I had the pleasure of coordinating Heather & Chris’ wedding last week at Fairmont’s Mt. Kenya Safari Club in Nanyuki. As the wedding plans were underway, I remember Heather mentioning that some close friends and family were not able to make it all the way to Nanyuki from various parts of the world (especially Canada and New Zealand.) This piece is for them 🙂
We arrived at the club on Friday evening after a two and a half our road trip from Nairobi. The immediate family assembled for the rehearsal dinner at 7:00 pm which was very lively.
Heather and Kristi
The next morning I had breakfast with Heather’s mother, Heather’s two nephews, her aunt Sue and Laura (One of the most fun human beings I have ever met)
After breakfast, I headed out for Rose Garden, the venue of the wedding ceremony. On the way I bumped into Sharon, the hair stylist for the bridal entourage.
At the wedding venue, preparations were furiously underway with everyone pulling their weight to ensure that everything was set by 2:00pm, the time the ceremony was to begin.
After Rose Garden I made my way to the bridal suite to check on Heather. On the way I met the rest of the gang settling down for breakfast.
I also came across Chris (the groom) and Nick (the best man) sorting out a few things at the club’s reception.
I also caught up with Laura and Paola stepping out to check out the maze in the Club’s expansive gardens.
Eventually I found the bride almost ready….
After taking note of what the girls needed, I crossed over to the reception to meet up with Rita, the charming lady behind the wedding cake. We settled Rita in the Club’s kitchen thanks to Niall (Mt. Kenya Club’s GM.)
I left Rita and run into Marcus and his girlfriend, a sign that the guests were already arriving for the wedding.
I went back to my room to change and upon arriving at the pre wedding gathering, I was flattered that a certain young man offered me a drink 🙂
The guests arrived looking absolutely ravishing.
At exactly 2:00 pm Niall rung the bell, an indication that the ceremony was about to begin. The guests stepped into Rose Garden and sat down.
Chris stood by the alter waiting for his bride…
Words cannot describe how lovely Heather looked… Her father walked her down the aisle.
The ceremony was beautiful…
Mr. and Mrs Chris Simpson walked down the aisle as man and wife.
They signed their marriage certificate.
The post ceremony champagne gathering was full of hugs and congratulations…
The wedding photo shoot was fun and full of laughter..
Yes, a few tears of joy were shed…
At some point we lost a guest to lots of apple juice 🙂
There was a polariod station where pictures were taken for the couple’s guest book…
After the couple retired, the guests then relaxed and mingled as the afternoon gave way to evening.
Michelle (Chris’ sister) and I went to the location of the bush dinner to finalize the set up. We bumped into Niall and his lovely wife already doing the final touch up.
The head chef of the Fairmont chain of hotels graced us with his presence, a sign that dinner would be to die for!
We came back up to the club. Michelle and I split up at the reception. I rushed back to my room to get ready. After changing in record time, I came back to the reception to organize the transportation of guests to the bush wedding dinner.
The guests all arrived and sat at their tables for dinner.
As the guests were getting familiar, Rita, Niall and I went back to the Club’s main kitchen to get the cake. We delicately brought it back in one piece amidst the bumpy ride to the bush dinner. I think Heather liked it 🙂
After dinner, the chef allowed me to sneak into the back and take pictures of dessert. One of the pieces was a specific Australian dessert, lamingtons which they specially made upon Chris and Heather’s request.
As soon as the speeches were done, the dancing begun. Now at this point I had to put my camera down and tear up the dancefloor to James’ mix (Heathers brother)
The next morning we were barely alive at the Club’s Sunday Brunch after partying it up the night before…
After brunch we parted ways with happy yet sad hearts. We were happy for the couple but sad that the lovely weekend was over 😦
However Niall bid us farewell and promised to welcome us (and you) back to Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club with open arms 🙂 Here is a link to their website