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Steven & Stephanie

Where do we even begin with this wedding?! Every single detail is absolutely stunning. From the bride's dress to the groom squad's casual yet debonair look to the decor which was a gorgeous mix of rustic and elegant. Fam, they even had games like Jenga for their guests to play. And then all those details were captured beautifully by Mwaniki Weddings. We could go on and on about this wedding, but we will just let you see it for yourselves and read their beautiful wedding story below.

Tell us your story. How and where did you meet? 
We met at church. I was trying to learn how to play the guitar and Steve at the time had just moved to this church as the new Music Director. I didn’t like him at first as he seems very arrogant but there was something that attracted me to him. One day he was asked to drop me home since I lived nearby and it was a bit late and my guitar teacher knew I needed a ride since at the time the stretch from the church to the estate was not quite safe. I remember my teacher asking him to drop me off at the gate and he refused. First, I was shocked and appalled. I mean, he was driving that way either way. I remember I was so angry and I got into his car and sat. let’s just say that’s where it all started… 
What do you love the most about each other? 
Steph: I love that he always pushes me to my dreams and always encourages me to try something new. 
Steve: I love that Steph supports me no matter what and always wants to see the best version of me out there.
How did he propose?
Funny story… it was on the 12th December 2017. It was a holiday and I just wanted to rest. He insisted that I take him for a shoot, (he’s a photographer) in Limuru in the tea farms. I really wasn’t feeling that story. I decided to go either way since I like road trips. All of a sudden, we started arguing about something which ruined the mood. We just drove in silence up to the tea estates. He asked me to get out of the car once we reached and walk around. It started raining and I didn’t see the need to come out. Meanwhile in his head he is thinking “how will I go down on one knee in the car”. Haha… Suddenly, he starts reading a poem on his phone which wasn’t suspicious as he would occasionally write me something sweet to lift my moods. 
The next thing he was down on one knee now that I was seated at the boot of the car. I was in shock!! I didn’t have words and I may have been having a panic attack at the same time. It was lovely, the ring! Just the two of us. 
What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to?
I walked down the aisle to “You and I” by John Legend sang by the incredible and Talented Noel Nderitu.
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
We really didn’t have a theme but we were inspired by Pinterest and that is where we got our inspiration from. Steve is actually the one who chose the colours of Sage, peach and ivory. 
For suppliers, we used a planner Rosemary Teka from Splendid Weddings who hooked us up with all the suppliers. She did an amazing job. Our Pinterest wedding came to life. 
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. 
The wedding day was pretty relaxed mainly because our wedding was in the afternoon. The only anxious bit was getting to the venue in time, seeing as we were both coming from Mombasa Road and going to Kiambu on a Friday afternoon. The church ceremony though felt like a blur, it went by so fast and the evening came by so fast before we knew it the day was over.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Our biggest cost saver was the setup of pergolas, tables & chairs. Using one supplier for this really helped save the overall costs than having to look for individuals to be able to provide each item. A great tip is actually have a planner who can give you a one-stop shop alternative, that way the couple can negotiate on bulk items and get a better deal.
We absolutely love that you had games for your guests at your wedding. What inspired this fantastic idea and how did you pull it off?
We love games. We do a lot of game nights and decided to have some games because we knew our friends would also enjoy it. We had set the games already so the time after the church and before the reception, we wanted to mingle with our guests and not be the untouchables on that day. It was really fun. 
Steve, as a leading lifestyle and travel photographer you know what it takes to capture the perfect image. What advice would you give couples regarding wedding photography?
I believe photos really speak a lot and one really needs to have someone who can capture that moment well, getting the emotion and feel of the day. As you can imagine I was quite specific on who I wanted to capture the big day and I just wanted someone who can deliver just that. Break-taking images that capture our love story in perfect harmony. Mwaniki, of Mwaniki Weddings did a superb job. 
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms planning for their wedding?
Start planning early, take time to save for the wedding and if possible use a planner as they would get better deals for you at the end of the day. 
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.
For our wedding we had a couple of unique things. Our venue was really beautiful. We discovered it as we were venue hunting and fell in love with it. It was above our budget for venue but we hadn’t seen anything so beautiful. The venue is Fairview Coffee Gardens in Kiambu. 
We also used pergolas instead of tents which also just gave the wedding a different vibe. They are actually cheaper than tents. 
The games and props we had for our guests to play and have fun with as we went for our photoshoot was also unique. 
We also had a live BBQ & Salad bar at the wedding which our guests really enjoyed. Our caterer was Divine Caterers who went above and beyond with the food.
Photography: Mwaniki Weddings
Wedding Venue: Fairview Estate
Number of Guests: 400
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