There are two things we absolutely love about this wedding; First, the intriguing and modern colour combination of turquoise blue and wine red. Second, the unique, once in a lifetime wedding date: 12-12-12!
Have a look at Fanne and Justin's colourful wedding and get inspired!
Tell us your story? How and where did you meet? How long have you dated?
Fanne: We first met in 2005 in a computer class. We were both studying ICDL in Buru Buru. We didn’t hit it off at once, though he did ask me out. I said no and we remained friends, meeting on and off. We went out and dated other people for 3 years when we realized what we were searching for was actually each other. We made it official in 2008.
What do you love the most about each other?
Justin: Her simplicity, caring nature plus the fact that she has a very big heart.
Fanne: He has a very warm heart, is a genius, funny and thinks a lot before he speaks. I love his masculine chest. I am a lover of hugs.
How did he propose?
I went to visit him at his place one day. He had been at work and he was tired so I prepared some food for him. I ran to the shop to buy some spices and when I got back. I found him bent on one knee with a tiny box held out in his hand. It was traditional and I loved it!
What challenges did you face in planning your wedding and how did you deal with those challenges?
It was hard especially when family would come in and try to steer things their way. I for one opted for two maids of honor instead of a best couple, and that didn’t go down too well. Justin and I also had a lot of fights prior to the dowry payments where we ended up each siding with his/her family. We had to constantly remind each other that would finally be one big family.
For how long did you plan your wedding and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?
We planned for 8 months. What I loved most was looking up ideas from the internet and other weddings. I also felt special every time a vendor treated me like a bride. I was a bride for 8 months!
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colors, suppliers and style?
I may be traditional, but I never considered African so we went for turquoise green, wine red and a touch of silver. Our vendors were all referrals. They understood what we liked and were ready to do something out of the ordinary. We chose a theme that was exciting, bright and fun that everyone would always remember.
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.
Fanne: Everything seemed normal until the photographers walked in on me getting my nails done. That’s when it actually hit me that the day had finally come. We were a bit late as the guests who came home had to eat first. It was extremely hot and our guests at the church could not wait for the wedding to start.
We had an awesome MC who got everyone having fun despite the small mishaps and I remember we had to cut the cake so early because it would start to melt! By evening, I wanted it to start all over again.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Our biggest cost saver was on the venue. Fahari gardens offered us a venue, big enough to cater for the church service, the reception and gardens which served well for the photo shoot venue. We also saved up on fuel as the vehicles we used were free to leave when we arrived.
You must have learnt quite a number of things during the wedding process. What did you learn regarding photography that you would like to other couples to know?
Photography is the one thing we never wanted to compromise. It’s the only thing that reminds you of your day. Our photographers took most photos in the morning before leaving home. I had the chance to look my best before I could get tired in the sun. Always invest in good photography and you will have your memories captured very well.
What do you think is the most overrated thing in weddings?
Expensive cars; I do not see why I need to hire a limo for a full day when I only need it for two hours. But the car vendors make you hire for more than 4 hours.
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms?
We learnt that the most important thing in a wedding is your marriage certificate, your rings and your officiating pastor. Everything else is a bonus that you should be grateful for. We also realized that guests enjoy your wedding if you do, so laugh, smile and dance a lot. They will follow your lead!
Your wedding date was 12/12/12. Is there any particular reason you settled for this date?
We had to pick a week day as I am an Adventist and Justin an Anglican. We were looking at Friday 14th till it hit us that Wednesday; the same week had a date so special and easy to remember.
Did our website add any value in your wedding planning process?
Yes, we got to learn so much from other peoples’ experiences in the Real Weddings section; we got a variety of vendors to pick from Kenya Weddings and so many ideas on the themes, tips and cost savers too.