Category Archives: Real Weddings

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement photos released

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are celebrating their recent engagement with the release of their official portrait photographs. The couple looks royally in love in the stunning snaps shared by Kensington Palace on Thursday, which were taken earlier this week at Frogmore House in Windsor by fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski.
The royal engagement photographs have been released featuring Meghan Markle in a show-stopping dress by the renowned Ralph & Russo. The gorgeous gown features a tiered tulle skirt complete with an entirely sheer bodice decorated with intricate leaf embellishment making Meghan looks every inch the fairy tale princess in this wow-factor design, but with an unexpected dramatic and bold twist! Could this be a hint of what she will wear on her big day?
The couple will wed at St. Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018.
Here are some of the photos:

In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose an official engagement photo, at Frogmore House, in Windsor, England. (Alexi Lubomirski via AP)
In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose an official engagement photo, at Frogmore House, in Windsor, England. (Alexi Lubomirski via AP)

In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos, at Frogmore House, in Windsor, England. (Alexi Lubomirski via AP)
In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos, at Frogmore House, in Windsor, England. (Alexi Lubomirski via AP)
In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos, at Frogmore House, in Windsor, England. (Alexi Lubomirski via AP)
In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos, at Frogmore House, in Windsor, England. (Alexi Lubomirski via AP)

photos by Alexi Lubomirski

Angela and Bill’s luxury wedding at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

Samantha’s Bridal in partnership with Fairmont Norfolk Hotel organized the luxury wedding showcase to give the creme de la creme a chance to showcase what they can offer to sophisticated and discerning couples. It was a taste of what a luxury wedding is all about. At the end of it all, one couple was to win a luxury wedding and Angela and Bill were the lucky couple selected.

Angela and William met in the line of duty. It was love at first sight for William but Angela took some time before she said yes to William. In the beginning he looked like a ladies man since he was in the entertainment industry but eventually, Angela got drawn to his charm and outgoing personality.

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Bill, as his friends call him, proposed twice. He wanted to do it just before the introduction to look like a serious man before Angelas parents. The first time he proposed was when they were on holiday in Mombasa. However, it was bad timing as Angela had just lost her laptop and the long hours at the police station recording a statement on the stolen laptop had just put her in a bad mood. The second proposal was successful as he organised a spa for his heartthrob and afterwards took her to a five star restaurant where he went on one knee.

With the proposal and dowry out of the way, Angela, a meticulous bride, began her search for vendors who could translate what she had in mind into a perfect nuptial. It was this search that drove her to the Samantha’s Bridal wedding Expo, which her then fiance wasn’t keen to attend. It was after experiencing the luxury wedding showcase that William gained interest in the whole affair. Angela made him practice how to answer the questions and after the interview, the two, anxious about how the event would turn out, kept their fingers crossed and hoped to be the chosen couple.

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The win made the planning to be way easier being that the couple knew what they wanted from the start. For William, a wedding is a brides affair and as long as his bride was happy with everything, he was happy.
Angelas 8-5 work schedule was her main challenge. The prize covered venue, decor, make up for her and her best maid, rings, 2 cars that took her to the wedding venue, 2 gowns, videography and photography. In addition, their honeymoon as well as the grooms tuxedo was catered for.

“For me, it was more than I had envisioned. I loved the venue with the flowers and the deco. The venue looked really great. I cant even compare with the luxury wedding showcase because I think where the wedding was looked much better,” says William. The elegant Louis wedding chair is the latest trend for the most exclusive luxury weddings and Rita Creations incorporated them at the wedding reception.

“The luxury wedding was a great idea as it shows couples on the various ways of making their wedding better and more so different,” says Angela
It is a great avenue where the local designers can showcase their designs and make the Kenyan bride realize that everything they desire can be sourced locally.

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Photography by Versatile Photographers and Aquatronics
Venue: Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
Men’s Suits: Big Boss
Gown and Maids dresses: Peggy Onyango
Make up: Lintons Beauty World
Cake: Black Forest Cake House
Roses: Tambuzi LTD
Mineral Water: Executive Still waters
Tunnel of Love: Prima Flora
Decor: Rita Creations
Church Venue: Evensis
Cocktail drinks: Jos Hansen Ltd.
Entertainment: GigMasters Entertainment
Violinist: Scott the violinist
Wedding rings: Rajshyn Jewellers
Transport: Lesus Executive Car Hire Services

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CONGRATULATIONS ANGELA AND BILL
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Prince Harry is officially off the market!

It’s official! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially engaged. Their royal nuptial will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018.’ Royal officials have revealed that Prince Harry designed the engagement ring himself, and that it includes two diamonds that belonged to his mother, the late Princess Diana.The two stones are mounted on a gold band around the larger central diamond from Botswana, an African country Harry has visited with his bride-to-be.The ring was made by the official jewelers to Queen Elizabeth, Cleave & Company.

