Monday, April 6, 2015

caleb+nicole-a kenyan wedding

way back on labor day of 2014-nicole and caleb had their pre-wedding-(see the pictures here) a kenyan tradition to celebrate their engagement. i was there to photograph the event and met quite of few of his family that flew over from kenya. it was an awesome day-full of tradition and two families coming together. in the midst of the festivities it was mentioned that i should come to kenya for the wedding. it felt like a joke-how in the world would that actually happen....

and then-nicole's family made it possible for me. one renewed passport-a yellow fever shot and some malaria pills later i was traveling with them to africa.

one key component in this was my husband's enthusiastic support. he did not hesitate in advocating that i take part in this big adventure. there are many parts about this trip that i am thankful for-but his support made it possible.

 see the first part of this post here

the kids just amazed me-they handled all the changes of traveling with apparent ease-they played soccer in the yard, ate what was served to them, followed directions and didn't complain. so tremendous!
the rehearsal was thursday night-another beautiful evening. i loved getting to meet all the bridal party-

the venue for the wedding was just a short walk from the church-it was a beautiful green space

we went over to dinner at the groom's parent's house that evening-i had the best time getting to take pictures of the ladies making dinner

after dinner tea
another day at the cottage-getting ready for the wedding. samantha recruited help to make the veil-
hide and seek in the hard
the night before the wedding-getting everyone bathed and in bed on time.
the morning of the wedding-everyone shiny and bright in their beautiful clothes.
a family prayer before the big event

waiting for the ladies to come get nicole-this is a kenyan tradition. they chant and sing and welcome nicole into their family.

at the church-they day we have all been waiting for is here-everyone is in high spirits.

pictures of different groups with the bride and groom after the ceremony

the bridal party and photographers went to a nearby primate village to do some posed pictures-

welcoming the bride and groom to the reception with singing and dancing
the men's turn for dancing

many gifts were given to the family of the bride as well as the bride and groom.

after all the gifts had been presented there was a final prayer and then they were off! what a fantastic celebration...

Thursday, April 2, 2015

kenya part one

this is a journey i will never forget...and when people ask me about the memorable aspects-my always answer is the people. i met so many incredible people-enthusiastic, loving, generous, open and beautiful...our world is made up of so many differences-but the sameness is amazing. pictures first-hopefully more words later :)
we had an unexpected overnight layover in london-which was actually very nice. british airways put us up in a hotel and paid for dinner and breakfast..we didn't have to retrieve all our checked bags and i got to walk around london-even if it was just next to healthrow. next time we will be more prepared and go on the tube to trafalgar square :)
our first glimpse of africa at night-weather felt amazing after being so cold in london
several of our bags did not arrive-including mine-the kids were incredible for this whole trip-and the reunion with nicole was so touching...
we stayed in karen-a suburb of nairobi
some scenes from our walks

tiffany and i fly over to eldorett to stay with caleb's grandfather and aunt-they welcomed us into their home for the night. 
aunt emily took us on a long walk the next morning-

uncle matthew and aunt emily took us around to many of the schools in the area. a highlight of this trip was to see the faces of all the kids.

tiffany accidentally terrified one of the boys when she reached out to try and help move him away from stepping on a bowl of rice and beans-
after the schools in the village-we drove into the city of eldorett-we went to the kenyan version of walmart-nakumart. it always intrigues me to go into grocery stores and see what kinds of things are the same and different. soda is a big deal-and milk comes in bags-and dried beans come in bulk in every variety

most of these pictures were taken from the window of a moving car-i wasn't sure how they would turn out-but they are some of my favorites from the trip.