“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”
These words by Dave Meurer guided a wonderful and intimate wedding ceremony for Andrew Peter Elisara and Pauline Faaolotoi Reupena in front of their families and friends at the Mulivai Cathedral on Friday.
The ceremony was followed by a reception at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Vailima.
Pauline is the daughter of Samoa’s Consul General in New Zealand, Faaolotoi Reupena Pogi and the late Tamato Rasch Reupena. She is 29 years old and works as a Principal Officer for the Water Sector.
She hails from the villages of Lepa and Palisi. Andrew on the other hand hails from the villages of Sili, Salelavalu and Vaivase-uta. The youngest son of Fiu Mataese Elisara and Betty Roebeck-Elisara, the 29-year old is an A.C.E.O at the Office of the Attorney General.
Pauline’s father, Faaolotoi, said the day was a special one for the fifth of his children and the eldest of his girls. “Pauline and Andrew have been courting each other for eight years now,” he said. “In 2009 in June, Pauline’s mother passed away in New Zealand and I know she would have been so proud of Pauline.” He wished them well.
As parents, the groom’s mother, Betty Roebeck-Elisara, said they are excited for their son.
“He is very passionate about his work,” she said. “He loves his family especially his parents.”
In wishing the new couple well, she said: “My last words to you both is, it won’t be an easy journey, there will be times that you will disagree on some things but bear in mind that love conquers everything and whatever life throws your way.” The couple met in Fiji while studying.