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Cate Weds Chris

In the beginning…

Events Guru Chris Kirwa could not help noticing the tall slender beauty with a glow on her dimple. Her beauty literally radiated the pavilion where he was auditioning for the ‘Reach the Stars’ Beauty Pageant. “There was something about her; “I can’t really place a finger on it. But Cate was different” Marvels Kirwa during the interview. Unfortunately for him, Cate was no easy catch, it was time to put his manly instincts to the test! And just like the mythological Greece Goddess of love, Cate dissolved back into the Venetian shell she’d emerged from, and drew the curtains on the incomplete scene!

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Scene two: Samantha Bridal ‘All things Bride and Beautiful’ Wedding Expo called upon Kirwa’s expertise in choreographing the Fashion show and as fortune would have it, Cate was among the auditioning models, Goes Kirwa, ‘If a man is interested in a woman, there’s no way you’ll let her slip through your fingers for a second time. I had ten days with her on the walkway of the Samantha Bridal Wedding Expo, and by the time the last designer showcased; Cate and I had just made our infant steps into a happily ever after’

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Cate remembers

We had been together for six year, all along he kept dropping hints. I knew we were headed to the altar, but I didn’t have a date! Then in our sixth year, he decided it was time to take the walk. Kirwa confesses to breaking the timeless traditions of proposing on a bended knee, “She saw it coming” He retaliates “Every now and then I’d drop the hints. I wanted to be real with her from day one”Nonetheless, Cate said yes to every little hint, which culminated in a Kamba traditional engagement ceremony at her father’s home. The colorful ceremony saw the two exchange rings and cross dates for their wedding.

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The plan

With years of experience in showbiz and expertise in events security, one would think Chris and Cate would have a smooth ride down the lane to matrimony. But as Chris puts it, ‘Kinyozi hajinyoi’ a Swahili saying loosely translated to a doctor not administering own treatment; “unlike in the corporate world, weddings are very emotional and detailed too, my colleagues asked Cate to watch out lest I treat the wedding as another assignment”

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The couple decided against recruiting a committee, opting to call in a suppliers meeting. Unlike many grooms, he took the main role of the planner; deciding to tag his fiancée as The Client. He recounts on how treating his own wedding as an assignment would almost lead him to forget his major role as the groom! The couple celebrated their wedding at the Nairobi Royal Golf Club, ‘we chose the venue because it has an amazing façade and an intimate feel,’ says Cate. Set up embarked three days ahead of the D-day; the mega dome would host about six hundred of their guests. Chris reported on site throughout the set up red carpet walk way and a double raised podium for the altar. The guests sat on red and white upholstered chiavari chairs while the main table set up consisted of vintage white coffee tables.

 

Fashion and theme

Cate’s love for the Indian oriented fashion is evident in her daily and occasional wardrobe, and for the sake of that special touch and personal hint they both settled for the traditional Indian wedding colors; red for life and love and gold, a color of wealth and abundance. Her bridesmaids wore red and white saris, and the groomsmen matched in complimenting sherwans. While Chris looked suave and sharp in a black tuxedo over a crisp white shirt, Cate looked every inch exquisite in a pearl embroidered mermaid dress as she walked down the aisle in her father’s arms. She matched the gown with a fingertip veil, and a detachable train.Later on, both bride and groom swapped the Western Look for a more ceremonial Indian style. Cate went for a light golden shimmer in an Indian Sari, while Chris wore his sherwan complete with a red page.

 

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Guest List

The party consisted of A-list names in event and media circles including Jalang’o, DNG, Muchiri of the Buzz Magazine, Big Ted-who was the Day’s Emcee, Phillip Mwaniki, Terry Mungai The founder –Ashley’s Beauty, Mbuvi of Kwata Kawaya fame, Wyre the lovechild, Carol Odero of True Love, and Dr. Catherine Masitsa of Samanthas Bridal.Their invite- only six hundred guests were housed in the marquee, while family and friends in the Diaspora followed the proceedings on e-stream.

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Reception and Ceremony

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The guests had an exclusive treat to Kirwa’s fun side as he danced to the jumpy beats of the popular Kikuyu song, ‘Sudu’ on the long walk to the altar Pastor Morris of JCC finally joined them in Holy Matrimony, and Big Ted took over as the event’s Mcee. Away from the Royal Nairobi Golf Club, Cate and Chris plus their bridal party took a drive to the Wilson Airport for a memorable photo session. She grabbed the moment to switch from the white pearl embedded dress and the tuxedo to a more relaxed Indian outfit; easing up on their dance back at the reception.