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This engagement apparently raised eyebrows on both sides of the Atlantic for a particularly British set of reasons: Shes a biracial woman who will be the first American divorce to marry into the royal family in nearly 81 years. However, despite all these controversies, there will be a wedding and we can’t but wish the couple a happy ever after!

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An American woman marries an Ethiopian prince in a lavish wedding

Last month, an American woman became an African princess when she tied the knot into the royal family of Ethiopia – after meeting her future husband at a modern day ‘ball’.
Ariana Austin, 33, married 35-year-old lawyer Joel Makonnen, a great-grandson of Haile Selassie I, the last emperor of Ethiopia, on September 9 in Maryland.

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Born in Rome by his exiled parents Prince David Makonnen and Princess Adey Imru Makonnen, Mr. Makonnen is part of a Solomonic dynasty whose reign ended in 1974. That was the year when a civil war broke out in Ethiopia after Haile Selassie, the 225th emperor of Ethiopia, was deposed by a Marxist Derg military coup. Unfortunately Mr. Makonnens father passed away in 1989 of circulatory failure though many believe that he might have been murdered.
He talked about weighty things as a young man, Ms. Austin said. He mentioned the revolution. Things that sound heavy for someone who was 23.
It was a union of two heritages when this twosome tied the knot on 9 September in a lavish Ethiopian Orthodox Christian wedding with 13 priests, two crowns and a pair of capes. Austins father walked her down the aisle, a custom not usually observed in that church, the report noted.

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The magnificent reception came complete with a candy table, a photo booth, and Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, as well as Bruno Mars hits. More so, the blend of these two cultures was seen in the spread of Ethiopian foods and the Guyanese black cake that most of the guests took home. It is reported that when the dancing went low, the two love birds were busy planning on how they were going to move together in Washington as they lived separately prior to their wedding.
If the wedding didnt take so much time, Mr. Makonnen joked, we would have moved out already.
Twelve years ago, this lucky bride of Guyanese descent, met a man, just like the Cinderella fairy tale, on the dance floor of a Washington D.C nightclub and little did she know that she was dancing with a prince Joel Makonnen, the great-grandson of Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia. The last time the social web went this viral on a royal wedding was during Prince William and Kate Middletons nuptial, which took place on Friday 29th April 2011. Their love story too resembled a fairy tale being that Kate caught the eye of her prince charming William during their campus days. In Kenya too the cultural wedding of the presidents son, Jomo, caught our attention as everybody desired to know just who the lucky maiden was despite it being a hush hush affair.

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For Miss Austin, marriage came last after pursuing a masters degree at Harvard, finding a job and occasionally finding time for each other, typically defining the modern day social life where even prince hood is left aside in pursuit of greater things.
I think we both had this feeling that this was our destiny, Ms. Austin said. But I felt like I had things that I had to do.
Mr. Makonnen too was finishing up his law degree at Howard University, when he took the relationship a notch higher by buying a princess-cut diamond ring for her real time princess.
We wish this African royal couple a happy ever after.

“When I realized the she was an actress, it bothered me alot,” says Patrick

Choosing the right man or woman to be your life partner is one of the toughest decisions that one can ever make. While some professions have been known to be more suitable than others, some people have been forced to compromise a little bit just to be with the love of the life. So this week’s question is, does career affect the choice of mate?
Patrick an accountant, had a rough time accepting the fact that his wife to be, Monicah, is an actress.However, they managed to come to a compromise and finally tied the knot. Here are some of their photos of their big day.

Photography by EllieKimani photography

 

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Kiunas’ daughter Vanessa weds Robert

Vanessa met Robert at a time when she wanted to concentrate on her education; they met at a hotel where they were both working as students abroad. For 9 months Vanessa and Robert were just friends and after the second anniversary he proposed to her. Vanessa told her dad Bishop Allan Kiuna about Robert “Vanessa had kept me abreast of what was happening between her and Robert and she would be telling me about how he is a great guy, we would spend hour asking her questions making sure that he really values the things she values, the way he treats her, the way she treats his mum, you can tell a guy by how she treats her mum and the more we talked the more I got to like the guy even if I had not met him. ”

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Before Robert proposed to Vanessa he called her dad Bishop Allan Kiuna and asked for permission to propose to her daughter, Bishop Allan Kiuna could not refuse because of the humble approach Robert used.

Vanessa had a plan of having the wedding in Zanzibar with only 80 guests maximum until she got engaged and the reality dawned her, she was the first born and she would want to impress her parents. As Rev. Kathy puts it they would have wanted a guest list of 150 people but that was family alone, so they stretched little bit to 450 people to accommodate both family and friends.

