Bride’s Name: Candace Mukendi
Bride’s Occupation: Psychotherapist and Author
Groom’s Name: Muteba Mukendi
Groom’s Occupation: Federal Finance Consultant
Wedding Date and Location: October 24, 2015 —Towson, Maryland
Tell us your love story: Bride: We first met online. As busy professionals in a large city, we were both trying something new. I think we were only going to give it about a month before we removed ourselves from the site. We decided to go on our first date at Busboys and Poets, a Langston Hughes inspired restaurant in the D.C metro area. It was a weeknight, but we sat there and talked for hours as if neither of us had to go to work the next day!
When did you know that your partner was the one? Bride: I actually played an April Fools’ prank on him. It was a rainy night and I called him while I was driving on my way home. We had gone all day without playing pranks on each other, so he thought he was in the clear. I told him that I had a flat tire and that I was stuck in the rain waiting for a tow truck. I was really sitting in my driveway talking to him. He was sitting comfortably at home, but he immediately started putting on his shoes to come save me. When he told me he was about to leave, I had to stop him and I apologized so much! I knew then that Muteba was the one. Groom: I knew she was the one when I finally met her family and saw the foundation that she came from. I already thought she was amazing, but seeing her in her element with her family let me know that I could spend the rest of my life with her. She also got along well with my family, which was a great thing!
What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day? Bride: My most memorable moment was walking down the aisle and staring into my future husband’s eyes. I could tell that he was getting emotional, but he held it together pretty well. It just made me love him more knowing that he cherished me so much. Once I was at the altar holding his hand, all of my nervousness disappeared. I felt so calm and safe.
What’s the key to success in your relationship? Bride: We practice being quick to listen and slow to speak daily. In addition to that, we have date nights every single week. It’s important to practice effective communication and keep the fun in our relationship.