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Rose of Primaflora did a marvelous job by placing counts of potted plants randomly between the tables, thus adding to the lush garden feel under the fairy lights.The menu consisted of Indian, Western and local fusion; from the Indian Nan to the Kalenjine fermented milk-mursik.

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Honeymoon

The couple took a four day holiday at the exclusive Amani-Tiwi Resort in South Coast.Immediately after their Coastal honeymoon, Chris and Cate did a post honeymoon photo shoot with their wedding Photographer Versatile Photography, ‘It was fun, unchoreographed…a happy-go-lucky feel good shot’

 

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Photography:Versatile Photographers

Video: Protel Studios

Venue: Nairobi Golf Club

 

Caroline and Eric

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The two lovebirds met at one of the restaurants in Nairobi. “I was having lunch alone and so was Eric. He came and sat on my table and started talking to me. At first I was hesitant to give him “airtime”. However I liked his confidence and slowly started warming up to him. As we were winding up with the lunch, he asked for my number and that’s how we became friends.” Caroline recalls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROPOSAL

DSC_7649Eric chose one afternoon to propose to Caroline. He invited her to his house, cooked for her and asked her to go swimming with him. “As I got ready to plunge into the water, he knelt down, took out the ring and whispered the words. I was over the moon and said yes!” Caroline says.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FASHION

Caroline wore a tailor made gown, which was a gift form her parents. She got her shoes from Ragia Boutique in Hurlingham and the accessories were a gift from a close friend of hers. “My maid of honour Anne Abwao, who hap- pens to be my childhood friend, wore a brown dress with an orange band and animal print peep toe shoes. We had five maids, five groomsmen and three flower girls. The maids wore orange peplum dresses with a brown band, which were made by Enzie of Porter fashions, and animal print shoes. The grooms- men wore coffee brown slim fit suites from Italy with black shoes and orange slim ties. The flower girls wore white strapless dresses that had been imported from Bangkok,” The couple says. The couple’s parents were given the liberty to choose their fashion. The bride’s father wore a brown suite and her mother wore a cream dress. The Groom’s father wore a brownish suite and his mother wore an African green dress.

 

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“My father works in Congo and my other siblings are in South Africa so we had to choose a date when they would be available..  December 22nd was ideal for all of them since they were coming home for Christmas. That’s how we settled on the date,” Caroline says.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“We invited everybody because we did not want anyone to be left out. There was no need to RSVP because it was an open wedding,”The couple says

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“I spent most of the day in the salon hence nothing crazy happened. I hosted the best maid, maids and the grooms to my parent’s house where I was spending the night and we talked a lot as we rehearsed for the next day. It was so much fun having them around. They helped calm my nerves,” Caroline recalls.

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“We woke up feeling excited and looked forward to finally being husband and wife. We had a religious ceremony at the Shrine Church in Karen and opted for the normal standard vows. Throughout the day we kept an open mind and decided to enjoy the day no matter what came up. Everything was as expected apart from the décor guy who forgot to bring the red carpet to church as earlier instructed,” The couple says.

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HONEYMOON

“ We spent our first night at the Jacaranda hotel then went to Maasai Mara for four days and then Taita hills for another four days. The journey there was enjoyable and relaxing. We filled our days with game drives and it was so interesting and fun watching the animals.. The food was fantastic and by the time we were done with the trip we had added weight! For us it was more of a holiday than a honeymoon since it was high season. We plan to go to Dubai for our honeymoon,” The couple adds.

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“Looking back, we would have made the decor person re- hearse the decor because on the wedding day he    did not bring out what was agreed.We would have loved for the day to be longer because somehow it seemed shorter. What made our wedding special was the choice of the maids’ dresses, the mul- ticolored umbrellas that the maids carried. Also the grooms’ slim fit suits and the way the groomsmen entered at the recep- tion in style. They all wore shades. At the church we got a very energetic choir from a friend of ours; Eric Macakaige which made the church service very interesting and memorable!

