Tell us your story? How and where did you meet?
We met in Daystar University where we were students. We both worked for the school newspaper and had a lot of common friends. We also had a lot of shared interests, which made us very good friends over the years.
We kept in touch, even after Daystar, though we didn’t start dating until long after we had both graduated; in December 2014.
How did he propose?
Edna: It was about 3 months to our wedding and we were already neck deep in wedding plans.
For the longest time, we would joke about how unconventional we were for not doing the whole engagement thing. And I remember telling him we didn’t need that and we should save that money for something else.
Haha! Anyway, sometime towards the end of January 2016, we had planned to picnic at Karura, where I would show him how to do crayon etching or scratch art, something he was very fascinated by.
We made our way there one cloudy afternoon, the threat of rain hanging over us. Armed with crayons, paint and other supplies, we found a clearing somewhere in the midst of the trees, settled there and got started on the art.
At some point, he started making a ‘connect the dots’ thing on a plain piece of paper and when he connected them, they spelt out, “Edna, will you marry me?” I was so surprised and even teared up a little. We ended up having a very long conversation about love and life.
It sounds weird but I have to say that I did not expect a ring, even at this point, because of our previous conversations and self-imposed unconventional ways! I thought he was only asking me to marry him officially, which was great. I thought that was it.
So after an afternoon of long conversations and art, we were ready to leave, and in a bit of a rush because it looked like it would rain. I was busy packing up everything and looking for the box that held the crayons.
I kept asking where the box was then he asked, “This box?” I turned to find him holding a red, heart-shaped ring box! This was another wonderful surprise. I started crying again. It was such a beautiful and unexpected proposal. I was in a happy daze for quite some time after that.
What do you love the most about each other?
Edna: You guys cannot expect me to talk about just one thing here. Among the many things I love about my dear husband, is how selfless and thoughtful he is. I think it’s second nature to him and such a wonderful quality.
He is a beautiful and kind soul. I also love that we are alike in so many ways, which makes us gel well. Most of all, I love how he loves and is committed to God, our Heavenly Father. It’s great to be married to someone who values this highly.
Edwin: She’s smart, godly and extremely funny.
What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to?
Edna: The bridesmaids walked down the aisle to ‘Love is marching’ by Barlow Girl, while I walked to Mandy Moore’s rendition of ‘Only hope’ (originally by Switchfoot).
Edwin: My boys, best man and I walked down to a piano melody by my colleague, with the groomsmen holding the pageboys’ hands.
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
Edna: Our wedding theme was rustic and also largely inspired by our shared love of books and writing.
The colours were not inspired by any particular thing. I wanted something bright and sunny and I thought orange worked well, so I had the bridesmaids wear orange.
The navy blue, which was worn by the groom and his team, came later on as something I thought blended well with and balanced out the orange. These two colours were also incorporated into the décor, among hints of white and gold.
Give a brief recount of the wedding day, from waking up till evening and the things that were going through your mind at the time.
Edna: Wow, where to start. I woke up excited though we had slept quite late. I said a prayer thanking God that the day was finally here. I was pretty upbeat when the photographer, make-up artist, relatives and friends started arriving.
I was unable to have a proper breakfast. I think I only had a small piece of fruit and a glass of juice. Things got pretty emotional for me when we drove out of our house on our way to the venue.
My sister, who was also my maid of honour, was so cool and understanding about this. I never thought I’d be so sad to leave. The excitement checked in again when we drove into Kenya High and I saw how our months of planning had come together beautifully.
Walking down the aisle was another overwhelming moment for me. I was trying very hard not to cry.
My sister passed me a tissue and I gave it back to her. Thank you sis! J So I got through the day without crying and feeling like I was in a movie, things unfolding here and there, and grateful to see how much love we were surrounded by from our family and friends.
Edwin: I woke up smiling, feeling like I was about to do something that would change the world, Haha! I had breakfast with the boys. We bonded, prayed and shared God’s word.
After a phone call with a friend who’d recently wedded, I got quite excited about the day. I couldn’t care less about the falling rain. We arrived to a well organized venue which further reassured me.
It seemed a long while before Edna walked into the chapel, and I couldn’t wait to see her! When the doors slid open and she walked down the aisle to that angelic song, I knew this was for real, haha.
