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Stirling & Hellen
 
When it comes to wedding dresses, we thought we had seen it all. But that was before we set eyes on this brides stunning navy blue..... yes, navy blue wedding dress! With lots of pretty flowers and intricate décor details Hellen and Stirling's wedding is a must-see. Enjoy!
 
 
Tell us your story? How and where did you meet? How long have you dated? 
It was on June 4th 2005 at Psys on Langata Rd. He was out celebrating his brother’s birthday and coincidentally we were out celebrating my sister’s birthday. We dated for 9yrs before we got married. And more coincidence I share my birthday with his first born brother.
 
What do you love the most about each other? 
He is my best friend, and he tells me like it is. He has a kind heart and always willing to help others. He is a good father and cares a lot about his kids. I love his go-getter attitude because it has brought him where he is now. He is not afraid to speak his mind.
 
How did he propose?
He asked me to marry him at Choices on Baricho Road two weeks after we met. He got down on one knee and asked to be his wife to which I told him it was too soon. But I agreed to it after one month and we moved in two months later.
 
 
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. 
As with most weddings there is always drama, it started with my best maid getting home at 3am from the tailors. I woke up at 5am to have my hair and make-up done, and then I had breakfast and got dressed. My in-laws kept time and were there by 8.00am as agreed but I kept them waiting as I was getting my make up done. My biggest worry was whether it was going to be sunny. I kept hoping that the sun would come out; which it eventually did.
 
We got to church at Karen at 1000hrs for our first wedding service. Thereafter, we went for the photo session after that. 
 
We then proceeded to Aero Club of East Africa, where everyone was seated at 1400hrs for the wedding and had our second wedding (mock wedding)  - Got married twice to the same man in the same day!
 
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
My wedding gown, Food and Grounds.
The wedding gowns are way cheaper in China than in Kenya and I ordered my cards from India. They were way cheaper there as compared to here with the design I wanted. We chose a venue where we are members and so we got the member rates. We got cars from friends and relatives who offered to fuel them.
 
 
You must have learnt quite a number of things during the wedding process. What did you learn regarding the wedding gown that you would like to other couples to know?
I ordered my dress from China online. It was a cost saver and they did it and delivered it in 3 week. I had my dress in June. It’s good to have your dress way before the weeding because it can stress you. I wanted something different and not the normal White or Ivory wedding gowns. So I looked for a site that does colored wedding gowns. 
 
For the brides: it’s your wedding day and so wear something that you love and don’t settle for less.
 
I also planned and sourced everything for myself as my hubby was away in the month of June on work related. By the time he came back we had started the committee meetings. I was trying to avoid confusion from ideas from everyone. I got my committee together to delegate duties for follow-up.
 
You spend hours planning for an occasion that last a few hours to please everyone until you realize you cannot please everyone, there are still a few people who will complain after the wedding.
 
Most important thing is to involve each other during the planning and agree on a budget.
 
 
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms?
People have to be very careful when planning as it’s a time you can fall out with your partners and family.
 
We had to make changes 3 weeks before the wedding because my mum demanded for a church wedding. We eventually did the church wedding and had a second mock garden wedding as our friend were all at The Aero Club for the garden wedding. Budget is very important and also very hard to keep at it. You have to make compromises to keep at the budget.
 
If you can, get a venue where you can do the vows, reception and evening party as it saves cost.
 
 
Wedding Venue: Aero Club of East Africa, Wilson Airport Photography Venue: Karen Country Lodge
Wedding Photographer: Mike Number of Guests: 500
 
 
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