Friday, December 22, 2017

A Beautiful Kenyan Wedding

We went to a Kenyan wedding for the first time! A big thanks to M and G for letting us be a part of their special day - just look at what a beautiful and happy couple they are!

The wedding ceremony took place in our LDS Church chapel, followed by a reception on the church grounds. The decorations were simply stunning - check out this arch and heart of rose petals at the base of the aisle:

Isn't the color scheme they chose amazing? One thing I realized probably features largely in Kenyan weddings are these fabulous, large flower arrangements. It makes sense, as many of the flowers enjoyed in the West are grown in Kenya and exported, anyway. Even the cars were decorated:

The ceremony itself was like a church meeting in some ways, with prepared talks and hymns. At the same time, the couple made it very special with their own written vows exchanged during a ring ceremony and other personal touches.

Following the ceremony, there was a fun reception outside with music, dancing, good food, and even better company. It was also, of course, beautiful. Just take a look at the cakes:

One of the coolest parts about the wedding was the mixture of modern and traditional practices. There were many elements that could be found at an American wedding: the white bridal dress, the flower girl, the cake, etc. Yet the couple (and the wedding committee of community members who led wedding planning) incorporated many cultural customs, including traditional dances and music as well as a gift-giving segment where families laid many glitzy leis around the bride's and groom's necks (as pictured in the first photo of this post).

The wedding was definitely one of the best days we've spent in Kenya so far. We're so grateful to call this couple our friends and to have been included in the celebration!


  1. How stunning this Kenyan wedding it was!! The décor and everything looks so pretty and unique. I also would like to have a themed wedding but we would like to go for something that is very colorful. We have decided to tie the knot at one of the San Francisco wedding venues and might pick the carnival themed for that.

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