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CAROLINE’S CONTACT BOOK
Cake: Valentine’s cake house Tel: 0722794414 Video and photography: Ark studios-Westlands Tel: 0720276087
Décor: Delight Rental Services Tel:0722665596 Entertainment: Silver Strings Band Tel: 0722745881
Catering: Lake Dishes Tel: 0722105521
Maids dresses: Enzie Porter Tel: 0718500060

 

Judy And Cyrus

Having dated online without Judy knowing how Cyrus looks like and him being abroad, Judy went ahead and planned their traditional ceremony and could only hope that Cyrus had all the qualities that she was looking for physically. The two took a gamble and won.

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They celebrated their nuptials at the beautiful lawns of Botanical gardens.

Janet and Gus

Beginning:

Gus was doing his masters degree in history and Janet pursuing her bachelor’s degree in biology in Pennsylvania and that’s how they met at the library! “We had no courses together and didn’t even take classes in the same building the only place we could have met is in the library. I studied and worked at the library’s café and I noticed that while he was in the library studying, he would buy endless cups of coffee just to keep talking to me.” Janet says.

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After 1 year, Gus took Janet totally by surprise! “I was returning home from work and when I opened the door to the apartment, and found Gus on one knee I was completely surprised. He says that he was planning on waiting a little longer to have a better setting for the proposal, but he was too excited and just wanted to pop the question.” Janet recalls. But it wasn’t until four years later that they decided to get to “I was returning home from work and when I opened the door to the apartment, and found Gus on one knee I was completely surprised.”

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SPECIAL TOUCH:

“Gus and I made and printed our own stationery at home i.e. wedding invitations, menu cards, programs. My wedding and engagement ring were bought at two separate jewellery stores in the US. The engagement ring is white gold and has a clear diamond, so we knew we wanted a wedding band that was white gold, but I didn’t want any jewels on the wedding ring.

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WEDDING DAY:

“When I woke up I was very nervous but excited. I didn’t really eat anything for breakfast, although my cousin had cooked mandazis, tea, and sausages. But as the day went by, I started relaxing and enjoying each moment. I felt beautiful and was ready to be made one with my husband.” She smiles.

 

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CEREMONY:

Janet and Gus exchanged their vows in a protestant wedding ceremony. “We had a garden wedding with a modern twist, so the colours were yellow and grey. We wanted a bright colour so we picked yellow. And we wanted a contrasting colour that fits very well with yellow, so we picked grey.

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Fashion:

The bride literally stumbled upon her dress! “I was actually looking for an ivory or off-white, mermaid, strapless dress, with lace. I always thought such dresses looked pretty, so it was an obvious choice for me but somehow, all the dresses that fit that description were either not within my budget or did not look that good. I live in Pennsylvania, and had actually given up on finding a gown close to where I live, so decided to put all my effort in finding bridesmaids dresses. During one of those shopping sessions, my bridesmaid and I walked into a Demetrios Brides store in New Jersey, and I decided to try on wedding gowns. After trying on 6 or so, I tried on my gown, which was nothing like what I was looking for and fell in love with it.” Janet says. the aisle. “We had known each other for 1 and a half years and even though I said yes, I thought I was still too young therefore we got hitched 4 years after getting engaged.

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GIFT REGISTRY:

“We asked our guests to give us monetary gifts, as we were going back to the states after the wedding. So we had several doubled gifts” Janet jokes.

HONEYMOON:

“Nairobi Serena Hotel gave us the honeymoon suite, which comes with champagne, a fruit basket, souvenirs, rose petals spread throughout the room, and late check in. We then went to South Coast Diani Beach for 3 days. Gus had never been to the Coast of Kenya, and I wanted to show him and have him experience the hot, deep blue Indian Ocean (water in the Atlantic Ocean is cold and brown), the white sandy beach, the Swahili culture and the history. I have a friend who owns a villa at Diani Beach, that isn’t too far from the beach, so I booked the villa directly with her, no agent involved.

ANET’S CONTACT BOOK
Flowers and decorations: Elite tents.
Church Entertainment, Patricia Kihoro Reception and evening party Entertainment, Xplode Move
Venue: Karen Country Lodge
Video and Photography: Studio Shutter speed Evening Party Venue – Mamba Village Bridesmaids’ dresses, David’s Bridal
Gown: David’s Bridal

 

Tigist And Josiah

Tigist and Josiah both have their own versions of when they first met. According to Tigist they met in 2005 at a lunch at Josiah’s cousin’s place. But Josiah swears they first met at Baraton University where Tigist was studying and his cousin introduced them.

