A Kenyan Wedding
Beatrice's Kenyan wedding was the event of the year at Faith House and the girls were fully involved. They worked diligently assembling the banana fiber centerpieces for the reception, they sang in groups and as soloists in the wedding, one was a bridesmaid, and they served the wedding guests at the reception.
A Kenyan wedding is a full day affair. The day began early in the morning at Beatrice's family home, the front yard filled with friends. Soon the street was filled with Wycliffe's family and friends, who arrived to escort the bride to the church, dancing and playing the drums. The ceremony itself was marked by music, dancing, traditional Biblical Christian vows, and, of course, the beautiful bride and the beaming groom.
The reception was on the soccer field behind the church, with guests seated under tents. While waiting for the wedding party to arrive from their photo session, guests visited and danced-- line dancing, group dancing-- around the reception venue, and were entertained by a joyful Swahili music group. Faith House girls and church members served a Kenyan meal.
Wycliffe and Beatrice and their wedding party arrived and danced their way into the festivities. They received presentations of gifts, visited with well-wishers, watched the dancing, and finally, shared wedding cake with each other and with all present.
What a beautiful, fun-filled, joyful day for Wycliffe and Beatrice to mark the beginning of life together!