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Event date: Saturday May 25th, 2024
Event date: Saturday May 25th, 2024
May 25, 2024
Lanham, MD

TKVMD2024

    Welcome!
    Wedding Party

Thank you for celebrating with us!

Veronica EPAH NKIE

&

Thierry Kayiranga

May 25, 2024

Lanham, MD
82 days82 d19 minutes19 min34 seconds34 s

How It Came To Be: Thierry's Version

A Dating Profile, A Picture of a Bike, and a Lasting Conversation

"You should try online dating," they said. "You could meet a nice girl," they said. So I created an account about two months after moving back to Tallahassee from a 5-year job stint in San Diego. I put up a few pictures of myself, including one of my bike. A few weeks later, I receive a notification that I matched and someone liked one of my pictures.....It was picture with the bike-the only picture I was *not* in on my profile. That was the photo Veronica had chosen and liked. I returned the favor on one of her cute pictures (I'll admit, they were all cute), and said hello. A whole 48 hours later, I got a response. She later told me that she hesitated replying my hello for a few days, but was eventually moved to reach out. In my mind, I had absolutely no reservations. Over the next few days, we exchanged words and things were going well. I began to learn more things about her, and the many things we had in common, such as: She was from Cameroon (I have a few Cameroonian "cousins" from my childhood), she spoke French (which she did not want to let me know right away!), and (as the ways of God are always mysterious), she and I had a relation in common: back in her college soccer-playing days, she had been teammates for two years with the cousin of my best friend, Tania. I could not believe it! 11 days later, we decided to meet so I drove to Dothan. Lo and behold, there she was in the flesh, looking better than I had imagined. She wore a black and yellow dress and I thought she was so beautiful I started wondering who was getting the better part of the deal here, her or me. As I spent that day and the next roaming around Dothan with her, I knew this tiny human being was going to change my life (and in her own words, rock my world)! As days turned into weeks, and weeks into months, we kept talking and realized that we enjoyed each other's company including nerding out on science-y things, poking fun at each other and teaching each other new skills (she taught me to play cards the Cameroonian way. I taught her to make my mother's delicious egg rolls). We learned we actually both shared the same favorite show (Elementary, the story of Sherlock Holmes in New York City). The one thing that surprised (and still surprises) me most was how hard she works at everything she does (and how little sleep she gets)!! Needless to say, the next few days and months went well. A little too well. I met her doctor buddies, and her dog Roadie. Her youngest sister, Maggie, googled me to see whether or not I was a serial killer. She let Veronica know I was definitely *not* a serial killer, and as such was approved on a trial basis, pending re-evaluation. Her sister Sandrine immediately treated me like an old friend, making me feel most welcome and completely comfortable. I believe I made it past the 90-day trial, because I am still here. Veronica also met my friends and my family, and things progressed in due course. Fast forward to three months later, her Dothan year ends and she moves to Sylacauga. Instead of a 2-hour drive, our relationship was maintained over a 4-hour drive. This year, we have been separated across various states and cities. I mean..I enjoy long rides, I wanted to be with her and knew that I wanted to stay by her side, quirks and all. I still think the same to this day! I am looking forward to spending every day with her, especially with a lot less mileage between us!

How It Came to Be: Veronica's Version

A Prayer, A Message, and a lifetime of "We'll Figure It Out"

On January 1st, 2022, sitting in St. Columba Catholic church in Dothan. AL, I said a prayer during the New Year’s mass. “Lord, I know things are rough with me at the moment with school and with life. This may not be the right time to ask this, but if you had someone in mind you would like for me to journey through life with, I am ready to cross paths with them. I know where I am, and I know this request may be truly challenging in reality, but I believe You can make this happen, if it is indeed Your Will.” On April 6th, 2022, I received a message from Hinge. “Hey, I am Thierry. Thank you for liking my bike.” It was from a gentleman whose profile I had seen a day before, and had liked for its simplicity. At the time I was studying for my first board exams, and did not wish to engage in a conversation that would likely take up my time and not lead anywhere. I decided to ignore the message. Over the next day and a half, a small voice in my head kept telling me “Answer him, it could be nothing, but it could be something.” Around 2am about 48hrs later, I responded. “Hey! Veronique here. You are welcome, it is a pretty nice-looking bike!” The next day he answered, asked me about Cameroon, and a lengthy, interesting conversation ensued. The first time I knew Thierry was someone I definitely wanted in my life was about a week after. It was two days to Tax Day, and as all good procrastinators I had put off filing my very complicated taxes until the last moment. Thierry, on the other hand, meticulous and organized, was appalled that I still had not done this. He volunteered to stay on the phone and keep me company while I got it done. What I had anticipated would take me an hour took me almost four, and he stayed on the phone with me the entirety of the time, until both my state and federal taxes had been submitted. I knew he was trying to earn brownie points, but I also knew anyone who would sit with you through possibly the most frustrating civic duty anyone has to do is someone worth keeping around. We met in person for the first time a few days later. Over the next few months, our relationship grew from strangers, into friends, into more than friends. Everyday I found something new to be fascinated by with him. He was funny and warm, and one could tell from the way he talked about his family and close friends, how much he cared for them. We lived two hours away from each other when we first met. Thierry would drive to my house and leave me groceries and would text me messages like “GO TO BED or you will spontaneously combust!!” because I seemed to forget to eat or sleep sometimes. We spent more time in each other’s company, and realized we had many things in common, to the point where we even shared an acquaintance: his best friend’s cousin had been my teammate on the Montgomery College Women’s Soccer Team. Talk about six degrees of separation! Two months after we met, I had to move to another city that would put us a few more hours apart from one another. I also had to leave the day after moving to go to California for eight weeks. When we first met, I told Thierry about my life and the situation I was in. Being a medical student, and in the military meant a lot of uncertainty and things beyond my control. Thierry replied with four words: “We’ll figure it out,” and those words have been the bedrock of our relationship. The past two years have been a whirlwind of events and emotions. Through all of this, Thierry has kept me grounded with those four words, and with support and patience for one another and from our friends and family we have arrived at this joyful juncture. I am so grateful to God for placing you in my path, and for giving me the honor of being your person. I cannot wait to continue figuring out this thing called life with you!

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REGISTRY

https://www.amazon.com/wedding/share/veronicaandthierry2024

Welcome to our registry! We our grateful to you for choosing to spend the day with us. As most of you know, Veronica will be graduating from medical school on May 10th, 2024. She is scheduled to begin her internship at the military hospital in Tacoma, Washington in June 2024 as well. As such we have some very exciting times ahead of us! If you feel moved to help us jumpstart our journey together, please contribute to our newlywed fund here on Zola (on the Registy tab) or check out our Amazon registry via the link above.

Upload your photos and videos of the wedding!

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1cLZajI8LkM6vX5CTpuGlxqDTcqCAFo2G

We know you all will be taking lots of excellent photos and videos. We have a link to a Google Drive where you can share yours if you so choose, so that we might all share in the festivities from many happy angles!

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