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The couple had ten maids and ten groomsmen. The maids wore long green dresses with a pick up detail behind and beads on the bustier area. They accessorized with flower shaped diamond hair clips and brown shoes. The groomsmen wore white shirts, black suites, black shoes and green bow ties.

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TRADITIONS

“Well, the only tradition that was done was Josiah’s parents had to go all the way to Ethiopia to ask for my hand in marriage. Traditionally they should have gone home three times but my dad was kind enough to let them go only once. Also traditionally in introduced them.Josiah is never allowed to go with his boys to ask for my hand in marriage that is not accepted in the Ethiopian culture. Only elderly people go to do the asking. I didn’t get to toss the bouquet because it was raining.” Tigist says.

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PROPOSAL

“The proposal was meant to be at Habesha restaurant which is our favorite restaurant. But it did not go as I had planned,” Josiah recalls. “ We had planned to go there for lunch after church but we made a quick stop at the Nairobi hospital to see a family friend who was sick. Then we met another friend who insisted we join her for lunch at her home in Lavington. I agreed but Josiah was hesitant. We tried to persuade the lady but she could not take no for an answer. After the lunch we were heading to his cousin’s wedding rehearsal and I noticed that something was wrong with Josiah because he did not even eat. While in the car he started a break up story and I joked and told him that he was either breaking up with me for real or proposing. Then he became too serious something he isn’t. Then I was like gosh he is breaking up with me. He started removing the seat belt and said” I’m tired of dating you because I want you to be my wife will you marry me?” by that time I was in tears thinking the fool is breaking up with me! The ring had a green stone, which I always wanted. Before I said yes I was like oh gosh it’s a green ring…He went down on one knee when we got to a place where he could.” Tigist adds.

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FASHION

Tigist wanted a gown that was simple and classy with details. She started her search 6 months to the wedding. “ I did not want a gown that had a corset. Three months to the wedding, I found my gown at Jasmine brides. It was ivory, had small details on the pick-ups, long trail and a simple veil. To accessorise, I wore green shoes and a diamond flower shaped clip on my hair. The diamond was not real of course! Josiah wore a tux from Hugo Boss. My mother wore a traditional Ethiopian wear called Habesha kemis. She had it made with the colour brown and green.” Tigist says.

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CEREMONY
“We are both Seventh day Adventists so the ceremony was SDA. We personalized our vows and Josiah surprised me by singing for me before we said our vows, it was so romantic and sweet of him. That was an emotional moment for me.” Tigist recalls.

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EVE OF THE WEDDING
“It was a relaxed day which I spent with my parents and siblings. I had lunch, which had been organized by my family friends and later had tea with my inlaws
and my family The madness came later when I had to do my hair and was up and about doing I can’t remember what and the saloon closed before I had done my hair. But my hairdresser was so kind and good to me she did my hair at her house. The crazy thing I did was driving my self to my Godmothers house in Karen at midnight. I was picked from her house on the day of the wedding.” Tigist says

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SETTING THE DATES

“The dates kept changing from December 2010 to 1st of June 2011. But we settled for June 26th 2011 because we knew that all our siblings who are abroad would be available. It was important to us that they be available.” The couple says.

 

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HINDSIGHT
“Our wedding was a success because of early planning, being flexible and above all putting God first. Our greatest ideas were the lanterns, which we had imported from the UK and Indonesia. We saved on time and money by having the church venue, reception and catering from the same place. Looking back there is nothing we would have done differently!” The couple says.

after running around during the planning of the wedding. We spent our days site seeing, going to the spa, swimming. The highlight of the trip was enjoying the breeze and peace of the ocean and also the view of the tide of the ocean in the afternoons together.” The couple says.

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Our friends came through for us in a very honorable and memorable way, we wanted just a simple con­temporary wedding, they moved it a notch higher by bringing in their expertise in different fields; from photography to transport and planning. Key point here, embrace teamwork and appreciate a hand in aid.

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Splashed on: The food, it’s the very reason you invite your guests! I’d rather walk on a petal-les aisle and have my guests’ leave the reception happy, after all…you invite on own accord and so should be to your ability.

Saved on: We saved on quite a number of aspects; our friends allowed us to use their cars so we didn’t have to hire while the decorator who also happens to be a close friend helped us with the planning. The venue was quite affordable, while I hired my gown from a friend-this allowed me to have my dress yet save on budget! Photography and videography was also a great discounted fa­vor from one our colleagues since we are in video production.

