"...but the greatest of these is love".
We feature Macki and Lamaz's wedding that was a beautiful, colourful and romantic affair. Clearly, love was in the air!
The colour scheme was red to signify their passion and love for each other. And when it comes to a vibrant and dramatic look, nothing sets the tone more than this luscious colour.
Have a look at this stunning wedding and feel the love!
How and where did you meet?
We met in University of Nairobi during SALT (Mamlaka hill chapel ministry for university students).
What qualities made you decide that this was the man for you?
Macki: First it was his height and his confidence that attracted me to him; then, his love for God. He is a gentleman, fun to be with and he brings out the best in me.
Lamaz: She is very pretty with a very big heart, a very generous person, a people’s person and she is brilliant!
For how long did you plan your wedding and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?
We planned for 10months.We loved our tea party. We had so much fun with our friends and it turned out to be a fun bash, unlike the boring fundraisers that are common.
We also enjoyed the committee meetings. It was like a friend’s reunion each time and the eating bit was great too. Overcoming all the challenges with their help was great.
Did our website add any value in your wedding planning process? Would you advice others to go online when looking for vendors?
Kenya Weddings website helped us a great deal with ideas on cutting the budget. I would recommend one to go online to look for vendors and Kenya Weddings is a good place to start.
What songs were played as you and your bridal team walked down the aisle?
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Everything for us was a cost saver!
First and foremost, the gown; we hired a gown for less than 20k instead of buying one.
The photoshoot venue; we paid a token of appreciation to them. Our close friend had also given us her garden but we got there after the ceremony and took only a few shots because of lighting.
Venue; we did both reception and service in one dome and the cost was inclusive of draping, sound, dome, security, car parking and loos; and that saved us a lot.
Food; we spent 100k to feed almost 500 guests inclusive of sodas.
Bridal make up and entourage; our friends gave us their cars for the day and most of them were fuelled.
Bridal Makeup was done by friends from church for free.
Service providers; we sought services of friends some of whom volunteered for the day like the MC and the dance group. All our service providers are our friends, from the florist, photographer, videographer, DJ, the pastors and that made it a fun event.
Wedding planning can be a great learning process. What didn’t you know before the wedding about selecting a wedding cake that you now know?
That the weight of a cake, is not proportional to the size of it. We designed our own cake and it turned out so beautiful and yummy - but we felt our cake was a little smaller than we had imagined.
Share a brief recount of the wedding day, from waking up till evening and the things that were going through your mind at the time.
Macki: I woke up at 5am to kill mosquitoes; somehow they decided to invade my room that day. The whole day I was just blank and having fun. I could not imagine that after 2years of obstacles against our marriage we were now past all that and I was finally getting married to my Lamaz.
Lamaz:I did not sleep the whole night playing FIFA with my boys. During the day I couldn't believe the long awaited day was finally happening in 6 hours.
In short, our wedding turned out to be much more than we had imagined. God held the rain and the day was warm and beautiful with lots of dancing and singing, emotional moments especially during the service, and yeah....we even had a salsa dance which we had not even planned for. That was our highlight!
By 4.30 pm our wedding was done and we were overwhelmed with joy.
Tell us how premarital counselling helped you prepare for your wedding. Would you advice other couples and why?
Premarital counselling; we would advice every couple to do this before the wedding. We learnt a lot, from financial management, conflict resolution, communication, expectations and demystifying marriage .This helped us so much not only during the planning of the wedding but even now in our marriage.
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.
Salsa dance: It happened by chance and was the wow factor!
Grooms attire with modified cravat-like thing: Lamaz designed his suit and accessories and used a local tailor and it turned out so hot.
Five pageboys: We had our 5 nephews in the line up because we could not pick one and leave the other. They had so much fun and rarely made it for any serious photo.