Patricia and Fortune’s love started with a testimony.
Fortune recalls, “The first time that I saw Patricia she was testifying during our Sunday service. She was testifying about something she was going through while in college. I saw her but she didn’t see me.”
Eventually, they did connect after attending church together, and it quickly became clear that they were soul mates. Patricia shares, “Fortune is the first man I dated and the last one! When I met Fortune, there was something very different about him. It seemed that the same excuses I used to give other men just did not apply to him. He brought down the walls I built around my heart with care, trust, and prayers. Praying about him brought me comfort. He keeps me smiling, but his love for me even at my lowest is just …Breathtaking. “
Their regal wedding was just as breathtaking from their humorous vows to the all-out dance party during their reception. And, God was definitely looking out as they had to change their venue three weeks before the wedding due to COVID-19! Talk about blessed.
See all of the stunning details below.
- Full Name of Couple: Patricia Musasa and Fortune Kalala
- Location of Wedding: Radisson Hotel Nashua
- Wedding Date: September 12 2020
- Photographer for Wedding: Reem Photography
- Favorite item on menu: Pasta
- Bridesmaids/groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids: Bridesmaids Robe Groomsmen: Men’s Crown Brooch Lapel Pin
- First dance song: The Vow by Timi Dakolo
- Advice for brides: The day of the wedding if something is not going according to plan, please for your own sake go with the flow, unless it’s something major! But please don’t ruin your wedding because the cake knife is missing.
Tell us how you met
His side of the story: The first time that I saw Patricia she was testifying during our Sunday service. She was testifying about something she was going through while in college. I saw her but she didn’t see me. A couple of years later after we both graduated college, I got to church pretty late and the usher sat me in a spot that I don’t usually sit, and there she was looking like the best thing that my eyes had laid on. We briefly introduced ourselves and went our separate ways. We really got to know each other once we started getting involved in church and serving.
Her side of the story: I remember the Young Adult Ministry had its yearly “Young Adult Sunday Service”, the Saturday before the service we had a rehearsal, as I was interacting with the group I saw a person I’ve never met before entering the room. Isn’t this a closed meeting, who brought their friend (side eyes) lol I found out later on that he was part of the program. The next day, Fortune was scheduled to testify on stage, he gave an extremely encouraging testimony on how he overcame the obstacles that rose on his journey in college. The truth is, it was too hard for me to focus on what he was saying since I was BAMBOOZLED by his beauty (don’t judge me!). A few months later we started serving at our local church together as coordinators.
November 30th has always been a special day for me and my family because it’s my sister Danielle’s birthday (which by the way now vouched to tell our kids how she had to SACRIFICE her birthday for mommy’s dream proposal).
I remember going to work that morning, one of my very good friends Jenny was also traveling, so we chatted a little bit then I wished her a safe flight. When I got home from work, I told the girls that I was going to take a nap before starting to get ready for the birthday celebration.
Before getting ready for the party, my sisters insisted that I get my nails done at the nail salon, I told them I didn’t need to go to the nail salon, my nails could be done at home. It wasn’t my day, so I didn’t want them to put the focus on me, but they still insisted. I finally decided to go with her to the nail place, however, she left me there by myself (she was coordinating the event as well). I started becoming very suspicious, “why am I getting pampered when it’s not even my birthday.”
I started my investigation, I knew Jenny will never miss my proposal, so I thought “I’m going to video call her and she needs to show me her location if she doesn’t then she lied!! Then today is the day!” So I called but she didn’t pick up, she texted “It’s loud where I am” she was flying to her niece’s birthday party and she posted on social media a video of kids so I thought, “oops she’s not in Boston.”
Eventually, I got ready and got picked up by one of my girls. When I arrived, the room was dark but filled with beautiful candles and balloons, my favorite song was playing, rose petals formed the path that was to take me to my Fortune. People handed me roses as I walked down, guess who handed me a rose too, JENNY! (Had me good). He held my hands and gave an emotional speech. Then he got down on one knee and said “Patricia Musasa will you marry me?”… Of course I said yes to the Love of My Life!
How did you know they were “the one”?
I remember telling God, “God, honestly, I don’t want my heart to be handed out to just any men, I only want one man, THE ONE…” I was about maybe 13 years old when I made that prayer. But at that age I knew I did not want to date for fun when I grow up, I wanted to do it with purpose. It took many years for this prayer to come to fruition but here we are now. Fortune (my husband) is the first man I dated and the last one! When I met Fortune, there was something very different about him. It seemed that the same excuses I used to give other men just did not apply to him. He brought down the walls I built around my heart with care, trust, and prayers. Praying about him brought me comfort. He keeps me smiling, but his love for me even at my lowest is just …Breathtaking.
What were you initially planning for your wedding, and how did COVID-19 affect your wedding plans?
The major change influenced by the COVID-19 on our original wedding plan was the loss of the venue, we could not have our wedding at our initial venue so we found ourselves just 3 weeks away from the wedding with NO venue.
Describe your wedding style
Describe your wedding dress and your favorite wedding accessory.
3 words to describe my wedding dress: Royal Champagne Bliss! and my crown was my favorite accessory.
What is your best memory from your wedding?
The Altar and the dance floor. Our wedding ceremony was one of my favorite memories, Fortune and I kept on giggling like middle school lovers, we both included fun lines in our vows and got the crowd laughing. We made it fun for each other throughout the whole ceremony. My second favorite part was the dance floor, seeing everyone on the dance floor including our grandparents made it all worth it.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples planning for their wedding during the COVID-19 epidemic?
Carefully read your wedding venue contract, make sure it includes issues related to Covid-19, and mainly ask questions about their cancellation policies. Most importantly, do not be afraid to get married during this season, your friends and family will support you from wherever they are in the world. Have fun and Congratulations!
- Photography: Reem Photography
- bride’s dress: MYNAMOUR WEDDING DRESS DUBAI
- bridal salon: Clean Touch
- bride’s headpiece and/or veil: MYNAMOUR WEDDING DRESS DUBAI
- bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka
- bridesmaids dresses: Dollhouse Bridesmaids
- cakes/desserts: Radisson Hotel Nashua
- catering: Radisson Hotel Nashua
- ceremony venue: Radisson Hotel Nashua
- event decor/design: Lyly Sangwa and Aimee Mulumba
- Entertainment: DJ Kunta
- event planner: A Peace Of Cake Event Planning
- florals: Assembly by K
- groom’s attire: Harrell’s Men’s Wear
- groomsmen attire: We don’t recommend lol
- Hair: Joel Taveras
- Lighting: DJ Kunta
- makeup: Clean Touch
- reception venue: Radisson Hotel Nashua
- videography: 35hpro
- Ice cream station: Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream