It is completely impossible to try & discuss Roni & Chris’ love story in one blog post!!!! Likewise, an entire blog is not enough to properly describe these two amazing people, their love for Christ & their passion for life!!!! Gathoni & I have known these two wonderful individuals for a while now, and when Roni & Chris asked us to shoot their wedding we were beside ourselves with excitement. Incidentally, we both shared a past even though we never knew it at that time. Chris & I, both went to the same high school, Moi Forces Academy & also were in the same campus too, JKUAT. On the other hand, Roni & Gathoni shared a high school too at TumuTumu Girls…which is a pretty cool coincidence.
I happened to meet Roni some few years ago when she joined our youth group at church and we even danced in the same crew at some time. Later on, we became fast friends and during our wedding, Chris did our really awesome wedding invites while Roni helped our brides-maids style their braids & also fixed up Gathoni’s bouquet. So we really have a loooong history together, and telling their wedding story, was a job we accepted with really high regards.
Their wedding had to be one of the most fun-filled & emotionally charged weddings we have ever attended. Many times Gathoni & I were fighting our tears back from behind the lens.Make a point to watch their wedding trailer at the end of this post to get a snippet of what their wedding was all about. Without much ado, I present to you the awesome love story of these two love birds, am sure this post will leave you mushy mushy all over 🙂 Indulge……
Ceremony & Reception :: Taji Gardens
Photo-session :: Blue Post Hotel
Night Photo-session :: Wildebeest Camp
Roni’s Gown :: Ihsani Culture
Bridesmaids / Groomsmen Attires :: Ibrahim Creations
Cake :: Liz Ochami – Muia
Make -Up :: SonnieKay Make-up Artistry
Wedding Invite :: The Direction Man
Cinematography :: Snapshot Pictures
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We found some old metal bars just adjacent to their house and they were the perfect location to prop up Roni’s beautiful Nairobi Blue 🙂 Flats
The chicken beaker & feeder were simply perfect too & I just thought of including my shoes in the last shot 🙂 so that you can get a feel of how it felt to see things from my perspective
Roni’s lovely gown hangs and my beautiful wife Gathoni was at hand to ensure that every detail was right!
We asked our sister Mercy to hold Roni’s fascinator for this shot, as you can see beautiful hands runs in the family 🙂
Mercy with the rings
Tungsten-Carbide is the new ring craze in town…Silver & gold is so 1999!!!
Pearls have become a girl’s new best friend
The family cat Blacktail, wasn’t too excited that we were taking away her best friend away today, so it just gave us that piercing cat’s eyes look
The family dog Bobby, on the other hand had its smiling dog-face on!!! it was more than excited seeing so many people around. Weddings meant more meaty bones in the evening 🙂
On the other hand, the boys were getting their prep on!!
Chris’ & Roni’s belt both hang gloriously in both their homes respectively
Loved their wedding invites. Chris being a graphic designer designed their own invites. They also did ours too…a very talented young man, this Chris (The Directionman) is!
They had their bitstrips cartoon versions of themselves printed out which formed the theme of their wedding. Too cool!!!
Chris & Roni have to be the biggest Tomy shoe fans we know of, and they definitely had to make an appearing at their wedding
Introducing our awesome groom of the day, Chris, as he gobbles up his breakfast
Nelson one of the groomsmen helps Chris prepare as he sings along as a result of all the excitement that was going through his veins, Roni some few kilometres away had been bit by a similar excitement bug 🙂
Hahaha I loved this image much…Chris puts his sorrowful face on when the bow-tie refused to descend to its rightful place 🙂
Hahahahah these two!!!!
And the dancing started yet again…these two being amazing dancers, they defaulted to dance to scare the butterflies in their tummies away 🙂
At this point Nelson was telling Chris to mock – tango with the couch pillow just to warm up what he & Roni will do later at the reception!!
Because am happy!!!!!
