Finally, the day for Wagura & Eva’s wedding had dawned on us. I had met them in December at the wedding of some mutual friends of theirs Vera & Boniface. They had booked us soon after that, then we shot their Engagement session at the CBD where we nearly got arrested by some rogue City Council officials 🙂
Eva & Wagura live & work in Atlanta, so they flew back to Kenya about 3 weeks to their wedding & they had a whirl of activities. They were to have a church ceremony then an outdoor reception at Karura Forest. Karura was a 1st for me so it was pretty exciting. We met, closer to the day and did a site visit. Initially our portrait session was meant to happen at Karura too but it seemed just too plain to us. So, we opted for Kingdom Gardens Guest House, on Muthaiga Road.
For the evening, last look portraits we chose The Boma in South C. I had never visited The Boma per say, I had only passed by outside it & I loved the night ambience of the hotel…Other than that, it was one of those weddings to go without major incidence & drama…I really thank God for this.
Ceremony :: Our Lady Queen of Peace, Catholic Church
Reception :: KFEET Centre, Karura Forest
Day Photo-session :: Kingdom Gardens Guest House
Evening Photo-session :: The Boma Hotel
Photographers :: Ben Kiruthi & Faith Mwathi
I was off to Eva side with Garvey, while Faith & Peter went to Wagura’s. After some heavy, tantalising breakfast 🙂 we were off to a good start. I absolutely adored her yellow heels! They were complete with the armour 🙂
Can you spot Eva’s engagement ring anywhere?
I absolutely loved her array of African accessories, interesting is that; most Kenyan brides avoid any African accessory attire while those from abroad adore them 🙂
And the make-up is off to creative start, I was shooting through to a full-length mirror in her get-ready room. Always good to have one…comes in very handy!
Eva’s mum showed up & it was such a precious mother-daughter moment
And the tears flowed freely, one of my most special moments of the day
And the effect spread to even Maureen, one of the maids 🙂
Finally when everyone was calm & collected we did some bridal portraits before it was time to head & get Wagura a wifey 🙂
On the other hand Faith & Peter were really having the time of their lives…
Wagura was quite the star rugby player in his hey-days & the numerous trophies told the stories best
While Faith was styling the rings, the WORST happened 🙁 yes they feel into the guitar sound-hole…but luckily they were on the good side of fate & the rings were recovered 🙂
Yep it was a bit early to celebrate…but a little faith never hurt no body 🙂
The wedding programs were wonderfully done!
Catholic ceremonies are soo beautiful, I love all the traditions…love, love, love!
Did I mention the theme colours were grey & yellow…yes, they blended beautifully together…and the maids looked ever so graceful!
Wagura & his best man Conji looking dapper!
Eva is walked down the isle with her parents…whoever styled her beautiful locks, did an amazing job
Eva trying to ignore me 🙂
Those children really knew how to get down!
And Wagura & Collins nod in agreement
The importance of a good mani can never be over-emphasised seeing that nothing skips our roving eye 🙂
They looked so elegant & classy
We had some good laughs too…Eva, is hilarious!
That sweet little kid kneeling right there so innocently 🙂 #ReasonsWhyIAdoreWeddings
There was a lot of love to go round
Loved this shot with the page-boys bells in focus & Eva & Wagura disappearing into the background 🙂
Yep, legally man & wife now…let no man put asunder!
Off to a happy, happy life together…the recession dance said it all
After taking a few family portraits we were off to Kingdom Gardens for our portrait session, it was so beautiful & the overcast weather was heavenly, I was thanking God beneath my breath….
The bridal party, especially the bridesmaids were really fun to shoot. Most of them were Eva’s friends from Atlanta & they seemed like they were part time models in the States 🙂
We started off with the solos of the maids…and they sure brought it!!!
🙂 Can’t wait for that wedding!!!!
Did I hear someone scream….HIGH FASHION!!!!
I loved the portraits they took with Eva, I was one very happy photographer 🙂
After the ladies were done, it was time to rock the guys…
Wagura was up 1st & man didn’t he nail it!
They were one happy lot 🙂
And typically, they mourned for another bachelor who bit the dust 🙂
These were some of my best for the day!
This was one beautiful, fun & co-operative party. It is always important as the couple to have control of your party. If they can listen to the photographer then you will be sure of some awesome shots!
Wagura & the ladies giving me that fierce look 🙂
Yes, this are my kinda shots!
Hahaha…this was a painful shot :)…I was bouquet-stonned literally 🙂 Well, all for a day’s work!
Eva & Wagura with their amazing best couple….they really come-through for them big time!
Do you read what I read? 🙂
🙂 I want to get married…NOW!!!
Sauti Sol should remix it to ‘Heri nicheke kwenye Rangirova’ (I would rather laugh in a Range Rover)
After shooting for about an hour & a half 🙂 we headed off to KFEET at Karura Forest for the reception, & the view was spectacular!
We were ushered to loads of song, dance & laughter
And sweet hugs went all round…
The jubilation was ecstatic! They were finally husband & wife…and all their family & friends were there to cheer them on
Both young & old bust their favourite move 🙂
To usher the wedding cake
And they were bound as one & given a menacing looking sword…that cake had met its match 🙂
Grey & yellow yummy beauty 🙂
Finally my childhood dream came true… I shot a wedding with a wedding cake topper…and it was so hilarious to say the least…Wagura had finally joined the institution 🙂
Hahahaha…my favourite wedding cake moments
Now, this is just to whet your appetite 🙂 and you want to know what my best part of the cake was….yes the red velvet…any day, anytime 🙂
After the reception was done, we packed & headed to The Boma Hotel. And, tired was an understatement…we were all so wasted & kept yawning, but we still nailed it!!!
The Boma Hotel, is just beyond awesome. There were a myriad of locations to chose from & our hosts were really friendly & accommodating. Definitely a location many couples should look into when location scouting.
Luckily for us, the bar had no patrons so we heated it up!!!
They also have a small lawn, that we absolutely loved!
Wagura is such a romantic!
We took this shot dead at The Boma doorway. And since it had automatic sensors it kept opening & closing 🙂 but we killed it all the same
Now who said that marriage is boring?
The locations were just too many 🙂
Love, love these ones!
I exist for such moments!!!
Serene & peaceful
Next we found a cafe called Johari…very beautiful indeed. I remember one of the patrons who was directly behind me was so impressed that he forgot about his date & chatted away with me as we shot 🙂
Now this is what we call a dream location 🙂 Kenya is a beautiful country, my friends!
Lastly we hit their honey-moon suite, I was impressed. I have been to many suites but this one takes the Oscar!!!
Eva being that naughty secretary…making it hard for Wagura to focus on nation-building matters 🙂
Finally Wagura succumbed to all the temptation & the work appointments had to wait 🙂
That was it….we were tired, dead, kaput, finished, kwisha!!! all those words rolled in one…and Eva & Wagura collapsed to the bed, shoes & all…& I captured this last shot that told the story of a beautiful, beautiful wedding story…
Faith & I thank our good Lord for allowing our paths to cross with you guys & even though you are many miles away we know that the life that you are now beginning will be the best thing ever…& give you many many cute children 🙂
God Bless you Guys,
Faith & Ben XOXOXOXOXOX!