Jeff & Sapiyon are not your usual run-of-the-mill kind of couple. I knew that right from our very 1st meeting. Gathoni & I run late for our very 1st meeting and I was not sure how they would take us (Judging from past experience :-). Sapiyon came in 1st with her good buddy Jose, from Tents and Beyond. Jeff came later on and we hit it right off. They were kind, amazing, real and raw. We loved them from the get go and were absolutely excited when they told us that they had decided long ago that we would shoot their wedding, 5 years to be precise. Sapiyon told us that for 5 years she had prayed to God about her wedding, and asked Him for every vendor that she dreamed of having. Guess what, God did it for her. Everyone she wanted, God brought her way and her wedding happened exactly as she prayed and dreamed about. Oh how amazing is our God!!!! I asked her how she & Jeff me and this is what she told me….
How We Met (Sapiyon’s Story)
Jeff & I met in May 2011 when a mutual friend had lost her father. That evening, he gave me a ride home, as we had stayed on well past midnight at the vigil. As he dropped me off, we just exchanged numbers and that was it. Around August of the same year, I texted him, simply congratulating him on his graduation. Early 2012, we started texting more, though nothing much was said, just those ‘Hi, how are you‘ kinda texts 🙂
In May of the same year (5th May 2012, to be precise) I lost my dad and from then on, Jeff became a constant in my life. He was present for all the meetings at our home in Ongata Rongai ( Interestingly that first time he just showed up even though I hadn’t given him directions 🤣🤣🤣🤣 )
He was there when I went through all my stages of grief that year. He held my hand and walked with me.
We started dating officially in 2013. Five months in, we got pregnant & I was so scared. I hadn’t finished university & my mum was such a bulldog, I didn’t know how I would tell her that I was pregnant 🤣🤣🤣🤣
Jeff, being the gentleman he is, took it in his stride. We had our 1st born son in February of 2014. God also blessed us with a beautiful daughter in July of the next year, and our third one in 2019. We both started off at 24, young and naive, but through God’s grace & favour He enabled us to have our dream wedding, 8 years in. A journey of love, forgiveness, growth but mostly, loving one another under God’s guidance.
We met through a mutual friend at a sad time but something beautiful came out of it. I leave you with our favourite potion of scripture
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Shout out to this amazing team that brought our dream wedding to life
Ceremony :: St.Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Naivasha
Reception :: Lake Naivasha Resort
Photo-session :: Lake Naivasha Resort
Bridal Gown :: Rynah By Rynah
Bridal Shoes :: Everpretty.com
Wedding Co-ordinator :: Gichu Wahome
Bridal Jewellery :: Vavanistore & Kiki Bridals
Groom’s Outfit :: Ann
Maids’ Outfits :: everpretty.com
Make Up Artist :: Wacuka Thimba
Hair :: Catherine Mbaire
Cake :: Little Cake Girl (LCG)
Catering :: Lake Naivasha Resort
Entertainment/DJ :: DJ Stretch
MC :: Martin Mururia (Kayamba Africa)
Lake Naivasha Resort is a great escape destination located on Moi South Lake Road just steps off the beautiful Lake Naivasha, Kenya. It is a beautiful location if you are looking at going out of town for a wedding. Well manicured, luscious grounds and you also get to wine and dine with the hippos. Definitely, one of my top 5 wedding locations in Naivasha
Our gracious & gorgeous bride of the day, Sapiyon, glowing after getting the famous Wacuka Thimba face beat!
We set up this shot in a fraction of a second. Voices from many corners 🙂 were indicating that the girls should have been dressed ages ago. How these beauties managed to calmly smile & pose, I know not, must be be their guardian angels overworking!
When you hear those competitions for ‘Most Beautiful Photo on the Internet‘ taking in applications, please remind me to submit this photo 🙂
Man of the moment, Jeff a.k.a Kingori a.k.a Kingz, gets suited up by his best man, Peter. Jeff & Sapiyon, were in the same cottage but on different floors. Interestingly, they kept out of each others way the entire time they were getting ready. They did not want to spoil the surprise of the 1st reveal.
The little gentleman getting ready with Daddy. It was such a joy for their children to be witnesses & partakers of their parent’s journey and finally see them getting married before God and their family.
Sapiyon surpised her soon-to-be hubby with a wedding gift on the morn of their wedding. Peter, the best man is seen here delivering the ‘Package’ with the decorum it deserves!
The ‘Package’ with its secret contents finally arrives on its intended destination
Jeff and his little twin laughing over the tooth fairy, who had paid him a visit not too long ago 🙂
A short story 🙂 as told by Jack, Jack Daniels 🙂
Sapiyon, we were not ready, not ready!!!! Rynah By Rynah you brought the heat with this gown.
Sapiyon’s mum adorns Jeff with the traditional Maasai ornament worn by the Bridegroom.
Jeff & Sapiyon chose to have a 1st look. This is where the couple sees each other for the 1st time and have a private moment together. I always say, if possible, arrange to have one just before your ceremony. Jeff took the time to pray over his bride and also dedicate their marriage to God. This to me was my most special moment of the day
Sapiyon also got ornamented with the traditional Maasai Bridal ornaments. Her being from the Maasai community, it was wonderful to see how they chose to incorporate their culture and tradition in their white Christian wedding.
Jeff and his band of brothers. I found someone taking a picture of them and I jumped on the photo-op. I love those unrehearsed, unposed images. They always capture the mood and life of the day.
