Tell us your story? How and where did you meet?
We met in 2006 while studying at Kenya Utalii College. Our story is funny, we met in the corridors, we tell most of our friends and they wont believe… we started off as friends then to dating…
What do you love the most about him?
He comes as a package! He has great qualities but the thing that endears me to him most is that he is Caring, Loving, VERY understanding, he also bonded well with my parents especially my dad (now the late) the very day they met, which to me was just a plus.
How did he propose?
Being a hotelier, he used his skills to do it. It was one of those days I went to visit him over lunch. He had prepared one of my favourite delicacies; while we were enjoying the meal and chatting; he poped out the ring and he proposed (after 6 years of dating…). It was so unexpected and a memorable day.
We later formalized the proposal with an “AYIE FUNCTION” which is a Luo function to symbolize that both parties have accepted and given us a go ahead with the wedding plans. From then it was all systems go…
For how long did you plan your wedding and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?
We planned for 1 year both the Church wedding and the traditional wedding – “NYOMBO” ceremony. I think what we enjoyed the most about our wedding was the Marital Counselling Classes at the Church especially hearing how other couples have their marriages successful, our Parish Priest also prepared us well for the Nuptials.
We wanted the wedding to be a celebration of our life and our families both extended and nuclear including our friends and also a thanksgiving to all who had been in our journey to get us to this point, especially God.
What challenges did you face in planning your wedding and how did you deal with those challenges?
My hubby was working in camp and was not available for the wedding committee meetings; the main challenge was making decisions with regards to some suppliers.
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
We wanted a shade of Blue that was unique, stylish and bridal. We settled on Turquoise Blue and blended it with Black.
We went for suppliers who would meet our budget and expectations.
We wanted a style that would engage and resonate with our guests.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
The fact that the Church, Photo Session and Reception were all in Westlands area really cut down on cost and time.
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.
I (the bride) woke up to the tunes of “OHANGLA” from the Nyagwela Traditional Dancesr which was a great surprise from my dear mum. We both had light meals with family members followed by prayers before heading out to Consolata Shrine, the Mass was actually the focal point.
The reception was awesome filled with song and dance from Ninga Melodies Group. I cant believe I actually danced for 2 hours consecutively.
What do you think is the most overrated thing in weddings?
Having a “CARD ONLY” wedding affair. I find it awkward when couples in this case forget or don’t invite some people. I have heard of weddings where the couples had to physically go to the entrance to ask the gate men/wedding planner to let their relatives or friends in – this is very embarrassing!
What songs were played as you and your bridal team walked down the aisle?
We went with instrumentals… Catholic Church Nuptials are a bit strict. It worked out fine and we enjoyed it.
Any tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms?
There is no guarantee that the wedding will be 100% successful; remember that its your day and that’s ALL that matters. You need to be happy and enjoy your wedding, besides… it only comes once!