Tell us your story? How and where did you meet?
The first time I saw him, we were sitting at the gate waiting for our ride to a camping site. I remember glancing over at him and thinking Oh, wow! He's cute. When I entered the car, I saw that the seat beside me was empty and thought, how awesome would it be if he ended up sitting next to me?
Sure enough, a family in the other car wanted to drive together so he asked if our car had space for one more person and if he could take the empty seat beside me. We spent the entire drive discussing personal life, politics and many other things.
He asked for my number and we went our separate ways. I was certain I would never hear from him again. I thought about him often, but eventually he faded into the 'missed connections' category. A few months later, out of the blue, he sent me a message that said 'Happy New Year.' We hit it off like nothing ever changed.
We have been together ever since.
What do you love the most about each other?
Anthony: She's loving, caring and a patient lady. Most of all I love her cooking and spending time together.
Gladwell: He is caring, very loving and God fearing. He is also a very responsible father.
How did he propose?
He proposed on 3rd April 2014; on my birthday. It was a surprise.
He planned it very well with the help of my best friend and his cousin. He told me we were going to visit his cousin who wasn't feeling well. When we got there, we decided to go prepare lunch. In the process, they set up the table and by the time I was coming back from the kitchen, I found my hubby on his knees. And then he proposed.
What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to?
Bride - A thousand years
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
Our wedding colours were black, red and white. What inspired us to choose these colors is the fact that we both love the color black. Actually most of our furniture at home are black, so we decided to add the red and white to brighten the whole event.
It was also very easy for our décor supplier since it was easy for him to get red and white roses. We had a very unique style. By this I mean the dress code for my bridesmaids was African and the groomsmen wore navy blue suits.
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.
It was an amazing day. I thank God for everything. My main worry was time management but all went well. I got to church on time, yes, but the Father who was presiding the ceremony was late for like 40 minutes. But then he was able to finish the church service on time.
I am honored to be a part of a group in church called Young Adult Catholic Association. And my wedding being on a Friday, most of them attended considering most are employed. They really played a major role in my wedding. Some of them helped in ushering, they took care of my gifts and they also arranged the evening party; all at no cost.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
We had set money aside for the wedding, but we only had to use a quarter of it.
The reason being, we have so many friends from church and school and we have always kept in touch with them.
For those people planning their wedding I would advise you to be there for you friends, attend their functions, offer your moral and financial support.
Your never know when you might need them. Our friends really came through for me.
You were one of the winners of the Safiri SA competition sponsored by South Africa Tourism. Tell us more about your experience in South Africa, what was the highlight of the trip for you? Are there any interesting wedding ideas you picked from the Bridal Fair in Cape Town.
It was the trip of a lifetime! I would like to thank South Africa Tourism ,Safari SA and Kenya Weddings for the great opportunity.
My main highlight for the whole trip was attending the Bridal Fair.
I learnt so many ideas on wedding décor and tips on make-up.
The most interesting wedding idea I picked from the Bridal Fair was creating a table centerpiece using LED lights /rose flower, water and a wine glass. it was stunning!
Any tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms planning for their wedding?
For those couples planning their wedding this is what I would advise;
· Know your true friends; people who will walk with you all the way.
· Have a backup plan on finances
· Get trustworthy suppliers.
· Stick to the main plan "it's all about you"
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.
Something unique about my wedding was the design of the bridesmaids’ dresses. With the help of my tailor I was able to come up with a very unique style.
Photography Venue: Mirema Gardens Zimmerman.
Wedding Photographer: Imara Studio.
Number of Guests: 300