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Rickie & Emmy

This wedding hits all the right notes when it comes to elegance and glamour. You can never go wrong with the colour teal and when you pair it with fuschia and a touch of grey like Emmy and Rickie did, the result is absolutely stunning.  

This wedding will make your day!

Tell us your story? How and where did you meet? How long have you dated?
We met when a common friend asked me to go pick my Christmas card from a place she was with some friends at. When I got there, he was among the crowd and I remember thinking to myself- what nice brown eyes he has! But I never paid much attention to him thereafter.

Kumbe he had ‘eyed’ me too. From then on, he kept asking another common friend of ours how I was doing and his friend told him “Why don’t you ask her yourself, we don’t talk much…” He called me up and I brushed him off since I was never the one to have my number dished to strangers … lol! Shortly thereafter, he was involved in an accident.

I would check up on him often but he used the opportunity to hit on me with long night conversations. I was a hard one to get for quite a while :-)Well, let’s just say he kept at it till I was firmly locked up in the ‘box’… and boy! Am I glad he never gave up!

What do you love the most about each other? 

Emmy: I love that he respects me. He adores me and this I know from the gentle-lest of ways he treats me by and from all the thoughtful actions. My dad once told me make sure the person you one day marry is both your friend AND PARTNER. We do everything together, we have made great partners.
 
 
Most of all, I love it that he is never too proud (as most men are) to say that he is sorry when he has wronged me- and he says it in the most genuine of ways …
 
 
Rickie: The vibe. Can’t explain it but you always keep the best highlights of your day just for her. Our company is way more than enough; playing like kids in the house, feeling each others pain even with unsaid words.
 
 
We have loads of fun feels like we are teenagers just getting into the dating scene. Emmy is so supportive of all I do, I could be having a job that pushes me to the wee hours of the night, and Emmy will stay up and struggle through her sleepy head just to see me through it.  She is a great cook, planner and dancer. She rocks.
 
 
How did he propose?
I was studying at the time and he kept telling me that he wants to take me for dinner when I am done with my exams. On the day, I was taking long to dress up (something that makes him real impatient) but he never once complained. He just sat patiently in the sitting room waiting and I remember wondering what was giving him the grace not to complain! :-)
 
 
He took me to this beautiful Japanese restaurant called Misono. When we got there, the manager came and gave me a beautiful bouquet of roses and I remember thinking (naively) “This restaurant is so nice they even welcome first time guests with flowers!” On looking closely, one of the roses was a velvet rose with a crack on the side.
 
 
I opened it thinking that since Chinese/Japanese restaurants like giving away keep sakes, I’d find a sweet or something- to my shock I was met with a sapphire ring with diamond embellishment around it!! He took my hand (noo, he was too shy to kneel down) and said “If you would allow me, I’ve asked God to give me another 50 years or more, if only to spend it with you..” I started sobbing with joy (catching the attention of the other patrons enjoying their meal) and said “yes!!!” 
 
 
What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to?
Well, our bridal team walked down to a cocktail of songs from akorino, to Kamba to Gospel Hip Hop:
Stomp - Kirk Franklin
Twede – Jeromarsh
 
 
Kuigua Wega – Hezekiah Ndungu
September – Kirk Franklin
 
 
Mpenzi Kazumuni – Katitu boys
The MC made entry calls of each groomsman and maid. He read out their funny attributes as a cue for them to dance their way on the white canvas carpet.… It was so much fun watching them dance to each tune and out of rhythm at times!
 
 
I walked down to God you are my God by Joann Rosario.
 
 
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colors, suppliers and style?
I would be lying if I said we had a particular theme or that we had an idea as to what colors we wanted. Ricky told me he was ok with anything I would choose.
 
 
My best colors are very dull- navy, chocolate brown, grey. The supplier tried to show me different variations but they were just not touching me- they all looked too commonplace. I knew I was artistic when I just decided to try a peacock blue table cloth (the kind that looks like its shimmery and when turned on one side is blue and on a different angle looks green), with a silver center piece and put some fuchsia-pink salt particles I had seen in her décor shop in a tall vase-
 
 
I could not believe how awesome it looked! That’s how I settled for it. It was hard though getting peacock blue for the maids dresses so we settled for the closest color.
 
 
As for style, a friend of mine who is an avid follower of all things weddings got me this theme picture of how to set up the grounds and I immediately loved it! Suppliers I just went with someone who I’d seen their brilliant work first hand- Kui Kalinga, who happened to be Rickie’s friend from way back coincidentally
 
 
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. 
Emmy: I had only had 2 hours of sleep and woke up feeling haggard. I remember thinking- I will be the dullest bride ever! We did our things differently- we did not want to have photos with shinning mid-day sun on our faces nor keep guests waiting as we went for a photo shoot, so we decided to do it BEFORE the wedding. This was most scary as everyone was warning us that we’ll run late for the wedding.
 