Top Tips: Spend as much as you can afford in a wedding…. if most vendors were to be honest, it’s hard to tell different packages (weddings) apart. List well your priorities and have the key interests at heart then set to enjoy the day.

Take things easy, it is just a celebra­tion of your life-long commitment to your love. You will find out it’s the small things that really count; like your family and your friends!

 

 

 

Venue: African Evangelistic Enterprise-Karen

Phedilia And Peter

Its a horsy affair as two men of God get a second chance in love.

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For the true fairy tale princess wedding a horse drawn carriage is an essential. Let the Samantha Royal Victorian carriage make your next event one you will always remember with happy memories.

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As seen on my dream wedding Phidilia talks of the experience “ a horse carriage is royal take it now take it 100 years from now it is still royal,for once I felt I am the princess” she says.

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Even The groom and his groomsmen chose to arrive in unique style at the wedding venue.

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The gown has to be a ballroom type silhouette. The skirt of the gown was wide and billowing enhanced by a very full petticoat. A snugly fitting bodice with this full skirt gives that air of the fairy princess.

 

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The couple chose to have an evening photo shoot and this allowed them enough time to take beautiful photos making their memories of the days event.

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The train extended a few feet.No princess walks into church without a long train cascading down the isle behind her.

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Phedilia and Peter met at a friends funeral after which they met later coincidentally at work. She was a sales associate and he was the director with an NGO.

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At first Peter saw Phedilia as a work mate but after persuasion from a friend during youth camp. Peter decided to try his luck and asked Phidelia out.

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After long friendship he decided to take the next step.He made a formal proposal during a surprise party on Phidelias birthday.

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It was time for the bride to pass on the luck to another single lady, tossing the bouquet moment for bride to single ladies.Moment well captured.

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This was a second chance in love for both as her yes was great tidings to him who was given by fate a second bite at the cherry of love  as he is a widower,for her as well life was giving her a second chance from a broken relationship.

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A ride of a lifetime for a princess bride.

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They ended the day with an evening party with close friends and the first dance moment they had prepared for before hand.

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Photography by Radek Ark

Venue Botanical Gardens

Horse carriage by Samantha Royal Victorian Carriage

 

Grace and Kakai

BEGINNING:

Grace and Kakai met in campus, “We were both at the University of Nairobi where we were studying law and we also happened to be classmates.

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PROPOSAL:

Kakai never formally proposed to Grace. They just started the wedding plans with Grace having no ring. “ I wanted to give her a ring mainly for formality so I made reservations for dinner on a Friday but I forgot that she was to travel to Mombasa that same day. I ended up proposing a day before on a Thursday when we had gone out.” Kakai says.

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“I expected the ring which actually showed some seriousness and yes! he did go down on one knee.” Grace adds. The dinner reservation is still pending to date.

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Grace wore a halter neck gown from Afro Elegance, “I loved my gown because it made me look smaller and did not need any jewellery”. For shoes she had two pairs of Jimmy choo shoes, a heeled pair for the church and yellow wedged pair for the reception. She bought the shoes from the States.

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Kakai and his five groomsmen wore the same normal grey suits, which they bought from Delvis Exclusive.

Their five maids wore yellow flowing dresses, which were made at Lacasa. The dresses were beaded with purple crystals to bring out the theme colour.

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SETTING THE DATES:

Grace and Kakai had planned to wed on the 4th of December but they pushed it to November 6th because the grooms brother who was on the line up was getting married on that date and Kakai was the best man.

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Their venue Karen Blixen that is a museum was the perfect place for the theme they had in mind.“We had a vintage theme because of our love for the oldies and so the old machinery that is ancient at Karen Blixen provided the mood and match for our theme. Our wedding tables were listed according to various old movies like out of Africa, which was shot at Karen Blixen.

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GUEST LIST:

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They discussed and decided to split the guest list into two. It was a cards only wedding and they invited 400 guests.

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STICKY SITUATIONS:

Grace and Kakai started their wedding plans early and hired a planner a year to the wedding because Grace is never around. She works in Tanzania.“We hired a planner to make things easy and we gave her the vision we had for our wedding and the budget.

