Jenny + Ken || The Evergreen Ngurario

A “Ngurario” is the last ceremony of the Kikuyu dowry process. It is normally done by those couples who are already married though in rare cases, a groom-to-be might decide to visit the bride’s home and perform it before the wedding takes place. The husband after staying with the wife for sometime and may be after the wife has given birth to some children will decide to perform this ceremony . The husband accompanied by some friends and relatives makes a visit to his father-in-law’s homestead so as to be told what items to bring before the day of the Ngurario. You can further read about this amazing tradition at this article written by Grace Mwangi.

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Welcome to my 49th blog post. It has been an amazing year for me and God has so much more in store for me. I have had the privilege of shooting 14 weddings so far this year, and today I will share with you the 12th one. 

This was my second ever Ngurario to shoot and I have to admit that I have fallen in-love with them. So much so that I am seriously contemplating having one too after I do get married sometime this decade :D. The venue of this ceremony was the picturesque Evergreen Park on Kiambu Road. I had the most amazing meal courtesy of Sarova Hotels and my jolly good old friends Josh and Jess of Jazanda Wedding Films were covering the event too. Check out the Ngurario’s Trailer at blissful.co.ke.

Gracing the blog today is Jenny and Ken who are an amazing couple. In all my life, I have never met a human who walks and talks other cultures with ease; that is until I met Jenny. She might be from the USA but she can speak fluent Swahili – and I am not talking about Kenyan Swahili but rather the Tanzanian kind. Have I mentioned she can speak Kikuyu too? In a nutshell, Jenny was not a passive participant of the Ngurario; she had done her homework thoroughly. We were all very impressed and this made each single click I fired away every bit worthwhile.

They were kind enough to let me document their traditional wedding ahead of their white wedding, which is this coming weekend, despite Jenny’s mom being a professional photographer. No pressure, right :D? You can check out her works via this link.

Let’s get into it. Hoti Karibu!!!

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Njuguna Gicheha aka Man Nyari was the MC for the day.

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Thanks for taking your time to read through the blog; I really appreciate it. Hasta Leugo !!!

 

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10 thoughts on “Jenny + Ken || The Evergreen Ngurario

  1. A case of old wine tasting better is my simple analogy to this work. Still lost in some of those shots, MAGNIFIQUE!!! And for teaching me more of my own culture, thank you!

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