Lovebirds tie knot despite absence of relatives
In a perfect world they would have wanted relatives and friends living abroad to join them on their special day.
But the COVID-19 global pandemic threw the spanner in the works which led to the grounding of all international flights, however, Martin Taumate and Rosalote Foleni would not let the virus get in their way.
Last Saturday, they sealed their love in the presence of family, relatives and friends at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa [C.C.C.S.] at Sapapali'i. It was followed by a reception at the Sapapali'i church hall.
The bride, Ms Foleni is the daughter of Tofa Li'o and Tuliafiafi Foleni from Sapapali'i and Saipipi, Savai'i.
The groom, Mr. Taumate is the son of Reverend Aukuso and Tofa'ifa'alua Taumate.
Mr. Taumate is a graduate of the Malua Theological College.
The newly-wedded couple are among a handful in Samoa who have opted to go ahead with their nuptials, despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic in recent months, including the inability of family and relatives overseas to travel home for the occasion.