Benjamin Nyakuni, a businessman and chairperson of Onduparaka Football club tied the knot with Mercy Grace Munduru, the head of marketing and public relations at the football club.
The church ceremony took place on 30th November 2019 at St Francis Chapel Makerere and was graced by the outgoing Arch Bishop, His Grace Stanley Ntagali. The two later hosted their reception at UMA multi-purpose hall.
In an interview with Satisfashion UG, the couple disclosed their beautiful love journey and how they managed to make their wedding happen.
How they met
According to Grace, although she had known Benjamin since 2013, the two only got to meet in 2015.
Grace says she was supporting the football club and did not know that Benjamin was the proprietor. However, when the football club gained fame in 2016, Grace was part of a group of fans that volunteered to fundraise for the club as they got to the top.
Describing it as fate, Grace says she got a chance to do an interview on Urban TV as a fan of the club and Benjamin happened to be watching. He later sent her a message thanking her and hoping they would work together in the near future.
The two finally crossed paths when Grace got a chance to do another fundraising for the club, and this is when they started working closely and communicating more.
Grace also adds that although they have known each other for five years, they have been romantically involved for four of them, “I never for once thought Benjamin was attracted to me because he is a very quiet person and a total introvert, so many people fear to speak to him however he was always different with me.”
According to Grace, Benjamin proposed three times, “Benjamin first proposed to me on the phone just a few days after I accepted to start a relationship with him. I laughed it off and yet he was very serious. Although I said yes, I took it for a joke.”
The second proposal was in 2017. The two were spending some time together on a weekend when he asked her to marry him again. Unlike the first time, Grace says she was blown away and felt more ready however she wasn’t sure if she wanted to get married immediately.
At the end of 2018, Grace left to upcountry for work. Benjamin took a huge step and went to meet her father to ask for his blessings without her knowing. He wanted to formalize their relationship.
“He requested that my father asks me for two dates (the traditional marriage and the church wedding). He, however, emphasized that the first date should not be beyond the first quarter of 2019. So I chose 30th March 2019 and 30th November 2019,” Grace explains.
Benjamin however had to be sure so while they were out on their post valentine dinner, he proposed for the last time.
The proposal was at Serena in a very quiet space with a very romantic set up with candles and dinner for two. Although they didn’t have a photographer to capture the moments, they hijacked one who was covering a function close by to capture something small.
The couple started planning for their wedding a year earlier. They had personal saving plans and came up with a budget earlier to enable them to stay on track.
They had a guest list of 1,500 people, being the reason behind their choice of venue, “We hosted our reception at UMA multi-purpose hall and this was because we anticipated the numbers to shoot up.”
The two therefore decided to get their own catering just in case the number of guests changed.
In church, Grace sang with the choir during the service. She reveals that this was a kind of fulfillment of a commitment she made to God years before her wedding.
When it came to the reception, the couple had a heart-melting setup courtesy of Renzioni Hill and Capital Events.
They used a theme of black, white, and gold because according to them, Black and white are universal colours that represent purity, harmony and warmth while gold represents splendor.
“We also just really wanted to break away from the usual traditional colours that most times draw attention away from the purpose of the day which is to make merry,” says Grace.
The couple also had round tables for the guests and thanksgiving tables for the bridal team on both sides of the walkways.
They went for the motif/damask feel, which is not any ordinary linen because the decorator felt they needed something out of the ordinary. For the thanksgiving tables, we had just plain white table linen with black and white runner.
Grace also explains that they didn’t want busy wedding décor that is popular nowadays, they just wanted something warm and subtle to keep attention to the day’s activities.
They also opted for low centerpieces so that the view of the high table and the LCD screen wouldn’t be abstracted considering the enormous size of the Hall. This really turned out great because the guests were able to interact and the warmth in the colours of the flowers gave it a beautiful pop.
When it comes to the floral walkway, Grace says it was one of her fantasies. They decided to mix colours and also include pictures of their life story making the memory lane come to life.
According to grace, the walkway, as opposed to the everyday photo booths, gave guests a chance to take memorable pictures with the couple in the background. It also had the cathedral poles, which gave it such an exotic look.
The bride wore an ivory gown with flower gathers on the shoulders and the trail. She also went for a cathedral veil and a crown that matched perfectly with the glamorous gown.
According to her, the outfit was inspired by her love for femininity and flowers, “I always envisioned a floral gown because for me it represents new beginnings, fidelity, purity, true love and strength.”
Grace further explains that she did not a specific dress inspiration however after brainstorming with Anita Beryl, the designer of the gown, they concluded on the fabric and that was it. She however says she didn’t try to control the outcomes because she trusted the designer understood her personality.
Grace also adds that she wanted a very long flower trail, “I ended up with a 7-meter long trail which for me represented the future ahead of us and this ably complemented by the gown.”
When it came to the changing dress, the bride stepped out in a glamorous gown that was mixed with red, pink and white. She also dropped the cathedral veil leaving just the crown.
As for Benjamin, he had both his outfit and that of the best man shipped in by a friend from Turkey (Marshalino). He wore a gold blazer complemented by polka dot bowties, a matching waistcoat, black trousers, and a statement shoe to complete his look.
As the bride went in for her changing dress, the groom dropped the Blazer leaving only a waistcoat.
Makeup and Salon
The bride opted for subtle make up that matched her skin tone, which was done by Mona of Mona faces. Her hair was done by HairbyZziwa.
“It was the first time I was wearing my natural hair out for any function, he gave me a lot of confidence with the way he played around with my not so good hair,” Grace shared.
The couple had five bridesmaids and five groomsmen and according to Grace, they offered a lot of support.
The bridesmaids wore different short cocktail gowns as the groomsmen rocked navy blue suits.
“My biggest challenge was numbers and the costs that came with it,” says Grace when asked about challenges they faced.
The couple hoped for few guests due to the fact that they were having their wedding in Kampala however, Grace says this kept changing as their families added numbers each day that went by, “We had to transport hundreds of people from Arua to Kampala and cater to them for three days.” Grace further explains that this entire process was tiring and made her anxious although they managed to go through it.
We congratulate the couple on making it official.