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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
Ceremony and Reception: Oak Place
Photos: Paul Pichaz