There is no denying it; this wedding is spectacular. From the striking cobalt blue and fuchsia palette to the gorgeous decor, Emily and Raymond’s wedding was planned to perfection.
Tell us your story? How and where did you meet?
Through a mutual friend who was visiting Kenya, he introduced us and we started to email each other. Then to skype up to a point that it was daily for several hours sometimes the entire night.
We physically met after 5months of internet dating and the deal was sealed!
What do you love the most about each other?
The sense of completeness that we give each other; to me he is the most sensitive, caring, helpful and understanding man I ever encountered on this planet. He loves my sense of humour and my smile.
How did he propose?
Nothing flashy it was on skype I honestly didn’t expect it; I was giving our relationship another year or so. It was a pleasant surprise!
What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to?
Ellie Goulding - How long will I love you
James Morrison - Won’t let go
Gwyneth Paltrow & Huey Lewis - Cruisin'
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of color’s, suppliers and style?
Modern and rustic, my hubby likes the rustic look so since Hillcrest has a pavilion made of Makuti it was perfect for incorporating his love for rustic ambiance.
We used that for the church and as for me I like modern so my idea was incorporated at the reception and we both loved it.
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.
My hubby woke up late at about 6am. No drama they prepared and left for Hillcrest by 7am. On the other hand, my bridesmaids and I woke up at 5am. There was a lot to be done, there was a mad rush for the shower and it all started with the traditions; eating of ugali and kuku in the morning. Make up lady arrived at exactly 6:30am,she did her thing I was happy.
I was then dressed and Johnny did his thing with the hair, the grooms right hand man arrived at about 7:30am and handed over envelopes to relatives as dictated by tradition. I then heard the Isukuti dancer’s arrive and I knew it was time to go. Did I mention I was picked from Kenyatta hospital staff quarters?. It was quite a spectacle as there was lots of estate people outside waiting to see me go and probably have a glimpse of the bride. I did my slow match to the limo with my friends spreading lesos on the floor for me and did a bit of dancing before we sneaked off from the estate with my convoy.
It was good as there was no traffic jam along langata road, so we went pretty fast till Galleria Mall. There was a bit of a delay and we were getting nervous waiting, apparently the pastor hadn’t arrived and it was going to 9am. I did not want any delays but eventually we were told he was there and we could proceed. Apparently Ray and his crew also had to sit a bit at Galleria as the venue was not ready. He was all nervous we had talked about it and he was nervous about anything going wrong.
We were met by the Isukuti dancers who did a great job. We walked down the aisle to the above songs and I walked in with ‘How long will I love yu’ . Ray was waiting down the stair case, he looked magnificent in his well-fitting tailored suit, and he thought I looked wooooow in my gown which he was seeing for the first time. My parents escorted me and I was happy my man was there lol!
The church ceremony was uneventful, I shed a few tears during the exchange of vows and was so eager for the part that they say anyone who objects to come forth or forever hold their peace lol, you never know about jilted lovers!
It was brief and nice we had our rings on so I guess it was time to celebrate. We had a brief photo session at the Hillcrest grounds, were escorted to the Hillcrest field by the limo but alas the gate was too small for it to roll in. I was so disappointed we had to alight and get into the range, there was lots of dance as we walked to the reception area.
The rest of the reception was as usual, eating, the speeches, the cake cutting, the toast and let me not forget kayamba africa who did a fantastic job, There were no gifts, we were taking only envelopes as I wanted to buy things that I love and can resell or give as gifts when I leave the country. The ceremony ended at exactly 4:30 pm to our relief, we were tired, it had been a long journey and we were just glad that we were finally married...
There was a photo session at crown plaza which was accompanied by a glass of juice for all just to tell them thanks n to refresh them up after a long day and we parted to take the honey moon suite pics.
The evening party was at Friend’s Restaurant upper hill, we overslept and only arrived there at 10pm, it was a good evening, low attendance but had fun with those who managed and we eventually called it a day!
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
For us we saved cost by importing a few things from china like the lanterns used for décor, make up for the bridesmaids was done by themselves so that also saved me from paying. The bridesmaids dresses were all made in Hong Kong and they were quite a bargain.
I would think all brides should try to confirm attendance from people invited, that way you will tone down the food to enough food for the guests rather than too much food that is not consumed
If the family members have cars, do not hire too much transport as some vehicles you hire end up going empty and that’s a total waste
You must have learnt quite a number of things during the wedding process. What did you learn regarding the wedding photography that you would like to other couples to know?
Choose the best of the best in accordance to your budget. Pictures will tell your story, if they are messed up then it is soon forgotten and memories are just lost, let these guys be very reliable and efficient.
What (in your opinion), do you think is the most overrated thing in weddings?
Tradition; people insist on the way things are to be done culturally. I think it’s all just perceptions and nothing goes wrong if you defy some of those things. It’s all about you and your hubby nothing else.
How the bridesmaids look-people insist that they should not look too fab lest they overshadow the bride, they will be in your pictures if their dresses are drab so are your pictures.
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms planning for their wedding?
Start early possibly a year to. It gives you time to talk to so many suppliers rate them and make informed choices.
It also saves one from mishaps like dresses that aren’t ready, shoes not available and such.
A committee is not a must if you start early you and the best lady and best man can walk this journey without too much peripheral input.
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 sang for my hubby; wow I was so nervous but it was a great experience.
Wedding Venue: Hillcrest Secondary School
Photography venue: Crown Plaza Hotel
Wedding Photographer: Digital Eye
Number of Guests: 200