How he proposed to me infront of my parents
Saturday, February 15th, 2020
By Marcella Akinyi
Where did your love story begin?
Shalon: We met in 2013 through a mutual friend and though it was not love at first sight for us, we just kept in touch. In 2016, we began communicating again and realised that we enjoyed each other’s company and vibe. We began our relationship and here we are now as husband and wife.
How was dating like?
Dating, though sweet, is usually plagued with a lot of challenges, but for us, we opted to just focus on ourselves, enjoy each other’s company and also invest in our friendship.
What do you like about him?
Daudi has the most amazing soul I’ve ever come across. He is funny, caring, protective and thoughtful. He is genuinely my best friend.
How did he go on one knee?
I can recall that day so vividly in my mind as it was also our first vacation together. It was at Sawela Lodge in Naivasha on August 4, 2018. I honestly didn’t expect it. He coordinated the whole thing with the hotel staff.
He even roped in my parents and my close family. Contrary to expectations, he asked for my dad’s permission before proposing to me. Chivalry is not dead.
How was your wedding planning process?
I have never planned one before, so it was a dainty task and we were planning it just the two of us. Some referrals really came through for sure, but generally, it was demanding but weirdly interesting. It showed us how much we can achieve if we put our minds to something.
Some couples plan with the help of a committee. Why did you opt to do it the two of you?
We felt that a wedding is a personal choice, and since we made that decision the two of us, we thought it was only fair not to burden people with our decision, so we took up the challenge and did a wedding within our budget.
What was memorable about the big day?
I loved every bit of our wedding, but I mostly remember the vows bit and the energy everyone had. It was a happy day, one that I had anticipated all my life.
I will never forget walking down the aisle to Onsare, the love of my life, and with my folks. We had always talked about it for long and planned for the day for quite some time until it was a reality. I also loved how magnificent as well as comfy my gown was.
Given a chance, what would you change about your wedding?
Honestly, I wouldn’t change anything. It went as we had prayed and planned. It was just our perfect day.
What advice would you give couples planning their nuptial?
If they are in a position to plan it on their own, they should do it themselves as it’s personal and unique to them. This ensures they avoid opinions from other people, which could be stressful and invite unnecessary pressure on the both of you.
Ensure that you also plan within your budget and not compare yourself with other people. In addition, do not be consumed with the wedding planning and forget your relationship.
There has never been an award for the best wedding, so, it’s honestly never that serious. Enjoy the process and let it bring you closer.