Wedding Story

Wedding Story

We managed to trace Mum, and found her unconscious in a local Molo Health Centre and had to transfer her to a hospital with an ICU or HDU amidst the doctors' strike; it was such a hustle but we got room at Nakuru War Memorial, after calling almost all functioning private hospitals in Nairobi. She survived with hip and leg fractures and multiple fractures on her skull, but has been responding well to treatment so far (4 months now). We have been travelling every week to Nakuru to take care of her - in shifts between weekdays and weekends.

So we had to postpone the wedding, since she was the only parent to my fiancé after his dad was murdered in 2010. The fruit cake was ready, but had to be sold, the cards were all ready and we still have them in the groom’s house, most of the wedding details were already set, but had to be removed. We had to wait for Mum to regain consciousness and attend the wedding. She is up now, her memory is not fully back, but she remembers a few things

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All the money we had, we've spent it on her bills. She has undergone multiple surgeries, about 7 of them, and it would take ksh.3 million to discharge her and proceed with the wedding. It’s been a rough journey and now 3 million stands between us and the wedding. Let me not think of a honeymoon, since we have spent the money we had to settle some of the bills.

I was engaged in December 2016 to be married on 4 March 2017.

We started preparing for the wedding and signing agreements with service providers, even making deposit payments, and all that pertains to wedding preparations. Then on 30 January 2017, my mother in-law was involved in a grisly road accident while travelling to Western Kenya for a short visit. We all reside in Nairobi, but then we didn't know of the accident until 2 February, since she went mteja and we presumed the network in the village was the main issue, as always.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill took to Instagram to share a very sweet tribute to her husband Andy Hill on Thursday, as the couple celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary. Jessica uploaded a collage of snapshots taken on their big day, showing the newlyweds together at the altar, and laughing together at their wedding reception. Alongside the photographs, she wrote: "4 years today I married the love of my life. It was such an amazing day and I couldn't wish for a better husband and daddy to our children." Fans were quick to congratulate the couple, with one writing: "Oh my gosh I just cried! So beautiful! Happy anniversary."

Jessica and Andy – her childhood sweetheart – tied the knot in May 2013 at St Michael and All Angels church in Hathersage, Derbyshire, near to where they both grew up. The bride looked beautiful in a romantic ivory Monique Lhuillier gown with an all-encompassing ruffled skirt and floor-length veil, and she carried a bouquet of cream and pink roses. The couple first met while attending the King Ecbert School in Sheffield, and got engaged on Christmas Eve in 2010 after eight years together.

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"He was saying all these lovely things," Jessica exclusively told HELLO! following Andy's proposal, which took place at the couple's Sheffield home. "I thought, 'It really sounds like he's going to propose, but he can't be.' Then he got the ring out of his pocket. It was an amazing feeling.” Andy added: "You had a little tear in your eye. We've always talked about it and it just felt like the time was right. Christmas is quite special for me and Jess."

In March this year, Jessica announced the happy news that she and Andy are expecting their second baby. The 31-year-old, who welcomed son Reggie in July 2014, shared a photo of her little boy reading a book titled 'I'm going to be a big brother!' "Another little Ennis-Hill on the way," she confirmed. "So happy."

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Wedding dress codes

Wedding dress codes

Kim Kardashian’s assistant Stephanie Shepherd dished to Refinery29 on what it’s like to work for the A-lister, from putting together North’s first stroller to working Kimye’s glamorous Italian wedding.

Shepherd, who has been working for Kardashian since 2013 and was recently promoted to COO of Kardashian West Brands, opened up about her job interview with the 36-year-old reality star. "She had no makeup on and was in her sweats, super pregnant with North. She was just like, 'Look, I need help, Robin [Antin] loves you and says great things about you; this is what I need. Can you do it?' And I was like, ‘OK, sure, I can do that — and if I can’t, I’ll figure it out!' Meanwhile in my head, I was so nervous.”

Initially, Shepherd was doing it all as Kardashian’s only assistant. "I was doing her whole schedule, doing her laundry, booking travel, putting the stroller together and all of these things. But I wasn’t nervous. I was just excited, always staying longer than I needed because I was trying to prove myself — and then North came early!” she recalled. "I was a brand new assistant who had no idea what to do with a baby, but we all moved into Kris' house, and she was the one who made it all feel OK and moved mountains for us.” Four years later, Kardashian has upgraded to a personal assistant, a house assistant and two nannies, Shepherd said.

