Couple cross 3,200km of ocean to seal their love

Having to endure a life of living over 3,200 kilometres apart from your loved one is tough.

But 27-year-old Suluia Jane Fiu Emani did not throw in the towel and persisted in her relationship with 25-year-old Patrick Siolo Tofaeono.

On Saturday the couple sealed their love and tied the knot at the Mulivai Cathedral after four years of dating. 

The bride acknowledged the difficulties of maintaining a long distance relationship in an interview with the Samoa Observer.

"A lot of hardships, living in New Zealand and having to love someone who is parted by the ocean and has your mind and soul all the time," she said.

For the groom their wedding on Saturday now marked the beginning of a new chapter as man and wife as he finally had the woman of his dreams. 

The couple agreed that they will now leave the rest to God and they begin to build their family with a relocation to New Zealand.

 Suluia said relocating and living in New Zealand is a part of their plan as they prepare themselves for new additions to their young family.

Family members of both the bride and the groom then gathered at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum for reception to celebrate the union of the couple. 

Speaking of the challenges they faced living on different sides of the Pacific Ocean, Mrs. Tofaeono said she only visited her husband in Samoa once or twice a year, but these occasional visits were not enough.

There were times when they were both challenged by the distance but their love for each other was firm and resolute. 

According to the newly-weds, they will instill the Samoan ways of respect, love and culture in their new family.

They also acknowledged members of their families who joined them on their special day. 

"They've always been so helpful and we're blessed to have been born into such families," Mr. Tofaeono added.

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