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Andrew & Caroline

Walking on Sunshine – that would be an appropriate title for Andrew and Caroline’s wedding. From the canary yellow and black colour scheme to the bright smiles on the couple’s faces, this wedding has an upbeat and joyful feel that is simply contagious.

Have a look at this delightful wedding. It’s sure to cheer you up!

Tell us your story? How and where did you meet? How long have you dated?

Carol: Let me answer that so he can look good. We met about 2 ½ years ago in the campus Christian Union, when we were going for a mission to Mang’u area in Thika. I came late and found the bus already full. He offered me his seat (there are still gentlemen around) and that was the start of a great friendship, we started dating 6 months later. We dated for almost 2 years before we got married.


What do you love the most about him?

Carol: Drew is extremely reliable. He’s also awfully charming and great company. He’s fun to be around and very different from me. I can get caught up with work and goals and he makes me relax. He’s a breath of fresh air!


How did he propose?

He took me to this great elegant retreat centre in Limuru called Brakenhurst. He pulled all the stops: reserving a table for us, bouquets, champagne, going on one knee and all. He got the staff in on it too. It was beautiful.


For how long did you plan your wedding and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?

Ideally we planned the wedding for 8 or so months, as soon as we got engaged in November.  

Andrew: One word, 4 letters: K.I.S.S – Keeping It Simple Stupid. I loved the way we kept the planning process simple. And how we focused on the major things: for example, we were really practical on the budget that we had, and really did not seek to impress anyone during the wedding: though conversely they ended up being impressed.  Also loved the way friends got involved in the process. They were invaluable.

Carol: I loved watching things fall into place with time. During the wedding day, I enjoyed the ceremony because people were lively and everyone was having a really good time.

What challenges did you face in planning your wedding and how did you deal with those challenges?

Honestly, we cannot really point out a specific thing that was the most challenging, but like most couples, money and time were an issue. Time because Carol was in her final semester in campus, and money because we were operating on a single income at that time. 

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

Our wedding them was Simplicity: From the onset, we decided that we would enjoy ourselves during the process. This is because we realized that many couples couldn’t say that about their weddings. So we made our decisions and choices with that as the guideline.

For example, we decided on our colour scheme when we were taking Minute Maid juice one afternoon at a carwash. We looked at the cap, and voila, yellow-green colour scheme! As for our providers, we also settled on them early enough. A couple of them were referrals from a close friend who was also holding a wedding just before ours.


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

We had many cost-savers: 

 - We made our own stationery since Andrew is a designer, and this reduced our costs by around 75% from 20k to 5k.

 - A friend offered us her secluded house for the Honeymoon (Cut that honeymoon budget tremendously)

 - A friend hosted us for the photo-session – Saved us a small fortune on it.

 - Carol’s sister gave us her car for the entire duration of the honeymoon – Saved us a small fortune.

 - A friend of us was the MC for our Reception at no charge (it Is good to note that he had never Emceed before – but he did such a good job, that he has got several jobs since then )

 - The greatest cost saver was on our photography – Japheth did world class photography as a favor to Andrew since they once were colleagues. 


All in all, a point to note on the cost savers is that once you set your mind on the more important things (joy, love happiness) the rest fall into place. Make a budget that is within your means and work within it to the best of your abilities and circumstances. Do not try to impress anyone.


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. 

Carol: I was well rested because I had slept early (at 9!) The photographer/Video guy arrived quite early. I was anxious for the day to start, because at some point we were running late because the grooms’ party took a while to arrive. But once they arrived, they day got off to a good start. The saving grace was that the venue was around 10 minutes away so we redeemed a lot of time that way. Eventually excitement kicked in once I arrived at church, and managed to see so many friends and more so when I entered the church and Andrew sang for me while playing the guitar as I walked down the aisle. The ceremony went on smoothly, and then we left for the photo-session 5minutes away.    


Andrew:  First of all, I woke up in good time, all psyched up. Though I had some anxiety since the previous day, I had been informed that our reception grounds had been double-booked: with another wedding setting up adjacent our setup. So I dropped by the venue to see what was up, then I left knowing that I had capable guys to handle that. Then went back home to dress up, and as we were leaving, I misplaced my house keys inside the car! Arrived at church, and waited for the bride to arrive. I practiced my surprise song, got the band to back me up… Since I was there for a while, I had the opportunity to meet up with many people, and really appreciated their attendance. All the while, it seemed like I was part of a movie. I had not had so much attention on me in my life. I came to appreciate my friends more by just seeing the sacrifices many made for the day. By the time evening was done, I was relieved that the day was more successful than we had imagined. A special mention goes out to Japheth Kagondu our photographer, who went over and above the call of duty to capture some of the most epic photos of the day.


What do you think is the most overrated thing in weddings?

The cost of the wedding: People assume that the more money you spend: the better the wedding. But it is possible to have an amazing day with good service providers on a reasonable budget. 


Any tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms?

Carol: Relax. You cannot control everything that will happen on the day so there’s no need to stress about it. Do everything on time; don’t rush during the last week - that’s your time to rest. The day before the wedding, get home early (by 5pm – don’t be in the salon till midnight), switch off your phone and sleep early (don’t just get into bed and chat with the bridesmaids, sleep! You will need all the energy for the wedding day)


Andrew: Get yourself a sober best couple. Work with what you have: Be creative with your budget (we designed and made our own invitation cards at a fraction of the cost of outsourcing)


Wedding Venue - Pan Africa Christian (PAC) University Wedding Photographer - Japheth Kagondu Number of Guests - 350


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