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Oliver & Victoria

The moment we laid eyes on this bride's stunning sheath wedding dress with a blue lace bodice and three-quarter sleeves we knew it had to be the impeccable work of Ihsani Culture. Because Ihsani Culture specialises in unique, custom-made dresses to suit every bride. Also, this bride painstakingly made her bouquet using crepe paper and she also crafted the men’s boutonnieres and some of the décor flowers for her venues. Scroll down to see more photos and read the wedding story.

Tell us your story? How and where did you meet? 
We met after high school during a church play, although he claims to have met me much earlier.
What do you love the most about each other? 
Sense of humour, adventurous spirit.
How did he propose? 
He proposed while we were at a friend’s house for dinner with my siblings.
What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to? 
Wedding day by M.O.G (party), and When I say I do by Matthew West (me)
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style? 
It was quite traditional, and I went with paper flowers over real one because I felt it was more artsy and delicate. We both love blue, and I chose a sort of sky blue-cerulean scheme to work with a soft yellow.
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. 
It was a long day. Preparations were fun. I made sure everybody ate, especially my sister in law to be who was expecting. We got dressed. I planned to do my own make-up but my mother insisted on her hairdresser doing it. I wasn’t 100% happy with her work, to be honest, but I did so my mother would feel happy. I adjusted it a bit before the reception later. I was excited, my in-laws were nervous because it was their first, but for us it was the last, so we knew the flow of events. Church was good, no hiccups, we made it to the venues on time (we had a strict time keeper) and the reception was fun, save for the speeches (a lot of people from my husband’s side were lining up to speak). Needless to say, we had a great MC who kept things lively, a great team working behind the scenes and my sister made our cakes which was great.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding. 
We had many great saving opportunities. My advice is, if you have connections, use them. Almost all our vendors were people we knew, and they went out of their way to subsidize the costs for us. Whether it was the dress (it was made as a wedding present by Ihsani Culture), the reception venue (my husband did a brief internship there), the photography, videos, the MC, the audio system; we had friends pitch in because they were happy for us and they gave some things free and some we just covered very basic costs. Use your networks wisely. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends for favours.
What inspired the design of your wedding dress and what was your experience with Ihsani Culture?  
I was initially inspred by Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, and I spoke with Nkatha about it and she gave me her ideas of what would work best on me. We co-designed the dress and bought the material together. I chose a blue lace bodice because I wanted my dress to be really unique. I got a lot of resistance from my mother, but she eventually yielded and let me have my way with the dress.
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides when it comes to choosing a wedding dress? 
Don’t buy into the latest trend just to look fashionable. If you can, make a dress that is unique to you, and your personality. Add colour to your dress in ways that are not necessarily the norm, and it will be memorable for you and all your guests.
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. 
My dress for one. Two; my flowers. I made my bouquet from crepe paper as well as the men’s boutonnieres and some of the décor flowers for my venues (I couldn’t finish in time so a friend pitched in and finished the rest for me). Three, the bridesmaids’ hands were free. Instead, I asked someone to make flower pins for their hair. I made my flower pins using leftover appliques. I have attached some pictures for reference.  
Wedding Dress: Ihsani Culture. For a stunning custom-made dress call Ihsani Culture on 0711 575264
Photography: Shiz Photography
Wedding Venue and Photography Venue: CITAM Parklands(ceremony), CITAM Valley Road (reception),  Mayfair Hotel (photography) 
Number of guests: 700 -800
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