There she was seated twenty feet from me, looking as stylish as could be. Her African kitenge fabric dress flowing from her shoulders to her ankles, where crisp, solid white Converse sneakers contrasted the rich darkness of her skin. Her beautiful black hair offered a professional look that offset her modern elegance. Thick, black-framed glasses complimented her gorgeous face. I could not take my eyes off this woman. I had to meet her.
In such a circumstance, I’d normally walk over to introduce myself. However, we were in the middle of a church sermon, so that was not an option! Fully distracted from the pastor’s message, I decided to spend this time developing my post-service game plan on how to meet his lovely lady. As the service came to a close, the members of the congregation casually met together in the foyer over a cup of tea. Chitchatting with some friends, I scanned the room for this African beauty, but to my disappointment I did not see her. “Had I missed my chance?” I wondered. Turning to my immediate right, I was met with the best surprise. There she was talking my friend whom I’d invited to church that day! My friend introduced me to Kui, and we had a moment of small talk.
A group of six friends decided to go for lunch at Le Grenier a Pain in Nairobi; my friend asked Kui if she wanted to join us. I was unassumingly thrilled when she agreed. We reached the restaurant, and I knew I had to be strategic with where I sat. At first, I took the seat at the end of the table, thinking this would make it easier to speak with Kui regardless of where she sat. She took her seat, and I realised the seat directly opposite of her was open. I shifted, trying to be casual about it. We spent the entire lunch talking, assuming the rest of our friends didn’t exist, as they were mostly not a part of our conversation. Well, that’s true with one particular exception. I had to find an unsuspecting way to get Kui’s phone number, but I didn’t want to be so direct to hit on her at this post-church event.
I commented to the group how the new railway from Nairobi to Mombasa had been finished and that we should take a ride on the old line called the Lunatic Express for the fun of it before it’s disbanded. Everyone at the table loved the idea, so I took the initiative to say that I’d create a WhatsApp group and I needed everyone’s phone number, including Kui’s of course. Receiving my iPhone last, Kui typed in her name and phone number.
As they say, the rest is history!
Ceremony :: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
Reception :: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
Photo-session :: Crescent Island
Bridal Gown :: Sidai Brides
Bridal Shoes :: Sidai Brides
Wedding Planer :: Magnolia Event Planners
Bridal Jewellery :: Etsy
Groom’s Outfit :: Sani Kollections
Maids’ Outfits :: Etsy
Make Up Artist :: Make up by Ruthie
Hair :: Strands on fleek
Cake :: Delicia art cakes
Catering :: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
Decor :: Magnolia Event Planners and Linens and Decor
Entertainment/DJ :: Fen Entertainment
MC :: Robert Burale
Video:: Alko films
A week leading to their destination white wedding, Kui & Tyer had their traditional wedding
We shared some good laughs as the Thomson Falls roared behind us
Kui’s simplistic details on the day of the wedding
Tyler was a ball of happy energy, finally marrying the star of his dreams
The guys literally surrounded Tyler with prayer, a hedge of holy fire
Tyler and his band of brothers, stunning in their blue suits & tanned shoes
Meanwhile our stunning bride Kui, was getting her final glam touches from celeb MUA Ruthie
Kui had every minute detail of the wedding well thought out. She even had an ebony mannequin for her gown, Kui’s definitely my kind of bride!
Kui, is simply exquisite in its truest form. She’s a darling of the camera
The girls joined her on the mahogany queen bed for some light moments before they jumped into their bridesmaid outfits
That gown was sculptured by the hand of an artist. The back detail!!! Flawlessly breath-taking!
It was time to leave, an anxious Tyler was awaiting his bride on the other side
Our ride to the ceremony, the legendary Suzuki Samurai!
The Samurai in its natural habitat amongst the Rift Valley Acacias
A small, snug, intimate ceremony over-looking Lake Naivasha and surrounded by wild game….heaven on earth!!!
