You may remember from the Jamhuri Day post that my house-mates and I were invited to attend the wedding of the son of Barbara's boss, Josephine. Well last Saturday was the big day. So big, that I took 226 photos. While I won't put all of them here, I thought I would put enough to walk you through the day, a la photo album style. Let's give it a go..
|Waiting for the bride, part 1.|
We were surprised that most of the 600 some-odd guests were women.
|Waiting for the bride, part 2.|
|Here comes the bride..|
|Praying for the couple.|
|The ceremony begins.|
The service was in English and included a 20 sermon, exchange of vows and rings and blessing by the parents.
This is a rare unobstructed photo as you will see from the next one...
|Cameras cameras everywhere.|
Yes, catching glimpses of the service in between the camera men
and photographers was difficult.
|"Yes, you're married now"|
|The aunties sing a song.|
The bride and groom with the bride's family,
|The wedding car.|
The reception was held at a sports ground and had two tent like this one on either side, one for bride's guests and one for the grooms. In the middle of the two tents was a walkway, space for dancing to come, and most importantly...
|Barbara and I waiting for lunch.|
Lunch included traditional Kenyan fare of beans, ugali, irio and rice. There were also another 3 dishes with goat - but I don't eat goat so you don't get to see those.
After lunch there was some dancing. After 2 hours the wedding party had not yet arrived at the reception so the MC encouraged people to dance while we waited.
|With Josephine, mother of the groom.|
|Arrival of bride and groom.|
When the wedding party did finally arrive, all the women went out to escort the bride to the reception while chanting and kind of shuffle-dancing. I don't know what was being chanted, but we joined in the shuffle fun.
|Once to the reception, the proceeded through an arch, followed by two lines |
of shuffle-dancing guests.
Both the bride and groom come from the Kikuyu tribe - the largest tribe in Kenya and most prevalent in the central province which surrounds Nairobi. This is a traditional bridal dress which was presented to the bride.
And that about brings us to an end. One other thing I wanted to share is a song that became the theme song of the day. It was played while the couple walked down the aisle after the ceremony and several times during the reception. It is catchy and Andrea and I had it stuck in our heads for a couple days - so I decided to share that joy with you! Here's a link to it if you are interested - although be warned that you will be humming it for a while!