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Kevin & Neema
 
Fam, we really dont know where to start with this wedding! Because every single detail; from the bridal party's yellow and blue outfits to the rustic decor, is so gorgeous. Also, the bride was one of our winners of the trip to South Africa courtesy of South African Tourism. Woop! 
 
 
Tell us your story? How and where did you meet?

In January of 2009 I was unwell and admitted in hospital. My mum was on her way to see me. Kevin was  a student in the school my mum taught at the time. They bumped into each other and after exchanging courtesies and finding out his teacher's daughter was in hospital, he decided to come see me. He says we met at his school. 

How did he propose?

Kevin got my family to prank me- sorta. The week of the proposal/engagement, my mum texted my brother and I to invite us for an “emergency family dinner” where she needed to tell us important things that could only be said in person. On the day of, I left work in the evening , to meet my mum at my aunt's house where we were to meet then go for the dinner together. I got there and as I walked into the compound, I found it was done up, with cocktail tables, fairy lights and beautiful drapes, and my favorite flowers, lilies. Our close friends and family were there, hiding behind the drapes. Kevin walked in behind me and then it really dawned on me that this was the proposal (by this time the people who were supposed to be behind the drapes hiding until I said yes had already come out with their camera phones to record the moment-Hahaha ). He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I said yes!! Everyone cheered. It was perfect!

What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to?

Brides maids- Bethel- In over my head

Bride- Bethel- Ever Be

These songs talk about God’s love for us.

 

What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?

Our wedding theme was Rustic.

The colours were yellow, grey and hints of navy. Kevin was open to letting me pick the wedding colours. I love the colour yellow, it's such a happy colour and suitable for a happy day. Grey was going to help tone things down a little and also acted as the masculine colour, plus they really go well together. Navy was to jazz things up a bit.

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.

I woke up so many times before the actual wake up time :-) . I was super excited but also a little nervous. The sun was up and skies blue from 6:00am, not a single cloud in the sky. It was going to be a gorgeous warm day. Such an answered prayer given that it had rained heavily that week. Hair and make up went smoothly thanks to Nancy of M.A.C and Fred from Elly’s Salon. We got to the church on time, I was still nervous until I walked down the aisle. The service was beautiful .We really enjoyed praise and worship, our last one as singles :-). We exchanged vows and after the sermon and being pronounced husband and wife we headed to our photoshoot venue at The Bedelle in Runda. The reception venue Havilah Cornerstone Ranch in Ruaka was so beautiful. The decor blew us away.

 

Our decorator who happens to be family (our wonderful Auntie Carol) did a FANTASTIC JOB! She exceeded our expectations. We also had a really good MC, band and deejay and a fun photobooth by Shootbox as entertainment for our guests. After speeches and gifts, we headed back to the hotel for a quick shoot with our bridal party, changed and came back to the reception venue which was also the evening party venue where we danced and partied with some few friends until midnight. As we waved goodbye, it started raining! :-) Such a perfect day!!!!

Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.

We would say the decor and photography/videography. As for decor, our Auntie Carol who does this as a business did as a gift. We also cut down the budget significantly on flowers. We had baby’s breath and lilies. In Kenya, Baby’s breath is also know as “fillers”,  because it's what most florists will add to your flower bouquets to give them a  “fuller” look! LOL. They are much cheaper than roses and I think they are SIMPLY beautiful. A lot of Pinterest research gave us a lot of guidance in achieving the best possible floral arrangements with simple flowers. We highly recommend them! As for Photography/videography, we used the Sun Africa Studios wedding package that included an engagement shoot, photography and videography at all our venues for 12 hrs plus other fantastic offers on the package.

You were one of the winners of the Safiri SA competition sponsored by South Africa Tourism. Tell us more about your experience in South Africa, what was the highlight of the trip for you? Are there any interesting wedding ideas you picked from the Bridal Fair in Johannesburg.

I have been reminiscing on that trip. Just kept feeling that God was sooooo so good to me. Jozi was the experience of a lifetime, take me there again!!!. I loved every single thing we did, from the food, to the pampering,  the tours, staying at the fabulous Sandton Sun and I especially enjoyed The Wedding Expo. My cake was inspired by a cake we saw at the bridal fair, and I was able to purchase some of decorative items which were incorporated well into the decor.

 

What (in your opinion), do you think is the most overrated thing in weddings?

Mass committees and having a huuuuuge budget.  We found that having a smaller team of friends, who love you , support your coming together and who work SMART is better than having  a committee with all the people on your contact list. Things just move faster and it's easier to get more done. We had a team of 12 help plan our wedding. We are forever grateful for the coolest committee in the world! They were incredible and executed well. As for the budget, this journey taught us that God loves weddings. He provides, we also learnt that there are so many different ways you can cut costs by being creative and asking for and receiving help from people around you. We are also thankful for everyone who volunteered to serve at our wedding. We were super overwhelmed by their love and support.

Would you consider visiting South Africa in future for your anniversary?

Yes of course!! Take us back anytime! :-). South Africa is stunning!! Kevin and I would really love to visit Cape Town. Such a beautiful destination.

Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms planning for their wedding?

●       Use wedding planning templates/ planning apps, they help you stay organized and focused on one task at a time. Technology is amazing!

●       Always do a makeup and hair trial before the wedding day, important to be comfortable with the look and the person responsible for glamming you up.

●       Meet all service providers at the respective venues for briefing before the wedding day. Important to be on the same page on everything.

●       On the wedding day even when things are going wrong don’t let anything get you down.  Pray and trust God for everything. We are not in control of everything, but God is. Relax and make sure that your first day together as a married couple remains a happy one no matter what.

●       Please remember this season will be emotionally charged , not just for your but for your family and close friends as well. Listen to the desires of your parents/guardians and seek to honour them. Where you don’t agree with them, communicate in a respectful way and always be on the same page with your fiancé, but also don’t sweat the small stuff that won’t matter after the day is done.

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 you're something different was, what inspired you and how you got it done.

Hhmm, I would say Burlap (or Gunia). You can do amazing things with Burlap. Inspired by Pinterest. A photo booth is such great fun for your guests as well.  And you could always DIY and use photographer friends coordinate it. 

Photographer: Sun Africa Studios

Wedding Venue: Parklands Baptist Church-Ceremony, The Bedelle -Photography, Havilah Cornerstone Ranch- Reception

Number of Guests: 1000

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