Ramina and Neville’s wedding at the Kilili Baharini resort in Malindi, Kenya might top our list for favorite destination wedding ever. The vibe was laid-back and fun with amazing DIY details and brightly colored flowers that brought the couple’s unique wedding vision to life. Captured beautifully by Maiafreia Photography, we weren’t even at this wedding and yet we really feel like we’ll remember it for years to come!
From the bride:
We wanted to have a simple, down to the earth wedding on the beach with bright summer colors and a rustic, natural setup. Together with our families and friends we brought decorations from different parts of the world. All the preparations were handmade or DIY. My mum drew an amazing tree for the guests’ fingerprints and brought Russian dolls from Russia for the wedding favors. Most of the decorations were bought from the local market and made from organic materials such as raffia, brown recycled paper, and jute. We printed our invitations in Russia and the paper honey combs were brought from Austria. It was amazing how all the ideas and pictures [turned into our] dream wedding day. All was made with so much love.
How did you choose your wedding venue?
We checked around 25 resorts. We were looking for a small, cozy boutique hotel with privacy, and Kilili Baharini was definitely the winner. The hotel team was so helpful and friendly, they did an amazing job for our wedding!
What made your ceremony special?
Wow….that moment, walking down the aisle and listening to the drummers’ tunes, looking at my amazing groom and having so many happy people with us. There was so much love and happiness in the air! [With the] fresh sea breeze and the sand under the toes, [it was a] dream!
Tell us about those flowers!
Kenya has the best choice of flowers. We had plenty of roses, spray roses, and alstroemerias. We wanted to have bright summer colors, mainly orange and fuchsia, the colors of Africa.
What was the inspiration for your wedding cake?
We wanted to have a rustic, simple naked wedding cake decorated with flowers. When we had the cake testing, we couldn’t choose between chocolate or lemon, so we put them together and it was delicious. 🙂