This wedding has so many beautiful details; we don't know where to start!
There are the gorgeous, peplum bridesmaids dresses in Kente fabric, a cake designed to perfection, the elegant wedding dress with a ruffled skirt and so much more.
Just have a look at all the stunning details below
Tell us your story? How and where did you meet?
We met back in 2008 through a mutual friend in Campus. I was in JKUAT and she was in KU. At first we were friends for about a year, we used to hang out and meet up every once in a while, before I started the journey to win her over (which was not easy) but absolutley worth it. We eventually started dating officially in Aug 17th 2009. And from then on it’s been a worthwhile journey. I started out as a boy and now I am a man.
What do you love the most about each other?
Lenin - My wife is God fearing, ambitious, and I love her because she loves with one heart and most of all she makes be a better man every day. She is my by biggest fan and biggest critique and with that she has helped me to grow in areas I am weak and be even stronger in my pillars.
Amara – Lenny completes me in every way and he is a leader in the home. What I love most about him is that he listens and is very compassionate and firm at the same time. A man with a big vision and dream and he works extremely hard to achieve it. Most of all, he fears God. And that has come with blessings to us over the years.
How did he propose?
In early 2014, he started toying with the idea that we should be doing dinners in different restaurants every month for fun and our own discovery of the same. And being the end of the 3rd year of dating I really didn’t know when he would propose and it didn’t cross my mind when he would.
When it came to May, he said we try out Panafric hotel on the 19th and I was game….that very day I was so tired and even opted we go another day but he managed to convince me to dress up and go for dinner. We got to Panafric and had a very warm welcome to the hotel by the staff. I still didn’t notice anything. We got two seats reserved by the poolside and there was nobody else there. So I thought we were just lucky.
While waiting for dinner, he pulled a letter I had written to him back in 2009 and started reading it out to me, and then suddenly he was on one knee. An official photographer was there taking photos and all my family and close friends sneaked in and were behind me…they had been hidding somewhere in the hotel the entire time!
And the hotel staff were in on it!!
I was caught by surprise and was very happy, confused and surprised at the same time, to date the moment is still very memorable.
We got married a year later….. :-)
What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to?
Bridal Team – Mafikizolo – Happy
Bride – Frozen in Time
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
We had an African theme so the bridesmaids had blue dresses with a Kente print on them that made it very unique. Choice of color was done by Amara (she is better at it :-)) and Dinham Gardens provided the perfect backdrop with beautiful flowers and stunning landscaping already in place.
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.
Lenin:This was the day I had looked forward to for a long time (since engagement a year before) I was nervous, excited and anxious all at the same time. I woke up at 6 am and checked on my groomsmen who were all awake and we ate before freshening up and cracked jokes as we got ready for the day… by 8am we were all ready to go!
I went straight to Dinham Gardens as my bestman and brother went to the bride’s place. That morning Dinham was quite cold! I kept pacing up and down waiting for my bride. In my mind I was just playing through the journey that has been us from 2008 and it was amazing to just have that thought process of how far we had come….in my mind I was like ‘when are we exchanging the vows!’ Somehow the day went so fast and the entire time I “was in my own cloud” enjoying myself, dancing and just having so much excitement.
Amara:I was a nervous wreck, I expected to do a lot of crying that day but the most surprising thing was that I was the calmest I had ever been. I didn’t get much sleep the previous night so all I was looking forward to was seeing a smile on Lenin’s face and everything else wouldn’t matter. It was a long drive to Dinham Gardens and when I arrived, everything fell into place and I danced my heart out.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Using one vendor for almost all the services was a cost saver as we not only dealt with one person but got a group discount on all the items; which made a big difference.
The other was having both the wedding and reception on the same grounds; which eased the logistics costs of moving around.
Lastly, we saved and then planned the wedding.
Our biggest advice to anyone planning a wedding is – go at your own pace, plan and save then set a date for the wedding and the pieces will fall into place. Lastly pray, it works!!!
It is your wedding so it’s important to avoid all confusing ideas from other people. Stick to your budget to avoid overspending, there is life after the wedding.
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?
It’s not always about the name of the photographer. It’s about having a real connection with your photographer and then having a sense of creativity with every shot they take. For us Matt Marsha was just God sent and he knew how to engage us the whole time during our photography session.
If you make it about the two of you, the whole wedding is a success and also life after that…
What (in your opinion), do you think is the most overrated thing in weddings?
Trying to meet status quo are quite overrated everybody trying to get the well-known or established; and it’s all about the connection with any vendor you pick. Some venues do charge crazy prices and take advantage of the couple. Our advice is to look and compare before settling. We got a great deal with Dinham gardens!
There is a perception / myth about photography that if the photographer is not well known or world acclaimed he can’t do a good job. While it’s how you connect with the photographer, shots taken that make the difference. We don’t recommend that a couple takes the cheapest around, but to be open minded. Look at what such a vendor has done and make a decision that fits your budget. Now that works!
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms planning for their wedding?
1. Expect not to always see eye to eye with your spouse on some issues when it comes to planning and learn to compromise when making decisions as you are two different people. But very powerful when compromises are made on decisions.
2. Do a thorough research on vendors before you settle since others may not give you value for your money.
3. Cut your coat according to your cloth. After proposal/ engagement start saving towards your wedding and have a reasonable budget – work with your budget.
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 our dresses (bridesmaids) we in cooperated the African meets modern theme as seen in the girls dresses. We looked for a tailor who could in-cooperate the theme in a creative way and bring our ideas to life.
Wedding Venue: Dinham Gardens
Photography Venue: Kentmere Club
Wedding Photographer: Matt Marsh
Number of Guests: 350