- Bernadette Shirley Kelbo has revealed that she was once in the SDA wedding line-up, and insisted the family get rid of all the flashy hairstyles and makeup.
- The young lawyer told TUKO.co.ke that bridesmaids knew things would be difficult when they were called to a meeting the night before the event and given the terms.
- Aside from hair and makeup, they were asked to remove all painting from their nails and were given minimalist bridal dresses.
A young Nairobi lawyer takes a trip down memory lane to the day she attended a Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) wedding as a bridesmaid.
According to Bernadette Shirley Kelbo, she found herself on the spot courtesy of a Catholic friend who would marry a man from the SDA church.
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bridesmaids invited to grooming meeting
The gorgeous woman told TUKO.co.ke’s Hilary Lisimba that she knew things wouldn’t be easy the night before the wedding when all the bridesmaids were called to a meeting to discuss dressing.
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She revealed that she was told she wasn’t allowed to paint her nails or wear jewelry or makeup.
The order also extended to hairstyles such as braids, and those who had already tied braided lines were told to remove them before the wedding.
“We were only allowed to blow dry or be clean shaven. No extensions, styling gels, or those fancy hairstyles,” she recalled.
bridal dress minimalist
The flashy city attorney added that her bridal dress was also too minimalist and she hasn’t worn it since her wedding day.
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Perhaps the most difficult aspect of the day was that the bride didn’t have much to say about the instructions.
“Imagine having to follow strict rules on your wedding day if you were raised Catholic where no such rules existed,” Shirley continued.
As a modern woman who believes in affirmative action, she also says she was shocked at how much the sermon relied on the bride’s submission.
SDA pastor sends bridesmaids out of wedding
Shirley’s memory came alive as a result of a trending video in which an SDA pastor kicked out women who came to church in jeans.
At a wedding in Nyamira, a priest denounced the bridesmaids, claiming they were lewdly dressed.
He argued that the SDA church was known for its discipline and that it would not be compromised for the sake of the wedding.
The priest became even more upset when the crowd started asking questions and booing, prompting them to stop escorting the bride.
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