Rev. Kathy was taking everything by herself; she didn’t have a planner until the Samantha’s Bridal came into the picture and proposed to her the usefulness of having a wedding worksheet which can be found inside Samantha’s Bridal Magazine. (Below is a sample of the budget worksheet get the actual worksheet in the Samantha’s Bridal Magazine which is available at our offices)

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Budget Worksheet

She knew the dress that she wanted and the designer. Her dress was worth every penny as she wanted it to be timeless and elegant; a dress that even her daughter would wear later. The silky dress was made of lace. She loved the emerald and green theme and because she didn’t want color mixes in her reception party all the invited guest were required to wear black and white.

The night before the wedding her mum cried she couldn’t believe that the day is finally here, her baby is actually getting married. Her mum was reflecting on how her baby was born and put in an incubator, suffering from jaundice.

The wedding was taking place at their residential home, they felt they had a beautiful home and compound and they were at liberty to host the wedding any way they want it with no restriction from any one. Everything was set by wedding eve and everyone relaxed. Rev. Kathy Kiuna said that mums should take part and get involved in their daughter’s wedding in terms of planning as this makes them feel loved and cared for.

The cake had a mixture of vanilla, red velvet and fruit cake.

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Daddy Owen finally says i do

Finally as the Swahili saying goes ’hayawi hayawi huwa’, the King Of Kapungala aka Daddy Owen finally tied the knot last weekend to his long term fiancee Farida Wambui. It was an all white affair for the groom and grooms men, where his brother Rufftone was his best man and Eric Omondi part of his grooms men for the day. For the ladies they dawned in pink dresses with orange and white flowers bouquet. The invite only ceremony was held at the Kenya Assembly of God Church in Buruburu .

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Though a few of celebrities turned up for the church ceremony, the ceremony was beautiful the church decor was simple and elegant. Daddy Owen could not hide his joy after putting a ring on it and then came the most awaited time when the preacher said ‘now you may kiss the bride’ and the crowd went like aaaw though the couple were a bit shy but they sailed through the moment.

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The wedding was followed by a beautiful reception party at Radson Blu hotel, present were top leaders in government Kabete Mp Ferdinand Waititu and Dennis Itumbi who delivered the best wishes on behalf of the President. Also in attendance were celebrities like Jaguar, Nameless, Wahu, Esther Wahome, Jalang’o the list is endless. Entertaining the audience was Dj Sadiq, Mercy Masika with her hit song mwema, Esther Wahome and Sauti Sol .

Offcourse what did you expect from the western region fellows other that great music and dance, the gests in attendance were shocked to see ‘Baba yao’ shaking his shoulders like it was the end of the world.

The reception party was topped with great food catered by the same hotel. To the newly weds we wish them a happy marriage full of Gods’ blessings.

Joyce Weds Bishop Mark

After loosing his first wife pastor Joyce six years ago, renowned televangelist Bishop Mark Kubai Kariuki got a second chance at love fell in love with, Joyce Wacera a head usher at the House of Bread church that was founded by Bishop Mark. Bishop’s marriage to Joyce was a prophecy made by Bishops friend who is also a pastor form the United States. Joyce was very anxious when she received the news and had to do a lot of praying and fasting as she prepared to take up her new role.

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FASHION
Bishop Mark and his best man and long time friend Bishop Masinde wore black suits, lilac shirts and royal violet ties. Joyce got her gown from one of the bridal shops in town. She chose a glass encrusted mermaid bustier gown, white in color. She added a bolero to cover her shoulders. The couple had two sets of bridal parties, Bishops children together with their spouses who stayed with the Bishop and Joyce’s sisters and friends who were with her. Bishops two sons and son in law wore grey suits and purple and white stripped ties, his daughter and daughters in-law had eggplant purple long flowing dresses with baby yellow fascinators to complete the look.

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WEDDING DAY
Both the church ceremony and the reception took place at the Kasarani Gymnasium. There was some worry about how the décor would be done due to the imposing size of the gymnasium but the décor lady Claris of Chique Events used her expertise and set up a lounge area at a stage where the bridal party and VIPs sat. She incorporated lighting, and drapery  matching the theme colors to drape the entrance and inside the arena. The décor lady also opted to use glass pillars for the flower garlands as opposed to the usual flower stands as the glass reflected the light, enhancing the brightness of the venue. In terms of transport the Bishop, his best man and his children rode in range rovers escorted by a convoy of other range rovers and security detail. Joyce on the other hand rode in a stretched Chrysler limousine from Royal Hometown.

