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Love will keep us together

Shayal Devi
Sunday, January 14, 2018

FROM friends to soul mates, that is how one can describe the bond shared by Lautoka couple Ilitomasi and Rebekah Tudravu.

The duo, who met while studying at Natabua High School, are now husband and wife after a whirlwind courtship and romance spanning over a year.

Mrs Tudravu nee Kumar says both she and her beau are final year students at the Fiji School of Medicine, studying to become doctors.

"We met in high school but we weren't dating, we were friends," the 23-year-old says.

"We continued as friends in med school. He has always had feelings for me but was too shy to act on them until last year when he finally got the courage to express his feelings."

For Mr Tudravu, his wife's quiet personality drew him in, citing her soft-spoken nature and kind heart in particular.

"Rebekah would just cook me food and feed me," the 24-year-old says, adding her kindness and patience really moved him.

"Tom was funny and laughed at my silly jokes even though they weren't funny," Mrs Tudravu says.

"He still made time for me despite having studies, classes, exams and hospital attachments daily."

It wasn't easy for the couple to build a relationship, especially with their busy schedules.

Mrs Tudravu says they had to try to build a relationship while still having to keep up to date with studies and hospital attachments.

Their union was also unique in that they both came from different cultures. Thus, the couple say it was important to learn and understand each other's cultures.

"Our parents were surprised but accepted it."

It was during this point in their relationship that both knew they were meant to be, leading Mr Tudravu to pop the question.

"He proposed to me in my hostel room while I was very sick. I was on the bed and he cleaned up my room, brought me some medication, made me food and got on his knees and asked me. I had tears in my eyes and butterflies in my tummy.

"Planning the wedding, it was not easy. The weather was too hot for preparing. We put a lot of hard work into preparing for the wedding. It was very hard to get everything organised and planned but all the hard work put into it was worth it.

"One of our biggest challenges was finding a good venue. It was in December and most places had been booked out for Christmas parties, birthdays and work functions. We just prayed and God provided."

Mrs Tudravu walked down the aisle surrounded by close family members and friend, donning a picturesque Zara gown that amplified her bridal glow.

"We had the wedding ceremony at our church because I wanted it that way. The reception was at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel and the location was convenient for us all.

"Marriage is when two are united to be one. Remember to remain as one and put God first in everything."

The couple now plans to finish their final year in school before graduating.

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