How/when/where did you first meet?
We reconnected in Nairobi after being schoolmates years ago. Graham was visiting from his new home in Australia and Nairobi for a friend's wedding. It was instantaneous.
How/when/where did the proposal happen?
In January 2016 in Uganda, while with a big family of gorillas, Graham got down on one knee - spur of the moment - after I said yes and made a ring out of jungle grass on our walk home.
What was the vision for your wedding, the style/color/scheme?
As casual and simple as possible. Our bridesmaids were the colorful part of the wedding and everything else was just set to enhance their beauty!
How many guests?
We had 180 in the end.
Why did you choose your wedding venue?
An easy choice - it was in my childhood home where my Dad still lives. Every important event in my family has happened here.
Describe the ceremony, and what made it unique/special:
My brother built our ceremony stage himself and 6 layers of netting were removed from my wedding dress and used to adorn the pillars - yes there was a LOT! The steps & bridesmaid seats were made from a tree that fell down in our garden and the bamboo posts holding up the canopy are also from our garden. My Mother's memorial in 1995 and my Aunt & uncle's wedding in 1992 were held in this same spot. Our friend is a priest and so was the ideal person to marry us.
Describe the reception, and what made it unique/special:
Our reception was on my Dad's front lawn where we spent our childhood playing badminton and croquet. The central tree still has a massive burn from one of my parents' BBqs back in the day and we ate at tables outside my childhood bedroom and had our first dance on our family verandah. It was a tight squeeze but made the atmosphere just incredible. We had an open bar (made by my brother out of old shipping pallets) and our food was in stations - Sausage Station, Potato station, Salad station, Tapas station, and Dessert station - I loved the casual approach to eating as much of whatever you wanted. The popcorn station was popular with the kids!
Describe the flowers used for floral arrangements:
Our friend Stella does dried bougainvillea confetti which we used for the aisle and then we just kept it simple with Calla lilies in recycled blue wine bottles. Our tablecloths were crazy Kitenge colors so there was no need for any other decor or fancy flower arrangements. The grounds of our home in the forest were just bursting with greenery & life.
What was the inspiration for your wedding cake?
The lady who looks after our beloved dog designed, baked & decorated our cake - totally her style & we loved it. Another friend (Pink Impala) custom-made our acrylic cake topper - bride, groom in kilt & St Bernard dog.
Describe the favors for guests:
We made Limoncello for everyone from the lemons off our lemon tree (the first time it's ever fruited) in memory of my Grandfather who died 2 years ago - he bought my Mother our home in the 80s and during the last 5 years of his life he loved a glass of my homemade limoncello after dinner. We used this for our toasts & encouraged everyone to take a bottle home after.
What do you love most about your wedding?
That everyone enjoyed it as much as we did. It was overwhelming seeing so many happy, smiling faces of the people we hold most dear from all over the world and from such different aspects of our lives.
Your favorite love or inspiration quote?
"Marry the one that gives you the same feeling you get when you see your food coming at a restaurant"
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