We had our honeymoon at friends’ homes

Bethuel Ssebyala and Olive Kyomuhendo have been married for 10 years with four children

Saturday March 22 2014

Mr and Mrs Ssebyala pose for the camera.

Mr and Mrs Ssebyala pose for the camera. COURTESY PHOTOS 

By Life Magazine

How did you meet?
Bethuel: In 1997, Olive joined Omega Healing Centre church as choir leader, and used to dance among other things. Since she was a teacher, she would bring children to perform her original compositions at church on Sundays. I treated her as any other woman in church. Unfortunately, I feared approaching her. I could not even say hello.

However, I had for some time thought about marriage and I had asked God to give me a God-fearing, caring, educated and loving person. I wanted a more educated person since I had dropped out of school in Senior Six. Olive qualified.

Bethuel, when did you propose?
It was in June, 2003. I asked God for grace and courage to approach Olive. First, I visited her in the name of eating kalo. During the meal, I asked her to be my friend. Being an adult, I knew she would understand my intentions. I could not open up because I had tried to propose to many before and they turned me down.

How did you react to the proposal?
Olive: Although, I had been praying for marriage for a long time, I didn’t like the way he approached me. Asking me to be his friend was weird but I had already read his intentions.

I expected him to ask me to be his wife. I never said yes immediately. Bethuel was determined because he even went ahead to write the introduction budget proposal a month after and it happened on December 20, 2003.

What attracted you to each other?
Bethuel: Olive is beautiful, intelligent and God-fearing.
Olive: He is focused and a devoted Christian.

When and where was the wedding?
Bethuel: It was February 28, 2004, at Omega Healing Centre. We were wedded by Pastor Jessy Lukayi.

What was your theme colour?
Olive: It was lemon green and gold. I never wanted to have shouting colours. The eight maids looked nice in the two colours.

Where did you buy your gown and how much did it cost you?
Olive: A friend made it for me at Shs300,000 and the changing dress at Shs250,000.

How much was your suit?
Bethuel: My suit cost Shs250,000. My boots from Bata Shoe Company cost Shs50,000.

Where was the reception and why?
Bethuel: It was at Dream Guest House Gardens in Kajjansi and we hosted more than 300 hundred guests. We had initially planned for 300 but the number later rose to 500. We opted for a cheaper place because we were not financially stable.
Olive: I didn’t like the place. It was not that fancy and badly decorated.

Were there any hitches on the D-day?
Bethuel : Everything went well. I enjoyed looking at my beautiful bride.

Olive: Yes, the salonist was moody.

This felt scary and I did not like the hairstyle or anything she did. Everyone kept complaining but nothing changed.

What fleet of cars did you use?
Bethuel: A friend offered a grey Mercedes Benz as the bridal car and other three that the maids, matron and bestman and groomsmen used whose make I cannot recall.

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