1. Dark secret
Marothi’s long-time friend, Levison Mkandawire (Clayton Misoya) is privy to some damning information that makes him question their friendship. Will Levison keep Marothi’s skeletons in the closet, or will it all come tumbling out and destroy the much-anticipated nuptials?
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The brief for the big day was elegance while still incorporating the wedding theme colours of navy and burgundy. “We needed outfits that made the characters look the part. Marothi and Rachel are one of Turfloop’s IT couples, so we had to pull out all the stops. It took a lot of pre-planning especially when it came to finding the right sizes for Lesego Marakalla (Rachel) who is naturally very petite in stature,” says Nanafi Rakaku, the Skeem Saam costume designer. Local brand, Palse, clothed the groom and his fellow groomsmen. “This was probably one of my most challenging storylines to work on, but seeing it all finally come together at shooting time, made all the sleepless nights worthwhile,” Rakaku shares.
The wedding theme was “Autumn in Venice”. The biggest challenge was trying to incorporate Venice. We decided on a backdrop of a famous building in Venice and kept the décor elegant and romantic,” admits art director, Tshepo Masisi. Fortunately, they were ably assisted by professional wedding planner Hannelie Hydes from ‘Say I Do Weddings’. “Hannelie was amazing! Our schedule was hectic at times but she managed to deliver whatever we needed and on time. She came in daily to refresh flowers and worked with such professionalism with her team of suppliers to make sure everything went well” Masisi adds.