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Congratulations Maureen & Simba
Date10.04.19
Photo-shoot Location| Safari Park Hotel & Casino
Nairobi Wedding PhotographerAntony Trivet photography
Assistant Photographer| Ariff Kuppah

 So we’re down by the poolside in Safari Park Hotel and Casino, and Maureen and Simba are having a chat, laughing and joking about the next few days wedding in this same venue… and I forget that I’m actually here to work, to capture some fun moments of them as a couple for their pre-wedding engagement photo shoot. And that’s because Maureen and Simba are so chilled, fun, funny and into each other that we all felt it was like hanging out with mates for an hour on the hotel’s park. But not so chilled that we endangered the cleanliness of Simba’s shoes – I’ll just leave that there… Insanely fun and full of laughs, ideas and with an easy-going nature, their wedding is going to be something very special…

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
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You know how you think one day your dreams may not come true after all? Well this year, they did – at least a dream I have had for many years for a great model (team) to ask for her shoot to be on the park!!!!!!!

Model: Cynthia Wanjiru
Location: Antony Trivet Photography
Makeup by: Glam Girl Sly
Photography: Antony Trivet Photography
Find Sly Sylvia Marie of Glam Girl Sly on:
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Assistant Photographer : Mackin Barasa
Location on : Hell’s Gate National Park Naivasha
Model: Cynthia Wanjiru
Photography:Antony Trivet Photography
Find Cynthia Wanjiru on:
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Sylviamary Wanjiru. You can call her  Sly, not that she is sly .She wasn’t much of a makeup lover but a tomboy .Started loving makeup while  in college, started with threading the eyebrows, thanks to the influence of her girlfriend. “I went once and I was like,” “This is soo easy why would I pay someone to do this for me” Haha.

Meghan Trainor - Better When I'm Dancin' (Official Music Video) (From The Peanuts Movie)
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Congratulations Melvin & Juliet
Date12.06.18
Photo Shoot Location| St. Bakhita Kindergarten
Nairobi Wedding PhotographerAntony Trivet photography
Assistant Photographer | Ben Kiilu
Photo Shoot Location| St Bakhita kindergarten Eagle Plains
These school themed playful romance engagement is just bursting with color, fun and love.

And the best part? They told us they wanted to shoot on Kindergarten to tell their story and because of all the fond memories! Kind of a cool tribute to the place that brought them together….

It was such an awesome shared experience

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Congratulations Emmanuel & Donna
Date02.19.18
Photoshoot Lcation| The Nairobi Arboretum
Nairobi Wedding PhotographerAntony Trivet photography

Pregnancy seems designed to prepare you for life as a mother. You start making sacrifices nine months before the child is born, so by the time they put in an appearance you are used to giving things up for them. – Brett Kiellerop.

A mother’s joy begins when new life is stirring inside… when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone.

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Congratulations Christine + Dennis
Date10.07.17
Photoshoot LocationKarura Forest
Nairobi Wedding Photographer | Antony Trivet photography

The coming of a new baby will strengthen the bonds of love, make the days shorter and the nights longer, though it might make clothes shabbier and the home unkempt. But it is a live worth living nonetheless.

“Truthfully, being pregnant is changing me as a person. Each day is part of this amazing journey that has completely shifted the focus of my life and made me re-evaluate my personal and professional goals.”– Holly Madison

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Congratulation Barbra & Amos
Photo shoot Location: Nairobi National Museums
Photography: Antony Trivet Photography
Date: 10th March 2018
Assistant Photographer :  Ariff Kuppah
Church & Reception : Kenya Utalii College
“When you smiled you had my undivided attention.
When you laughed you had my urge to laugh with
you. When you cried you had my urge to hold you.
When you said you loved me, you had my heart
forever.”

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Congratulations Melvin & Juliet
Date11.01.19
Dowry Location| Mikuyuni
Nairobi Wedding PhotographerAntony Trivet photography

Before the marriage a special ceremony was conducted. The groom and his kin had to throw an important party known as “ntheo” which was the minimum threshold that demonstrated that the bride officially belonged to the man she was engaged to. Source Elimu Asilia

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Congratulations Emmanuel & Donna
Date12.09.18
Dowry Location| Kendu Bay
Nairobi Wedding PhotographerAntony Trivet photography

The bride’s mother should prepare chicken “Gweno” and other meals are also included example are cow’s meat “ring dhiang” whereby the cow should be slaughtered on that day. The people who were preparing food are the ones who are involved with serving the groom’s family.

The groom’s in –law/ family should not stay at the bride’s house till 6:00 pm since it may end up bringing conflict between the two families.

After that, the bride and the bridegroom are given five weeks to prepare for the wedding ceremony. It is said that the girl should be placed in the house for three days before marriage. The locking of the girl is to ensure that the girl is fully prepared for marriage. Source Elimu Asilia

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Congratulations Alice & George
Date12.08.18
Nairobi Wedding PhotographerAntony Trivet photography
Assistant Photographer | Ben Kiilu
Photo-shoot Location| Nyari Estate Nairobi

Dowry payment is a series of events namely:-
1. Kumenya mucii – getting to know the brides home.
2. Kuhanda ithigi – Literally means planting a branch of a tree mostly banana
3. Kuracia – Actual dowry payment

On the set the bride- to- be  and her relatives do all the cooking for example mukimo cooked with stinging nettle (thafai) or pumpkin leaves, chapatti , black beans (njahi) and bunch of bananas (mukano), while on the other side the father and young men relatives roasted some meat while waiting to receive dowry. This is called ruracio , a feast where the groom and his family bring the dowry at the bride –to –be home and show up at about 1pm. On the arrival the groom’s family will find the gate closed. This is a sign to show that they must sing their way in. Then the bride -to -be and her female relatives welcome them in with songs and dances. After settling in and before any eating the bride to be is taken away by her fellow female in-laws and relatives, there she is given some advice meanwhile the groom starts ( kuhanda ithigi) planting a branch of tree which symbolizes that the lady has been booked by the groom. He then starts the payment process together with his parents and elders to the parents of the lady and their elders.

The dowry could be:-
1. Goima – fattened ram
2. Thenge – He goat – this could be from 99 of them onwards depending on the negotiation made because for example in Kiambu, one has to take 120 goats and 20 cows, after that two more goats are slaughtered (kugurania). In this each, meat part had a specified person to take it.
3. Mori – heifer
4. Njohi ya uuki – beer made from honey for the elders as a sign of respect.
5. Cows

If the groom didn’t bring all the required dowry negotiated earlier he is expected to remember to finish his payment, failure to do so spells dishonor to that family.

After this the bride- to -be is finally recalled and becomes a bride. They all happily feast and eat together. The bride’s family then gives some items to the bride to carry to their home such as kyondo – weaving basket,  ciihuri-calabash, lesos, nyungo- pot, mukwa –new rope, a blanket and bed sheets for the bride’s mother, handkerchiefs for the sisters and honey for preparing “muratina” (beer).

As the bride leaves with the groom the bride’s parents then wait to do the last process which is itara- getting to see the nest or nestling place of their daughter. Source Elimu Asilia

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