How Faith and Trust kept Bill and Dav­ila united in Love

A Wed­ding that re­con­nected long lost fam­i­lies

mailife - - Contents - By MELA KATONIVUALIKU Photos IVAMERE ROKOVESA & JIOJI PRO­DUC­TIONS

While a wed­ding is all about the bride and groom, a mar­riage means much more in terms of fam­ily ties – both the new ones and re­newed ones. When Bill wed Dav­ila it was one such oc­ca­sion and she ended up with six ‘best men’ walk­ing her down the aisle.

COURT­ING AND DAT­ING

By the time Bill Rasekaseka Kanavakalou and Dav­ila Speight got to the al­tar, their own re­la­tion­ship had stood the test of time and dis­tance. Bill from Nabuna vil­lage on Koro and Dav­ila from Naivic­ula Vil­lage in Wainibuka first met through a real es­tate agent friend seven years ago. Bill is a Lo­gis­tics Of­fi­cer for Shell UK in Dubai while Dav­ila, a Commercial Bank­ing Re­la­tion­ship Man­ager for the Aus­tralia and New Zealand Bank in Nadi, didn’t im­me­di­ately hit it off. Both had just come out of a re­la­tion­ship and nei­ther wanted to rush into an­other. “I didn’t want it to be on the re­bound. I didn’t want to bring bag­gage from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship by getting into an­other one so soon, I re­ally needed time, time to heal,” Dav­ila said. Some­how they didn’t give up on each other or the idea of a fu­ture re­la­tion­ship and kept in touch. But it wasn’t un­til just one year ago that they started of­fi­cially dat­ing. While Bill un­der­stood how Dav­ila felt and agreed to take things slowly, he was not about to let this fish get away – so he played it slow but sure. “We just took things slow and steady, not re­veal­ing too much about our re­la­tion­ship on so­cial me­dia un­til we were re­ally sure this was the one. We kept the early days of our re­la­tion­ship pri­vate,” Dav­ila said. The cou­ple knew the main chal­lenge ahead was the dis­tance be­tween them, with Bill in Iraq most of the time and Dav­ila in Fiji. “Our Shell head­quar­ters is in Dubai but I travel and am much of the time at oil rigs lo­cated in Basra dur­ing my work ro­ta­tion,” Bill said. “I be­lieve we over­came the long dis­tance chal­lenge be­cause we made sure we trusted each other with ev­ery­thing we did – trust is our main weapon.” Dav­ila said the cou­ple de­cided they were going to com­mu­ni­cate openly about ev­ery­thing and not keep things

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Bill and Dav­ila re­lax­ing at their home in Sa­beto, Nadi.

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