Love and Hip Hop. That just about sums up this stunning wedding between gospel DJ Geegee and professionally trained chef and cook book author Jasmine. Their wedding theme was inspired by their love for Hip Hop and because Hip Hop was such an integral part of their love story. So the entire bridal party wore sneakers, they had a graffiti cake, hiphop and beatbox performances, a photoshoot with the backdrop of a graffiti wall and they even did the harlem shake during the ceremony! How dope is that?! Scroll down to see all the details of this Hip Hop inspired wedding.
Tell us your story? How and where did you meet?
We met at the Flame Hip Hop Concert in 2011. I (Jasmine) was in a relationship with another guy at the time. I had just gotten saved and moved back to Kenya from Spain and I barely knew anyone. When a friend told me about the concert, we went together and at some point found ourselves taking pictures with everyone outside the church dome. I took 1 picture with everyone but when I met Geegee, we ended up taking 4. It was funny how comfortable I was with him from the get go. I also found it funny that his nickname was Geegee while mine was Chichi since I was a kid. Guess it was just God. We were friends for the next 2 years after that and would only see each other at events. We had each other’s numbers but we just never talked as much, just shared a lot of mutual friends.
Fast forward to the end of 2012, I had been single for 2 years, God was working on my heart and I was intentionally enjoying my single-hood. I had stopped dating, flirting or crushing on any guys for 2 years but I realized that I hadn’t fully surrendered my heart to God since I was still “advising” Him on how I wanted my spouse to be. That December I felt convicted and re-surrendered my heart to God, the following January Geegee and I started talking. He had come to a house party I was having where I had invited most of our friends. We chatted for 2 months yet we were very careful not to lead each other on. We knew that liking each other wasn’t enough and wanted to know God’s will and our purpose together if indeed we were meant to be together.
A week into March, we knew we needed to take a step forward or backwards, so Geegee fasted and prayed, while I prayed on my side, asking God to give me a yes or a no so that I don’t waste my time getting heartbroken when I should have been waiting on Him. We both got a Yes from God and it was evident through the peace in our hearts. Peace we had never felt with anyone else. On March 26th 2013, Geegee asked me to be his girlfriend, and told me that he didn’t want to waste time and that we were courting towards marriage. I had prayed for a man who could hear from God and knew what he wanted, but I never knew it was even possible until he uttered those words. We’ve been dating ever since.
What do you love the most about each other?
Geegee: I love how generous she is and how she gives off of herself to God, to me, family and friends and even people she’s just met.
Jaz: I love His heart. It’s golden and incredibly precious. He is so gentle and loving towards everyone and truly loves God to his core.
How did he propose?
It was my birthday in 2014. We had already had our ruracio and were planning our wedding. It was a desire for me to receive a proposal but it wasn’t a deal breaker cause I knew couples who had great marriages without having any major proposals. On my birthday he took me for a movie at Sarit centre. It was such a weird movie that it threw me off completely and I didn’t even have any idea what he was up to. As the movie ended, and the credits on the big screen started rolling up, a video started playing with our pics and favorite Hip Hop song. In the same clip, he was walking on a random street talking about our relationship. I started crying (the ugly cry) and before I knew it, he was on one knee next to me. I said yes, people clapped, and my friends jumped out of nowhere while another took pics. It was beautiful! I think what made it even more special was the fact that I had seen a viral cinema proposal on Facebook a while before we dated, and whispered it to God that it would be something I would like one day. I never told Geegee but it’s amazing how God works, even in the small details. Plus Geegee also got “WILL YOU MARRY ME” cupcakes brought by a friend, just in case the Fox cinema guys forgot to play the video. He had really planned it well. We got married the next month.
What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to?
The bridal team walked down to “Makeup” by Pompi, Geegee walked down to “ All I need is you” by Lecrae and I walked down to “aisle of you” by Christon Gray.
