We are pretty excited to bring you this elegant wedding between Catherine, a Kenyan lady, and Selom, a Ghanian. The wedding was glamorous, to say the least; from the reception at the exquisite Ole Sereni to the intricate decor elements and stylish outfits. With a coral and turquoise colour combination, this couple was able to pull off a look that is fresh and modern. Have a look at this stunning wedding and read on how the couples handled the different cultures.
We call this wedding; East meets West. Enjoy!
Tell us your story? How and where did you meet? How long have you dated?
The first time I met Selorm was at a friend’s birthday party and he showed interest in me but nothing really happened until 3 months later
So we met again at the same friend’s house coincidentally we went to visit her at the same time. (I think its fate) That’s when we exchanged numbers and I guess shortly after we started dating.
Selorm and I went out for2 years and that’s when he popped the big question and I was delighted to say a big fat “YES”.
We planned our wedding for 1 year and therefore I think its safe to say we dated for 3 years.
What do you love the most about him? (Bride)
His heart, he is a very warm person to be around and he brings out the best in me and I must add he is a fit boy too :-)
Very easy on the eye.Ha.
How did he propose?
I have to admit he is not the “over the top romantic” kind of guy because of the way he proposed. We had a busy day of running around doing our errands but on that day I ended up with a ring at the parking lot. He got on one knee though. That’s all the romance I was going to get.lol
For how long did you plan your wedding and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?
I absolutely loved shopping for my wedding gown, selecting venues, planning the wedding decoration and as they say ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’.. so also shopping for my ring. That for me was the highlight!
What challenges did you face in planning your wedding and how did you deal with those challenges?
Ok this to me was the hardest part of the whole process, we both live in the UK and therefore planning the wedding in Kenya was challenging. However, thanks to friends and family we able to pull through.
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
I settled for coral and turquoise because they have a unique contrast which sits really well together. As for style, I was looking for something more contemporary and since contrasting colours are in season, I took a risk and it paid off.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Take time to plan your wedding, I would say. It took us one year to prepare ourselves financially and so the cost was spread all through hence we didn’t feel that big pocket pinch.
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 have read this in magazines and was advised by brides who had gone before me.
-Things don’t go according to plan on a wedding and since it’s your only big day. SMILE regardless…you will be happy you smiled when you get your photos.
Best advise ever for a bride. So that’s all that rang in my head on my wedding.
What do you think is the most overrated thing in weddings?
Everything you don’t think is important to you as a couple. Weddings should be personal because we’re all so different and therefore it’s down to a couple to decide works for them and what doesn’t.
Me and my husband did not see the need to keep changing venues for photos, it wastes time and causes unnecessary pressure. We had our church, Reception and photo session at the same place which gave us more time to enjoy our wedding.
What songs were played as you and your bridal team walked down the aisle?
Marry me - Train
Beautiful Onyinye-P square
You are from different cultures, how did that play out during the wedding process?
Everything went smoothly, the only hiccup that we encountered was the language the M.C would use since Selorm and his family don’t understand Swahili and me on the other hand my grandparents wouldn’t understand English.lol
We had to get two M.Cs in the end.
Any tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms?
I cannot emphasis this enough:
Things don’t go according to plan on a wedding and since it’s your only big day. SMILE regardless..you will be happy you smiled when you get your photos.
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.
We handpicked everything at our wedding because we wanted it to be very personal affair. To the point that everyone would see us in every element of the wedding.
Also we both come from closely knit families and so we pushed ourselves to create that sort of atmosphere at our wedding.
-So we Handmade our cards with a personal message.
-Opted for an intimate small wedding
-Danced our faces off, there was no dry face at the reception even my grand ma’s
-Used close friends and family as ushers to create a warm atmosphere