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Looking back at 2017

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Happy New Year!

When I look back at 2017, all I see is God’s faithfulness. So much happened that I want to share with you but I don’t even know where to start. First of all, I know it has been extremely long since I last posted and I extend my apologies to you my esteemed readers. 2017 for me was a bitter-sweet year full of tears-some of joy and others of pain- but I have many reasons to thank God.

To begin with, I finally started my Masters in Communication Studies…Whoop! Whoop! It’s been awesome so far and I thank God for making it possible.

I also started the year as a bride-to-be to one amazing Nicholas Waweru having been engaged end of November 2016. We did our introductions in January 2017 and were blessed that both families warmly embraced each other. This was followed by our dowry ceremony/traditional wedding which was held in March all geared towards the preparation of our wedding scheduled for May 13th 2017 (PS: Nick asked me to be his girlfriend on May 13th 2016 and there is no greater joy than getting married on the same date exactly a year later).

Our traditional ceremony. PHOTOS| Stephen Mukhongi

2017 also saw me struggle with Bell’s Palsy which is paralysis of one side of the face (I will do a more detailed blog post on this another day). It affected the left side of my face making it difficult for me to smile, blink, raise my eyebrows and wrinkle my face on the affected side. Just imagine planning for a wedding when you can’t even show your teeth as you smile because only one half of the face responds. It was such an emotional phase for me but I thank God for His joy and peace that surpasses any condition that would ever come my way. I am also very grateful to Him for the huge recovery I have experienced so far.

Trying to smile during early stages of Bell’s Palsy.

Juggling between wedding planning, work, school and dealing with Bell’s Palsy wasn’t easy but His grace is sufficient. Just two weeks before my wedding, I lost my grandpa. He raised me up and was to walk me down the aisle but God called Him before He would witness such a beautiful day. That was my lowest moment in 2017. I have always been strong but this loss deprived me of every ounce of strength. I have never been so broken before. I just couldn’t understand why such a loving God would allow such a thing to happen to me at such a time.

My grandpa was my most favourite person, he loved me so genuinely, would call me more than enough times in a day (sometimes I would even miss his calls), and he was my cheering squad. He believed in me and encouraged me to soar to the greatest heights that I could. I just wasn’t prepared to loose him. Not this past year, not ever! It was so hard for me to continue planning for a wedding knowing that my grandpa would not be present to attend. I feared for my wedding day because I did not know what kind of emotions my grandpa’s memory would bring but I thank God for giving me so much peace and Joy. I actually prayed and asked God to be the one to walk me down the aisle and therefore any other person walking me down would just be a symbol. I am grateful to my uncle and aunt who walked me but above all I thank God for taking care of me.

Our wedding day turned out to be more than we could ever imagine and completely surpassed our expectations. God made everything beautiful and we give Him all the glory for an extremely amazing day. He connected us with wonderful people from family to friends who were there for us and helped make our day awesome. Our service providers also gave us top-notch services and we could never appreciate them enough for going out of their way to deliver beyond our expectations.

  • Venue: Post Bank
  • Photography & Videography: Mbuguatis Media
  • Decor, tents, chairs, tables, sound, DJ, PA: S & E Solutions
  • Cake: Pinnacle Confectioners
  • Food: Royal Spoons Caterers
  • MC: MC Waithax
  • Makeup: Joanne Nagi
  • Bride’s Gown: Bibi Harusi
  • Groom’s Outfit: Weza Fabrics
  • Bridal Team outfits: Weza Fabrics
  • Bride’s aunt outfit: Weza Fabrics
  • Transport: Amazing family, friends and colleagues

PHOTOS| Mbuguatis Media

Shortly after our wedding, grief from the loss of my grandpa came knocking on my door so strongly. You can imagine being newly married but going through grief at the same time. It was very hard. I had a lot of negative energy and it is only God who graciously carried me through that season. It is only Him! He also gave my husband patience and strength to be there for me at such a low season in my life. I would break down at home, in the office and any slight memory of my grandpa would just break me down. I am grateful to God for the renewed strength, comfort and peace that He has given me.

All in all, I thank God for the highs and lows of 2017 and above all for His constant presence through it all. I look forward to a wonderful 2018 full of restoration, good health, love, peace, joy and positive vibes only   🙂 🙂 🙂

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NUPTIALS

For better, for worse…For richer, for poorer…In sickness and in health…To love and to cherish…TILL DEATH DO US PART. I attended two weddings consecutively in the past two weekends and thought it’s only fair to do a piece on that.

I had so much going on through my mind as I sat through both weddings. I thought of the intensity of those words…Of how they go beyond the surface and stay deep rooted in a lifetime commitment. I thought of how such solemn, unconditional promises are recited before God and man as witnesses.

I kept thinking of how you don’t just wake up one day and decide to get married from out of the blues…it has to start from somewhere. The couple that is getting married must have had their share of good moments and bad ones too…But, they lived through all the moments to see the day when their two hearts would officially be joined to one, come to pass.

To make a lifetime commitment to someone feels scary…I don’t know, maybe because there is no undo button once you say “I do”. Unless you seek a divorce, which I totally DISAPPROVE. (Please God help my marriage to last forever once it comes, Amen!). The binding words “Till death do us part”, I believe should be lived to the core.

I love the glamour that comes with weddings…People go out of their way to look extremely ravishing for the day. (Yours truly,not exceptional). Lol! They break free from their ordinary daily lives and endeavour to stand out in the best way possible.

I like the detail that is put onto weddings. Everything is meticulously selected from the theme colour, to the cake (which flavour and form it will take) the venue, the food, the rings…talk about everything. It’s so evident that a lot of energy and finance goes into this day.

I guess it feels so nice to see all the important people come to witness your day and the numerous smiles that feel the air.

I can only imagine the joy of the union of coming together of the bride and groom. I don’t know what runs through their thoughts as they recite their nuptial vows. I don’t know if they silently question their decision, or they silently thank God for breaking the dawn of their day.

Now, think about how beautiful a wedding is if God has given the green light. If it is at the right time with the right person that He set apart for you. I tend to imagine that He sits up there on the throne and overseas the whole occasion smiling on the couple:-)

Marriage is so sacred…so sacred that one trembles at the thought of it. A man shall leave his father and mother and shall be united to his wife, and they shall become one flesh according to Genesis 2:24. God thought it wise to create a companion for man, and I believe marriage should be treated as an avenue, to everyday appreciate God’s gift of each other.

And today as I talk about weddings, I can only say Congratulations to all the newly weds and  wish them a happily ever after…Those who are engaged and are planning to get married, I wish them the very best as they prepare…To the singles and searching…Wait patiently upon the LORD.