Tell us your story? How and where did you meet?
We went to the same church in Eldoret. In 2005 we started singing together in church and various concerts as a duet. And love blossomed
What do you love the most about each other?
We share the same views about life .Before we became lovers we became best friends so we are our own ride or die buddies. Our personalities also compliment each other’s perfectly.
How did he propose?
First, he had the wrong ring, it was more of a wedding band than an engagement ring.
It was in November 2013, we were travelling from Nairobi to Eldoret. He told me that he had a surprise for me. I was excited and looked forward to it. He gifts me frequently so I never anticipated that he was going to propose. He invited me for dinner at his place and when I least expected it, he got down on his knee and popped the question. That moment I can never describe with words. He got me an awesome ring thereafter.
What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to?
Bridal Team Entry Song – Napenda by Christina Shusho
Bride Entry Song- The Marriage Prayer by John Waller
Certificate Signing Song – Bless the Broken Road by Selah
Exit Song – Tam Tam – Willy Paul / Size 8
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colors, suppliers and style?
Teal, Orange and Grey.
I love bright colors. That explains the orange. Teal toned the orange down.
Inspiration came from bits and pieces in my wardrobe. The Ash Grey suits were also out of the norm. It also accentuated the guys’ skins tones. Besides, this combination has not been overdone.
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.
The ladies and I had an apartment to ourselves at Andrews’s apartments. My maids are girlfriends I have known since childhood, so the previous night was full of laugher and catching up. We also coloured the salt to be used during the wedding.
In the morning, we woke up at 5.30am showered and had breakfast by the pool at 7am, the sunrise was breathtaking, the river was flowing quietly nearby and there were clear skies. It was very serene. Felt like my dad was smiling from heaven and assuring me of a pleasant day.
We had a heavy full breakfast (very crucial for the party as we don’t get to eat properly for the rest of the day)
We went back to the room, and the ladies went to do their thing while my makeup artist prepped my face and my hair. My mother and aunties came to join me and the ladies. Alie’s family had already gathered outside and were singing. Everything was perfect.
Previous night the guys and I got our grooming going on at a spa
Ours was easy, the guys regrouped at my place in the morning. We made our own breakfast and bonded. The cars were being decorated down stairs as we took selfies and got dressed.
We drove to the church, while the rest of the team went to get the bride. We had a quite prayer time with the pastor as we waited for the bride.
We looked forward to being declared man and wife before man and God. The vows, the dancing and photo shoot were the highlights of the day. Our bridal party was just the bomb, age mates and people we grew up with. They were just a fun, crazy lot .We were glad at the end of the day that “we finally did it” and were looking forward to our quiet time.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
- The wedding date was during on an off-peak season for both the wedding vendors and honeymoon destinations. That was a huge saver.
- We are blessed with friends who gave us their vehicles for use.
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 photographer carefully. This should be someone who you are comfortable with and is easy to work with.
- A pre- visit to the church and reception venue is a pre-requisite for your photographer to better understand what they will need and to inspire ideas too.
- Couple should be open to work with their surroundings.
- Fun and chemistry between the couple is important for great shots.
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms planning for their wedding?
- Planning should begin at the earliest possible. Get and compare various vendors and their prices. Only incorporate the committee when necessary, and it should be after doing your homework.
- If possible, set dates on off peak wedding months. Prices were cheaper for both wedding vendors and honeymoon destinations.
- Encourage enveloped gifts and vouchers as they help your home better, cost recovery and avoids one ending up with similar gifts.
- Have fun on your wedding day. There is nothing you can do to change any mishaps that happen. Your overall mood will affect that of your guests. We had fun!!
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.
1. My husband and I did not have a wedding committee. We planned and organized the whole wedding and days to the wedding we allocated duties to very close friends. We found that method very cost effective and time saving.
2. Our wedding cake was a fresh cream cake (the likes of black forest) contrary to what is served at many weddings. We had blueberry, passion and pinacolada. It was very unique and delicious. And the fact that it was served in a mini bowl and a mini fork, it looked classy. The guests really loved it!
Wedding Venue- St Mary’s School
Photography Venue: Andrews Apartments
Wedding Photographer: Jose Thome Photography
Number of Guests: 300