Wangari and Samson's wedding on the shores of Lake Naivasha had a lovely colour combination of yellow and grey and was full of gorgeous decor details. They wrapped up this stunning wedding with a magical photo shoot by the lake at sunset.
Tell us your story; how and where did you meet?
We met in the U.S. A few months before we met, I had received a scholarship to study in the U.S.
I was lucky to go to the same state as my best friend who invited me to accompany her to a birthday party. It was at this birthday party that I met Samson.
We became friends for a while before we started dating. Then we dated for an year before I came back home and continued dating him.
How did he propose?
It was in October 2012 when Sam came visiting Kenya, we had a planned vacation at the coast.
On our last evening of the vacation after dinner he requested me to have a walk with him by the beach and that’s where he proposed under a full moon. I said yes.
Wangari: What qualities made you decide that Samson was the man for you? Samson is a very humble and selfless man. He is hardworking, responsible, adorable and very cute. Most of all he is God fearing and he loves me unconditionally.
For how long did you plan your wedding and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?
We planned our wedding for one year. What I enjoyed most about the process of planning was the fact that we always came out as one on decisions despite the different ideas we both had and the long distance. We both planned our wedding.
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
Our wedding theme I would say was simplicity :-). We both wanted a very simple wedding. Our colours were inspired by the wedding venue.
When we set our wedding date we both had no idea what we wanted for our wedding. So we set out to find a venue first.
After settling for Sopa we thought that yellow would come out great with the natural look and feel of Sopa Lodge.
I also love silver and we added black so that it would make all colours to stand out. After settling for Sopa Lodge they gave us details of some of the suppliers.
We also decide on having all our bridal team’s attire made locally and this again was a great decision. None disappointed, the fundis were awesome.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding. Our cost savers were:
• My wedding Gown. It was on sale. I loved it and paid for it and that was done.
• Our other cost saver was centralizing our whole event to one venue, this meant less travelling from one place to another hence reducing the fuel cost and saving on time.
We did the wedding ceremony, reception, and photo session at the same place and it was super easy.
• The other cost saver was the travel vehicles, all this were offered by our relatives and friends hence we did not have to hire any.
Our advice to all couple is, yes we all want to have a dream wedding but this should not cost an arm and a leg.
Be realistic in you planning, have the necessary and not necessary things well aligned so that you can pick or drop as and if the circumstances change. Also start planning early as this gives you the bargaining power with the suppliers.
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.
I woke up early around 5.30am. Since I was being picked from our house in Kikuyu that meant the day was going to start early.
I went down on my knees, prayed for journey mercies for everyone travelling to and from the wedding. I also prayed for a beautiful and successful day.
My prayer was heard I loved every bit of it. Yes there were a bit of hiccups here and there but it was great.
I remember when Sam’s people arrived to pick me up I was not ready yet :-) I jokingly asked why didn't I hear them hoot? My aunt went out and chased them to go back and come hooting which was fun. We all traveled to Naivasha safe and everything went well.
Though the services took much longer than we had anticipated. The service we were offered by the staff at Sopa was amazing.
What would you say was your biggest challenge during the planning process and how did you overcome it?
Our biggest challenge was being apart. Living in different countries and planning a wedding is not easy. This meant taking longer to decide on stuff as we are not both on the ground.
What made us overcome this was constant communication, lots of phone calls, email, whatsapps, and skyping.
What songs were played as you and your bridal team walked down the aisle? We made this a bit different; we had a violinist playing the songs.
Bride: Halleluiah – Alexander Buck
Brides Maids: I’ll be waiting for you - Celline Dion
Tell us what inspired you to have a destination wedding.
Sam comes from Nakuru and I come from Kikuyu so we decided on Naivasha since it was in the middle.
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 did not have anything in particular that was different. What we did we incorporated a lot of simplicity in our planning. We also customized our aisle to tell more about ourselves. That is the special bond we share.
We also opted to have a violinist play at our wedding as we walked down the aisle instead of the normal dance, this created a more elegant mood. We also opted to have less fabric on the décor hence reducing a lot of clutter.
We also incorporated a sand ceremony but let’s just say that was a disaster :-)