09There’s a lot to love about destination weddings. The start of a new life with the love of your life in a different scenery with loads of new things to explore is one excellent way to create lasting memories.
Amaka and her boo Sam had a destination wedding in the beautiful city of Dubai. It was such an intimate yet super colourful event. The Burj Khalifa as the backdrop of their wedding made it all the more magical. The moments that led to this glorious day for the couple started with friendship. Sam had been helping Amaka who was just his friend at the time with a course. This blossomed into a beautiful relationship with two people who couldn’t get enough of each other. So, four years down the line, Sam popped the big question in Santorini and of course, she said yes! Amaka gives us the full gist about how they first met and how the proposal went down. One thing that is so glaring is how much the lovebirds are into each other. We just can’t get enough of how they look at each other.
As they say, pictures tell the best stories. See it all for yourself in the photos below. Also, keep scrolling to read how Amaka tells their love story and her account of the sweet proposal.
The love story according to Amaka:
We were introduced to each other by a mutual friend at our college dorm in January 2015. I thought Sam was cute but I just wanted to be friends. Sam started helping me in accounting since he was passing the class. We began to hang out more and our friendship eventually turned into a relationship. We started dating about 3 months later.
When Sam wants to surprise me, he goes all out. We got engaged in Santorini, Greece while on summer vacation for “Sam’s birthday” as I knew it. Sam’s sister and her husband also came along and knew of the engagement plans, and kept the secret. Our vacation included a visit to Venice, Rome, Santorini and Paris for a few days each. Sam felt his best opportunity to surprise me was in Greece and began calling hotels to help organize and plan the details in January 2019.
On the day of the proposal, Sam told me that he had reserved a table at a restaurant for us to dress up and go on a formal date. I am never one to say no to an opportunity to do my makeup and dress nice, so I gladly accepted, no questions asked. This is how Sam’s proposal plan was almost ruined.
The restaurant was supposed to send someone to come pick us up, but for some reason, Sam was unable to reach them. After 30 minutes of trying, Sam decided they had no choice but to walk because sunset was approaching and that was a big part of the plan for Sam. It was a 10-minute walk, I had heels on, and Santorini has lots of steps. However, we made the walk, got there in time, and I still had no idea what was about to happen.
Once we got there, we walked to the private terrace overlooking the ocean and caldera. Sam noticed the hidden photographer was already capturing the moment. Sam’s sister and her husband told me they had already left Santorini the day before, so I wasn’t expecting to see them walk out behind me. It was at that point the music started playing, I started crying and Sam went down on one knee. I said yes as best as I could with so many happy tears and emotions.
The night ended beautifully as we watched the sunset and gazed at the Santorini lights. We then went on to celebrate our engagement and wrapped up our vacation in Paris before returning home. We have been together for 4 years before we got engaged. To date, we have been together for almost 6 years. We were engaged for 1 year and 6 months. We got engaged in June of 2019 and got married in November of 2020.