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 Mr and Mrs Firtz after exchanging

Mr and Mrs Firtz after exchanging vows. Courtesy photo 

By Agatha Muhaise

Posted  Sunday, August 10  2014 at  01:00

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Dorothy Angella Nabaweesi met Andrew Firtz in May last year . The two professed their love for each other in a civil wedding at Wakiso District Registrar’s office in March this year. They told Agatha Muhaise their love journey.

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How did you meet?
Angella: I met Andrew through a friend in May last year. He had come from USA to Uganda for his study research last year. I was at MUBS in my third year.

Did he propose?
Angella: Yes, he did on January 5, this year. He had just returned from the US. We used to stay together and he asked me to go for a dinner date. While eating, he paused and pulled out a box that contained a ring and asked, “Will you marry me?” I was shocked and asked him, “Is this real?” I cried and accepted. In the same month, he met my parents.

How did you know that this was the person you wanted to marry?
Angella: Andrew is honest, loving and very handsome. He loves me unconditionally and that is the kind of person I always dreamed of marrying.

Andrew: I never believed in love at first sight until I met Angella. Over anything else, she is honest. I know she loves me more than money, gifts or any other material thing. When a woman is always asking for material things, she is more concerned with money than love. That is definitely not Angella. And right away, I knew I had to have her as my wife.

How did your parents react to the news of marriage?
Angella: We had been dating for almost a year. My parents, especially my mother, was so happy. She had always been supportive and gave me advice to help me be a caring and loving wife in future.
Andrew: My family was happy, but could not come over due to prior obligations. So, we are going to have a church wedding in the US to get them involved.

Did you have a bachelorette or stag party?
Angella: Yes, I had a bachelorette party at Big Mike’s and it was very interesting and we had much fun with of dancing and drinks.

Andrew: I did. I moved around Kampala City (read pub crawling) causing just enough trouble to stumble home with my brother- in-law the next day in the morning.

Who funded the wedding?
Angella: Andrew and his family funded everything. And, I really thank God for everything they have done.
Andrew (interjects): I did it because I love her to bits.

How much was the wedding fees?
Angella: I had to get a letter of introduction from the LC Chairperson and some other paper work, then pay URA but all together we spent Shs200,000.

How much was your budget?
Angella: Our budget was Shs20m, and we never went beyond it.

Tell us about your entourage
Angella: I didn’t have the traditional bridesmaids, groomsmen and flower girl. Actually we did not need them. It was just us and the witnesses (my cousin and brother) because it was a civil wedding.

Did your parents attend the ceremony?
Angella: They only needed four people. Us and the witnesses. My father is deceased, but my mother came for the reception.

Why did you opt for a civil wedding?
Firtz: Our plan had always been to do a civil wedding here and a church wedding in the US. More so, my parents were not as ready since there were some travel issues.

What did it take to do a civil wedding?
Angella: You need to register with the district and there is a lot of paperwork. One fills in several forms which take a lot of time. In Kampala, you can get everything from Amamu House.

Where did the wedding take place?
Angella: The wedding ceremony took place at the district offices. That is where all civil marriages are conducted.

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