|Housemates all dressed up for the day (Photo credit Nicole)|
So the 3 housemates dolled ourselves up and headed off for the day. We arrived at the Jubilee Christian Church almost an hour late, but in true Kenyan style the bride didn't arrive for another 40 minutes.
|Guests arrive at the wedding on a Starbus!|
|The bride arrives|
|The Minister shares his experiences of married life.|
|Having a bit of an aul praise.|
The reception was then held at the Sir Usufali Sports Club, a lovely outdoor venue (just off the Thika Road, for those Nairobi folks who might be interested!). The guests were split once again into bride and grooms sides, this time facing each other with the wedding cake marquay in the middle. I very much appreciated the fact that the cake got its own marquay.
|Groom's side of the reception|
|Barbara and Peter go to look for seats for us.|
|Yum, dinner! (Photo credit Nicole)|
|One of the groups of women dance and sing their|
way to the couple to present their gift.
The most interesting thing about this part of the day was when the bride and groom were presented with a bed by the bride's family, which was then made right in front of us. We were told by the lovely lady sitting next to us that this is a Kikuyu tradition. From what I understand of it, this is to signify that this is where the woman is now to sleep, and she is not to go back to her family (ie leave her marital bed) without her husband. I think the undertone of this is that you don't give up on your marriage in the Kikuyu culture, no matter what.
|A member of the bride's family presents a bed to the couple |
and explains the significance behind this Kikuyu tradition.
|The couple try out their new bed.|
|Photographer extraordinaire Barbara gets closer to the action.|
|About to cut the cake. Which I have now decided is the |
best part of any wedding.
All in all it was a wonderful day. I got to spend time with my charming housemates, I got to witness some proper Kenyan culture, and I got to put on a nice frock - a good day all round I say!
|Housemates with the beautiful mother of the groom, Josephine.|