I just love seeing destination weddings with strong Scottish influences, so when Kenyan wedding photographer Lola of Maiafreia Photography contacted us at SWD to submit Louise and Scottish native Graham’s wedding for the blog, I was thrilled.
We love that the couple included nods to both of their heritages, and their life in Nairobi, into their day, and kept it as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible.
Read what bride Louise has to say on reflection of their wedding…
Graham and I went to school in Nairobi together a year apart and we bumped into each other years later when he came over from Scotland for a friend’s wedding. We realised that same day that there was something special between us.
160 of our friends and family from all over the world came to Nairobi to celebrate with us. We asked so many of them to help out with the logistics and tasks of the day, even those not in the wedding party. It was so important for us to use our friends’ businesses as much as possible, promoting local talent whenever we could.
The theme was Scottish with an African twist – hence the Robertson tartan and guinea-fowl feathers featuring so prominently.
We have our own catering company, Lime Catering, who did all the food and the bar just how we wanted it: canapés before and after the ceremony of Bitterballen to represent my Dutch heritage, mini Yorkshire puds with rare roast beef for my English heritage, and Scottish haggis on tattie scones with whisky cream to represent Graham’s Scottish lineage!
We’re really passionate about re-using what we can, so lots of our décor was re-purposed: bottles and jars for the flowers, old pallets for the signs; even my dress and cowboy boots had been worn by another bride!
We felt that cut flowers weren’t for us, so we used our garden’s natural beauty coupled with African print fabrics on the dining table and of course, the bridesmaid’s bold dresses to provide the colour in a funky but sustainable, and reusable, way.
A great photographer was our highest priority and Lola from Maiafreia Photography was better than we could have ever imagined. She captured our day so perfectly and ensured we have memories we can look back on forever.
My dress was customised by Mtumba Arts; I loved the guinea fowl feathers that were painted on the dress and that’s what set the theme of the whole wedding.
My headpiece was a gift from Graham’s sister, a ‘welcome to the clan’ gift! It had the Robertson clan crest on it and guinea fowl feathers; just perfect.
Graham wore his own kilt in Ancient Hunting Robertson tartan that he got for his 18th birthday, and his friends wore traditional Ghillie shirts.
Our best man Yeti is from Dingwall; he broke the ice at his speech, starting wit, “If you didn’t know already, I’m from Scotland”, in the broadest Highland accent imaginable. He had all the guests in stitches!
Nothing is more special than the home you grew up in and it was an obvious choice for our wedding venue.
We haven’t had a function in our garden since my Mum’s memorial 20 years ago, so it was even more special that it was right where she is remembered most; in her beloved garden.
Our wedding was very much our own baby – we started making our guest favours six months before by picking and pickling lemons from our lemon tree to make the Limoncello that we encouraged guests to use for toasting.
My late grandfather bought my parents our home and when he started getting ill, he loved my homemade Limoncello. It was only fitting that it was our signature drink.
Photographer: Maiafreia Photography | Venue: Bride’s family home, Nairobi, Kenya
Celebrant: Rev. Chris Arnold | Cake: Baked by a friend, topper by Pink Impala | Florist: Bride’s aunt sourced from local farms
Catering + bar: Lime Catering