We come to love not by matching a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. The love story between the lovely couple seems just like that saying because the bride-to-be never thought she could fall in love with Emmanuel. They both have their differences but have come to learn to appreciate each other in love, trust and happiness.
Rita and Emmanuel met when they were youth corpers, and they fast became close friends. After their service year, the lost contact, but Emmanuel found all means to reconnect with Rita, because he couldn’t just get her out of his mind. We are pleased to share with you Rita and Emmanuel’s beautiful pre-wedding photos captured by Bernard Kalu + their sweet love story
Our Love Story
We met in Delta State during service year. We were in the same platoon. During one of our early morning parades, he was standing beside me and he said I wasn’t matching right (lol), I didn’t mind him because I thought he just wanted to talk. He didn’t give up, he started a conversation with me and that was how we clicked. He sounded intelligent, and that caught my attention. We became really close in camp but I never knew where he was from. I didn’t ask, I actually thought he was from Rivers State. When I finally asked, he told me he was from Akwa Ibom. I was shocked, because all my life I had always avoided Akwa Ibom people. It was for a silly reason though. I grew up with the idea that people from Akwa Ibom generally have a common tradition of eating dogs, and as a child I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to eat a dog!!
Truth be told, if I knew he was from Akwa Ibom from the on-set, we probably wouldn’t have been friends. But I guess God had other plans. Surprisingly, this didn’t change the way I saw him, he was still my friend. After service we lost contact. He got in touch after some months via Facebook. He requested to see me again after a long while, but I declined. I finally agreed to see him after some months because truly, I sincerely missed him. When we finally met, he told me he wanted a serious relationship. I said no oooo that I had other plans. I just got a job at that time, plus I wanted to further my studies. I really did not need any distractions. The guy didn’t give up. We kept on communicating and all, we were still good friends but he just didn’t want to remain in the friend zone. So he tried his luck again. He said he wanted us to be more than friends. So I took my time, got counsel and like they say, the rest is history
Our Sweet Proposal
One day, I went to visit him at his place of work, and we decided to go to an eatery for lunch. When we got there, we met one of his colleagues who asked us to join him at his table but he politely declined. I was surprised because the Emma I know wouldn’t have refused. So we went over to our table. He ordered our food and I noticed there was something covered up on the plate, I looked at it and lo and behold (lol) it was an engagement ring. And that was how he proposed oo. It was so intimate and special to me. I will always cherish this moment forever.
My candid advice about tribes: Never judge anyone by their tribe or race, it took one human (Emma) to teach me that you never judge a book by its cover.
Background music: Marc Anthony – I Need You
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