From the bride's elegant mermaid gown, to the bridesmaids' stylish dresses to the vibrant colour combo of green and blue; Doreen and Martin's wedding was chock-full of stunning details!
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Tell us your story; how and where did you meet?
We grew up together and our families are best of friends. We have been friends since.
It was an honor to marry my best friend.
Doreen: What qualities made you decide that he was the man for you?
He is very focused. He is always trying to better his best and provide the best for his family.
He complements me in most areas of our lives as we have very different personalities. He is an introvert and am an extrovert.
For how long did you plan your wedding and what did you enjoy most about the planning process?
I planned my wedding in 3 Months and I really enjoyed meeting various service providers. Most of them were referrals from my best couple.
What songs were played as you and your bridal team walked down the aisle?
Me – Milele by Elani
Bridal team- Yes/NO –Banky W
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
Wedding theme was Modern West Africa Theme. Colours…I chose Royal Blue and Emerald Green. I am currently in love with these two colours so they were an obvious choice for me.
We chose suppliers from referrals from my best couple. I actually used about 90% of their suppliers from food, tents, décor, cake, entertainment to even where I rented my gown.
Style…I wanted something my ladies would wear after the wedding. So I involved them quite a lot in choosing the design and the fabric. I only gave them the colours I wanted. The final outfit was gorgeous and I was amazed at how it all come about.
What would you say was your biggest challenge during the planning process and how did you overcome it?
Finances were a big challenge. You want a wedding of your dreams but at the same time you are starting a life together. Balancing these two things was really hard.
We used our savings and support from our family and friends to make it a success.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
I had many cost savers on my wedding;
-We had one service provider catering for food, décor, tents, chairs and cake.
- Spending the eve of the wedding at the guest house which was at the location for the wedding was another cost saver.
-I hired my gown and took it back after the wedding.
-Family provided and fueled the bridal cars.
-We requested our photographer to give us the final work in soft copy. (Actually this saved a lot)
-Go easy on the fresh flowers. They are really expensive.
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 at 5:30 am and was so excited for the day. The bridesmaids and my parents were spending the night at the guest house so organizing everyone was really easy.
We had breakfast and when I heard the ladies singing outside the guesthouse, that’s when I knew it really dawned on me that the day was here. The whole day I was excited and enjoyed every bit of the wedding.
I love to dance so there was a lot of dancing at my wedding. By evening I was sooo tired but we still went out for the evening party at Natives Bar/Restaurant off Thika Road. I was glad and thankful to God that everything went well.
What advice would you give to other couples as they plan their weddings?
Know what you want before getting views and ideas from family and friends and starting the wedding planning process. People have different ideas and they will try to force them on you. But if you know what you want then no one can sway your decision.
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.
For my wedding, I played with different colours and fabrics. I used the Kitenge fabric and lace to come up with a modern look.
The ladies looked amazing with their short dresses and nude shoes. While the men looked suave with their charcoal grey suits and green ties.
Wedding Venue: St Julian’s Guesthouse Limuru
Photography venue : Sovereign Suites , Limuru
Wedding Photographer: Nick Nzioki
Number of Guests: 600