Fifteen years ago, John Luswata had to say goodbye to his daughter Sylvia Nagginda Luswata as she married the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, and took the much-coveted title of Nnaabagereka (queen) of Buganda.
It seems August is a lucky month for the Luswatas, because another of his daughters, Juliet Luswata got married to Micheal Kinalwa on August 23, just four days before her elder sister’s wedding anniversary. Michael, a US-based lawyer, is happy to finally marry the love of his life but to many a Muganda man, he is an object of envy not just because he has married a sister to the Nnaabagereka, but also because his bride is just as beautiful as her famous elder sister.
They exchanged vows at Namirembe cathedral where Rev Canon Micah Bwami officiated. The presence of the Nnaabagereka meant that there were many security personnel at the cathedral. Juliet opted for a simple and effortless look. She wore a simple but elegant strapless gown with a studded bust line. She kept her makeup minimal and still looked great.
Unlike Nagginda whose wedding gown train made headlines, Juliet’s had no train so, her matron, Barbara Muwaza, walked freely. Michael and his best man were dashing in matching grey suits. They added a little vintage to their look by adorning sixteenth century cravats in their necks. The bridesmaids that included Juliet’s niece Princess Katrina Ssangalyambogo and Ivy Nasejje, were in simple maroon dresses.
Guests got the chance to see the Nnaabagereka and other members of the Kabaka’s family in person. Also in attendance was Tooro princess, Elizabeth Bagaya, mayor Rubaga division, Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo – related to the Luswatas by marriage – and princess Gertrude Tebattagwabwe, the caretaker-nnaalinya of Kasubi tombs.
The Kinalwas treated their guests to a wonderful reception at Mackinnon Suites in Nakasero. Wedding crashers – apart from me of course – had no chances of survival as it was an invite-only wedding party. All the guests had table numbers marked on their cards. The bar side of Mackinnon Suites was transformed into a beautiful venue where black, gold and maroon were the theme colours.
White draperies were used to brighten up the setting. Initially, they had planned to have only 25 tables but later as more guests arrived, they increased to 35 tables.
How they met:
Michael, a risk manager and also an insurance policy aiser at Ridge Medical Centre in New Jersey, met Juliet, an accountant at Danish International Development Agency (Danida), in New Jersey in 2010.
“Juliet had lots of relatives in the US, down in Texas. I happened to meet her on one of her visits to her relatives. We became friends and kept the connection, even when she went back to Uganda,” said Michael.
Michael and Juliet officially began dating in 2011 and have never looked back since. After three years, Juliet’s “calm nature, good heart and liveliness” prompted Michael to propose. After those festivities, there is no question what Juliet’s answer was.
Source : The Observer