I moved to Kenya in 2006. I fell in love with the country straight away. I didn’t meet Brian till early 2008. My brother was doing an internship in Kenya at that time and dated Brian’s niece. Through them, I met him and he was known to me as “Julie’s uncle”. Apart from thinking he was very good looking, we didn’t hang out much. In June 2009, after a very drunken night he and his niece took me home. That’s when we shared our first kiss and let’s just say that wasn’t so success after great amounts of alcohol.
I then left the country in July 2009 to start a new job in Muscat, Oman. I would travel back to Kenya at least once a year to meet up with friends. That is how I ended up bumping into Brian in Junction the summer of 2011. There was a spark in the air and I made sure that I had a few more trips to the Junction mall that holiday, as Brian’s office was there. Life moved on and occasionally we kept in touch via Facebook and BBM (the good old Blackberry days :-)).
The occasional message turned into a ‘non-stop messaging each other’ towards the end of 2012. It’s only then when we realized how much we enjoyed talking to, or should I say chatting to each other. The messages were more or less day and night, every break time that we had during working hours we would be chatting to each other. We were glued to our Blackberries. While the rest of the world moved on to other phones, we stayed true to BBM for a long time! I flew down to Kenya late February 2013 and that’s when we made ‘us’ official, with a second attempt at a first kiss. It was a 72 hour trip, so we didn’t have much time together, but enough to know that the virtual connection we had made was also a real life one. We managed a long distance relationship for a year and a half, with lots of Skype calls and of course our BBM chats. It was an easy decision for me to come back to Kenya in July 2014 to start our future together here.
I feel extremely lucky to now call myself Mrs. Afande. Brian is such an amazing man, a man of God. He has the biggest heart ever and he knows how to make me laugh. My forever love!
Ceremony :: ACK St. Francis Church, Karen
Reception :: Marula Manor, Karen
Photo-session :: Marula Manor, Karen
Bridal Gown :: Ogake Bridal
Bridal Shoes :: Rainbow Club
Wedding Co-ordinators :: Bride and Groom
Bridal Jewellery :: Forever Bridal Jewellery
Groom’s Outfit :: Nick Ondu
Maids’ Outfits :: Tailor Made
Make Up Artist :: Arti Shah
Hair :: Sana
Cake :: Senses by Kendi
Catering :: The Lenana Haus Ltd
Decor :: Urban Live Events
Entertainment/DJ :: Swiga and Tha Movement Band, DJ Don Ben
Loved Hanneke’s details. Simple & exquisite
Brian is the true definition of ‘The dapper brother’
What a sweet gift from your wife to be!
Mr. Handsome groom in the flesh
Brian gifts all of his grooms men with a special gift
‘Sharp’ is the word just in case you were asking 🙂
Gorgeous Hanneke & her bevy of beauties
Everybody had their own custom tees!
Isn’t this the cutest little gentleman you ever did see?
Hanneke made such a beautiful bride!!!
This is as close to perfection as we can possibly get!
Just in case you kept wondering where Hanneke gets all her beauty from…you don’t need to look very far
Mirror, mirror on the car 🙂 who is the fairest of them all?
Future brides take note on how church decor ought to be, simple & elegant
They had a violinist play as they strutted down the aisle
Finally, the moment we had all been waiting for. The big reveal…
Real men never shed a tear, their eyes & noses just get very itchy 🙂
Oh how beautiful is this!
The bridal party slaying & not taking any casualties!
How gorge are these two!
Bruhhh, you nailed that 1st kiss!
And everybody applauded in agreement
Finally, its sealed for eternity, husband & wife!
Some two very hilarious MCs 🙂 Had us all in stitches
The big declaration, Introducing for the 1st time ever, Mr & Mrs Afande!
And they let these helium balloons go; to commemorate their holy union as man & wife
Some of their beautiful guests in attendance
And they had a fun photo-booth too for their guests
And something I have never witnessed in all my years documenting weddings, they had organised some lawn games for their guests, very cool
Next, we walked around the Marula Manor taking pictures with the beautiful setting sun. We photographers call this time the ‘golden hour’ 5:15pm-6:15pm!
Hanneke & her girls, I loved their bouquets most
The light was so beautiful!!!
Gorgeous people that H&B call friends & family
‘I hear you came to party’
This should be the template for all future grooms & groomsmen 🙂
Such a lovely portrait! Definitely this should be hanging somewhere in their living room
Shhhhh!!! Quiet…love is at work here 🙂
Awwwww, this is too cute!
Perfect moment captured perfectly
Just Married, looks like this should have been sometime in the 1940’s 🙂
The groomsmen socks imprinted with their names
Is this a wedding line up or a fashion magazine pin-up?
Cuteness overload warning!!!!
See no evil*** well….until they are 21+ i.e. 🙂
Oh what a cute family this is!
Whatever a man can do, girls can do it better!
The whole squad, noisy, rowdy & too much fun
How their wedding would have looked like had it happened 60 years ago
Headed home after a hard day at work
Kisses in the air to end a wonderful portrait session
The reception was decked up extremely well. Absolutely loved it
A few exotic foods from Hanneke’s culture
Believe you me it tastes better than it looks 🙂
Hanneke & Brian made a soapy-bubble filled entrance
The fairy lights made the whole set up look enchanting
Wedding location goals right here
The food was fantastic thanks to the amazing team at The Lenana Haus
The toasts…to a happy ever after
Hanneke is from Netherlands, thus we had a few Dutch traditions that really warmed up our hearts. It was a 1st for me and many of the attending guests
Finally, we got to sample their very 1st meal served to us by husband & wife
And they shared a toast, to forever loving & serving each other
And after this they had their 1st dance to crown their wedding night
And with this, we come to the close of this beautiful evening wedding.
Congratulations Hanneke & Brian on your nuptials! May nothing but happiness and love come through your door and nothing but sunshine and a cool breeze come through your window. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness & God’s everlasting blessings always!