From the moment we laid eyes on this wedding, we just couldn’t wait to share it with you. You probably know Gathoni and Ben Kiruthi as one of the leading wedding photographers in Kenya and their creative stroke can be seen throughout their wedding. The bride looked adorable in a stunning Kente inspired dress which she later swapped for a colourful Rwandese Mushanana. And the groom too looked debonair in black and white.
Without further ado, we present to you...Gathoni and Ben Kiruthi's breathtaking wedding!
Tell us your story; how and where did you meet?
We met in 2005 at a Church retreat. Gathoni stayed with a friend of mine throughout that time.
Then we met later in 2009. We were doing skits in church and as we were leaving in the evening, I had to escort her home with some pals of mine. That’s how we got to talk and know each other more.
Gathoni: What qualities made you decide that Ben was the man for you?
The instant friendship that we developed and in my heart I felt that he was the one meant for me.
What do I love about Ben?
• He loves God passionately
• He is a hardworking man
• He is focus and goal oriented
• He is fun to be around and he makes me laugh
• He has perfected the art of hugging me :-)
• He is just himself with me
• He cares deeply about me and is always concerned when I am feeling low
• His faithfulness to me
How did he propose?
It was awesome; it totally caught me off guard. On that day we went to his place, he gave me a key and told me to open the door. I found a piece of paper (removes a paper from her bag- the first clue she got during the proposal, she carries it to this day).
He said it was a game. Like a treasure hunt. The paper directed me to the mirror where I found the 2nd clue. This time the clue was a bible verse. Matthew 10:42. I got my Bible, and checked it; it talked about cool waters. The only place in that house that had cool waters was the fridge. I proceeded to the fridge but couldn’t see the next clue. He was having a lot of fun as I struggled. Then I saw a piece of paper stuck in a very weird place on the fridge.
It was another Bible verse, Jonah 1:7; it talks about Jonah being in a ship. I was a bit stumped again, luckily I remembered there was a ship model on top of the TV, inside that “ship” was a pink box. I opened it and found the ring, at this point he was already on one knee. He proposed that time and I said yes, surely after all that it was hard to say no.
Ben: What made you decide that Gathoni was the lady for you?
I had a lady friend who was mentoring me at that time and she had the most beautiful hands I had ever seen.
I asked God for a sign and I told God that if I found a lady with hands that were more beautiful than my mentor’s hands then I would know that she was the one.
So, from there I looked keenly at every girl’s hands that I came across but I was unable to find hands as beautiful as hers. When I met Gathoni, I was struck by her beauty, personality and her love for God. When I looked at her hands, they were the most beautiful hands I have ever seen. There and then I knew without a doubt that she was the one!
a) Her laughter is out of this world; she is always happy
b) She has the most beautiful hands and nails I have ever seen.
c) She has a heart of gold
d) She has an incredible love for life and other people
e) She loves God whole heartedly
f) She supports me in all my endeavours
For how long did you plan your wedding and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your style?
We love our African culture and we did not want our wedding to be inspired by the west like most weddings are. And so we decided to incorporate a lot of African details.
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.
We woke up at around the same time - 6.45 am. Prepared and we were at the church by 10:45 since the wedding was to start at 11am.
We had a 2 and a half hour church service then we left for Thika Road Mall where we ate pizza as we awaited the guest to settle at the reception and we also had a mini photoshoot. Thereafter we left for the reception, danced and then had speeches. Then there was the cake cutting followed by our first dance.
We danced till late in the night. All we can remember is being happy seeing so many people who had come to celebrate our union.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Our biggest cost savers were photography and videography.
Our advice would be to strive to be unique and keep things simple.
Let’s talk clothes. Ben you and the groomsmen looked suave and Gathoni and her bridesmaids were absolutely stunning. What inspired your choice of clothes and accessories?
On the bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses, we had gone to Rwanda for a wedding and we loved their traditional attire.
So we got one of our good pals to plan on how we can get them made and transported to Kenya from Rwanda. And they looked stunning! Since the bridesmaids dresses were colourful and bright, we decided to tone it done with the guys who wore black.
What would you say was your biggest challenge during the planning process was and how did you overcome it?
Our main challenge was finances. There were so many things that were to be done but we thank God that he came through for us and we were able to achieve our dream wedding.
How we raised the finances was through our own savings, committee and we also had a ballroom dancing and dinning for our friends and family members.
What songs were played as you and your bridal team walked down the aisle?
Groom and Bridal Party- Thando Lwam by Bojo Mujo
Bride- Someday by Atemi and Chris Adwar
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We cannot end without talking about photography. You are trendsetters and leaders in wedding photography in Kenya. What advice would you offer couples in regard to wedding photography?
They should not compromise when it comes to wedding photography since it’s one of the three lasting reminders of your wedding. Quality images will guarantee you awesome memories that you will share with your kids and grand kids.
In addition to your own wedding you have experienced a lot of weddings in your line of work. What is the number one piece of advice you would like couples to remember?
They should take time to pray for God to protect them during the wedding preparation, in their marriage and also their future endeavours.
Purpose to be happy during the wedding whether things go as planned or not, since a wedding is an event you cannot repeat
At Kenya Weddings we are always looking for something different unique and creative that a couple incorporates in their wedding. Your wedding was very unique and different in so many ways. Please share with us what inspired you.
Being wedding photographers, we knew from the word go we need something different and to do things our own way. We believe that things can be done differently since nothing is cast in stone. And you don’t have to do what everybody else is doing. The trend in most weddings seems to be inspired by weddings from the west and yet we have our own rich culture. We decided to go with an African theme and work around it especially on the wedding dress.
We wanted a wedding that we would enjoy to our fullest and yes, we did.