After Somizi and Mohale’s The Union broke viewing records on Showmax back in February, their white wedding was finally launched on Showmax featuring a magnificent wedding cake hanging from the ceiling.
More than half of the catalogue of TV shows and movies on Showmax, whether measured in hours or number of episodes, is made up of local content. This deliberate shift to local started more than a year ago with shows like The River and The Queen, and more recently with Lockdown and Kwa Mam’Mkhize. And now the latest Showmax Original, Somizi and Mohale: The Union, is breaking viewing records.
This comes after the Idols SA judge and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo and his fiance Mohale Motaung had a vision of their wedding guests clad in Christian Louboutin heels against a sea of all-white when they tied the knot earlier this year. And from the beginning, Showmax took charge over the exclusive rights to broadcast the ceremony for a four-part special.
The white wedding and finale
Somizi and Mohale: The Union started streaming on Showmax on Monday, 24 February with an episode celebrating their traditional wedding, which merged their respective Zulu and Sotho cultures in a flamboyant celebration. A new episode dropped every Monday, from the road to their wedding, to their individual bachelor parties, and then their white wedding as the finale on 16 March 2020.
A 30-tier wedding cake
According to the couple, it was Mohale, who made the most outrageous requests for their two weddings, like a 30-tier cake.
Showmax later called up Kelly Jayne’s Cake Boutique, the mother-and-daughter duo behind the one-of-a-kind wedding cakes at the couple’s traditional and white weddings, to get the details about working on the celebrity wedding.
“When they came in for their cake-tasting, Somizi told us he wanted an upside-down wedding cake for their traditional wedding in Kibler Park,” says Kelly.
“We created two upside-down cakes for Somizi that were five tiers each and suspended from the ceiling. Between the two hanging cakes was Mohale’s cake, that had 10 tiers. Each tier was a different flavour.”
The nine-tier cake was suspended in a Perspex box for all 240 guests to see.
Kelly estimates that it took 15 people to make all of the cakes, both those on display and the cake served to the wedding guests. If she had to guess, they used well over 1 000 eggs to make all that deliciousness.