There were hardly any flowers at Joan and Rama's wedding and here's why; they were going for a green, earthy and naturalistic theme. With beautiful green ferns as walkway stands, cake served on banana leaves and the lime green and brown colour scheme, this wedding was au natureal!
Traditionally, denim is not worn at weddings but this bride scrapped that rule and had her bridesmaids wear long denim dresses and they looked stunning!
Have a look at this green and earthy wedding.
You will love it!
How and where did you meet?
Through a friend who happened to be my former roommate and Rama’s Former Colleague
Was the proposal a surprise or did you have a clue. Tell us the story?
The proposal was a surprise. He travelled to Mombasa to buy the ring and I was mad he travelled without telling me. He actually told me that he had gone for an urgent family meeting...and on a Sunday morning, at dawn, just after he arrived back in Nairobi, he came to my house to propose.
And I said yes while still in my night gown :-)
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
We love African wear... We wanted something very African. However, we could not get our first choice of colours, brown and lime green.
During my bride price negotiation, I wore a denim outfit that stood out. We therefore decide to do Denim. And being a dark colour, Luminous green was the colour of choice to brighten it. And since bridesmaids always put on the brighter colour and grooms men the dark one, we did the opposite, and it worked.
What would you say was your biggest challenge during the planning process and how did you overcome it?
Changing wedding date because our chosen date, Joan had an exam. We finally settled on a Friday which turned out great.
What advice would you give brides who are looking for a way to get the groom more involved in the wedding planning process?
Excite him about the wedding. Ask for his opinion and try to incorporate them in the plans. However, if he is really not into it…keep him updated with what you’re doing. Trust me, he is listening.
You could also have his best man join in.
What songs did you and the bridal team walk down the aisle to?
Blessed the broken road – Rascal Flats for the Bride & More than what I wanted –Cece Winans for Groom & Bridal team
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Flowers and photo session venue, decor and venue...Our decor was so much more affordable because we didn’t have flowers. We chose a sort of 3 in one venue, wedding venue, photo session and evening party venue place.
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 was woken up at about 6am with rain. And as every bride knows, I said a prayer for the rain to stop...which it did and then started again 1 hour later and we had some drizzles for like 2 hours.
In the meantime, the bridal party was getting ready and for me, having a small talk with mum and dad before finally dressing up. From what I was told, the road to our home was muddy and the organizer had to look for a 4x4 to come pick us. We left for church at 1pm….we were 3 hours late.
On arriving at the church we had some dancing around the bride’s car, then the procession to the church proceeded on. The church ceremony was quite short and we were done in an hour’s time. We walked to the photo session place as the guests took their lunch. We had the usual speeches. The wedding was done by about 6 in the evening which paved way for the evening party.
What in your opinion what did you discover is the most overrated thing about weddings?
Decor and bridal party outfit…ohh and the bride’s gown!
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.
Our love for Africa theme was a thumbprint we implemented in our wedding.
My husband is from coast and we therefore took Madafu with the wedding cake instead of the usual wine. Our guests were served cake on banana leaves….yes, banana leaves instead of plates.
I (Joan) am not a flower person…so I didn’t see a need of having them in our wedding decor
Wedding Venue and Photography Venue - Fahari Gardens Wedding Photographer - GIMO production Number of Guests - 300