They had known each other since they were children because their families were close. Yet, for some reason, Ruben Araali Kimome had never even interacted with his future wife Elizabeth Ramla. In fact, they only interacted after connecting on social media, Pauline Bangirana writes.
Ruben Araali Kimome and Elizabeth Ramla both from Fort Portal got engaged on February 14 last year and tied the knot on September 28, 2019. Their wedding ceremony was at St John’s Cathedral in Kabarole before they proceeded to their reception that was at Mountains of Moon Hotel.
Kimome is fom Kijuura, Kabarole Fort Portal. He got to know about his wife when she was still a young girl from stories he heard about her from his younger sister. The two families are close. Thereafter, he would see her from a distance every time he went to visit the sister and later, became friends on social media, that’s the first avenue they interacted. Kimome and Ramla met for the very first time in 2017.
He describes her as down to earth, caring and too good to be true thus his desire to make her his own.
“What attracts couples to one another differs but for me, it’s not her beauty that carried me away; it was her humility…”
To date, Kimome is bedazzled by her character, “she is not a possessive woman. She gives me the freedom that a man needs. I am a truly happy man because she loves me unconditionally beyond description.”
Kimome seems smitten by his wife just as he was the first time he set his eyes on her. He thanks the young sister for being a mediator and helping him realize that Liz was a treasure worth keeping. He attributes learning to drink water to her, a habit that he says has helped improve his health.
Kimome shares with a smile that from the time he and Ramla (whom he fondly calls Liz) got married, they have not had any arguments and he says he does not see one in the near future or even ever!
He advises men who aspire to get married to first study their person of interest. He says they should have a vision and know what they want.
Elizabeth Ramla shares that she got to know about Reuben a while back because she knew some of his siblings. The two were friends on Facebook and she used to follow his political posts on Facebook. He had shared something about Kijuura Road and from then, they started chatting and as the old adage goes, the rest is history.
In her eyes, Kimome is a good man who respects her. “I cannot say I fell in love with him at first sight but there’s something about him and I know that even when everything fades, his character and personality will stay strong.”
This is something the couple also attribute to their premarital counselling which included forgiveness, respect and putting God first.
To people planning to getting married, Elizabeth shares that love has no rules. “You have to be you, love someone for who they are and not what they have. Grow together financially,” she advises.
The couple says the wedding day was wonderful for both family and friends. The bride and her entourage though delayed since the bride had misplaced her phone.
The Kimome wedding budget was Shs104million. He says he catered for at least 30 per cent and that the rest came from friends and family. By the time the two walked down the aisle, everything had been cleared.
The couple opted for mint green, white and gold which was done perfectly by the decorator accompanied by a fruity cake in a function that had more than 1,200 guests. This the couple shares exposed the love they had for each other and the support was overwhelming.
The couple was accompanied by Kimome’s best friend Richard Japyem who was the best man and Daphine Karungi, the matron to the bride.