Wedding bells ring at Sinamoga church

The wedding bells were ringing at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Sinamoga last Friday. 

Frances Kalita Penaia of Sinamoga and Tavila Tavila Seumanutafa of Vaivase Uta finally tied the knot after years of courtship. 

In an interview with the Samoa Observer, 35-year-old Frances said she met her husband-to-be on her first job as a teacher at the Avele College, where he was also teaching.

“I met my husband at Avele on my first job in 2009 and from then on, we stayed together until we finally decided that it’s time to get married and settle down,” she said.

The journey up to the wedding last Friday had its challenges — including a three-month separation — but when they got back together, they knew it was a partnership for life. 

“We’ve only broken up once but it wasn’t long and we never broke up again, because we believed we were each other’s future.”

Frances also made a career change from teaching to nursing, but her husband still teaches at Avele College. 

“When I went back to school overseas, we were still together, he stayed with me throughout the entire time and here we here are now,” she said, and looked at her husband. 

The wedding was held at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Sinamoga, followed by a brief traditional ceremony at the CCCS Sinamoga hall behind the chapel and a reception at Manumailagi.

Tavila, 38, is the son of Sauniania and Tavila Seumanutafa while Frances is the daughter of Peseta Saeunialo Tualima and Ulutaaloga Lolo Penaia.

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