Gathoni & I are so excited, beyond ourselves with joy & great humility. The goodness of our God has visited our home once again. Last Saturday, we were named as Africa’s Blog of the Year, in the just concluded African Social Media Awards in Lagos. Glory & honour be to our God for this great award and our heartfelt thanks to y’all who voted, shared & prayed with us…it’s a win for us all. We only pray that God will continue using us & the work of our hands to touch more & more lives not only across Africa but all over the world!
Well, Gathoni & I are pleased to present to you another awesome wedding we had the chance of documenting this past year. Job & Lona are such a fun & beautiful couple. You may remember them from their awesome engagement session here.
About how this awesome love story began….here’s a snippet of the entire story
Job came to visit New York City on a last minute trip for his summer holiday in the United States. Little did he know this last minute decision would lead him to the woman he was to spend the rest of his life with. On a random Monday morning Job was visiting the Ongaro residence in New Jersey, and was greeted by a young lady (Lona) as she left for work. The days that followed were filled with long talks at the kitchen table, and lots of laughs shared with the family.
A great friendship had begun….
Soon after he left for the UK, the two (now friends) began to communicate through letters texts, and phone calls they soon discovered the endless things they shared in common. Including faith, family, fun, and future dreams and aspirations.
A great love story had begun….
Without further ado, I present to you this amazing love story
Ceremony :: Enashipai Resort & Spa (Lakeside)
Reception :: Enashipai Resort & Spa
Photo-session :: Enashipai Resort & Spa
Wedding Co-ordination :: Infinite Planners
Bridal Gown :: Zac Posen
Bridal Shoes :: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Outfit :: Ted Baker London/Moss
Maids’ Outfits :: Elizabeth Johns -After Six
Make Up Artist :: Sunshine’s Beautiful Brides
Hair ::Enashipai Resort & Spa (Salon)
Cake :: Infinite Planners
Catering :: Enashipai Resort & Spa
Entertainment/DJ :: DJ Sadic
MC :: Dismas Ndege Ogwoka
The ladies started off the day very early with some Spa time, we caught them just chatting at the Spa entrance
And we shared a few good times too
On the other hand, Job had just received a wonderful surprise from his wife to be
When you see a Burberry watch, you have to stop take a moment and gulp down your jealousy :)…Lona you have mad taste!
Since the guys had a few minutes to spare they decided to go for a mini-work out
Started off shooting some pool
And then some quality gym time
Time to catch a breath
Famished as they were, they stopped by the restaurant for some breakfast
And then Job got tossed into the pool, clothes & all 🙂
After this they got back to the suite & Gathoni captured this gorgeous getting ready images
Style is everything people, everything!!!
Shoe game!!! Top notch
Like a boss!!! Well, you only get married once, so why not 🙂
One of my day’s favourite images as Job & the guys hold hands & pray together, very powerful
Bust-a-move!!!! Job’s getting married!
Meanwhile at the ladies’ the party was just getting started!!!
Time for some sumptuous breakfast, we made sure none of the guys were around, had to keep the bride well hidden 🙂
Time to head back for some dolling up
Before make up started, Lona secluded herself from the girls and jotted down her beautiful vows to her soon to be husband
I was in engagement ring-heaven 🙂
Joy of Sunshine’s Beautiful Brides works her magic
And just like that, Selfies took over the world!
After Joy was done with the make-up, Lona was glowing!!
After this we headed to the bridal suite to get the girls ready for the wedding
If you know Lona, you know her taste in shoes is out of this world!
Loved their wedding bands
Her flats & her purse all be-jewelled out! Designer e’thing!
Let’s just say that Lona’s gown takes the award for most amazing gown ever made!!!!
Mum was here too to help in the fitting in
Joy, joy, joy!!!!
Now y’all can see where Lona get’s all her sense of style & beauty
Rocking it with the girls!
What’s a wedding without the vintage ‘Window-shot’
Veiling the bride
One of my favourite images of the day!
Fav bridal portrait
The girls with their gorgeous bouquets courtesy of The Flower People
And then the gorgeous bride was revealed!
Ride to the ceremony, Limos are too mainstream 🙂
The ceremony set up was simple but gorgeous
And then the procession started…
The maid of honour walks in
That awkward moment when the young sir abdicates his responsibility 🙂
And then that beautiful moment when the bride walks down the grassy aisle
To a very tearful & emotional groom
Job walks to receive his beautiful bride at the centre of the aisle
Precious moments with his parents-in-love
Lots of wonderful joy & celebration
And then Lona is unveiled!
Aren’t they the world’s most gorgeous couple?
Job goes through his vows, committing his life eternally to Lona
Lona goes through her emotional vows
And every body cheered them on!!!
With lots of precious tears freely flowing
And there goes the ring…I call it handcuffs-for-life
Finally husband & wife!!!!
This was one passionate 1st kiss
Dedication to the All mighty God
Tucked in for safe keeping
She gave such a powerful rendition to Maurette Brown Clark’s – The One He Kept For Me. I love this song, take a minute & listen to it below
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Lots of emotion as a result of this beautiful song
Unity sand ceremony as two lives blend into one
Everybody sends a special blessing their way
The Okeros got their own Signage board personally autographed by all their guests
Time for the recession
Loads of good times
With both sets of parents
The one He kept for me, till it was time!
We walked by the nearby woods for some fun portraits
And we got the fun, candid in-betweens too
I have no idea what they were laughing at, but it seemed to be pretty hilarious
Time for the random fun poses
Hahahaha, this is classic!
We had some more fun pics with the entire team
I just told them I wanted some fierceness & bam!
With the best couple…I loved Alex’s face 🙂
With Lona’s only sibling
Fit for a bouquet / tooth-paste Ad 🙂
I was in total love with their bouquets, important to appreciate good work when you see it
Yup! He is the man with the ring!
Girls just being girls
This is one gorgeous pic!
Bring it on ladies!!!!
Got a new blog header photo…for y’all who are asking 🙂
Oh my I love this image so much, really captures the life & spirit of Lona & Job
After this it was time to head back to the reception…they checked in with lots of style
Loved the reception set up…as always Infinite Planners live up to their name & glory
Beautiful to say the least
Time to dance, the African way!!!
Getting down with both mums
Let’s just say that Job & Lona do know their African moves really well
Dance like no one’s watching 🙂
Grandma joined in all the merry-making too!
And the guys responsible for all the mad dancing, DJ Sadic and the Genius Crew
We took some time doing rounds and taking pictures with their awesome guests
Cuteness overload **Sigh!!!
A very moving Mother-of-the-bride speech
They look like warriors/ gladiators prepared to take on the world!
Loved, loved their cake, simple is definitely the way to go!
It was such a fun cake-cutting session!
This has to be the only way to cut your cake 🙂
And finally to cap the reception, we had their 1st dance
What’s a waterfall good for if you cannot take pics therein?
And as Job was taking care of some wedding business, we took some solos of his beautiful bride
And then Job appeared to make it even more magical
Lona had a change of outfit for our last look images
Aren’t they gorgeous!
Has to be my best photo of the day, they rocked that fierce look completely
More fierce gorgeousness
And one final image from this amazing wedding.
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Definitely, this is one wedding we all enjoyed being part of, Job & Lona are beautiful people both inside & out. Thank you for making us part of your story & also part of your lives…looking forward to coming to UK soon to visit 🙂 God bless you both so much & keep letting your light shine & making this world more beautiful every day…
Loads of Love & Blessings,