By Robert K James
So let the angels gather
Let the music play
Let the preacher get to preachin’ all the “do you take’s”
Love is a beautiful thing, sang Phil Vassar
Indeed love is a beautiful thing, and who better to explain it you than a fresh bride. On Saturday 27th October 2018, Evah Kukundakwe introduced her better half, Ambrose Ongol in a colour customary wedding ceremony in Wakiso District.
But first, a walk down memory lane as Evah recounts for us how it all started. How she and Ambrose met before even getting to this step of life.
â€œWe meet through his mentor Apostle Batambuze who is our family friend. So on that day, we were going to a prayer jungle called ALONE WITH GOD and his mentor invited him to our prayer group. And that’s how friendship started,â€ she said.
Like someone once said, â€œthe best relationships start off as a friendship firstâ€. Evah and Ambrose soon started dating after their friendship had grown. BUT, it wasnâ€™t that easy. With Ambrose working and living in Lira, it was a long distance relationship for the couple. How is that kind of life? Some people say long distance relationships are hard to maintain. I asked.
â€œHaaaaâ€¦I must say itâ€™s not an easy one, God has got to be at the center but above all trust each other and also communication is mandatory.â€ With God on their side, the couple had their Kukyala on Saturday 21st April as Ambrose made his first visit to Evahâ€™s home in Kakiri. On the same day, he expressed his real intentions of taking Eve before he and his girlfriendâ€™s parents agreed that he would later return in more official capacity to take Evah.
Although the norms of our society suggest that a customary wedding be held in a home, preferably of the brideâ€™s parents and or, in some rare cases at her marital auntieâ€™s home, for Evah, the case was totally different.
After one and a half months of planning, during which they had 5 meetings, Evah held her Kuhingira ceremony at Baguma Gardens in Bunamwaya. â€œIt was originally planned for kakiri where our home is but then we realized a lot of expenses would be needed and again we needed a limited number of guests on the function,â€ she clarified.
She adds that although they â€œbudgeted for about 300 guestsâ€, they ended up with a total of â€œabout 400â€. So how did you manage that on the D-day? Especially in terms of sitting and feeding. I inquisitively chipped in.
â€œWe had tents arranged for the â€œbakoâ€ (grooms) side, my family then guests. A buffet was organised by Baguma Gardens so for extra people. We agreed on costs and covered that too.â€