By Robert K James
Roy Alan McKenzie, a paramedic and private investigator by profession is an Australian international who recently tied the knot with Darphine Kisakye, a Ugandan born from Gaba. McKenzie is also security officer and a first Aid teacher who runs a company called RAM Security and Private Investigations in New South Wales, Australia.
Alan and Darphine met around late October 2014 at a gym in Australia where she occasionally went to work out. “When we met, it was the beginning of everything; love at first sight I tell people. We shared contacts and kept on texting, started seeing each other almost every day,” an enthusiastic Darphine narrates.
In January 2015, we moved in together and he met my parents in July. He wanted us to get married but fortunately or unfortunately, we go the best news that we had been expecting our first child and we put everything on hold.
He later on proposed again and we got married on March 11th, 2016 in Australia, just 18 days before our daughter, Kirabo McKenzie was born. She is now eight months and two weeks old.
Given that only a few of her family members had managed to attend the wedding in Australia, Darphine thought it would be nice to give Alan a treat of a traditional ceremony (giveaway) in her motherland and a wedding.
She once again introduced her hubby to her relatives on November 11th, 2016 in Gaba before McKenzie, who was donned in a tuxedo walked her down the aisle at St Kalori Lwanga Catholic Parish in Gaba on November, 13th. Darphine wore a Halter neck gown that she designed herself.
After church, the couple had photo shoots at Studio Sn and at Speke Resort gardens in Munyonyo before heading to Gaba beach where they hosted their guests that were entertained by S&S band. They really had a wonderful day with the lake cooling breeze.
The happily married McKenzies didn’t go for a honeymoon because Darphine couldn’t leave her little girl behind. “I didn’t want to be away from my daughter, but once she turns one, we are going away to Bali (an Island in Indonesia) for a late honeymoon,” Darphine recounts.
When asked about the planning process, mama Kirabo revealed that they did most of the arrangements by reaching out to service providers through social media and emails; which begs the question to service providers out there. Is your business anywhere online? If not, it’s not too late; you can still register it for free with www.mikolo.com
“I organized most of the service providers myself by phone, Facebook, emails and WhatsApp,” Darphine recollects before adding that, “if I was to do another occasion, I would go through event planners to avoid the stress, anxiety and nervousness of whether things will go according to plan.”
She also advises that a couple should be in position to foot at least ¾ of their budget.
“If you’re planning a wedding, the bride and groom should be able to cover at least 70-80% of their total budget.”