Joseph Emanuel Kayuki, 42, a clinical officer at Kagadi Hospital walked down the aisle with Neoline Namutebi 32, a teacher at Masaka S.S, on September 1, 2018.
When and how did you meet?
Joseph: I met my wife at Kyamulibwa Health Centre where I was working with her elder sister in 2003.
Neoline: I met him during my Senior Six vacation in 2003 at a health centre in Kyamulibwa, Kalungu District. He was my sister’s workmate.
When did you eventually get close?
Joseph: She used to come at my work place, we became friends and after she started visiting me at home especially over the weekends.
Neoline: I was studying at Uganda Christian University -Mukono. We both used to check on each other in Mukono and Kalungu. Joseph could provide with me upkeep, gifts and sometimes he could top up on my tuition fees, he really invested a lot of resources in me and was always there for me.
We also used to hang out in different places, started feeling differently for each other and later bonded more.
What attracted you to each other?
Joseph: Her maturity, body size, honesty, kindness, patience, beautiful, loving, caring and being supportive. She is self-contained.
Neoline: Joseph was promising, God-fearing, caring, loyal, loving, handsome and reliable in everything that came out of him.
Why did you take long to propose?
Joseph: After completing her bachelor’s degree in Education, we agreed to first bear children, build a permanent house, and set up income generating business as well as saving for our wedding.
What was the proposal like?
Joseph: There was no formal proposal, it was just a discussion which we agreed upon to legalise our marriage in 2018 after 10 years.
Neoline, how did you react about the proposal?
Neoline (Laugh) : It was a romantic night on our bed when we agreed to mark a certain date for our kukyala at the beginning of 2018. I was over joyed and I believed him since he always kept his promises.
What was your budget?
Joseph: Shs50m for both wedding and introduction. We both contributed 65 per cent and the rest was raised by friends and family.
What was the most expensive item?
Joseph: Food cost Shs7m.
Neoline: Decor went for Shs3.5m.
Did you involve a wedding planner?
Joseph: No, we only had a wedding committee chaired by my brother Ivan Yiga, Dr Martin Muddu and Eddy Bagyire helped us to organise everything and getting good service providers.
What was your wedding eve like?
Joseph: I was finalising with service providers, putting final touches to everything.
Neoline: We had our introduction on a Thursday and so I was at home relaxing.
Did you go for premarital counselling?
Joseph: Yes, we went to catechist, Ms Najja Nakabuye at Kitovu Cathedral and we learnt a lot of things including how to handle conflicts in the family, be forgiving to each other, loving and caring to each other.
Neoline: My areas of interest were on conflicts, patience, understanding and trusting each other in Marriage and these were tackled very well.
Where did you shop for your attire?
Joseph: I got my suit in one of the shops in Kampala at Shs700, 000.My attires altogether cost Shs1.5m including shoes and the changing.
Neoline: I bought my attire from Irene Bridals at DTB Plaza costing Shs2m altogether. I got the jewellery from one of the shops at Mutaasa Kafeero Plaza.
What was the most exciting moment on your wedding?
Joseph: The church session was so exciting and looking at my wife well dressed in a gown. She looked elegant.
Neoline: Joseph was so smart, entering the reception and the decor were all exciting to me.
Were you disappointed on your function?
Joseph: No, everything went perfectly.
Neoline: Two groomsmen who failed to turn up at the last moment.
Did you go for honeymoon and where did you go?
Joseph: Yes went at Hotel Brovad in Masaka where we spent two days.We enjoyed the atmosphere.
Neoline : We got relaxed at Hotel Brovad where we enjoyed good memories away from home.
Who comprised of your entourage and why?
Joseph: Charles Bukenya, my best man who is our long-time friend and he pledged to cater and facilitate his attires.
The groomsmen were my wife’s workmates who also catered for their attires. The pageboys included Zodo Nsibambi, my nephew and a friend’s son.
Neoline: My Matron was Sylvia Nyangoma, a long time workmate who is married and a best friend. Then the bridesmaids included Agnes Nankya, Dr Faith Ssemwanga, Christine Nanozi, Maria Asumpta Nakalema and Patricia who are also my good friends.
The flower girls included Flavia Kebirungi, the matron’s daughter and Merlyn Nameere who is a sister-in law’s daughter.
Did you have any debts after the wedding?
What is your advice to those planning to wed?
Joseph: Those planning to wed should save for the weddings to avoid stress and pressure.
They should also plan within their means and stop over relying on pledges because sometimes people fail to fulfil what their promises.
Neoline: Those planning to wed should have faith and be ready for marriage. They should also plan with in their capacities and live right .Patience and trust should also be considered when someone is looking for a life time partner.