You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because the reality is finally better than your dreams. This is the exact feeling of this love-struck couple; nothing can be compared to the Love they have for each other. Their photos and love story says it all.
A union built on friendship and love stands the test of time!! Alma and Jesse have taken that perfect path. This duo is just one extraordinary couple that you can’t help but love.
They met sometime in 2010 as Youth Corper, they became friends and enjoyed every moment they spent together; their friendship metamorphosed into Love and soon they shall live together forever in marriage. They have decided to take us through their world of love and Romance as they struck beautiful poses and smiled to the lens of the talented Uko Gabriel for their pre-wedding photo shoot.
Scroll down for their photos and love story.
Jesse and I met on NYSC camp, Abuja in October 2010. We were in the same platoon (Platoon 9). He walked up to me with a cute smile and struck a conversation during one early morning parade. I never knew at that moment that I had just met the man who would one day become my husband so I didn’t really pay attention to all the details. On the other hand, he has everything about that meeting stored in his head till date. We became good friends and he introduced me to David, his friend who he went to school with. Together, we tagged ourselves ‘The Three Musketeers’ and you would always see us around together on camp.
After camp, Jesse and I still kept in touch via social media and telephone calls once in a blue moon. We hardly saw each other even though we were in the same city and our offices were not too far from each other. But we kept a very good friendship.( By the time we started dating he told me that this was because he was in a relationship at the time and had equally started liking me, so it was safer for him to stay away. Lol.)
By late 2013 , we started hanging out more and going to see movies together. Thus, he became my movie buddy. Fast forward to August 2014, I was freshly single. We were going on more movie dates and I was looking forward to seeing him again and again. We began to share a lot with each other and got to know things about each other we never knew in the four years that we had been friends. I had started liking him in a different way but I didn’t think my heart was being serious. I knew he liked me too because every time we were out together, he would take pictures of me and upload them on Instagram and BBM. Lol.
Soon after, the chemistry became explosive, the sweet talk started and the awesome feelings began. During a long telephone call the night before his birthday in October 2014, he poured out his feelings and told me he had fallen in love with me. I couldn’t believe I had fallen for him too. This was the same Jesse I had known and been friends with for so long. I tried to snap out of it but it didn’t work. Lol. It was a different ball game and with that very conversation, we made it official after four years of friendship.
Initially, we were afraid of starting a relationship because if it didn’t work, that could mean our friendship would literally be destroyed. Plus our previous relationships had painful ends and I was still scared of loving again ..We overcame that fear anyway and decided to give each other a chance. The feelings we had for each other only grew stronger as each day passed. Just when I thought I wouldn’t be finding love anytime soon, it was right there all along posing as a friend waiting patiently for me. I would never have guessed we would end up together but God had other plans. It’s amazing how u think you have a part of your life planned out and God shocks you with something even better.
Jesse is such an amazing soul. He’s so gentle, so kind, calm and humble. Very focused and ambitious. He loves God with all his heart and loves me in a way that I’ve never been loved before. No jokes. Words can’t even describe it. He makes loving so easy and so effortless. He supports me in the things I love to do and loves to make me happy every single day. He has been there for me in all of my difficult moments. It’s the little things he does that gets me all the time. He has brought so much joy, happiness and peace of mind into my life. I am a better person today because he has made and continues to make a positive impact on my life. My best moments are the times I’m with him. I’m so thankful to God for blessing me with such an AH-MAZING man way beyond my dreams and expectations. Its a wonderful feeling.
P.S- Ladies, that person in your friend zone might just be the one . It took me four years to realize it. Look well and act wisely!
Our Love Story (By Jesse)
I still remember very vividly the first day I saw Alma. It was on NYSC Camp in 2010. I was standing in a queue waiting to be paid our small NYSC ‘allowee’ lol… just when I noticed a very bright (oyinbo) girl in the typical white T-shirt and shorts camp attire walking towards the queue and she didn’t have a care in the world and was completely oblivious to what was really happening. I thought she was pretty, quiet and I would say she actually caught my attention and truly had me curious.
The following morning as I walked towards our platoon for the morning parade I saw her standing just a few feet away. We were both in the same platoon! Felt amazing. There was something about her that got me excited and wasn’t so sure why. So I made up my mind I was going to talk to her…but hey it was just reflexes at the time. I wasn’t even sure when I found myself in front of her and she immediately smiled at me and I introduced myself and we got lost in conversations with details I can’t even remember now. She made a very good first impression and our friendship began from that day. So you can imagine, I had no idea I had just met the woman that I would later call my wife (blushing). How could I have known right? And indeed, since camp we remained such good friends.
We kept in touch but sometimes in and out of communication. Then sometime in 2014, we started hanging out more. We’ll go to the cinema to catch up on the latest movies. In fact, we became very good movie buds. The bond between us had grown stronger and the truth is I didn’t even know when my emotions came to play. I just knew I always had fun being in her company. We would share our experiences and talk about a lot. The beautiful thing about her was the fact that I wasn’t scared of baring myself before her especially because of the bond of friendship we had. She was the shoulder I could lean on. Wasn’t too long I knew I had found me a soul mate! (Smiles)…
It was so easy to fall in love with her because no one ever made me feel the way she does. I couldn’t explain how connected I felt with her. She is beautiful, smart, fun to be with, loves God and above all she’s humble, warm and loving. Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for better ‘cause she is all I ever wanted and more. I love the fact that I am consumed with peace when I am with her. I have the most assurance that God has blessed me with the most amazing woman. It was only logical that I called her my ‘Kumashe’ (Meaning ‘My Most Beautiful’ in Tiv).
It seemed like my heart started singing to me a thousand songs and I followed the beat. One of the hardest things to do was breaking the news about how I felt about her. As badly as I wanted her to be mine forever, I also loved our friendship and didn’t want anything to come in between our friendship. I feared that she never saw us being more than friends and I worried about how it could strain our relationship if she didn’t feel the same way about me…those were indeed genuine fears. But as God would have it, having destined us from the beginning to be together, he already formed her heart to love me. Our hearts were beating the same rhythm and I loved her more for it. The best feeling ever!
We became committed in a loving relationship and ever since it has been a beautiful journey I wouldn’t trade for anything else or anyone else in the world!
God has been at the center of it all. Our journey, our individual experiences were all geared towards this beautiful moment in our lives. God had destined us to be together even before we were born which is why I can’t help but love her deeply with every ounce of strength within me now and forever.
Photography by: @ukogabriel
Background music- Enrique Iglesias – Hero