By Eve Muganga
Sharing with others is not a lesson for just kids. As adults, God calls us to share with those in need, for sharing does not only bless those we give but those that give too.
Bill William Levene, 29, a geologist and pilot from England tied the knot with Peace Komukama, 22, a flight dispatcher student at Harv’s Air School in Canada and video translator on May 16, 2019. The ceremony was at Entebbe Full Gospel Church with the reception at Entebbe Botanical Gardens.
Bill and Peace shared the story of finding each other with us.
How did it begin?
Bill: I met her in 2017, in one of the cafes in Entebbe. I was working in Mubende but had some meetings to attend in Entebbe. After a particularly long meeting, my phone had blacked out and I approached her to assist me with her phone charger.
Peace: I was doing some work at the café. We ended up exchanging phone contacts.
What attracted you to each other?
Bill: Peace was very polite, beautiful, and cheerful. Her radiant smile could tell it all.
Peace: What you see is what you get. Bill is himself, very honest, handsome, and had a good sense of humour. Ooh, God! I can’t explain to you the whole of him because he is complete.
Why did you choose to go for a Black Woman/White man?
Bill: Colour/race was not a factor in choosing to be with Peace.
Peace: [Laughs] Do you think colour is a factor in love? Colour wasn’t a big deal to me when I met him.
What other criteria did you follow before committing?
Bill: It has been quite a journey for us. At some point, Peace lived with me in a tent for 3 months in a bush in Malawi. After that, I was sure she can handle anything. I proposed to her on New Year’s Eve, 2018 while on a trip in India.
Peace: I spent two weeks alone with Bill’s mom in Ethiopia, after that, I knew what I was getting myself into.
What is the most memorable moment of your wedding?
Bill: Standing outside the church waiting for Peace whilst desperate for a short call, wondering where I might be able to go yet for some reason unknown to me, I was not allowed to leave a certain spot in the garden.
Peace: When I shoved the biggest piece of cake into Bill’s mouth in one go, and my mum was yelling that he was going to get choked.
What disappointed you on D-Day?
Peace: I was quite contented with how it all turned out.
What scared you during the preparations?
Bill: Not much, mainly just that I was away working and couldn’t help Peace get things ready.
Peace: The unpredictable weather because I thought it could rain and disorganise everything but thank God the weather turned out beautiful.
Brides tend to fuss over colours, was it like that on your D-Day?
Peace: No, we decided the colours long before the wedding and trusted the decorator (who was very helpful) to do a good job.
How did you choose your gown?
Peace: I went to the bridal shop alone as I knew what I wanted. Being alone meant there wasn’t any destruction from others who could have had a very different taste. After choosing it, I added some extra details added to give it an African touch.
What were your salon choices?
Peace: My main choices were in Kampala but they were expensive to transport simply for a few hours work, so I went with Donnie’s Salon in Entebbe.
Did you have any fears?
Bill: We were worried about how many of my friends and family would be able to attend as they were a bit scattered because they had to board a plane to attend my wedding but that was clarified quite early on in the preparations.
Peace: I was a bit concerned that Bill’s mum may forget the rings, which she had to bring from UK (Bill had ordered them there). But we generally had everything planned and left the rest to God.
How long did it take you to prepare for the wedding?
Peace: About two months. We had the big things decided before I went away to work and Peace then filled in all the details before I got back. We managed to relax with our guests the week prior to the wedding.
What was most challenging aspect during the preparations?
Bill: Figuring out where Bill’s guests would stay. We had as many stay at our home but it was surprisingly hard to figure out a place for the rest to stay, their transport etc
Peace: My matron (maid of honour) pulled out about two weeks before the wedding, so finding someone that could fit in her dress was challenging.
Did you go for pre-marital counseling?
Peace: Yes, the pastor at Full Gospel was lovely and was particularly understanding of our circumstances with Bill being away a lot beforehand.
Given the chance, what would you change at your wedding?
Bill: I would have gone to the restroom before leaving the house in the morning.
Peace: I can’t think of anything, the day went very well.
What did you wear?
Bill: I had a suit made by a guy called Bedi in India but I don’t remember the name of his shop. It cost about Shs1m. My socks and shirt were from Suits Avenue in Kampala.
Peace: I bought my gown from Sister’s Bridal in Kampala at Shs3m it was quite plain and I added some amendments myself.
How special was your honeymoon?
Bill: Very amazing! We drove and drove and drove across some amazing scenery before relaxing somewhat more at some beaches. We visited Barbados, Grenada, St Vincent and St Lucia.
Peace: We had to wait seven months before going which made it particularly special and the fact that we went to more than one country while on honeymoon.
It’s almost a year since you exchanged vows, what has changed?
Bill: I’ve probably gained weight due to Peace’s great food. We’ve also learnt teamwork and that love never stops growing.
Peace: We have matured together and grown to mutually agree on various things like how to make lasagne.
What message do you have for those planning to get married?
Peace: People planning to get married should always note that marriage is between two people and God.