Hahahaha this shot was priceless… I wonder where Chris got this ‘metal-teeth’ afro comb from, it has been a reaaaaaallllly long minute since I spotted one, now we all know the well-kept secret behind Chris’ well combed ‘fro 🙂
This >>> is the guys wishing Chris ‘Bolt-speed’ as he goes after his beloved bride Roni 🙂
Back at Roni’s house, the excitement levels were reaching fever pitch, and this is FM, Roni’s maid of honour, trying to tie the gown-laces to a very excited bride
Just had to showcase Roni’s really creative nail polish!
Sonnie Kay begins her transformational act on Roni
Final look!!!! Roni looked really amazing…Sonnie Kay has a complete mastery of her art
Roni has the most loving & awesomely awesome folks ever. And I just love the way her dad loves her. And when he walked into the room where we were doing the prep to congratulate his daughter, I knew tears were just about to freely flow!
One of the most beautiful moments of the day was when dad blessed Roni, and it got us all to tears, such a precious image this is
Everyone had the teary eyes
And when Roni’s mum walked in, it was more joy & jubilation, oh Roni has the loveliest mum ever and she does resemble Gathoni’s mum in so many ways 🙂
Roni opted for a fascinator as opposed to the traditional veil…which I really, really loved. We should see more & more brides daring to be different!
Some aerial portraits with the girls
The two flower girls were beyond gorge!!!!
Too too cute!!!!!!
And when the excitement got too much to handle, Roni was jumping up and down all over the bed 🙂
We told Roni that she can sign up at some local modelling agencies, this face should be on a billboard of some lotion ad on a highway 🙂
The girls adore FM’s baby bump 🙂
Hahahaha I have no idea what they were talking about here, but they laughed & laughed!!!
We had a lot of time on our hands, this is why it is really key for brides-to-be to ensure that they are done with their prep early enough to save enough time for portraits. Ensure that your make-up is not done last and have about 30 minutes for some portraits
Did I hear someone scream high fashion ?? Yes that is the look we were going for here, & Roni absolutely nailed it
That awesome nail-polish shot every bride needs 🙂
Mum & Roni, isn’t Roni a spitting image of her mum?
Time to leave now…
Roni’s dad was so very excited, I cannot imagine what was going through his mind at this time as he gave away his only beloved daughter, am sure it was bitter-sweet, but worth it all the same
Chris’ folks escort Roni out after the handing over
Yeiiiiyyyy!!! The excitement was tangible, oh if only everyday was like your wedding day
The Thika Superhighway in all its glory!!!!
The set up at Taji Gardens was breath-taking!!!! DIY is now the new new!!!
They had customised wine bottles for their centre pieces
The blue & yellow theme radiated in the sun!!!
1st up down the aisle was Chris with his folks, loved the contended smile on his dad’s face 🙂
Next up was Roni’s brother Chege & Chris’ sister, Susan…. hahahaha these two really did make a very cute couple ***hint, hint!
Next was Chep & Nelso who are also getting married sometime soon 🙂 very beautiful people
The two very beautiful angels
Finally that beautiful moment when Roni walked down the aisle
They cried & smiled all the way down the aisle
After a while the bridal team were asked to seat during the sermon. FM was the perfect maid of honour, this is her adjusting Roni’s gown just to make sure everything was in its rightful place 🙂
Chris’s beard had to make its noted appearance 🙂
African fashion made a very bold statement, really proud of our African culture
Time for worship, and it was oh so beautiful!
They showed us how to worship!!!
They did some personalised vows!!! and they have to be the best vows I have ever had, they had nothing written down, they just spoke from the heart
And when the tears started flowing, and they really flowed!!
Kindly make sure you view the trailer to have a snippet of all the sweet-somethings 🙂 they were telling each other!
Tears & laughter made such a beautiful mix during the vows
Such beautiful moments were exchanged!
That wonderful moment during their dedication to God
And their very passionate kiss, had every one in the clergy blushing & giggling!!!
Roni doing the pretty girl wave, just smile & wave 🙂
Skubi & FM who were the best couple, really awesome people they are….Mutua Matheka shot their beautiful wedding a few years back. You can check it out here.
Hahaha and they had their awesome moments too
Spot Chris & Roni, oh they are too too precious!!
