When we first laid eyes on Tiffany and Andrew's wedding we were lost for words. While the bold and striking colours of their Ankara outfits gave this wedding a lot of style, the paper and fabric flowers added a whimsical vibe to their wedding.
Both of them are artists and their personality shines right through the aspects of their wedding; you will feel as if you have known them your whole life.
Get ready for some serious, mind blowing inspiration!
Tell us your story; how and where did you meet?
Tiff & I were previously acquainted from a common church circle but we didn’t make much of each it.
This changed while collaborating on a music project at Alliance Francaise.
Tiff was a background vocalist and I was the keyboardist for a performing artist. Interestingly, Tiff hit on me first during one of our rehearsals, lol. ( Tiff: Yes I did!)
And at the end of our final rehearsal, while taking a walk in the rain, I asked her if she was feeling what I was feeling (corny right?) And let’s just say the rest is history...
How did he propose?
I was working on an art project at home when he dropped by to say hi. As we were chatting about our day, he placed a beautiful small blue box on my computer when I wasn’t looking. But i didn’t notice it.
After a while, a very nervous Andrew decided to re-strategize, so he took the box and got down on one knee and popped the question. I said yes ;-)
Tiffany: What qualities made you decide that Andrew was the man for you?
A lot of things...but the most important thing is after being around the ‘block’, I asked God to bring me someone who loved HIM more than he would love me…
And that’s exactly what I got and continue to get from Drew.
A man who loves God, has learnt from the best teacher how to love. 1 Cor. 13 is one of Andrew’s favorite verses.
For how long did you plan your wedding and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?
About a year. We both really wanted the day to be special for not just God and us, but for our guests as well.
It was fun coming up with ideas for the decor that would reflect our personalities and our love for music and art.
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your style?
We went with a rainbow theme. We believe the rainbow symbolizes the fulfilment of God’s promises in our lives.
We also wanted a playful theme whilst embracing our love for Ankara (African print) fashion.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Definitely the decor and flowers. It helps to do research online, as it opens you up to so many options.
A couple would just need to decide on which specific area they would be willing to cut costs.
We chose decor and flowers. For instance, we used paper and fabric for the flowers as well as other decorative accents. We also repurposed wine bottles for vases.
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 think I’ll let Andrew answer this one. LOL. ;-)
I woke up very fresh but very nervous. I was looking forward to seeing Tiff in her wedding dress because she talked a lot about it.
Obviously, I was excited when I saw her. wawawawawa . She was looking hot! Having to see the guests happy and mingling during the ceremony and the reception was fulfilling.
One thing that really stood out for me was the photo session before and after the reception. We had lots of fun goofing around.
What would you say was your biggest challenge during the planning process and how did you overcome it?
The finances because we purposed to save more for our first few months of marriage than spend on the wedding.
By God’s love, grace and guidance, He opened us up to ideas online that we could glean from.
A lot of the ideas involved DIY (Do It Yourself) which was fun, as we even invited some of the people on our line up to help.
What songs were played as you and your bridal team walked down the aisle?
Better is one day in your house by out of Eden. It was done in Accapella.
The Wedding planning process is a learning process for every couple. What did you learn about selecting a wedding photographer?
It’s important to invest in things that will outlast the wedding day; like the wedding rings, videography and photography.
Having a photographer who is passionate about what he/she does is a plus. This means that they could be veterans or new in the business. It helps to have a sit down with them prior or even have an engagement shoot, as this will help when trying to decide.
Also what previous clients have to say about their work is key. A photographer who listens to your ideas and is willing to see your vision is great.
At Kenya Weddings we are always looking for something different unique and creative that a couple incorporates in their wedding. Your wedding was unique and different in so many ways, Please share with us and what inspired you.
We really wanted to break the stereotype of weddings in Kenya.
A couple we know, once went for a wedding in a very popular school venue that was hosting about 3 weddings that day.
Now, because all weddings look the same in Kenya, this couple sat at a wedding reception for close to an hour before they realized they were at the wrong wedding! Mind you, they even had lunch and a little chit chat with some of the guests! LOL!
When you research on weddings online, especially those held abroad, it’s amazing to see how personalized they are.
You literally experience the 2 worlds of the 2 people coming together on the day.
You see glimpses of their personalities and the things that they love.
This should be the case everywhere, wouldn’t you agree?
Though it was a risk, as so many people did not understand why we were trying to be ‘so different’, especially our loved ones of an older generation, we’re glad we run with the ideas we had, & we hope it shows other couples that they can too.
Wedding Venue St. Mary's School Wedding Photographer Mwagi Kirubi (Click it) Number of Guests - 400