by | Sep 16, 2016 | Real Weddings

Bride: Nalufa Hoosen

Groom: Roeloef Adam van Heerden

Wedding Venue: Hellenic Cyprus Hall, Bedfordview

Wedding Date: Friday, 25 March 2016

We are excited to share this Indian wedding with you, which beautifully captures the memorable journey of two individuals becoming one. This wedding has so many lovely details to relish in from the bride’s Mehndi and gorgeous makeup to the couple’s beautiful outfits. The details in this wedding were splendid and it goes without saying that the bride and groom make such an adorable couple.

The food looked super delicious and irresistible made from traditional recipes which are truly authentic to culture.

Nalufa and Roelof met six years ago and were friends before losing contact and then meeting up again at a friend’s birthday party. They dated thereafter and the rest is sweet history.

Tell us about the proposal

Roelof proposed to me at my parents’ house. I remember that it was on a Thursday which was the day that my engagement ring was completed. He was soo excited and showed my mother the engagement ring, who I understand was equally as excited. We all share a good laugh about how my mum took the ring from Roelof and tried it on first before me.

What inspired your wedding style or theme

As a result of my mother’s love for Coco Chanel and Fashion TV, we landed on the theme of “timeless elegance” which I loved.

Describe your wedding and how it turned out

The wedding was lovely and thinking about the day still brings a smile to my face. Everything went as planned and all our guests had a fantastic time. Truly I wish the day could have lasted longer as time just seemed to fly past so quickly. To relive the day, hubby and I so often look at our wedding photos and reminisce about what a stunning day it was for both of us.

What’s the story behind your wedding dress

My wedding dress style was inspired by my mother – remember that addiction to Fashion TV that I spoke of earlier haha! The dress’s design is a spin of a design by Jamilla Hoosen/ Zuhair Murad, and was put together by the very talented Shenaaz of Silk Designs.

What’s interesting is that my mother bought the lace material that was used on my dress eight years ago when she was in Dubai. Yes, there was no prospect of a wedding at the time that she was shopping away but she believed I’d be tying the knot anytime soon needless to say the material stayed in its packaging for eight years before fulfilling its intended purpose. So, you can imagine when Roelof and I became formally engaged, the lace material was the first thing my mum rushed to fetch.

The lace material is a taupe cappuccino colour and the bridal satin material that was used for the dress was purchased from Pay & Save which is a bridal fabric store situated in Lenasia.

Bride’s favourite wedding accessory

My headpiece. This was personally customised and involved some DIY work in order to ensure it complemented my wedding dress well.

How did you incorporate tradition and culture into your wedding day celebrations

Our wedding was a cross cultural event, East meets West in Africa type of wedding and we definitely tried our best to incorporate bits of both cultures. Islamic traditions were incorporated with the nikkah ceremony (wedding ceremony) being held in the morning in the presence of close family together with Quraanic recitations. Traditional western traditions were observed at the reception was held with my father walking me down the aisle, cutting of the wedding cake and the bride and groom speech.

The couple’s cherished moments included having all their loved ones together in one place and celebrating the joy of their union. The day was filled with positive energy all around them, and of course, the groom absolutely loved seeing his bride walk down the aisle.

My nieces were in my bridal party and my sweet three year old niece kept practicing for the wedding day months in advance. At one stage we had to mend her flower basket as it was tearing apart from overuse. The situation did not exactly improve thereafter and so we then had to hide it away. There were no page boys as we only have girls in the family.

Tell us about your wedding cake and its flavours

A 6 tier marble chocolate and vanilla cake with fresh roses between each tier. Of course it tasted absolutely divine – yummy!

What was one unique thing about your wedding that spoke to you as a reflection of your relationship as a couple

The blending of all sorts of people and everyone who was present at our wedding was truly happy for us and shared in the day’s celebrations without any inhibitions about religion and or race.

What advice can you give future brides or couples

Relax and Enjoy….I promise you everything ends up falling into place. For the brides, start the day early and get dressed well in advance so that you can enjoy your wedding dress and take lots of pictures in it.


Bridesmaid’s gifts: seashell jewellery boxes, necklaces and t-shirts from our honeymoon.

Bridal bouquet: Orchids. I simply love them and they are delicate, fragile, clean cut and very elegant flowers.

Guests Favours: Boxes of chocolates and the women received an extra gift of a mirrored glass vase with a fresh cream rose placed in it.

Favourite item on your wedding menu: Roast lamb and fresh veggies.

First dance song: This western tradition did not take place. Instead we had a Quraanic verse recited when we first saw each other on the day.

Love at first sight or gradual attraction: Haha! For me as the bride it was not like in the movies. It was more like you know but you still test the waters.

Honeymoon destination: Mauritius. We both like open spaces in nature so a honeymoon by the sea was a great city escape for us.


Photographer: Burhan Khan Photography / Reception Décor: Thebe Function Hire / Wedding Dress Designer: Silk Abayas / Invitation cards: Taj printers / Wedding Planner: Summaya Thebe / Bridal Hair & Makeup: Hawa / Cake Designer: Faheem

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