And the tears never did stop…
And there is evidence for the entire world to see, now they legally man & wife!
Mmmmmhhhhhh!!!! Wonder what was happening here 🙂 Practising for the evening maybe ?
Roni sang Ellie Goulding’s -How long will I love you to Chris, which made us all tear up!!!
Such lovely moments exchanged between man & wife, oh more weddings should be more of real emotion as opposed to traditional routine
Beautiful beautiful, we were all really fighting back tears at this moment in time
The cute little angels got a peck each from Roni
Roni’s bro Chege couldn’t be more proud of his baby sister!
Goofy peoples these were
These ladies do know how to enjoy a wedding!
And that after they were pronounced man & wife, they did the exit dance!!! and this one was for the record books
Roni & Chris had their game faces on!!! This was no child’s play, it was serious business!
And these two can dance!!! oh my and dance they did!
Scratch that!!! They can sing too!!!
No one wanted to miss any piece of the action, it was a shooting buffet!!!
The official portraits were up next after all the dancing died down. Roni & Chris with both their folks
There were so many joyous moments to see long lost family & friends, very happy & warm moments were shared
Mschewww!! and I asked them to give me a cute pose & y’all gave me this!!!!
Afterwards we had a quick lunch and headed back to the reception, where we danced just like David did…well, maybe a bit more 🙂
They even had a mini dance battle!!! which was my all time fav!
A little of helicopter dance never hurt no body!
Oh such fun times!!!!
This is Chris’s payback-face after Roni burst a serious move and tipped the dance battle to her favour 🙂
And then it was a free for all!!!
Kate & Jessie, marriage life is really treating these ladies well!!!
We call this the Katumbo dance 🙂
Simon & Peter throw down!
Hahahaha these gentlemen could get down too
Walter has to be one of the greatest dancers of all time, he’s guy behind many of the wedding flash-mobs, as we love to refer to him as Baba Flashmob!
When Chris was asked to read an excerpt from Songs of Songs, we all burst out laughing 🙂
Chris’ workmates be a rowdy, noisy bunch 🙂
And all of a sudden, Chris grabbed the mic & when he made the battle cry….
Everybody with a camera or mobile device rushed forward to see all what everyone was straining to see…..here it is people!
And with that it went viral becoming one of the most watched wedding flash-mobs ever!
Oh this was too much fun!
Walter was air-borne almost the whole time….
Flash mob indeed
And when they suggested everyone have their seats so that the wedding could go on….they almost created a stampede 🙂
They were like, we can’t have waited all this time to dance and then you just end it like that!!!! NOOOOO….
And when Roni & Chris stood their ground, they had no option but to go back to their seats, we had a cake to cut!!!
They had a simple but very scrumptious cake
And they shared their very 1st meal together as husband & wife
Would you want to know what scared Roni & Chris this much?? An alien invasion perhaps?
Nope, it was just Skubi popping the champagne 🙂
Hahaha loved the look they gave each other after the big champagne gulp
Saying hi to fam & friends
Our good buddies Tim, Mash & CK
And then it was that all time favourite moment for the single ladies
But before they got a chance to battle for bouquet, they had to dance like they deserved it!!!
Waiiiiiitttt for itttttttttt……
Reliable sources confirmed to us that a lot of biting, elbowing & scratching took place during the contested catch 🙂
And the fight still went on even after the contested catch
And finally to the rightful owner after a bravely fought fight 🙂
Lovely image of these two beautiful angels
These little angel gave Roni some blue beads as a gift and got a well deserved embrace from Roni & a pat from Chris 🙂 Too precious
Some buddies from JKUAT, spot photographer Osborne Macharia & his beau Keshi
This awesome JKUAT fraternity
After this we headed for some sunset portraits at the nearby beautiful Blue Post Hotel
Uber-sweet portrait of the awesome newly weds
We had to shoot the little kids 1st as they had to head home as it was getting late and they were already so fatigued as a result of the day’s activities
Then we took some portraits with the bridal team with a background of the beautiful cultural village
Next up was the lovely girls
Hahahaha such wonderful moments these were
We had to do a Tommy shot view from above
Oh I should have pre-warned you, these guys take goofy face to a whole entire level 🙂
Oh maiinnneeeee!!! This is what we call being FEARFULLY made 🙂
This should be on some poster card for lovers 🙂
We call this the goosey-kiss 🙂
Oh I am such a sucker for some good high fashion portraits & Chris, Roni & the boys killed it on this one, never knew a merry-go-round could look this good!
