How We Met
AS TOLD BY EDDIE
Our story is unique, our story is divine, our story is heaven sent, only God could orchestrate such a story. It was October 2015, my family and I were in Kenya on vacation. We had planned to go to the Maasai Mara on a safari with my aunt, 16 year old cousin, my parents and Selina. What could go wrong when you are on vacation with someone you are physically meeting for the first time? Well, in our case nothing…this love story had began almost two years prior; at the time Selina was a law student at Kent, UK and I was a training doctor in Minneapolis, MN. My aunt who has known Selina and her family for decades, kept praising her saying “You should meet this girl”, “you should call her.” In my head I was thinking how will this ever work, we live in different continents, we don’t know each other…but God had his own plans. One day I gained the courage to call and text Selina and a friendship began before we officially met in Kenya. Two weeks after this trip, I flew back home to Minnesota and could not stop thinking about Selina. I thought she was the most beautiful, bubbly, sweetest, kind and gentle spirited woman I had ever met. Though the long distance had its challenges, through prayer and constant communication we maintained a close bond. When I moved to Dallas, she moved to L.A for further schooling and after her graduation she moved to Dallas. At last were living in the same Zip Code and City! Since then, we have been inseparable. I thank God for walking with us throughout this journey and I pray that we continue to walk together with Him. Proverbs 31:10 “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”
How We Met
AS TOLD BY SELINA
In December 2013, I was home for Christmas from school in the UK and the week I was flying back to England, my mum’s friend and I had our regular lunch date planned. We have a really good relationship and always made a point to hang out when I was home for the holidays. Over lunch, she asked if I was seeing anyone and I told her NO. I was focusing on school and that was not a priority for me, but I was not opposed to dating, if I met the right person. She mentioned that she had her favorite nephew in the US who was single and asked if I’d be interested, I again told her I wasn’t opposed to dating. I flew back to school in January and one evening, I randomly got a text from a foreign number I was not familiar with. I googled the area code and it was a Minnesota area code. The text was from Eddie who introduced himself and said that he got my number from his aunt and wanted to know if I knew of any fellowship programs in the UK. I told him I was not in medical school and had no friends doing medicine so I wasn’t the best person to talk to. From his questioning I knew that was a pick up line lol 🙂 Eddie would reach out from time to time and this eventually led to a friendship. In October 2015, I was back in Kenya and Eddie was visiting with his family. This trip proved to be a pivotal moment in our lives. We spoke for hours, our conversations from our faith, to the things we like to do for fun were flowing as if we were old friends reconnecting again. Eddie has an amazing personality and is very easy to get along with. His calming presence, his ambition, his love for God and his faith left a lasting impression on me. We made it official and soon thereafter, I moved to Los Angeles to continue with school and he moved to Dallas. I eventually moved to Dallas where we have continued to grow our relationship. I thank God for our journey, I thank God that He blessed me with a man that is my purpose partner and best friend.
The proposal was a beautiful surprise that will forever remain a treasured moment in my heart. Let me preface by saying that Eddie is a very methodical and thoughtful person. I knew he was eventually going to propose; I just did not know how or when, but what I knew was that it was going to be special and it truly was. In January of that year, Eddie mentioned that the Minnesota Timberwolves would be in Dallas in March and he wanted us to go watch them play. I was not too keen to go because I’m not a huge fan but thought it would be a good bucket list experience since we were going to sit court side. Fast forward to March 30th the day of the game, Eddie came to pick me up and I didn’t think much of anything, for me it was just our regular date night. When we got to the American Airlines Arena ,we were ushered to our seats and everyone was being super friendly. I just assumed it was part of the VIP court side treatment (lol) but little did I know that everyone was in on what was about to happen, except for me. Just before the game started, the song “Marry Me” started playing and Eddie was looking to his left. Curious to see what he was looking at, I turned and saw the words “Selina, Will You Marry Me” on the jumbotron. I was speechless and when I turned to look at Eddie, he was already on his knee. He grabbed my hand and said to me some very sweet words(I will keep this to myself) and after some tears, hugs and Eddie going down on his knee a second time (lol), I said YES to the most kind, God fearing, prayerful, ambitious, loving, loyal, thoughtful man. A few minutes later the game started and I couldn’t focus during the game. I just remember getting really emotional thinking about how this was where we had our first date when I moved to Dallas and it was where we have shared countless memories together as a couple. I am so blessed and grateful to God for bringing us together and thankful to our family and friends for their support.
|Ceremony :: Karen Country Club|
Reception :: Karen Country Club
Photo-session :: Hemingways, Nairobi
Bridal Gown :: Winnie Couture, Beverly Hills
Evening Gown :: Matopeda
Bridal Shoes :: Valentino’s
Wedding Co-ordinator :: House of Dotty
Groom’s Outfit :: Tuxedo, shirt and Bowtie Don Morphy (Dallas, TX) ( @don_morphy and @thedonmorphyman)
Groom’s Shoes :: Christian Louboutin
Groom’s Watch: Michael Kors
Maids’ Outfits :: Azazie, California
Make Up Artist :: Kangai Mwiti
Hair :: Bliss Parlour
Cake :: Cake Art
Catering :: Karen Country Club
Decor :: Floral Art Kenya
Entertainment/DJ :: DJ Stretch, Silver Strings Band
MC :: Juma Odemba
Videography :: Jazanda Films
Eddie’s stylish details for the day
Give a man the right pair of shoes, and he will conquer the world!
An array of soon to be Mrs. Mairura’s details
We did a 1st look and Eddie’s reaction was absolutely priceless!!
Selina and the girls for some last minute portraits before we head out for the ceremony
Aerial view of the ceremony set up at the Karen Country Club
The bridal gang were first down the manicured aisle
Lots of happy & precious tears during the reading of the personalised vows
Praying, kneeling together with the men of God, and finally signing it to law
The ride or die gang!!!
2 of my favourite images from the day…they are too adorable!
Exit like royalty, it’s been a long dusty road to get them here
They got to see their reception venue 1st and also got to take some pictures with the gorgeous backdrop. Thanks House of Dotty for always organising this
Beauty beyond description, heavenly, dreamy & fairy tale all rolled in one reception
Hemingways boasts one of the most lavish & gorgeous interiors to shoot in
The girls just came and smashed the guys’ record without even batting an eye 🙂
Eddie looks like he finally found what he was born to do, high fashion modelling 🙂
Absolutely made for each other!
Yasssss….these two I really enjoyed shooting, too easy on the camera!
And with these last images, it was time to head back to the reception, where the guests were waiting for us
The stunning S650 (Cough** Cough ***) ably led the convoy
What’s an African wedding without dance!!! Dance rules the day
And then it was time for us to taste this scrumptious looking cake!
The best man led the toast to the newly weds, cheers to more laughter, good times & many many children!!!
And they closed their reception with the most epic & beautiful 1st dance ever!!! What a way to end your wedding & start off your marriage!
God bless you Eddie & Selina for being a true testament that God is the author of marriage and in His own time & place he shall put you both together.
To a happily ever after!!
With love, The Kiruthis