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John & Mary

This military wedding was such a treat for us. The colours were vibrant, the bride was breathtakingly beautiful and who does not love a man in uniform? 
This wedding is so full of joy and sincere emotion, it is sure to tug at your heartstrings.

How and where did you meet? 
We met in campus in Kenyatta University in 2008.
Became friends for a while before beginning dating in 2009.
Was the proposal a surprise or did you have a clue….tell us the story?
The proposal was a surprise.
He clearly made me have no clue at all!!*smiles*.
He made sure that we were fighting for close to two weeks. I was actually so tired of the arguments.
Then he called me on Friday told me we need to talk about the relationship the following day.
I asked him where we should meet he told me of a different restaurant from our usual joint. So we met up the following day, and he took me to a posh restaurant.
We ordered but before we began eating, he excused himself to go to the washrooms.
A minute later, I see a man on his knee , smooth music, and he asked me to marry him!!I was so surprised and shocked; I had a mixture of emotions.
He then explained, it was all in his plan. Of course I said Yes!!To spend all my life next to the love of my life!!!I had to say yes!!
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
Our theme was burnt orange, red, black and white.
Just to match up with the military ceremonial colours. (His ceremonial dress).
We wanted a modern look but bright due to our individual personalities. We both love bright colours.
We also had to have suppliers who are easy to work with and relate to our theme. They were all amazing. They gave their best and we appreciate them!!
Mary: As a wedding planner yourself, did this make the wedding journey any easier? 
It did to some extent. This is because I have a wide range of suppliers I work with in this field.
It was also difficult too since there are always suppliers who do not show up at all and you end up having a hard time.
But all in all, I thank God, it is an exciting journey for any bride.
What advice would you give brides who are looking for a way to get the groom more involved in the wedding planning process?
Involve him from the word Go. Choose the colours together, you may not totally agree in everything, but learn to compromise.
Do not make it your show. Do all things together. You may be surprised, he could even have better wedding ideas than yourself!
What songs did you and the bridal team walk down the isle to?
I instrumentals but classical.
Military weddings involve slow matching so instrumental suited best. Plus I just wanted something different, not the usual songs in weddings.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Our biggest cost saver was designing our own thank you cards, and printing them through a friend.
We also made our own gift favors, and our wish tree where the guests wrote their best wishes hanged them on the tree, instead buying a guest book.
Our advice, do lots of cuts cost at the end of the day. Also involve friends who add value to your day, they could design usher tags for you and more.
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. 
The day for me started at 5AM.i couldn’t sleep much. I showered and helped getting the little girls get ready.
By 7am, all my relatives were around from all corners of Kenya. I could hear women singing.
As the bridesmaids were getting ready, I was actually calm, didn’t see it really as my day. I also started getting ready, makeup and all being done.
I guess it really hit me when my mum came to give me some motherly advice, I wanted to cry-I actually did .Then dad came, and got me on the red carpet ,that was when I broke down. But I managed to calm myself.
The Military then arrived, singing and chanting their war songs to SNATCH me away what they call a snatch party. It happens to all ladies who become military wives .I was snatched!!Carried up to the car and we drove to Hartfield.
They kept singing till it was my turn to walk down the aisle. I was shaking but mum and dad held me so close up to the altar.
I could see John staring at me*smiles*.
It was such a surreal moment.
My greatest moment was when we said our vows. I was so emotional we both cried so much!!The reception was wonderful-we danced ourselves out!!The band was awesome!
The photo session was electric and we crowned the day with an evening party at Choma Boma before going to our honeymoon.    
Mary: John is in the Military, how did this make your wedding planning process any different ?
Instead of having to walk on lesos, I was to factor in that I would be snatched by the military.
It was fun because they are so friendly and fun to be around with, they actually made it easier.
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 actually used a wish tree instead of the usual guest book to sign in guests.
They wrote their wishes on cards and hang them. It was cute! We also incorporated some games to fill in papers before we arrived form the photo session. We also had cupcakes made of the same cake for our guests and mini cakes for important guest other than our parents.
It was fun!!At the end of the day, we give God all glory for this day He gave us.
Wedding Venue: Hartfield Gardens
Photography Venue: Karen Blixen Gardens
Photographer Light in Captivity
Number of Guests 600


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