Just when we think we've seen it all, as far as weddings go, we are pleasantly surprised by the most unexpected details; like this bride's gorgeous fabric bouquet, the groom's pinwheel boutonniere and his Ankara shoes! And then there's the decor which was beautifully crafted from paper.
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Tell us your story? How and where did you meet?
L: We had met a couple of times in our childhood, but we really got to know each other in University. I had joined school late, and hadn’t gone through orientation. I was like a lost sheep and my friend from primary school, Njeri, invited me into her circle of friends. Abby was one of those friends.
A: Our families have been friends for a while, but I got to know Laka well while we were in campus. Njeri was a big part of that story.
What do you love the most about each other?
L: She loves me 'cha uwela' and she laughs at my jokes.
A: He’s super silly!!!
How did he propose?
A: He took me out to Paradise Lost for a ‘date’. We went into the caves, but I was too scared from all the darkness and imaginary creatures, so I ran out ahead of him. And when he came out he had changed and worn a blazer, and just behind the waterfall, he went down on one knee :D :D Then some of my closest friends came out running from somewhere!!! It was super cool!!!
What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to?
L: We actually had a groom’s march. My groomsmen and I walked (danced) down the aisle to Zongelela by S.O.C.
A: The bridesmaids danced down the aisle to ‘We on fire’ by Abel Chungu. And Laka played one of his songs on the sax as I walked down the aisle.
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
L: We went for a picnic-themed wedding. One inspiration for our choice was our Uni days of rocking tees and jeans. I never saw myself wearing a suit for my wedding, and the weather was just right for a casual look. For suppliers we really tried to go with family and friends who did excellent work, and we weren’t disappointed.
A: Yes! The picnic theme was one of the things we both agreed on from the beginning. We really wanted our guests to feel relaxed and have fun!! For the paper décor… well, we don’t like drapes J
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.
L: I woke up with a smile on my face! The day I had longed for for so long had finally come, and nothing was going to bring me down! I woke up at 7, had a private worship session, took my time getting ready, had breakfast with my boys and we headed off to church.
We got there early, prayed together and rehearsed our dance moves.
Then it was showtime! The ceremony went beautifully, and we had a smooth transition to the reception. Our MCee, Kimari Maina of Sisimsha Entertainment, did a fantastic job keeping the energy levels high. He did this one thing though where he got ALL the married couple to come and stand with us and bless us and open their homes to us –I felt a great sense of community, friendship and love.
Then we all danced! From people who’d been married for 50 years to those who’d been married 50 days –it was AWESOME! After the wedding we had a great photoshoot at Sankara, where we also spent the night.
Throughout the day I just felt like the luckiest guy alive! To be married to my darling, and be surrounded by all those friends and family was such a great blessing.
A: I woke up at 6am and had a pretty chilled out morning. I was getting married!!! The bridesmaids were super awesome and they all just knew what they needed to do and they did it. Getting ready got stressful when I thought I was going to get late for church, but we made it. Walking down the aisle was really awkward for me, because I really wanted to dance down the aisle with the bridesmaids(if I could do it again I think I would dance down) We had an amazing ceremony everything was running on time and we were MARRIED!!! I don’t remember a lot from the reception but I know we DANCED!!! It was full of so much energy and laughter when the older people were told to dance with their spouses and the awkwardness was written on their faces.
The photoshoot at Sankara was also really great and didn’t take any longer than it should have. We had such an amazing time. It couldn’t have been anymore amazing! I loved my wedding and everyone who was a part of it in any way!! And now I’m his *blush*
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
L: For me, it had to be the décor. We got our décor custom made for us by ‘Out of The Box (OTB) Studios’ and they captured our vision to a ‘t’! We saved a lot of money there because we didn’t have any flowers. Everything was crafted out of paper and cloth and other things.
It was unique, very affordable, and we still have her wedding bouquet to date! A tip to other couples: creativity and seeking creative alternatives can save you a ton of money!
A: I agree the decor was a huge cost saver but also, I didn’t spend a lot on my gown. I say, have an open mind because you’ll be surprised what treasures you can find in places you’d never imagine J
Ooh!! also our invites were packaged in denim pockets with a piece of ankara at the top. We basically woke up one day and went to gikomba market and bought those big boy jeans for 80 bob, I visited a designer friend of mine and picked up all the scrap material she had on the floor of her shop from dresses and skirts she had made previously and voila!!! Money saved!!!
You must have learnt quite a number of things during the wedding process. What did you learn regarding the wedding catering and the cake that you would like to other couples to know?
L: Chicken doesn’t have to be on the menu! Get a caterer who will be able to cater for more people than the projected number. More cake is never a bad thing…
A: Get a reliable caterer!! Someone who does not need to be told, “we need more food” they need to be able to get on top of things and make sure people get their food.
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms planning for their wedding?
L: Remember the two of you are a team, and you must deal with any issues as team. It’s tough, but you must be able to separate any issue from your fiancé(e); put the issue on the table and deal with it as an external issue.
A: As much as you can, your wedding should be a reflection of your personalities. I think it’s more enjoyable that way. We had paper flowers, and art is part of who we are.
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.
L: Our something different was definitely the picnic theme. We had people seated on haystacks, and dressed in summer casual (including the bridal party). We had even wanted to serve a picnic lunch, but our parents intervened J
A: Our wedding cards. This was an expression of who we are. The denim pockets with ankara detail
Wedding Photographer: Cyrus Ngaruiya and Wangari Muhadia of Denora Photography
Number of Guests: 800 invited, 1,100 showed up! :)