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Wedding: No white gown, no love for Birungi, please!

 

Wedding: No white gown, no love for Birungi, please!

At only 30 years, Hilda Birungi had already given up on love.

After her share of relationships that ended in heartache and another devastating one with the father of her children, the social worker put up high walls that blocked any man from getting close to her.

Raising her two daughters, Leticia and Doborah, became her sole purpose in life. Indeed, she was not looking for love when she agreed to go dancing at Bubbles bar and lounge with her sister, on Eid night, 2013.

“It was a Thursday and I had to work the next day; so, I was not in a party mood. I had asked a friend to pick me up; so, my sister left me in the bar,” she says.

A woman sitting alone in a bar is always a subject of scrutiny, but Birungi had done it so many times she did not care anymore. But on this particular night, a group of white men in the bar kept casting glances at her. One of them invited her to join them.

“They must think I am a sex worker,” she thought to herself.

She only agreed to go meet them, because she wanted to clarify that she was not a lady of the night. And that is how she met her husband, Peter [surname withheld on request].

The two had chemistry from the onset. She enjoyed his conversation and felt like she had known him all her life.

“I enjoyed talking to him and thought he had the cutest eyes I had ever seen. But I do not know how many people know how they feel after a few Tuskers!” she jokes.

The two met again for dinner the next day and the rest is history.

The proposal

Peter invited Birungi to visit him in Holland.

“He asked me to promise to tell my parents about us once I got the visa, which I did. [In Holland] he introduced me to his family. That Christmas holiday, he said, ‘Do you think you could grow old with me?’ to which I asked, ‘Are you asking me to be your wife?’and he said,‘Yes.’ I also said, ‘yes’.”

The couple held their introduction ceremony in Rukungiri, where Peter brought five cows as bride price on May 29, this year.

Peter, a lawyer in Holland, and Birungi finally said ‘I do’ on August 10 at St James church in West Cork, Ireland, at a beautiful ceremony officiated by Father Robert Mitchell.

YELLOW WEDDING GOWN

Quite unconventionally, the bride walked down the aisle in a yellow gown.

“I believe white is meant for virgins. So,who was I fooling? I already had two children.”

Birungi had her gown custom-made in Uganda using organza, lace, and satin, and after work done by four designers and herself, she was a very happy bride.

Her family had lost faith in Birungi after she had introduced to them different men that never became Prince Charming. Then along came Peter.

“Peter loves my daughters like they were his own. He does not have kids of his own but now that we are married, that might change soon,”Birungi says. “He is patient, reserved and kind. The only man capable of taming the lioness in me.”

“When I met Peter I was not in love with him. He was just the right man. He offered me and the girls stability so I took a chance and it paid off. I am not marrying for love. He is my friend and he understands me,” she concludes.

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