There are so many reasons why we love this wedding; there is the lovely mint and peach combo, the adorable couple, the stunning outfits but most of all, we love the flash mob at the end of the wedding!
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Tell us your story? How and where did you meet?
We met in 2008 back in campus. We had mutual friends and also had a guitar class together.
What do you love the most about each other?
Cess: He values Christ. He's funny!
Moris: Her desire to grow in maturity in Christ, in salvation, and her caring and loving personality.
How did he propose?
Cess: He came over with friends on Good Friday early morning, 18th April 2014. I wasn't going to work that day so I was planning to sleep in and relax. My housemate opened the door for them like at 5am in the morning, they fixed breakfast and lit the room all up, with candles and some flowers... They actually put on the TV at a high volume so that I wouldn't suspect anything. My housemate woke me up and led me to the sitting room with my unkempt afro and swollen eyes and a towel... and he proposed.
Moris: The picture is still fresh. It was cold but she was sweating. She suspected I was going to propose but never thought it would be that early.
What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to?
Cess:'Praise to the Lord the Almighty' instrumental. I love the song. It was some kind of victory and a beginning of a new challenge... but I praise God all the same.
The bridal team (actually it was a whole team... Lol, walked to 'Emmanuel' by All Sons and Daughters
Moris: Kary Jobe's - What Love Is This. A reflection of the coming of Christ, a heart broken by the love that God has for us, a sacrificial love, a love that I pray I may show my wife Cecily every day.
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
Cess; I don't specifically have a favourite colour, but I prefered a bright colour for my wedding.. mint, peach and orange. I loved it!
What inspired my suppliers was affordability, especially for my gown, since I had quit my job a few months before the wedding.
Moris: I loved the colours we picked, a warm feeling that the peach brought in to a rather cool mint colour, plus it brought out the colour of her eyes all the more. For suppliers, what Cess said, affordability and creativity.
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.
Cess: I woke up at 4am, it was drizzling and I couldn't get myself back to sleep so I grabbed my Bible and locked myself in the bathroom and really prayed. I was tense. I had really waited for this day for 6 years. And now it was here... just like that.
Moris: Slept like a baby, woke up at 5am. The guys prepared breakfast for me and after that, the next thing I remember is Cess walking down the aisle, a one way road to the altar. I was tearing probably because the day had finally come, 6 years later. The reception was good but the highlight was the flash mob that was done after the official program ended. The photographer took some shots after the reception at the St. Mary's church and later at the place where we stayed for the night.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Cess: We had some spreadsheets from friends who had wed earlier, compared prices and peoples experiences. And actually did most of the running around and sourced our own service providers. Besides that, we had a group of very reliable friends who even gave us and implemented a fundraising concert that was successful. We can only thank God.
Moris: Most of our friends either in school or just finished school so they were not able to give cash but they were very resourceful in helping us get the cash through the concert. We indeed thank God for our friends.
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?
Still photos will be there like forever. Video technologies might change, like now we no longer use the VCRs. We chose to compromise on the video but ensured we had awesome photos from a great photographer.
The wedding for most couples is the first big project together. We learnt a lot…handling finances together, communication, in-laws... it sets the pace.
What (in your opinion), do you think is the most overrated thing in weddings?
Cess: Hehehe...In my opinion; wedding bands are overrated. We just hired a DJ and our friends dance to the music. We actually had a 12min flashmob after the ceremony. As long as the MC and the DJ work together to psych the crowd, you don't need to hire a band.
Moris: I think working with what one has. Some creativity can go a long way to cut costs for a wedding. A band costs 4 times more than a DJ. The suits also cost less since we chose something that was affordable, creative and at the same time stylish.
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms planning for their wedding?
Cess: For brides we have dreams but our dreams might only be as valid as our pockets go... an affordable wedding is better than 5years of debt.
Relax, a wedding is just a day but a marriage lasts a lifetime.
Moris: Enjoy the wedding planning. You get to appreciate your better half, the strengths and also the weaknesses, plus the opportunities for growth. It was a chance to apply what we had learnt from pre-marital counseling; something I would encourage all couples intending to get married to attend.
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.
We danced all out and had a record 12minutes flash mob dance. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOarehf_MLg
Wedding Venue:Emmaniel Baptist Church, Kingara road
Photography Venue: Private Residence Lavington
Wedding Photographer: Katz Photography
Number of Guests: 500