IN the heart of Harare’s bushveld off Arcturus Road near a leading cement manufacturing company, lies lush beautiful gardens and a river that flows over rocks creating coves and waterfalls all known as Zimbali Valley of Flowers.
All this is surrounded by natural woodland, classic stone architecture and a wide variety of flowers.
Zimbali Valley of Flowers is a unique ambience and provides a tranquil venue guaranteed to make your special day memorable and offers a perfect setting to capture your life-long memories on video and photographs, a setting for those that desire a bushy wild wedding, away from the hustles and bustles of the busy and congested capital city Harare.
The venue, located about 11km from the city centre, is rich with sounds and calls of the birds that make it the perfect bush getaway spot.
Last Saturday, SharleneTatenda Mupeti and Simba Proper Motsi exchanged marriage vows at this unique venue.
It was such a romantic scene that was filled with ululation and dance from guests that were seated on a hill, while the bridesmaids and bestmen were gathered downhill at two different settings, on the other side of the river and waterfall.
This is a venue that does not allow high heeled shoes because the terrain is rocky making it difficult to climb or walk around this particular setting.
This is something that couples need to bear in mind when choosing such a venue.
A decorated passageway with fresh pink and white roses adorned the ceremony area, the colour theme of the wedding.
The passage is a little bridge where a river flows from a hill down to a waterfall that is located on the corner where the bridal team sits.
It was decorated with so many roses that were placed alongside the aisle.
Georgina Tangwena of Tynwald North could not hide her excitement about the décor and bushy setting.
“I have never been to such a wedding. We are used to weddings that are held at same old places, but this one is just different,” Tangwena remarked.
Yes, many couples have done away with weddings held indoors as they now prefer outdoor weddings.
The newly-weds said they chose Zimbali because of its unique, quiet and scenic environment.
After the wedding vows had been exchanged, the newlyweds and the bridal team took their way to the main venue, a decorated white tent up the hill.
The decorations were breathtaking. The reception tent was predominantly white, colour was highlighted on the tie backs, overlays and flowers, and the high table was resplendent with the use of pink, black and silver curtains.
The isle pillars created a welcoming environment.
Everyone who attended this wedding was left in awe as they remarked about the maximum use of flowers at this particular event.
The high table was dotted with pink and white roses that were closely knit, a touch of the in-style silver chivari chairs sparkled the high table.
The aura was soft, with cool gospel music playing through and through. The bridesmaid wore bright pink dresses and another shade of pink hats. The male bridal team wore pink shirts with black suits.
The reception area was remarkably decorated, courtesy of the in-house wedding planner Ashley Muyambuki.
“We wanted to create a warm blissful atmosphere that resembles the covenant of marriage which is a once in a lifetime event and it should always create a lasting memory,” Muyambuki said.
This was a well-thought out wedding demonstrated that wedding need not to be rushed. Planning involving experts in this industry is very important.
Everything from décor to food was just superb. The exquisite taste of food served at this wedding just wrapped it all. This was not a fund raising affair, but a celebration of true love, care and joining of two families.
The bridegroom sported black trousers, a neat white jacket with a black collar and lapel with a pocket that also had a black trimming.
These clothes brightened his dark coloured skin tone, that presented a smart young gentleman.
“It was a dream come true and we were both excited that our relationship was sealed and now official.
“I saw the gown I wore in a magazine and I said that would be my dress on my special day and imported one.
“Bridesmaids clothes were made by Bishop Joyce Motsi and the men’s bridal team attire was bought in Turkey,” said the bride Tatenda Sharleen.
It was a wedding where joy from the wedding couple showed they were truly in love and truly matched for a lifetime together. This is a wedding that will remain locked in people’s memories for many years.