For the rest of the day, I was on auto-pilot mode with one thing after another happening. I smiled through it all. I was neither hungry nor tired.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Edna: I had my wedding dress locally made by my friend and designer – Laura Ndugire of Weza Fabrics. Wedding dresses can be pretty pricey and this really helped us save a lot of money because I bought most of the fabric I needed (from Eastleigh, which is a great source for a large variety of affordably priced fabrics) and paid for the labour after showing the fundi my preferred design.
I think having your dress tailor made to fit you (when working with a great tailor) is a great thing because you can get a wedding dress of your choice that fits you perfectly, which is essentially what all brides would be looking for.
Edwin: The bridal cars. We got them all from friends and family. They were fueled and had drivers. The ceremony, reception and photo shoot were in one place - that was a big cost and time saver. Instead of full suits, my boys wore khaki pants and checkered shirts which we bought for a big discount at a shop in town.
Some of the service providers were friends and family who offered their services for almost free. We also used paper flowers instead of real flowers.
You must have learnt quite a number of things during the wedding process. What did you learn regarding catering that you would like to other couples to know?
Quite right that we learned a lot of things during that process.
About catering, I think we were both keen not to undercater(sic). We would have hated to have people miss food at our wedding so we ensured that there was enough, probably even more than enough.
Also, it’s wise to ensure that your caterer gets to the wedding on time even though it may seem like lunch comes much later in the program. At least two hours before would be good.
What (in your opinion), do you think is the most overrated thing in weddings?
Edna: Hmm, that’s a hard one to answer because different people have different priorities when it comes to weddings.
One person might be very keen on the music played while another will be very keen on the set up and décor, so we all have different things we may ‘overrate’ so to speak. All in all, your wedding does not have to cost an arm and a leg.
It’s possible to have a great wedding, even with a small budget. At the end of the day, what’s most important is not that you wowed people with all the glitz and glam but that you were joined to your beloved in holy matrimony, in the eyes of God and man.
Edwin: Big budgets are overrated.
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms planning for their wedding?
Edna: I think we could write a small book on that! I’ll mention a couple of lessons though and save that book for another day.
-Pray, pray, pray. Trust and lean on God. This will keep you from a lot of anxiety and overwhelming feelings synonymous with wedding planning.
-A good support system is also great. I cannot thank my family and the wonderful friends in our bridal team and planning committee enough! They’re all stars.
-Have your bridal team attire made in one place. We almost had a disaster when a fundi almost disappeared with some of the girls clothes (and down payment!)
-Start making the attire as early as you can. Even three months to the wedding is good. You’d rather deal with adjustments to already made clothes closer to your wedding day rather than rush a fundi.
-For your suppliers, it’s great to work with people who have good referrals. Don’t ignore negative feedback from a previous client. In addition to this, please remember that your suppliers are human beings and while you’re paying for their services, please be kind to them and avoid having unrealistic demands.
-Pinterest is your friend for searching for and saving ideas. I got lots of ideas for my dress, the bridal team’s attire, my mother’s dress and wedding décor from Pinterest. I think I had about seven wedding-related boards!
-There will be compromises involved along the way. You may not get every single thing that you wanted for your wedding. Awareness of this will keep you from wallowing in disappointment.
Edwin: There will always be a better and lesser wedding than yours. Do yours to please you. Work with a budget within your reach, and seek God all through the process. He makes weddings beautiful.
At Kenya Weddings we are always looking for something different unique and creative that a couple incorporates in their wedding. Please let us know what your something different was, what inspired you and how you got it done.
Edna: I had talked about our theme being rustic and inspired by our shared love for books and writing.
A rustic theme, like most, is pretty broad and we tried to integrate a couple of elements that we thought fit into it, for instance logs, twigs, mason jars and baby’s breath made up a part of our décor, a naked (without fondant) chocolate orange cake, checkered shirts for the grooms and his groomsmen and the girls and I wore boots (which also came in handy as it was a cold, rainy and muddy day).
Our book and writing-themed inspiration was fit into in the décor as well. We had some large, beautiful paper flowers adorn the chapel where we had our ceremony, my bridal bouquet also had some paper weaved into it, and this was all crowned by a photo shoot in the school library.
Wedding Venue ( and Photography venue if different): The Kenya High School. The photo shoot was in the school library.
Wedding Photographer: Steve Warui of Waruisapix
Number of Guests: 500, give or take