How Faith and Trust kept Bill and Davila united in Love
A Wedding that reconnected long lost families
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
Bill and Davila relaxing at their home in Sabeto, Nadi.