Overcoming the odds with love

By Vatapuia Maiava ,

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NOTHING BUT LOVE: Marianne Mao and Iosefa Mao with their Bridal party.

NOTHING BUT LOVE: Marianne Mao and Iosefa Mao with their Bridal party.

One may describe love in many different ways. Some say it’s a battlefield, others say it’s a feeling of constant affection for a person; but one thing we all know is that love is unconditional.

Even if one of the conditions is being miles apart.

Julz and Loraa Veivai.

Julz and Loraa Veivai.

That is just one of the many conditions faced by Marianne Mao and Iosefa Mao but alas they have proven their love is true.

The couple said their “I do’s” at the Pesega Mormon Temple on Saturday before making their way to the Samoa Conference Centre, T.A.T.T.E building to continue the celebration.

Bruce, Pauline and Hunter McCarthy.

Bruce, Pauline and Hunter McCarthy.

Guests were welcomed by an extravagantly decorated reception area with love felt from every corner. But the story of their love started just like any modern fairy tale. “Our love started from back in Pago in College,” said the groom.

“We were doing registration and as I was walking, I saw her and yeah, her smile caught my eyes and I knew from that moment it was game over for me.

“That’s how it all started, we had our ups and downs but we managed to make it here; this is our ultimate goal, to seal the deal in a temple.” But racking up the courage to ask his future wife out on a date was no easy task.

Julz and Loraa Veivai.
Julz and Loraa Veivai.
Bruce, Pauline and Hunter McCarthy.
Bruce, Pauline and Hunter McCarthy.
The family of the groom.
The family of the groom.
Guests enjoying the atmosphere of love
Guests enjoying the atmosphere of love

“When I asked her out is actually a funny story,” he said. “There were heaps of people around so I asked one of my friends to pull her out of the registration line so when she came by we just started talking.

“And it was during that conversation that I made the move to ask her out.”

The family of the groom.

The family of the groom.

The couple dated for seven years before Mr. Mao asked the question that changed his life forever. “She surprised me by coming down to Pago to visit me and so for me to get back to her I had to come up with my own ways to propose,”

“So she made me get on my knees and I dropped the big question and of course she said yes. 

“The highlight of our relationship is just getting back together; we would spend a few months apart at times but every time we visited each other it just made me the happiest man alive.

Guests enjoying the atmosphere of love

Guests enjoying the atmosphere of love

 “Our heavenly father has ways of pulling his kids back together when he wants it and being with her is all part of it.

“Being able to start a new journey with her just leaves me speechless; I just can’t comment on how happy I am, I don’t believe any word exists to describe how I am currently feeling right now; we will just be happy, be faithful and be together for now and always.”

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