 
I got a migraine-like headache as we were at Windsor shooting, and I could barely smile. I was popping Red Bulls like pills! Luckily the shoot went great, there was no traffic and I got back in the house even before my parents had arrived from Nakuru!
 
 
On arriving at the grounds, I just thought to myself- I had the best committee. I could see God’s hand all over the day- from the time keeping to the beautifully set up grounds, to all the people who’d overwhelmingly come to grace our day, to the weather (it was surprisingly sunny, yet it had been a dull, cold season).
 
 
During the rest of the day, I couldn’t believe how relaxed I was- I thought I’d be shy and nervous but I enjoyed every bit especially the dancing! The biggest surprise was how much energy we both had at the evening party- don’t forget, we’d both slept for 2 hours (or less)!
 
 
Rickie: Lucky she had 2 hours of sleep, minus that by 1 hour for me. Had an eventful few hours before the D-day. Had to get the lady who was to perform during the service and reception sing at the Serena Hotel parking lot just to ensure she got the words right;
 
 
I wrote the song. This was around 10pm when she performed with the security and parking attendants as her audience. As the nerves took the better part of me so did my patience; had to pick Emmy at the salon at 2:30 AM because she needed her facial done. 
 
 
Sleepy with a mixed bag of emotion, it did not get any better as we drove off from the salon at 1am, where I’d gone to pick Emmy up. I took a wrong turn and the cops were onto us. The number of scenarios that replayed in my mind for like 2 seconds was enough torment for a lifetime. I guess the cops were in the psychoanalysis sector taking a stroll.
 
 
As one of them was peering into the car the other looked into my eyes, I was sure the next words he was to utter would seal the fate of unexpected events of the day. With a shrill voice he mumbled, ‘’kwanini haujatualika harusi?’’  ‘‘Endeni na mpeleke gari vizuri’’.
 
 
Fast forward to 5 AM, I was guiding the photography crew to the bride’s location on phone as I got into my newly acquired suit. The suit brightened up my morning and the coffee at Windsor and oh … plus all the groomsmen impeccable timing. When Emmy arrived I was ice bound, the most amazing woman was standing right in front of me and I was going to marry her.
 
 
The photo shoot was so lively and lighthearted, for Mwarv (one of the most patient and talented photographers I have ever met), was busking in the faint sprinkles of rain and exquisite natural lighting. The day cleared up to nice warm weather afterwards. The day had a theme drawn to it’s self; friendship. From the pastor’s message to the friends and family who turned up, things fell into place, some off script …buy hey, all in all, everything went according to plan, some even better!
 
 
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
1. My wedding gown.
 
 
2. Rings
 
 
Well, we knew we wanted to invest in our rings but the investment needed was way beyond our means (at least in Kenya- jewelry shops here were charging us about 180K+ each for the designs we wanted).
 
 
Let’s just say that we got super great deals (for less than half price what we would have gotten in Kenya), for my gown and the rings from the USA. (Largely I have to thank my sister who did all the research and shopping for us in the US, where she lives).
 
 
Advice: research, research, research- that way you’ll know the market prices, have variety to choose from and can also negotiate in advance instead of settling for rip offs in a rush because you’ve run out of time.
 
 
 
You must have learnt quite a number of things during the wedding process. What did you learn regarding the wedding photography that you would like other couples to know?
 
 
Photographs are about the best memories you will have for a very long time so invest in the best you can. You don’t want your photos looking paparazzi-kawa or shaoo in just a short while to come.
 
Build a relationship with your photo and video crew at least 2 months before, so that you can have time to articulate your vision to them.
 
 
What (in your opinion), do you think is the most overrated thing in weddings?
Definitely Décor.
 
 
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms planning for their wedding?
Everyone will have an opinion on what you should do or not do or even criticize your decisions. But this is YOUR day, so as long as the two of you are of one mind, just DO what you think/agree is best!
 
 
Your wedding patrons will forget in a week or two but the two of you have a lifetime to reminisce on that which you can see your hands all over it!
 
 
Involve God, Parents and then friends in that order- trust us, it works wonders!
 
 
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.
The seating for the church session is always arranged in a cliché way … Cliché was enough inspiration to know that we wanted ours different lol!
 
Ours was 4 batches of semi circles, that all make a circular kind of arrangement.
 
The walkway is also more commonly a red carpet, but we made ours with white canvas, split into rectangular shapes, arranged in an alternating way.
 
Wedding Venue: Florienta Gardens Photography Venue: Windsor Hotel & Florienta Gardens
Photographer: Mwangi Kirubi (Mwarv) Number of Guests: 300
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