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GUEST LIST
Being an internationally acclaimed Bishop, there was no way he would leave his congregants out of this important day. There were two sets of guests, the VVIPS who were about 300, included fellow bishops from different churches and other close friends and family. The rest of the guests more than 5,000 comprised of congregants, various pastors and leaders in the Deliverance church. The couple had to hire five professional caterers to feed this large multitude of people.

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CEREMONY
The couple had a religious ceremony and stuck to the traditional vows. The officiating pastor was Bishop William Tumising who also officiated Bishop Mark’s wedding 20 years ago to his first
wife Joyce. Bishop JB Masinde and his wife were the best couple in Bishop Mark’s first wedding, and were once again standing as the main witnesses on his second wedding.

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JOYCE’S CONTACT BOOK
Photography: Versatile Photographers
Videography: G Media
Décor: Chique Events
Transport: Royal Hometown Limousine

Christance And Fred

Like all brides, Christance was looking for some- thing different. Searching for her dream dress was the first item on the wedding agenda. She wore a heavily beaded organza V-neck designer gown featuring a trumpet skirt and an attached train from Malaika Brides, Yaya Centre 2nd floor.

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When I went looking for a gown for the first time, I tagged along my mom and younger sister to Malaika Brides and when I tried on my dress, I liked it and I wanted it but when I asked for the price, I nearly collapsed. I tried three other dresses but my heart was eked on my dream dress. I went back and was even more shocked when the sales lady told me that she was sorry she had quoted the wrong price. The dress was even more expensive than what I thought!

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But Malaika Brides staff was really friendly and I loved the dress soo much that I ordered for it. It arrived two months to the wed- ding and guess what? I had lost and the dress was big! And being a designer dress, I could not adjust it because it would ruin the design besides the gown has a lot of crystals and stones! Luckily for me, my weight just fell back to normal three weeks to the wedding!

My dress was beautiful in itself so I accessorized with a simple chain and earrings not to take away from my dress.

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My dress was beautiful in itself so I accessorized with a simple chain and earrings not to take away from my dress.

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Wedding Date: 28th November

Ceremony: Winners Chapel International

Photos courtesy of bride

 

Tim and Pam

IN THE BEGINNING

Pam narrates… I vividly remember the dream; it was extraordinarily clairvoyant. Heavens spoke to me about it…. I had this feeling that I was to meet my husband in a few days time. I couldn’t really mark out the face in the dream. All I did was keep my faith, sounds strange? Well, not if you believe in intuition.

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PLANNING

Pam and Tim decided against having a committee seeing unto the much time it would consume on discussions and deliberations. They instead settled on paying their suppliers from their savings, “we decided to share duties but also agreed whoever can  pay as the months went along could pay. Tim ended paying for most of the wedding.” The two settled on an all-inclusive package at the same venue they had made their first contact simply for sentimental reasons and the efficiency of a one-stop shop.

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The maids would wear blue, with a silver heel of comfortable length. Pam bought their accessories. To save on costs, Pam and Tim purchased the materials for the invites, came up with a simple, classy and personalized design then contracted someone to make them. “A month to the wedding, we contracted a Wedding Planner who took over the last minute programming and errands so we could rest and breath easy before finally walking down the aisle.

 

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PROPOSAL

Tim flew the ring all the way to Dubai where Pam was working at the time. He went down on one knee and proposed outside her workplace on the 1st January of 2013. The wedding plans kicked off immediately.

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Tim explains… In retrospect, Pam was almost giving up on meeting someone on that particular day; it was too weeks after her dream and we were both at a friend’s wedding. Towards the end of the day, we struck a conversation as we danced away to the rays of the sinking sun. That last dance marked the beginning of our two-year courtship.

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TRADITIONS

Pam and Tim had three ceremonies as required by the Embu traditions, “He first brought his close friends to my parents home for the introduction, then we had the dowry payment –ruracio-later, just before the wedding date, his parents and kinsmen visited my parents.” pay as the months went along could pay.

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CEREMONY With the date saved and the traditions cleared, Tim and Pam gathered upon two hundred guests drawn from close friends and family to witness their nuptials. Both ceremony and reception took place at the Oak Place gardens in Ridgeway where they had first met during a friend’s wedding. Their menu consisted of a variety of salads, fruity deserts and an array of local cuisine. Through out the day, Embu traditional dancers in their electric dance moves and drum beats kept the guests entertained.

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HONEYMOON

The couple spent their honeymoon at the Serena Dar es Salaam for the first few days before visiting the exclusive Selous Game Reserve in the South of Tanzania. ‘We were put on presidential treatment’ says Pam. ‘The safari tours at the game reserve were breath taking and we stayed in a tent where hippos and other wild animals roamed. We also learnt that it’s the only game reserve of its kind that boasts of indigenous flora, fauna plus a wide range of endangered animals”

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Ceremony and Reception: Oak Place

Photos: Paul Pichaz