With a colour scheme of red and gold, Njenga and Cate's wedding was off to a great start. And then add charming details such as lanterns, honeycombs, pompoms and stunning outfits and you have a winner!
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Tell us your story? How and where did you meet?
Cate- We met back in 2002 while I was in high school…he came to visit his sister Gathoni, who we schooled together and I was introduced to him then. After some years I met his sister in 2011 again, as after she left the. In 2011 she invited me for her birthday party and insisted that I come as her brother wanted to see me.
So I went with my sister and met him again. We started dating some months later after wooing me on lunch dates & cake deliveries at work.... We got more serious and started living together in late 2012. I joined him in business (dealing in kids accessories & wedding décor) and we started working together, after I lost my job and now we are married :-)
What do you love the most about each other?
Cate- He is caring and a very hard worker who wants to prosper in life. He always looks out for me and keeps me in check too. After losing my job he pushed me to really open my mind and expand my horizons and hence do the business together which has grown well since 2012.
Jay – Catherine is loving, honest and caring. She’s more than words could ever describe.
How did he propose?
Cate- The proposal just caught me unawares, to say the least, as we were planning for my ruracio that was two days away. He proposed at the family home, in front of his mom, brothers and sisters. He’d asked me to go visit the mom, who had just arrived from Kisumu.
He requested I serve him dinner so I went to the kitchen and on coming back to the sitting room, I found him on one knee with a ring in his hand and the family all smiles around him… He proposed and I said yes, funny enough I kept laughing… That’s how I show my emotion :-) The whole family was in on it which I later found out. I was really happy coz for a while, I thought he’d never propose. So I kept hinting at him from time to time… He did have it all under control after all :-)
What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to?
Bride - How Long Will I Love You (Ellie Goulding)
Flower Girl - You Got What I Need (Joshua Radin)
Bridal Team Intro – Jika (Mi Casa)
Certificate Signing - All of Me (John Legend)
Exit Church – Sura Yako (Sauti Sol)
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
Cate-Our wedding theme was modern and cute. Our color theme was red and gold. I love red a lot and hence chose it. I wanted a color that would complement it and so I settled for gold. He was not really convinced about the red but after sometime he came around to like it.
I am not into flowers much and hence had only flowers at the church but the reception was full of lanterns, honeycombs, paper flowers and drapery…I like simple but elegant which turned out just the way I wanted and more. We choose the suppliers we had as we knew they would relay the vision of our wedding well. Although some disappointed us but we accepted that…(after some venting though)
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.
Cate- the day started for me at 4am, my sister tried to not have me wake up at that time but I was too anxious to continue sleeping. My maids and I had breakfast as we waited for the hair and make stylists to arrive. The morning went smoothly, I got to skype with my older sister who is in Dallas but was not able to attend the wedding…we had a reporter come and interview us on our story (being born quadruplets). I was worried about the time as the church is very strict on lateness but luckily we got there in good time.
At the church my quadruplet sister started crying because she was abit sad I was getting married but still very happy it is happening. We have grown up very close to each other so I guess she was feeling abit left behind but I know she is happy for my big step :-)
Everything went well during the wedding service. At the photo session we really enjoyed taking pictures and goofing around which was our plan. The reception was also wonderful a huge turnout of guest were there to witness our wedding and I was shocked and amazed. I was abit disappointed when we got to the reception and found that the cake had not arrived as planned and I had specifically told the baker to make sure it was there by noon but nevertheless we had a great team working with us that day that sorted out the issue and the cake arrived just before the time for cutting it.
Also our sound and PA vendor really let us down as he did not provide good quality sound as promised which was a problem as guest could not hear clearly the MC and other speakers….the DJ did not have a selection of good music even after us giving him a list of music to be played on that day…we were disappointed and at some point people could notice. Despite this, we kept it positive and went on with our function as it was our big day. We opted not to pay balance as he did not fulfill his service to our satisfaction.