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
Our wedding theme was “LOVE AND HIP HOP” since we met at a Hip Hop concert, both extremely loved Hip Hop, Geegee is known as a Hip Hop dj, and I had gotten saved through a Hip Hop song. Colors were peach, coral and gold with lots of white. Our suppliers were inspired by quality of service and price. We wanted a beautiful wedding but we didn’t want to spend an arm and a foot on it. We didn’t want debt going into our marriage, plus we didn’t have any wedding committee so it was important for us to shop around until we found great services within our budget.
Tell us a bit about your wedding planning journey; from the moment he proposed leading up to the day you said I do.
The wedding planning process was intense. Everyone says it’s stressful and we were determined not to let it stress us, yet it was still quite exhausting. We planned everything together and had the help of my sister as well who was home from Spain that year. I remember how tired we were of the process that we were both just looking forward to the ceremony and the honeymoon more than the reception. If it was up to us, we would have said our vows and left :-)
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.
Geegee: The morning was busy. A few of my groomsmen came late but I still made it to the venue on time. I was partly nervous and excited at the same time to start our lives together and looking forward to resting after the ceremony. I also thoroughly enjoyed the dancing and seeing our friends and family together. Plus opening up the gift envelopes
Jaz: I woke up to a loud house and my makeup and hair lady for the bridesmaids cancelling. It was a stressful morning and no one shielded me from any of the bad news, so I was quite happy to leave the house and just get to the ceremony. The wedding was fun but like I said, I was really looking forward to us starting our lives together and the rest that was due on our honeymoon after 3 months of serious planning.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Relationships: This helped us get sound and a deejay for free.
Shopping around for different suppliers: as easy at it would have been to just pay 1 venue to do everything for us, we needed to get good bargains, so we searched until we found people within our budget who could offer us the same experience for less. We didn’t want to compromise on quality yet we still didn’t want to break the bank. It worked and our wedding looked quite more expensive than it really was.
Jasmine, as a professionally trained chef what advice would you give couples in regard to wedding cakes and wedding catering?
Shop around and get referrals. It’s always good to use someone who has been used by a friend before. Also first impressions are everything. Our caterer was a great guy, although he had two weddings that day, sadly his team served half our party chicken that didn’t taste fresh. He was so understanding and disappointed with his team, that he refunded a whole chunk of what we had paid him, some even on our honeymoon. We never had to chase after him and we were grateful that we had connected well while during our tastings.
DJ Gee Gee, as a leading Gospel DJ what tips would you give couples when it comes to wedding entertainment?
Don’t compromise quality for price. Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it will be quality. Utilize your networks well and get better prices. Also sound is an integral part of the wedding, sound helps in communication, music sets the mood so prioritize on getting good sound and a good deejay.
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms planning for their wedding?
Plan for your honeymoon. Take a chunk out of your wedding budget and book the honeymoon of your dreams. We really wanted to travel for our honeymoon and we had discussed it all while we were dating, since we never traveled together while dating, to keep boundaries. We didn’t want to have an expensive wedding then spend our honeymoon in a random lodge somewhere near Nairobi. We really wanted to get away since we both loved traveling. We put money aside and booked our tickets, then booked our rooms with the money we got from the gift envelopes. It was a faith project but so worth it.
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.
Our Hip Hop theme. We did the harlem shake after we were pronounced husband and wife. It was hilarious since no one expected us or the whole bridal team to break out into dance before the ceremony was done (there is a youtube video showing that) We also wore sneakers during the reception, had a graffiti cake, partied with Hip Hop songs, had Hip Hop and beatbox performances, and did our photoshoot at a location with a graffiti wall. Even our invitation cards and water bottles at the wedding were Hip Hop themed. We are so glad we stayed true to what we loved. As much as the wedding was for our families, we got to leave our print in everything. Hip Hop was special to the both of us individually and part of how we met, how he proposed with a Hip Hop song in the background, so it was amazing to have it as part of our big day.
Photographer: Steve Kitoto
Wedding Venue and Photography Venue: Florentia Gardens for the wedding and PAWA 254 for the photoshoot
Number of Guests: 500