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Andrew & Daisy

We can’t decide what we love most about this wedding; is it the bride's gorgeous, 50's inspired tea length wedding dress or the gray and pink polka dot theme? or is it the groomsmen's suave retro style? Guess we just love them all!
And when it comes to the décor, Daisy and Andrew’s attention to detail and love for all things glamorous is very evident.
 
Permission to swoon over this fabulous wedding…granted!
 
 
Tell us your story? How and where did you meet? How long have you dated?
We met in Nairobi Hospital in March of 2012. We were both attending physiotherapy.
 
Andrew: Daisy had fractured her foot during a quad biking accident and I had injured my back at work while lifting a heavy machine.
 
 
 
I had been seeing her in church for some time and when I heard her pray in church one day, I knew I wanted a wife who could pray like that. When I spotted her at the hospital, I could not help saying hello.
 
 
We spoke casually but after she left, I could not stop thinking about her. I asked a mutual friend to find out if she was dating and if I could call her. The rest, as they say, is history.
 
 
What do you love the most about each other? 
Daisy: My answer changes each time because I keep discovering many reasons to love him.
 
 
The ones that stand out the most are his love for Christ, his selflessness, his intelligence and passion for learning, his teachable spirit, his respect for me and his genuine love for people.
 
 
Andrew: I love that Daisy is so loving, tender, and graceful. She has a warm and big heart, and has so much love for God; she is my partner in Christ.
 
 
I also love her intelligence and passion for the things she does.
 
 
How did he propose?
We were going to Johannesburg for a short holiday in December 2012. I lost my dad earlier that year and I need time to heal and just laugh again.
 
 
I was really excited because it was the first holiday we were taking together. While we were at the airport, waiting to board, he went on one knee and told me how much he loved me and that he wanted to go to South Africa with his fiancée.
 
 
He asked and I said yes.
 
 
 
What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to?
I walked down the aisle to When God Made You by Natalie Grant.
 
 
The bridesmaids walked down to a Waltz by Andre Rieu. 
 
 
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
Our theme was the 50s.
 
 
We were inspired by the 50s style. We both love Volkswagen Beetles and Combis, I love polka dots and the fit and (very) flare style of dresses and I loved the fact that a 50s theme was playful and fun. 
 
 
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
Daisy: I remember feeling very happy and excited.
 
 
The entire day passed by in a flash for me though, save for the Church service which was extremely important and special for me, and the photo session at the Railway Museum which was so much fun!
 
 
Andrew: I didn’t sleep much, of course due to the butterflies – this was going to be a major day, a game-changer in my life.
 
 
I was excited and happy that I was finally going to marry my best friend. Most of the day flashed by but the church ceremony, the photo session and the final bit of the reception were the most detailed for me and also very memorable.
 
 
All is well that ends well. At the end of the day, all I could think of was, “Wow. I’m married. And I’m happy it’s Daisy I married.”
 
 
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Daisy: To date we are thankful to our friend, the best DJ ever, DJ Somi, for gifting us with his talent on that day at no gain for himself.
 
 
Although we paid for sound, he lovingly deejayed for us at no cost. That was indeed a wonderful blessing! 
 
 
Andrew: It is also necessary to add that good is not necessarily expensive. You can have simple and elegant and not necessarily pay an arm and a leg for it. 
 
 
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 to other couples to know?
Photography was one of the most important things for us.
 
 
 
It is the only thing from your wedding that you will have even fifty years later.
 
 
Therefore we invested in it. Mwarv was such a wonderful photographer and a great sport.
 
 
 
He is patient and thorough and we loved the fact that he allowed us to use our own props too.
 
 
Our advice to couples would be: do not be passive about your photography if you want to have fun with it.
 
 
Go online and look for ideas; let your creative juices flow.
 
 
 
Let your pictures be a reflection of your personalities and the things that matter to you.
 
 
We chose the Railway Museum because it reminded us of Daisy’s dad who passed away in 2012, shortly after we met.
 
 
He was a railway engineer and worked at Kenya Railways most of his life.
 
 
What (in your opinion), do you think is the most overrated thing in weddings?
This is a difficult question to answer.
 
 
Everybody has aspects of the wedding that are most important to them and it is therefore unfair to berate what may be extremely important to someone else just because it is not important for you.
 
 
Each couple determines their priorities.
 
 
The most important thing to know is that the wedding day will come and pass but the memories you make last a lifetime.
 
 
Consciously plan to make the best out of it and plan to have fun during the planning process and on the day itself.
 
 
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms planning for their wedding?
Daisy: This is the first big project that you will embark on together as a couple.
 
 
There will be difficult conversations, tough arguments, tension, misunderstanding, disappointment, and frustration.
 
 
There will however be many more happy moments, exciting discoveries, laughter, shared successes, and love to bind it all together.
 
 
In other words, the process with its high and low moments are a reflection of the biggest project of all; your marriage.
 
 
How you handle yourselves and your relationship during this period forms the foundation of your relationship.
 
 
Show each other a little more love, a little more respect, a little more tolerance, a little more compromise, a little more extravagance, a little more prudence, and a little more patience.
 
 
The best is yet to come. 
 
 
Andrew: Also remember that due to the fact that a wedding is a big affair for families and friends;
 
 
there will be different voices offering opinions, suggestions and even commands.
 
 
You cannot please everyone. But try to maintain some balance between what you take up and what you decline. 
 
 
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.
Wow, as they say, there is nothing new under the sun.
 
 
It has all been done before, if you look hard enough.
 
 
The highlights for us, though, were Daisy’s tea length wedding dress (very 50s), the Beetles and the Combis, the maids dresses, the use of burlap in our décor, and our cake (vintage suitcases).
 
 
Our favourite though were our wedding invites.
 
 
They were very personalized and we ended up spending way less than our original budget for them!
 
 
Wedding Venue:  Nairobi Central SDA Church Photography Venue: Railway Museum
Photographer: Mwangi Kirubi (Mwarv) Number of Guests: 500

 

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