Aside from that it was a fabulous ceremony and we all enjoyed… same to the evening party which we held it at Courtyard Garden along Ralph Bunche road. My quadruplet brother wasn’t able to attend the wedding as he had an exam on that day but he fully redeemed himself at the evening party by being the MC/DJ which he did a splendid job on. Despite the side shows, we made the very best of what we had. What was running through my head the whole time was “Thank You God for this day”
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Our biggest savings were in the wedding gown, deco, wedding cars and wedding cards /programs. Also what helped us is that we’re partly in wedding line of business. Jay and I are in business together and usually import stock from abroad.
This exposure helped us shop online for the gown at a fraction of the cost :-) and bought it 8 months early. The wedding cards and decor (Pompoms/Chinese paper lanterns/Honeycombs) also came at a fraction of what local vendors charge. My hubby does designing as a hobby, thus was able to do something nice for us for invites and programs. For printing, someone offered at no cost. The cars were also offered at no charge by family / friends. Book service providers months in advance, you’ll always get a lower price.
We also had time to go over vendors listed on www.kenyaweddings.co.ke. The blog section is also full of useful information & ideas to incorporate in your wedding. Recommended read for all couples! Ladies, Pinterest is your friend :-) though you might lose yourself to excess ideas. Tread careful.
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?
This definitely was and should be a big deal to any couple. It was a learning process and I’m always glad to share with couples. As much as I thought I was well equipped, there are some things that fell through even on the wedding day.
Firstly, have a binding CONTRACT with your photographer. This shouldn’t be confused with a brochure of services/products they offer or receipt of payment. It should state amongst others:
• Wedding date :-) Yeah, some guys show up a day after…. ,
• Venues of shots and timings in morning (both bride & groom) home
• Photos to be taken at home (wedding dress/rings/ bridal team dressing up/preparation etc) don’t assume your photographer knows!
• What photo moments to look out for at reception / church
• Team to be present i.e. 2video , 3photographers and equipment they have and will bring (some vendors oversell themselves on paper and may not have all equipment as they hire)
• When finished work will be delivered and penalties if not delivered on time. (avoid waiting another year for your pictures)
• If you have props, tell photographer in advance for him/her to slot it in at photo session
• Confirm who is providing vehicle for the photo crew (I learnt the hard way on the wedding day…)
We are eternally grateful to our friend Jamie_Kairu who’s a professional photographer and who was on our lineup as well. He came through for us in a major way, where our main photographer dint fulfill. He filled in the missing shots through videos/photos on our wedding timeline. Still thankful to our main photographer despite the mishaps. At least we have something to show for our wedding day.
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms planning for their wedding?
Our advice to couples would be firstly to do premarital classes. NDOA from Mavuno church for us was an eye opener on what to expect. It basically lays ground for your marriage as you get to learn through others experiences and get to share with other couples on the same path. It’s also vital to plan your wedding in advance. Surround yourself with people who have your vision or desire in mind & can help you in actualizing it.
Shop around, both locally and abroad for best deals on wedding accessories and more. Get a variety of quotes from vendors and make time to visit them on gigs either announced or unannounced. Here its abit tricky as you’ll be gate crashing but again, if you inform the vendor your coming, they may do extra just to impress you :-) .
In expenditure, don’t put all your money on the actual wedding. Invest more in your marriage and also try put more into your honeymoon as it’s more intimate. Shop holiday destinations and flights months in advance. Dubai can be cheaper than Mombasa, depending on how early you book. Give your all in this process and remember there’s life after the wedding… Do have fun! Lastly, trust in God and put him first in all your plans.
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.
Instead of using flowers as décor we decide on using paper décor of lanterns, honeycombs, pompoms which brought out a unique feel and color to our wedding. It was also cheaper as we bought the paper décor ourselves which lowered our costs.
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Wedding Venue: Consolata Shrine
Photography Venue: Amani Gardens,
Reception: AACCK Waiyaki Way
Wedding Photographer: Juropix & Jamie_Kairu
Number of Guests: 450pax (budgeted) 475pax (attended)