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How We Met

It seems to be no coincidence that these two met at a place called Global Lounge. An inclusive place that welcomes people of all cultures, of all faiths, of all backgrounds. It was September 2015; Aida had been working in the role that Michael had applied for, for about a month when Michael came along to volunteer training one day. Michael had been intimidated by her due to her being the successful applicant for the job he wanted. And Aida had been surprisingly shy when she first saw him that day, taken aback by his handsomeness.

It wasn’t until January 2016 that the two had their first date. Michael asked Aida to go to an improv show, before attending a party they had both been invited to. They talked and laughed together, and had a great time.

Their third or fourth date was on Valentine’s Day where Michael created a treasure hunt around Vancouver, where they had the opportunity to get to know more about each other. That same weekend, Michael invited Aida to Victoria to meet his family.

For both of them, it was this weekend in Victoria when they knew they loved one another. When Aida saw him engaging with his family in a loving and kind way, love enveloped her. And when Michael saw Aida interacting with his family with her generous and positive spirit, he knew he could spend the rest of his life with her.

Aida and Michael bring out the best in each other. Michael’s passionate, activist spirit was ignited, as Aida woke him up to the world of fighting for justice and dreaming of a more equitable future for all. Since being with Michael, Aida has found herself nurturing her relationships more and building a strong community of friends. These two things together, have enabled them to create positive change together, allowing for the creation of a sustainable foundation to dream big and bold with bravery, conviction, and strength.

It’s no wonder their relationship lead them to an engagement to marry. And a beautifully planned engagement it was! In September 2017, after Aida admittedly told Michael that she almost proposed to him, Michael knew he wanted the engagement to be romantic and meaningful. 

By this time, Michael and Aida had a tradition of weekly Shabbas dinners, so preparing a big soiree for the first one of the school year didn’t seem out of the ordinary. The dinner was taking place at their friend’s home who happened to live above the Global Lounge. Although unbeknownst to Aida, Michael had rented the circular room of Global Lounge at the same time of Shabbas dinner. Michael was able to sneak out to prepare the space – Aida thought he was taking a friend to the hospital who was stung by a wasp. Divine timing on that one. Aida had been earlier instructed that she would need to get a cake from the Global Lounge for a surprise at the Shabbas dinner. Her friend Denise helped her and then gently nudged her through to the beautiful circular room which now had a candle-lit pathway leading towards Michael who was on one knee, wearing a suit and Kenyan scarf, and was encircled by candlelight.

Aida obviously said a joyful yes, and also joked that he beat her to it.  Michael’s final surprise was that Aida’s mum, dad, and sister were on Skype, allowing them to participate in the whole process.

Aida and Michael fill each other’s life with a lot of joy. They have built a beautiful community of friends, family, activities, and tradition.

Vendor’s List

Ceremony :: The Bedelle

Reception :: The Bedelle

Photo-session :: Ben & Gathoni Kiruthi

Bridal Gown :: Sanette Van Schalkwyk- Shifting Sands

Bridal Shoes :: Foschini
Wedding Co-ordinator :: Nthenya

Bridal Jewellery :: Mum’s Collection

Groom’s Outfit :: Indochino

Maids’ Outfits :: Patreen’s Shop

Make Up Artist :: Ani Nkiru Oluchukwu 

Hair :: Idah – Grassroots Salon

Catering :: The Bedelle

Decor :: The Bedelle

Entertainment :: Kali

MC :: Muema Masyuko


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