However two and a half weeks to the wedding we had to look for another planner because the previous one also plans events and she had an event that she was planning at the same time as our wedding. She could not be able to fully focus on our wedding. It was not easy for the new planner to understand our vision but we were very fortunate because she was able to catch up fast and worked at ensuring that our day was a success.”

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GRACE’S CONTACT BOOK

  1. Flowers and Décor, House in Bloom
  2. Bride’s gown, Afro Elegance
  3. Groomsmen attire, Delvis Xclusive
  4. Video/ Photography: Naiko
  5. Venue, Karen Blixen

 

 

Krystal and Rufftone

“I was so grateful that instead of being called fiancée, I would be called a wife. to me, that was so important…it brought so much joy in my heart. I was looking at my answered prayer.”

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When renowned gospel artist Rufftone born ‘William Smith Mwatia’, wed his long-term girlfriend, gospel musician, Krystal born ‘Susan Mwaura Njoki’ their fans finally breathed a sigh, as they had followed this lovebird’s affair for years.

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They walked down the aisle among family and friends at the Kenya assemblies of god church, buruburu, on the Saturday of July 26, 2014 dead sure that it was a confirmation from god that they were meant to be. For Krystal, it was a little girl’s dream coming to fruition. a moment to be overjoyed.

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“I was so grateful that instead of being called fiancée, I would be called a wife. To me, that was so important” she says adding that, “it brought so much joy in my heart. I was looking at my answered prayer.” for Rufftone, the moment dawned for him when slipping the ring into Krystal’s delicate fingers.

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He describes it as a moment that resurrected his sense of responsibility: “I felt something going through my body, and I pray that I’ll be the man she wants me to be.” and the kiss? We are curious to know how it was: “when I kissed her, I lost five years…I became five years younger,” admits Rufftone. And Krystal is beside herself with giggles.

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Rufftone chose to go all white just like his bride, while their bridal party adorned fuchsia colored gowns and the groomsmen decked grey suits with white shirts and fuchsia ties.

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Krystal and Rufftone met at a music-recording studio, where Krystal all green and naïve in the music business had gone to seek for a producer who could record her music. Rufftone had just released his hit single then, mwikulu, upping him into celebrity status overnight, but Krystal did not even recognize him! Her beauty, patience and understanding spirit on the other hand blew Rufftone away once he got to know her.

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It was selfies photo moment for the bride!

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Photography by Brian Mwando

Venue : Boma Hotel

Noreen And Jimnah

He fondly calls her spice; “she spices up my life” discloses Jimnah Mwaura Thuku, a Digital Marketing Specialist at Deloitte, about his new wife Noreen Mugasia, an IT Specialist. Noreen and Jimnah met at an audition to join a praise and worship Band -Students Arrive Movement (SAM) Africa Band- back in 2009. Noreen auditioning for a place in the band, and Jimnah as one of the judges and he thought he heard an angel. “I was drafting some notes, then she sang, with a very angelic voice. I heard her voice, the voice was so sweet. I raised my head. I thought – this is just heavenly” Jimnah dots on the memory. “I noticed him, not because I was attracted to him, but because when I started singing he raised up his hands.” she laughs. And laughter fills the room. “Because he looked like a joker, and I thought, really?! You are supposed to be judging, not to show emotions! I actually thought I was in the wrong place. He was wearing baggy clothing!” she narrates defending her then nonchalance.

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So as a matter-of-factually, she went to audition for a husband, we ask, and Jimnah is quite pleased with that insinuation and forces her to say yes – she admits, yes. Many chats later on g-talk and coffee dates, these two love birds became inseparable. “Jimnah is very humorous and I like his mad dancing skills and his caring nature” Noreen lovingly describes Jimnah. “Noreen is beautiful, she sings like an angel and has a big heart” Jimnah equally responds. In February 2013, Jimnah asked Noreen to be officially his girlfriend; and in November 2013 he proposed to her.

Proposal

While, having dinner during one of their many Thursday date-nights, at a Chinese restaurant where they had had their first date on her birthday – Jimnah proposed to Noreen.Noreen narrates: “After we had eaten, he told me to close my eyes. When he told me to open my eyes he had placed a deck of cards on the table, which he had made into a booklet. On top of the cards were written the words ’52 Reasons Why I Love You.’ She started reading the reasons and became teary eyed by the time she reached reason no.25; but still Managed to read till reason no.52. She almost didn’t Read turn the last page after reading the last reason, Because there is where the four-magical words were Scrawled across. “when i did open the last page, it had the words: ‘will you marry me Doreen Musimbi’ i threw The book at him and started wailing” she explains Laughing. Needles s to say that jimnah was totally Embarrassed at this time. But he finally managed To calm her down enough to get down on his knees And ask for her hand in marriage. She said yes to The applause of the other diners at the restaurant. “my surprise worked, and it was simple and precise, And she liked it,” jimnah states triumphantly. “after a few days she told me thanks for giving her A story, because not many ladies get to have a story During their engagement.”

