Everything about this wedding is stunning! From the bride’s one-shoulder, mermaid dress to the fabulous combination of turquoise and purple and the indoor reception overflowing with gorgeous details. Sarah and Tim's wedding at the exquisite Sarova Stanley is a wedding you don’t want to miss.
See the rest of this breath-taking wedding below.
Tell us your story; how and where did you meet?
Our families have known each other for years (over 25 years). But interestingly enough, Tim and I never met until Anash ( bestman) also Tim’s nephew introduced us just after high school.
We met at Queensway house and became instant friends for years before we took things to the next level. So I can say we have been friends for 12 and a half years.
Sarah: What qualities made you decide that he was the man for you?
He is God-fearing, quite jovial and cheerful, very social (which is important for me because I have lots of friends of all ages), he values family, he is very hardworking and always sees the bright side of any situation.
For how long did you plan your wedding and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?
We had initially wanted to have our wedding in November 2013, but we were blessed with a little one so in April 2013 we postponed the wedding indefinitely.
But around the end of February 2014 we set a date of June 21st (which gave us around 3 months to plan). To be honest it was stress free for us because a lot of the work was cut out for us seeing that we were not around for most of the planning.
The fun part was the email / Whatsapp conversations with the planning team / bridal party. Its fair to say we all bonded really well.
What songs were played as you and your bridal team walked down the aisle?
When God made you – Natalie Grant
Love never fails-Brandon Heath
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
Well, we wanted a relaxed, simple and intimate wedding.
Our suppliers were all recommended to us by our committee and none of them disappointed us. We felt that turquoise would go well indoors with good lighting, it’s a cool colour, and the purple (the colour of royalty) would complement it.
You chose an indoor venue, tell us about that.
Sarah’s middle name is Nafula (means born when it’s raining)…True to her name, no great event in her life happens without it raining, birthdays, graduation, birth of our daughter, first day at new jobs, interviews, name it- It has to rain!
Being a June wedding we were really concerned about rain. Having it indoor we were assured we and our guest were protected from the elements. The Sarova Stanley was our choice of location because it has a lot of character and a history of great service. Their ballroom is quite exquisite.
What would you say was your biggest challenge during the planning process and how did you overcome it?
The hardest thing was the fact that we both lived overseas. We had to trust and rely on our families and bridal party to sort most of the things out (which they delivered to the letter) the second challenge was keeping numbers down.
That’s another story. Another challenge we found while on the ground was vendors and colours. We had turquoise as our color scheme but kept finding that consistency in the colours was a BIG problem, in some cases I got peacock blue, aqua, and even teal....Eventually we got a way around it!!
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
The cars - All our cars were volunteered by family and friends, so that cut out costs big time.
Secondly having everything under one roof eliminated lots of extra charges (tents, chairs, catering) as we had just one quote. You need to know what you want, know your budget, stick to your limit, but at the same time do not refuse help or assistance especially from close friends and family (it is their day as much as it is your day).
The other thing is never be afraid of using big names, you would be surprised at how fair their prices can be. Lastly don’t be embarrassed to ask for a good deal.
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.
Sara: On my part we had an easy morning. I
woke up about 7.30am the bridesmaids and I slept at my brothers, had an easy breakfast, dressed and had our makeup done. We were very fortunate to have Dan of Tchisau fashions with us to do all the little adjustments.
I was quite relaxed. Then my mum and Aunties arrived, wah!!!!- The singing and dancing started, ndio nikajua kuna harusi kweli.
Imagine all that time I was in a room I couldn’t even join them( felt like I was missing out) The Best man and Tim’s family came to pick me up and I was so excited. I had such fun. It was exciting to see all our families, friends around us and before we knew it the day was done!! It was such a short day!!
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.
I think our something different was having our wedding at a hotel, right in the city, indoors, in the afternoon.
We also took photos in town at the spot where we first met (that was a no-brainer because it was close to the Stanley as well).
|Wedding and Photography Venue:||Sarova Stanely ( Nairobi)|
|Wedding Photographer:||Ben and Gathoni Kiruthi|
|Number of Guests:||200|