There is nothing like a destination wedding. And this one at the scenic Sawela Lodge on the shores of Lake Naivasha was as georgeous as they come. The bride had a beautiful lace sleeve wedding dress and the groom looked debonair in his sharp tuxedo.
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Tell us your story; how and where did you meet?
We met when we were kids, and we have been family friends ever since.
What inspired your choice to have a destination wedding?
We wanted to have a memorable wedding, especially one that would be of high quality, and we knew that a destination wedding would be the best option for the vision we wanted for our wedding.
For how long did you plan your wedding and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?
We got engaged 8 months before our wedding, and we started the planning immediately after the engagement.
It was quite tricky given that I (the bride) lived in South Africa before the wedding, so planning meetings used to happen on Skype, oh yes!
I enjoyed the deco planning the most, this was where I was given the most freedom to articulate my vision and dream of a fairy tale wedding. I also worked with a lady who was very talented and knowledgeable in wedding deco matters.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Biggest cost saver was on the menu. We managed to get a good deal from Sawela and they delivered very good food for our guests on the wedding day. We also had the entire function at one venue, so saved on hiring cars and decoration for cars, as well as cost of hiring a photo shoot venue.
Cost saving tips: Fix your guest list soon enough and ensure that it is within your budget – as the biggest expenditures on weddings are food and deco, and these costs depend on how many people you invite.
What did you love most about your experience at Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodges?
The staff members at Sawela Lodge were very friendly, flexible and willing to listen to our needs. I think the one person who stood out was Mary who was hands on for our entire wedding planning and ensured that everything went according to plan.
We also liked the chief chef who listened to what we wanted for our menu and even went with us for food tasting at a restaurant to see what kind of vegetarian menu we were looking for. We also loved the beauty and simplicity of Sawela Lodge – there were so many options as to where we could have our ceremony and reception, and the grounds on the day were really beautiful, well-kept and green!
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 night before I was filled with nerves, as it had rained and there was even a mild hailstorm.
Seeing the sun when we woke up was probably the biggest miracle on our wedding day. We both did not have enough sleep, but by the time we were getting dressed the excitement was building up. We both recall everything that happened at our wedding, and enjoyed it as much as everyone else did.
Tell us about your gown, and how you settled on the style.
It took some trial and error before I settled on the gown style. Initially, I had wanted a mermaid style wedding gown, but after trying some on at wedding shops, I realized it was not the best style for my body shape. I settled on the princess style gown after fitting a few and seeing how flattering they were (and this style also fitted the fairy tale wedding theme we wanted).
What would you say was your biggest challenge during the planning process and how did you overcome it?
The distance - as I was in South Africa during 6 of the 8 months of the wedding planning. I ensured that we had regular updates, and that I knew what was happening before any decisions were made. I also came to Kenya once before we settled on the venue, which was a big item given that we were doing everything at one venue.
The distance was also a challenge as my bridesmaids were in 2 different countries ( the grooms men were in 4 different countries!). However, we overcame as we decided not to allow others to make decisions on where the clothes would be made, and the results were pretty good.
What songs were played as you and your bridal team walked down the aisle?
Bridesmaids and Bridesgrooms: A song to remember – Marshall Hall
Bride: A moment like this – Kelly Clarkson
Groom: My wish – Rascall Flatts
Children: Look what love has done to me – Jacui Velasquez
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.
Groom’s entry: He came in on a camel!! Shocker, but it came so well, they were even dressed as Arabs, when they were on the camel. So everyone was wondering whether that was his attire for the day. Thankfully it wasn’t! We definitely wanted to have a wedding day that people would be talking about for years and all our unique ideas were aimed at achieving that.
Deco for the reception: We used Chinese lanterns in the dome, and had branches dressed with roses as our centerpieces – it was really beautiful and gave life to our fairy tale theme.
Entry during reception: We had South-African style entry songs which is different to the typical entry style done in Kenya.
Everyone was dancing with us by the end of the wedding, and it was what most people told us they enjoyed the most, the dancing – South African style!
|Wedding Venue and Photography Venue||Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodges|
|Photographer||Frontlite Photography (Osborne Macharia)|