Last Sunday, 27-year-old Henry Ssensalo and 24-year-old Harriet Namusabi were pronounced husband and wife at Elim Pentecostal Church, Nakawa.
The church wedding was officiated by Pastor Jayma Muwanguzi and the church was parked to full capacity – very uncommon for wedding services – and later the newlyweds left in a convoy of three Jeeps to Makerere University Business School for their gardens photo-shoot.
The choice of wedding day was also unique. Unlike majority of couples that wed on Saturdays, the Ssensalos chose April 3, a Sunday, to exchange their vows.
According to the couple, who are deeply Pentecostal, they opted for a Sunday, even when it meant waiting for the day’s service to end (later than usual) at 2:30pm before they could be wed, because Sunday is a holy day.
But the delay did not dampen their mood, especially as the wonderfully dressed and overly excited maids and groomsmen kept the enthusiasm levels high even before the wedding service could begin.
The lovebirds later returned to Elim church grounds for the reception. They had an extraordinary gathering and the place was decorated in yellow, red and white.
The seating arrangement was also basic, with only the most distinguished guests having tables. The rest was an auditorium setting.
One of the happy guests was overheard remarking: “The important thing is, did they wed in church and is there love?”
The couple was ushered in by Elim church choir that danced for them as they marched, waving triumphantly to their guests. It was a lesson in humility and focusing on what is important, without losing the beauty of the moment.
For there was nothing extravagant about the Ssensalo’s wedding, yet it remained tenderly beautiful. After the speeches, dinner was served at 7pm to about 300 guests, followed by the cake dessert.
For their going-away attire, Ssensalo and his groomsman, who had worn black suits, removed their jackets while Namusabi changed from her white gown with a beaded bodice, into a glittering striped gold and pink dress. What a grand entrance she made in it!
HOW THEY MET
The two met in 2012 at Elim church where they were both choir members.
“Namusabi looked beautiful, polite, well-behaved and she is a good singer. I approached asking her to be my wife and she said yes,” Ssensalo said.
Namusabi introduced Ssensalo only recently to her parents in Buteleja.