THE STAR: Pomp and colour marked the ceremony that saw a couple famed for their Sh100 wedding ‘re-tie’ their knot in Nairobi.
Wilson Wanjohi, 27, and 23-year old Anne Muhonja shot to the limelight for buying Sh50 rings for their January 22 marriage at a Kasarani church.
Anne and Wilson’s story at Community Christian Worship Church was widely shared on social media, sparking interest among Kenyans.
It was the moving words that saw well-wishers come out to support the two, leading to a Sh3.5 million grand Valentine’s Day wedding by Slique Events.
Aaltonen Jumba, the agency’s event planner, said the offer gave the two an opportunity to celebrate with friends and family, and strengthen their bond.
Tour company Bonfire Adventures offered the couple an all-expenses paid honeymoon package in addition to the gifts they receive at their ceremony.
Fine Cinema Production provided the two with a make-up artist and a free photo shoot during the event which took place at Eden Bliss Gardens in Kiambu.
Also on the list of offers was a fully-paid honeymoon for the two who soaked up the sun at 4-Star hotel at Diani Beach in Kwale for five days.
The couple was also accorded an enterprise start-up to help them earn a living and be productive members of the society.
Muhonja said she met Wanjohi at a youth camp some three years ago.
“We used to fellowship at ELIM Church but in different congregations, at Nyahururu and Kinangop,” she said.
Wanjohi, a class eight drop-out and fifth born in a family of eight, moved to Nairobi from Kinangop, after their first meeting.
But the two would only communicate through telephone.
“I went to church as usual on our wedding day. I had Sh200 in my pocket,” the groom said.
“I waited for the praise and worship session to end before dashing to a malimali shop where I bought the rings at Sh100,” he said.
The man said he spent the rest of the money on their first supper as a married couple.
“I am now hopeful about starting an electronics shop to sustain my young family,” he said.