2010 was an interesting year for the entire African continent. With the contagious Soccer World Cup buzz in the air and international patriotism on every corner at an all time high, it is no surprise that this was the year we met. Nigeria meeting South Africa in an exciting twist of fate and, keeping with the status quo of Bafana Bafana having never won a match against the Super Eagles (until recently), Kesiena took his shot and thankfully scored. One trip to church, some Twitter chatter and BBM (PING!!!) was all it took to set us on the road to their destiny – that is how this story of forever began. Introducing Modiegi (Mogale) Sowho & Kesiena Sowho… Modiegi & Kesiena, popularly known as #TheChocolatas, have been dating since August 2011. They share a love for God, food, bad jokes, weird pet names, the finer things in life, matching outfits and many other sentimental gestures. It is no surprise, then, that melodic wedding bells rang on the 26th & 27th of August 2017. It is Modiegi’s witty comments and ‘diva-like’ attitude, matched with Kesiena’s lack of comebacks and down to earth nature that compliments the two and keeps them joined at the hip, despite living in different countries. Leading up to Kesiena being called to partake in his youth service (NYSC), this couple was nothing short of inseparable (some would say annoyingly in love).
We have said 'I Do' and now live together in South Africa, creating our happily ever after memories.
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Our love story began on a trip to church. I went to fetch our mutual friend in Ruimsig to go for service and Kesiena decided to come along. Ironically, the trip involved driving past Tres Jolie which a few years later became our beautiful wedding venue.
We can thank church, BBM and Twitter for bringing us together.
It all happened on the 25th of December 2015 - Merry Christmas!
Kesiena was living in Nigeria and I was living in South Africa. I went to visit Kesiena in December of 2015 and we had so much fun catching up and being together after such a long time. At the time, Kesiena lived in Lagos and his parents in another state called Delta.
We went on a road trip from Lagos to Delta on the 24th of December. Completely exhausted, we arrived in Delta and we were informed that the next day we would be visiting Kesiena's grandparents in another part of Delta. It was extremely exciting as I had never been to any other part of Nigeria other than Lagos. Many sightseeing and photo opportunities, we were safely in Sapele on the 25th of December. We spent the day with his family and later headed back to Asaba to have a look at the Niger River (something I've wanted to see for many years). We enjoyed the entertainment and had a light snack and took some awesome pics.
Later, Kesiena led me to another section that he had rented out. I (none the wiser) told him that this would be the perfect place for an engagement party - if ever he popped the question. Little did I know!
We got to the venue and there were flashing lights. At first it was totally bizarre but it got better. He then asked me to dance which I did. He then proceeded to tell me to sit on his lap and before I knew it, he was down on one knee.
A truly beautiful, Christmas Day!
Every moment was a highlight!
From Saturday through to Sunday evening the excitement was unbelievable.
Walking down the aisle was beautiful and meeting Kesiena at the front was such a wonderful moment.
Seeing our families merging and having a wonderful time.
Having all our closest family and friends cheering us on.
The photo booth was also super!
Changing from Tswana outfit into Urhobo attire (Traditional Wedding).
Breaking it down on the dance floor with both our families.
Not yet. This is still a work in progress.
My wedding look was more of a classic look. The overall theme was Classic Elegance.
Hair - An up do wih curls and my Sister-In-Laws hair accessory (my something old).
Make up - Natural which brought out my features.
Wedding Dress - Mermaid style in pure white (my bouquet was purple with a hint of white).
Wedding Shoes - Blue, which I designed (my something blue).
Jewellery - My mom's pearl necklace (something old), pearl stud earrings and pearl bracelet.
Tres Jolie Wedding and Function Venue
Water, water and more water!
I managed to kick sugar completely in the months leading up to the wedding. With a sweet tooth like mine, that was nothing short of a miracle (I no longer put sugar in my coffee). I started my fitness regime in May and by June I had lost 6kgs and maintained the weight till August.
Limited to no dairy.
Limited amounts of carbs(vegetables and protein)
Lots of WATER.
And a whole lot of gym - cardio to be specific.
A month before the wedding I ditched most of my make up and stuck to eyeliner and mascara.
After washing my face I put on Shea Butter - works wonders.
Advice: Think of creative ways to eat your veges and get excited about working out = unstoppable.
We used Traditional Tswana Decor in blue
The colour scheme was purple and gold and we used those colours for every detail of the event.
The Groom and Best Man wore ebony suits with black lapel and the groomsmen wore grey suits with black lapel. We ordered boutonnieres with white roses from The Party Spot in Woodmead.
The Chief Bridesmaid wore a purple Cowlneck Dress and the Bridesmaids wore purple Infinity dresses. We ordered these dresses from iCandee. Fast and efficient. The material was also stretchy but very comfortable. Instead of bouquets they wore corsages with two white roses, surrounded by subtle baby's breath and a gold band.
Father Phillip Miller
Father Stephen Okoro
We had a videographer, a photographer and a photo booth.
All services were amazing!
Photography: Believe Photography (South Africa)
Videography: Abstractivity Media (Nigeria)
My husband and I planned most of it with the help of the Wedding Co-ordinator at Tres Jolie - Happiness! She is absolutely wonderful!
Wicked Creations Cakes
It was a #LIT party! We sent our DJ our list and he mixed and matched.
Our intended dance instructor was on holiday. So we YOLO'd.
After remarks from our guests: "I only listen to Nigerian music after your wedding."
Brides & Grooms use Photo Booths as a way of keeping their guests entertained for hours and also as thank you gift to everyone for attending their special day.
Tres Jolie is a country wedding venue situated on 5 hectre estate in Ruimsig, Gauteng. The venue is accessible to all major centres of the region and the tranquil estate offers...