Jeff & Sap’s whole bridal squad. They were such a fun group to photograph. Not once did they stress or overrule my role as photographer, they were patient and took instruction so well. Kudos to you team Jeff & Sapiyon!
Incidentally, there was another wedding at the church that was still not yet done. Since we had some time to kill (Which rarely happens), we did some party & guest pictures at the beautiful lawn fronting their cottage
We took so many beautiful pictures, I was spoilt for choice. This time proved God sent as we hardly got any more time to take such relaxed pictures as the day progressed. Lesson, take advantage of every free minute you have to take pictures.
As Jeff was out taking care of some pressing business at church, the groomsmen were holding fort, ensuring that nothing happened to his sweetheart 🙂
I fell in love with Sapiyon’s bouquet the moment I saw it. So beautifully & well put together. As always kudos to Floral Art who never disappoint.
Soon, Jeff’s mummy & aunties were here singing & ululating as they picked up their bride. It was a wonderful blend of the Kikuyu & Maasai cultures
Soon, we were off, headed to the local church where Jeff & Sapiyon were to be married. It was a 10 minutes drive from the resort. They chose to have a Range Rover Convoy, all the way from the old to the new.
St.Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Naivasha is where we had our ceremony. Since it was a Catholic Mass we could not have it at the Lake front of the resort as is the tradition of Destination weddings.
Sapiyon walks up the steps of the Church to finally say ‘I Do‘ to the man she had waiting & praying for, for 8 years!
We had such a wonderful ceremony. The presiding father was amazing, hilarious and fun.
That joy deep down in your heart when you know that you have finally bagged the girl of your dreams
One of my favourite moments during the ceremony was when Jeff went down on one knee to unveil his blushing bride.
Jeff get his Maasai warrior ‘rungu‘ (Club) from his best man Peter, in preparation for the uphill task that was ahead of him
The Task: 1st official KISS as husband and wife *Insert Ululations 🙂
Beautiful moment when their children came up to the altar to congratulate them on finally becoming husband & wife
Jeff ushers his beautiful wife into their get-away car as we leave the ceremony for the reception
Jeff suggested that we stop by the road side (Moi South Lake Road) for some few pictures. The sun was blazing hot, nonetheless we managed to sneak in a frame or two
Moi South Lake road is quite a busy road, and cars were wheezing by us at terrific speeds. I did not want us to make the news that evening 🙂 so we had to end it prematurely
Hey mommy & daddy, stop doing bad manners 🙂
We landed into the reception like Kings 🙂 honking and making our presence felt. This vintage electric golf cart is definitely one for the record books
Tents and Beyond & Floral Art had outdone themselves with the set up. Black has finally become my official favourite wedding colour. The reception was wide and spacious and we could enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Naivasha & the browsing hippos, right from our tables
Did I mention hippos? Yeah fam, there were lots of them grazing lazily by the lake shore separated obviously by an electric fence. They were quite a sight to behold at such close range.
The Little Cake Girl (Samantha) stands proudly beside her masterpiece. One of the most elaborate 10-tier wedding cakes I have ever seen. And she hacked the Maasai theme so perfectly. Kudos Little Cake Girl, this creation definitely deserves a pat on the back!
This photo does not do enough justice to this suspended centre piece. It absolutely took your breath away just to behold it and it was even more grand to stand under it.
The newly weds make their entrance to their wedding reception. I love the Kenyan tradition of the women singing & dancing as they welcome the bride & groom.
Kingori looks like the happiest man in the globe. Getting a wife is surely no mean feat, he deserves all the happiness, in all the world.
The high table was a floral heaven. Floral Art truly lived up to their name. Kudos Lilian and your amazing team!
What’s a wedding without good food. And when it came to the lunch buffet, the layout display was so creatively done that it deserved a shout out on the blog.
Jeff’s mum & aunties take Sapiyon through the traditions for the Kikuyu. How a wife is to cater for & take care of her husband & family.
More of the cake in all its glory. Sapiyon told me that she had envisioned this cake as it stands here. Fully modern & fully cultured. She told me that the actual cake came out more grand than she dreamt it. God indeed does make all things beautiful in His time. If it’s not yet your time, don’t fret, just wait on Him, He is always on time. May this beautiful cake always remind you of this.
Jeff & Sapiyon get to feed each other their 1st meal together, the cake was yummier than it looked. We tore into it, not a crumb of it was left standing 🙂
Peter looked like he had been rehearsing for this moment for a long, long time
Jeff gave a wonderful tribute to his blushing bride and he also took his time to personally thank everyone who made his wife’s dream a reality. What a wonderful gesture.
All the guests got this scrumptious chocolate popsicle with a thank you message to take home. I confess, I took more than one 🙂
We had such a fun meet & greet session once the official part of the wedding was done. This is an absolute crucial part of the wedding as the couple takes some happy portraits together with their close family & friends.
Peter & his beautiful wife Agnes.
Afterwards it was time to let the hair down and party till the AM
Right in the middle of the partying, this courageous gentleman popped the big Question, and his good lady said a bigger YES 🙂
Jeff & Sap we wish you all of God’s blessings as you continue walking and loving each other. You both deserve it. Thank you for being such amazing people and kind souls, It’s definitely the work of the God that you both believe in so much. May He keep you more in love with each other until He calls you both home to Him.
With Love & Kindness,
I am a disciple of Christ, passionate about serving God’s purpose to my generation. I am a husband to Gathoni Kiruthi and together God has blessed us with 3 amazing children