Come rain or shine, Rufus and Tracy were determined to enjoy their wedding day. Though the rain dampened the grounds, it certainly did not dampen this couples spirits as they danced and had fun with their guests. What started off as a dull morning with a sight drizzle gave way to a beautiful, bright and joyful event.
Have a look at this gorgeous lime green and chocolate brown wedding. Get inspired!
Tell us your story; how and where did you meet?
We met through one of our mutual friends. We went to the same church so we would meet almost every week. We became friends for about two years; then he asked me to be his girlfriend.
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How did he propose?
He called me after work and said he wanted to buy me dinner. We drove along Kiambu Road and I kept wondering where he is taking me. At some point we got lost and he frantically started making calls trying to find his bearing. He ended up finding his way and the restaurant was really nice and classy. After having dinner we took a walk around the grounds then he proposed by the pool side. I cried!!!
Tracy: What qualities made you decide that Rufas was the man for you?
He is God-fearing!! This made it easy for us to become friends. He is principled and very opinionated. He is such a responsible man and I’m always amazed by how organized he is.
For how long did you plan your wedding and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?
We started planning our wedding 1yr earlier, but started having our committee meetings three months to the wedding date.
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
My wedding theme was more of simplicity and uniqueness. The theme colours come to me one time as I was watching TV. and I just realized how beautifully the colours blended and considering it was during the rainy season, I settled on the chocolate brown and lime green.
What would you say was your biggest challenge during the planning process and how did you overcome it?
Trying to deal with the service providers and ensuring that they delivered their services on time, e.g. the invitation cards. To overcome the delay in delivery and printing, we had to constantly make calls and she eventually delivered.
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 woke at about 6 a.m. and the first thing I did was to look outside to see if it was raining. There was a slight drizzle; I prayed and let God take control of the day. I was surprised at how fast the morning flowed and I was out of the house by 9.30a.m. Eventually the sun shone and my day was made beautiful, thanks to God.
The day flowed on very well with guys dancing at the reception on wet grounds which made it even more interesting and I was happy that everyone was enjoying the day. As the evening approached I couldn’t wait to get my dancing shoes on for the evening party.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Being in a couple of committees helped us to plan our wedding efficiently. Rufas did his math and decided that we would buy food for ourselves and pay a chef for labour.
This saved us about Ksh.20,000 which we put into our honeymoon. A tip I would give couples as they plan their wedding is to start planning early and have a committee. Our committee helped us so much and we were able to meet the budget through it.
A committee enables you to plan your wedding and also help you in dealing with some service providers.
What songs were played as you and your bridal team walked down the aisle?
Groom; Someday by Carol Atemi
Groom’s men; Imenibamba by Carol Atemi and Eric Wainaina
Maids; Twatembea by Carol Atemi
Flower girls; All I have to give by Mali Music
Bride; When God made you by NewSong and Natalie Grant
The Wedding planning process is a learning process for every couple. What was your biggest learning area and what advice do you have to others planning?
An important lesson that we learnt is that if you begin to plan early, you are able to counter some of the hitches you may come across.
About two weeks to the wedding we were done with the necessary payments to the service providers and we were left with distribution of duties and logistics.
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 wedding was very simple and beautiful. The bridesmaids dress were very unique and I hadn’t realized how beautiful they were until they put them on.