Stephanie Shepherd
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Shepherd has been with the family through some of their biggest moments, including the KUWTK star’s May 2014 nuptials to Kanye West. “I didn’t even get to watch the ceremony because I was also filming — I often producer-cam the more personal moments for the show, when they don't want full-on cameras around — so I was filming everyone getting ready,” she said. "And then Caitlyn lost her suit, so I had to locate it; all the girls are getting ready, we're getting Kim together, we’re in this castle; Kanye is down rearranging the floral arrangements and all this stuff, all while I’m trying to film."

She was also in charge of getting Kardashian back to the U.S. after her October Paris heist. "It was terrifying. At the time, I had to hold it together and make sure everything was getting handled, and that we could get Kim home as quickly and safely as possible,” she said. "The night of the robbery, Kourtney and I were out, we were a little drunk, so when everything happened, we rushed home and sobered up real quick. We didn't sleep that entire night. I was so busy handling stuff."

As Kardashian’s right-hand woman, Shepherd added that she’s gotten close with the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan. West is “so funny” and “so unfiltered” and North is "the sweetest child, truly, she’s so smart and so charismatic,” Shepherd said. "Kendall and Kylie, we have some of the same friends, so we'll go out together and have that relationship. Khloe is just like everybody’s friend, you can talk to her about anything, she’s just a down ass girl, truly. And then Kourtney and I weren’t really close at all when I first started working — I don’t think she really liked me at first, to be honest! But I think when we were doing that world tour of Miami and Iceland and all those places, with so much travel time, we bonded.”

At the end of the day, though, she reminds people that she’s still an assistant. “With all of that glamour comes schlepping the bags and the suitcases and taking the fall when the car doesn't show up or the flight is delayed or something goes wrong,” she said.

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Bridesmaids Beauty

Bridesmaids Beauty

Bridesmaids know that certain requirements usually come with their role: purchasing a dress, attending or hosting events such as the bridal shower and bachelorette party, and, of course, being by the bride's side on her big day. But some brides are taking their requests—scratch that, demands—to the next level by asking members of their bridal parties to alter their physical appearances before the wedding.

The New York Post recently interviewed several brides and bridesmaids about the phenomenon, which more than anything made us grateful we're not in any of the weddings they're planning. One bride detailed how she requested that all of her bridesmaids "get fit," and that she even told a bridesmaid who had just given birth that she needed to "lose a few pounds." The same bride also forbade her bridesmaids from wearing swimsuits with straps during her bachelorette party to prevent tan lines, commanded that another bridesmaid get her earlobe cosmetically fixed so that she could wear chandelier earrings on the big day, and requested that all her bridesmaids get hair extensions.

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Another bride interviewed by the Post has reportedly instructed her entire bridal party to follow a diet, including a set meal plan, in the weeks prior to her wedding. "They're going to be standing up there with me, so they want to look good and feel good too," she said. A maid of honor who spoke out in the article revealed how her sister—the bride—has demanded that she get a spray tan, grow her hair out, and keep it dyed blonde. "I'm pretty sure if I weren't already attempting to get in shape, she'd probably make comments about that too," she added.

We've heard stories like these before: One bridesmaid's anecdote went viral last summer when she posted on Reddit about how the bride had requested she dye her naturally red hair to brown to fit in better with the bridal party. More horror stories shared on the website Whisper reveal outrageous asks from brides, from a demand that a bridesmaid cover up her tattoos to a request that a bridesmaid get a breast reduction. Plastic surgeons, meanwhile, are increasingly reporting that bridal parties are coming in for filler and Botox — while gyms are creating special bridal boot camp packages and bachelorette parties have become more wellness-focused.

It should go without saying, but telling your bridesmaids to change how they look is more likely to make them resent you than it is to improve your wedding. No one at your wedding will care if your maid of honor has been doing squats or not, but she'll probably care if you take it upon yourself to critique her body. And if you're looking to share your big day with "perfect"-looking women rather than your closest friends, you could always put out a casting call.

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From the South Shore to a warm beach

From the South Shore to a warm beach

Destination weddings have become a favoured choice for couples eager to tie the marital knot in countries offering azure waters, silky sand beaches, constant blue skies and warm local hospitality.

Middle LaHave residents Kevin Corkum and Amanda Nauss recently invited 30 family members and friends to witness their nuptials and participate in a week of fun at a resort in Cayo Coco, Cuba.

“Cuba is one of our favourite places, and relying on someone at the resort to take care of most of the arrangements left Kevin and me more time to enjoy our family and friends during the week,” said Nauss, an administrative assistant with the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Bridgewater.

