Appreciative Auntie …

  • Sue Betts

    14.02.2012 at 15:07 Reply

    What a joy to be able to share in the joy, light, color, warmth, and diversity of Miyo’s daughter’s wedding in South Africa. I am from Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting where the bride’s mother is a member and friend. It is a wonder what is gathered together here. Thank you.

  • Ashleigh van Blerk

    24.02.2012 at 14:17 Reply

    What an incredible wedding – it must have been so much fun to shoot. AMAZING amazing AMAZING!

  • Mary L. Silverstein

    28.02.2012 at 02:21 Reply

    The pictures truly reflect the joy of the occasion; may it last forever. Miyo’s friend, Mary

  • Skhumbuzo Shezi

    02.03.2013 at 21:38 Reply

    Great job you did at this wedding. True art indeed, these are beautifull pictures. Keep up the good work

  • eleine

    03.04.2013 at 19:51 Reply

    wow wooooooooow

  • phindile dube

    01.02.2014 at 08:51 Reply

    wooow I think this is beautiful ,

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