Emmanuel: Joan is a nice, loving, caring and understanding person. I couldn’t ask for more — I thank the Almighty for her.
Joan: Emmanuel is handsome, loving and has a great sense of humour. He makes me very happy.
EB: How did he propose?
Joan: One Saturday afternoon, he took me to a resort in town where we had quality time talking about ourselves. Somehow I felt great about this time even though I didn’t know what was coming my way. In the evening we went back to his house and he made me a delicious meal. In the cause of having dinner, he went down on his knee and proposed. I said, “Yes!” followed by tears of joy.
EB: Did you have traditional ceremonies? How many?
Joan: We had two ceremonies; the first was when Emmanuel’s parents and relatives came to our home to formally introduce themselves and let my parents know of their intentions. It was not a must for the groom-to-be to attend this ceremony.
The second ceremony was a week before our wedding. It is called koito in Kalenjin. It is a dowry negotiation ceremony between the two families and is held at the girl’s home and the groom-to-be must attend.
EB: What part did you love most about the wedding day?
Joan: I loved the fact that we arrived in church by 8.45am! This gave us sufficient time for the photo shoot and entertainment.
How did the wedding go?
Emmanuel: It was great! We had such fun. Everything went on as planned; the suppliers did their best, the bridal party looked ravishing and the DJ rocked, to say the least.
EB: What was going through your mind the entire time?