Yvonne (a New Zealand born Tongan) and Peni (aka Ben, an American born Samoan) have been dating long distance for over three and a half years. This is truly a beautiful love story.
I grew up with Yvonne and her family within the same church and she, her siblings and I also attended the same schools. Yvonne is a beautiful and humble young woman whose heart speaks volumes in the works that she continues to do selflessly for others. Her faith and walk in God sets an example not only for her siblings but for many young women to follow fearlessly. She is the Proverbs 31 woman. I am blessed to know her and her loving family.
In 2010, I first met Peni through Yvonne when he visited her here in New Zealand. During that visit, he performed one of his poems entitled “Love Bug” in front of us (a small group of friends) which left Yvonne blushing hehe! He is a wonderful man with a heart for God. He has treated Yvonne with the utmost sincerity, love and respect. He is the perfect gentleman.
Recently, Yvonne and her Mum visited America for their family reunion. It was last week when Peni surprised Yvonne, in front of family, friends and God, with his heart-warming and romantic marriage proposal. The poem “Halfway to Forever” was performed by Peni and his friends, a piece that Peni had written especially for Yvonne. Truly priceless!
My friends, family and I cried when we watched the marriage proposal video (see below). We are so happy and excited for Yvonne and Peni. This is definitely a heartfelt moment for Yvonne, Peni, all their families and friends. They truly deserve the best and all the happiness that life can bring.
CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN VONI & PENI! May God continue to bless you both abundantly today and in the many years to come. Thank you both for your examples of faith, love and respect. ‘Ofa lahi atu xox