1st one down the flowery isle was a beaming Tyler, hand in hand with his mom
Next up was the bridal team, each showcasing their well choreographed moves
Finally, it was a standing ovation as Kui walked in, a mighty spectacular sight to behold
Incidentally at that exact moment, Tyler & his best man both got an itch in their eyes 🙂
Kui, walking tall and proud escorted by the proudest parents this side of the Sahara
The girls cheer on Kui, glowing with their wrist corsages
Now they can strike “Getting-married-by-the-lake-in-the-shade-of-a-giant-acacia” off their bucket list
Tyler, as eloquently as ever, vows to be the man that God made him to be to Kui
Kui too promised to love & to hold, till death does them apart
The waterbuck was here too to witness the two souls become one
And with the exchange of rings, the two lives were entwined as one
The cameras were right there to capture the special moment of their 1st kiss as husband and wife
No greater joy that to marry your soul-mate and watch them sign that dotted line of your marriage certificate 🙂
Dream destination weddings like this are the stuff of photographers’ dreams
The parents each got a chance to pray for and bless their children
And they were finally pronounced as husband & wife. What God has put together, let no man nor woman put asunder
When it finally hits you that you get to spend forever with the one your one your heart adores
So much joy & jubilation during the recessional.
The amazing Dr Pete with his wife Christine graced the wedding
The mock-tails deck. Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort has such beauty every where you look
To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness
The romantic pathway leading to the jetty overlooking the lake
Hey hey Tyler, come, let me lead you to the land of happy ever after
Some portraits with the girls as en route the reception
This is how they checked into their wedding reception, royalty in its finest
Our beautiful reception, complete with a flowery carpet of pink petals
Burale is the master of the throw-downs. Does know how to get an African party jumping
Dessert table on (food) steroids. Bet you never seen a table decked so good!
Finger-licking delicacies. The memory of it makes me hungry already!
We shared quite some good laughs during the toasts as guests retold silly memories from the past
And they happily shared this scrumptious cake with us
Cake matron extraordinaire, complete with a champagne-popping degree
Mr & Mrs Schooley downed their 1st glass of wine as husband & wife
The time had come for all the single damsels to showcase their prowess on the husband-hunting scene 🙂
Let’s just say it was a rough fight, survival for the fittest they call it, winner-take-all 🙂
This amazing lady shared a mighty good word during the ceremony. That the purpose of love is to help those who are in need, just like Jesus.
It was time to bid the reception adieu and head for our photo-session down the lake road
We shoot at the breath-taking Crescent Island Game Sanctuary. There are few places in Kenya as amazing as Crescent Island. Here you do not do game-drives but game-walks
You can walk pretty close to the game here. They are used to human interaction. Crescent Island is surrounded by water, it is actually a peninsula and is accessible by boat from East or West as well as by road.
Such a heartwarming image…looks like the set for Lion King the movie
Of love and sunny kisses in the Naivasha savannah
The setting sun hits differently in Naivasha, its romantic & beautiful. One can imagine waking up to such warmth for the rest of their earthly days
Kui & her bevy of beautiful bridesmaids
This picture warms my heart. So much genuine joy in one capture
Land rover magazine cover done & dusted!!!
When the fellas noticed a leopard running towards them and they had to act all cool coz the ladies were looking 🙂
The fierceness being served in this picture should be enough to end global warming 🙂
One of those random unrehearsed shots that turn out to be masterpieces
There is some mystic enchantment at Crescent, I cannot quite figure what it is, but its breath-taking!
I never knew anyone to make the manly Land rover 110 look so sensual
The girls looking away shot turned out better than the guys….well am just biased 🙂
Just in case they are planning to shoot ‘Fantastic 6’ I already got the movie poster 🙂
The girls were trying to repel the aliens from Mars with their super eye powers
Perfect couple, perfect light & perfect location. The 3 secret ingredients required to make magic
Tyler made sure that they main qualification of being his groomsman was to have a funny bone. And the girls loved it!
Tyler’s secret service for all those guys dumb enough to throw a dart or two at his blushing bride
Cheiiii!!!! Too much sauce in one picture
Hahaha the guys killed it with this one… another brother bites the dust
Such beautiful people in such a beautiful location, please take me back!!!
Light up the world you two, as much as you have brought life to this image
To Kui & Tyler,
I pray that you both have a good and godly marriage that shows the world Christ’s love through how you sacrificially love and serve one another.
Love the Kiruthis
The wedding trailer courtesy of the talented team at Alko films