Time for the iPhone selfie!!!
The girls’ gangster-face was a total fail 🙂
Whoa!!! this was too awesome!!! and oh the golden sunset was too creamy!!!
Roni on that high-fashion tip!
Oh soo soo cute!!
And when the jokes started, they couldn’t stop!!!
Their choice of shoe wear!!!!! These girls are the stuff!!! Style is everything when it comes to weddings
A wider view of the awesomeness!!!
We just told them to be random!! and random they were 🙂
What’s a Kenyan wedding without a jumping shot? It will not just be right 🙂
The baby was pretty excited too, the joy & happiness was contagious
Oh Skubi & FM make marriage look so good!!!! We should see more of this awesome examples everywhere that Godly marriages WORK!!!!
Hahahaha this is Nelso just being naughty 🙂
These two very cute people!!! Susan was on phone at this time….but managed to squeeze in a smile through her conversation 🙂
It was getting cold so I just told them to turn up the heat!!!! The rest of us could handle the cold 🙂
Mercy, our sister got this shot during their video interview, check out the trailer below to see all the craziness that was happening at this point in time 🙂
Some last sunset awesomeness of Roni & Chris
I simply cannot get enough of these two lovelies
And as we left Blue Post hotel, we had some traditional musicians playing some music and true to the beat, we had to boogey away 🙂 Spot Gathoni looking awesomely awesome 🙂
After this, we headed to the beautiful Wildebeest Camp for some last look portraits. If you need the whole camping, tented camp experience, kindly make a point of visiting this place….we were really surprised by all its awesomeness!!
Even though we were all running on auto-pilot 🙂 as a result of all our fatigue, Roni & Chris gave their very best to rock this portrait session as best as they could
Hahahaha 🙂 way back then, when Chris 1st asked Roni to go out with him, Roni gave him an un-apologetic no!!! Later on after Chris stuck to his guns, Roni finally accepted to go out on a date with him. We asked Chris that this was his time to revenge & Roni had to woo him to accept her…and as the story goes, Chris gave Roni a gorgeous un-apologetic no!!! 🙂
We shot these next series of images at the ‘lobby’ of the camp…oh the beauty there is just too magical!
Some of my best images from the day
This image belongs to some magazine fashion centre-spread!!! These two can make some really good models, scouting agencies, have your pick…you can thank me later 🙂
These portraits make me all soft inside 🙂 These two are just the perfect example of what God intended marriage to be like
Dinner was served, behind them is an example of how the tented camps look from the outside, this was just too awesome!
We got inside the camp & took the last portraits there
The lovey-dovey, mushy mushy stuff was really getting to us, so to break the ice 🙂 we requested for a pillow fight!!! I once read that… you have to fight for the one you love 🙂
The fight really got ugly!!!
But the make-up after the love-fight was very far from ugly 🙂
Mmmmmhhh Mmmhhhh I love the make-up after a good fight
And after this we sadly had to leave this very sweet love-birds and head back to our normal lives 🙂
Before we sign off, here is their beautiful wedding trailer. Congratulations to the cinematographers Snapshot Pictures for telling this story so beautifully
Hope you guys loved this wonderful, wonderful story. Thank you Roni & Chris for letting us be part of such beautiful & authentic love between a husband & wife. You guys prove that despite of all that is wrong with this world, it’s still possible to find true, lasting & meaningful love between two people who owe it all to God.
You two keep shining in your love for each other & your passion & love for Jesus Christ….truly
‘For the Christian Wedding is a foretaste
of the grand fest & celebration to come
when Jesus Christ returns for His bride
Us, the church…..’
We Love you all, so very much…
God’s eternal blessings on y’al