Assembled on a pristine beach in Cayo Coco, Cuba, newlyweds Amanda Nauss and Kevin Corkum kiss as members of the wedding party admire them. From left, bridesmaids Denby MacRae, Christine Abreu and Kim Freeman, and groomsmen Bruce Sangster, Johnny Nauss and Aaron Henley. Destination weddings are popular. (Kevin & Christine Photography)
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“The wedding and honeymoon co-ordinator at the resort was very organized. Her attention to detail was phenomenal, and the staff went above and beyond to make everything perfect for us,” she said.

“For the entire week we were treated like a king and queen. During the days before and after the wedding, we would return to our room to discover gifts, champagne and rose petals. It wasn’t just a wedding day, it was a wedding week.”

The Melia Jardines del Rey resort hosts many weddings, particularly during the spring. The ever-cheerful co-ordinator said she and her staff were involved in 18 weddings in April alone, and 25 ceremonies were held at the resort during April, 2016.

Corkum said the resort staff’s hospitality and determination to make his and Nauss’s wedding special was exceptional. “For me, the appeal of Cuba is its people and culture,” he said.

A career firefighter and paramedic, Corkum is a captain with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency. In fact, the wedding group had a definite emergency-responder feel to it, with firefighters, emergency-room nurses, paramedics and one RCMP member in attendance.

Although single, Jamie Macumber of Wileville is an old hand at destination weddings. He has attended two weddings and one vow renewal in Cuba.

“They were mostly South Shore residents with some Cape Bretoners. I like coming down with larger groups because no matter where I go on the resort, I bump into someone I know,” said Macumber, who works two weeks of every month in Nunavut, trucking iron ore 100 km across the tundra from the minesite to the port.

“Maybe one day I would consider having my own destination wedding, but right now I’m having fun at other people’s weddings,” he said.

Vanessa Legay of Upper LaHave attended the wedding with boyfriend Aaron Henley, a groomsman and first cousin to Corkum. The trip down to Cuba with Air Transat was Legay’s maiden flight, and she was “super excited” to be going south, and experiencing for the first time all the activities offered at a beachfront resort.

“The beach wedding was wonderful. The weather was gorgeous and the resort was beautiful. We had an amazing time sailing on a catamaran, and spending time in the ocean and pools,” said Legay.

“Aaron and I snorkelled, took a Jeep safari, toured a crocodile farm, and visited a remote island for lunch. It was a busy week, but we enjoyed ourselves,” she said.

With a record four million tourists visiting Cuba in 2016, tourism is a key component of the Cuban economy. Currently, Canadians make up more than 60 percent of all tourists, although predictable weather, safety, friendly and accommodating people, and good value are attracting tourists from Europe. During the week of the wedding, sold-out flights arrived from England and Italy.

The town of Moron is home to most of the nearly 10,000 workers who are bused daily to their jobs at the 18 resorts and one villa located across the causeway on Cayo Coco. The worker count swells to 15,000 when you factor in construction workers at three resorts being built. Cubans are not allowed to reside on the island.

One of Nauss’s three bridesmaids, Christine Abreu, (both lifelong friends married men named Kevin) said she and her husband exchanged vows in the Dominican Republic four years ago, and the next week they photographed a destination wedding at the same resort.

“During our honeymoon I was speaking to a girl who said she was getting married the following week. I mentioned that my husband and I photograph destination weddings, and after viewing our work online she asked us to shoot her wedding,” said Abreu.

“Since then we have photographed weddings in Vietnam, Thailand, Jamaica and two in Cuba. We also photograph many weddings at home in Nova Scotia.”

Abreu believes there is less pressure on the bride and groom during a destination wedding.

“If you get married at home, you spend a good part of the wedding and reception talking to people you haven’t seen for months, maybe even years. So you spend a lot of time socializing and catching up,” she said.

“At a destination wedding you see and speak with those people all week, so your actual wedding day is just about you and your spouse.”

Abreu said if couples are planning a destination wedding and want to ask Uncle Bob to be the photographer because he has an awesome camera and always takes good pictures, think again. Uncle Bob likely doesn’t have the right equipment or know-how to shoot successfully in a hot, humid climate.

“You really have to know your equipment and how it operates in different weather conditions. We are used to travelling overseas with our equipment and can easily adapt to changing conditions,” said Abreu.

Shooting 20 to 30 weddings a year at home and abroad together has created an intuitive on-the-job dynamic between Abreu and her husband. Often they don’t communicate for hours during a shoot.

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