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Theme

Both lovers of music, it was no wonder that they Settled for a musical-themed wedding. “we both love music so it was a no brainier. To us, Music is key because we are both musicians” explains Jimnah. Noreen adds: “and plus i am not a Girly bride. For me what mattered the most during The wedding was that people dance a lot and have Fun. If anything else went wrong i would have been Okay with that. They didn’t have to sit on fancy Seats; they didn’t have to eat five star food; but Would have been much traumatized.” And it helped that most of their friends are also music Lovers and love to dance. For their décor, they decided to go with neutral Shades of black, silver and white, a bold decision For to follow for wedding colours. And blue, to make Jimnah happy. And not being a lover of flowers, seeing She’s not girly-girly, they went for something different: “we had this idea of using alps instead of flowers at The reception. The tents would not be draped- only They had to be very white. So we chose hexagonal Tents because they look really nice even without Drapes. At the church we substituted flowers with Linen.tlFiKy2_bbQfvHQ4i6WS9zNN26ZPDYu_eJsPpc817HI,9CWX9aXZi3y8ZEY07NqRSqGDlX-PyHokfSmCFPHY90c  lY9li7ATByrlK0hfokuF9SSjypMBCtepAx77r6ruY7M  eGY5XGLc-DbPdUBd21d7n_YG3PGOdMRSAdOy7sMqfZI eGY5XGLc-DbPdUBd21d7n_YG3PGOdMRSAdOy7sMqfZI-1  anK0CB1s_LrEZxPbvQjeN9RjJIHERypLrY5Ll6VGmiA  6IhDiNIVFj_jBI67rHjyIaxZLWmMJ904UqUQ9xvFqfY-1

Fashion

The bridal party made up of the bride’s best friend From campus, her younger sister, groom’s sister, and Bride’s sister-in-law had long flowing silver and black Dresses. The best maid’s dress was black with a black Sash, while the bridesmaids’ dresses were silver with Black sashes. The groomsmen had grey fitting suits, Black shirt with a slim black tie. Jimnah’s suit was Black-fitting suit with a black shirt and a sky blue tie.

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Vows

They describe their vows as ‘sincere and straight From their hearts’ as the vows were the couple’s own. And what more could a couple ask for than a lively Wedding party! In the couple’s own words, ‘our Crazy bridal team!’ they turned up the fun, right From the morning of the wedding- dancing down The aisle, to the photo-shoot which made the bride And groom cherish their company, to the reception Where the team embraced the spirit of the music Theme.

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“our vows were sincere and straight” Guest list Jimnah and Noreen worked with 800 people, majority From Jimnah family, who are big on events. For Them, every opportunity is an excuse to celebrate Unlike Noreen family, she explains: “whether my family turns up or not is not a big deal For me, and i wouldn’t even take offense if someone Didn’t come. But for them [Jimnah family] celebration Of events is a big deal. Any occasion is a big Deal” with a budget of kshs.670,000 it was a tall Order indeed, but they managed to feed everyone And still have left overs. “we had a lot of mutual Friends and family who sponsored some items on the Budget” says jimnah.

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Reception

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But not only did their wedding party embrace the Music, their guests at the reception also brought Their game dancing to the DJ music mix rasping From the speakers. Of course following closely and Eagerly into the steps of the bride and groom who Were also fully committed to their musical themed Affair. Jimnah summarizes the whole reception as entertaining: “the music, the dance was fun! Plus, we Seeing our friends and family have fun was cool too! You should have seen some grandma boogie!” He Quips adding that, “we will never forget our friends And all the help they accorded. They literally ran The day!”

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Noreen’s contact book

Cake: cakes of Kenya

Décor: sunflower tents

Venue: St. Faith, ACK Rongai

Reception: Clarence Mathemi Ministries (CMM) Grounds

Photography: Photoshop Kenya