Papauta became a place of love for Leafaitulagi Talisau and Lafi Faamanatu yesterday where they began their new journey as husband and wife.
With Leafaitulagi residing in Australia and her love Lafi living in Samoa; their love knew no distance.
“So we met through a good friend of mine who happened to be from the same village as Lafi,” the bride told Samoa Observer.
“That’s pretty much how it all started; we officially met in Australia and it has been over two years so we decided to make it all official.”
For the couple, it was a case of destiny.
“I was actually living in Australia and he came over for work and so that’s how I met him,” the bride said.
“He asked me out through my good friend; he asked my friend who I was and if I was single; so we talked for four months before actually going out.”
“His proposal was simple, he just asked me ‘do you want to get married?’.
“So I told him for us to go and meet his family first and if it was meant to be and if they like me then that’s my answer; so we came to meet his family and they were so nice and good to me.
“So from there I said yes and a year and a bit of planning led us to today.”
But even if love has no bounds, it does have its moments.
“Like anybody else who’s in love and wanting to be with each other all the time but you; I just thank God for our life story,” the bride said.
“After his contract ended in Australia we still managed to use Skype as if we were seeing each other face to face; so that has kept us going and I have been back and forth.
“It started off good and then ups and downs but we still managed to make it work given that we lived in different countries and so here we are.”
But the past no longer matters as a new chapter of love begins for the new happy couple.
“I love him and I am excited to start this new life together,” the bride said.
“I told him that if I didn’t love him then I wouldn’t marry him; he’s very humble; one of the first things he said to me before I said yes was that his family doesn’t have much and I had to come see where they lived for me to say yes.
“He requested this in case I said yes and then see where he lives and I might change my mind.
“He’s a family man and that’s what drew me to him and I am very blessed to have him; he is one of kind.”