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Vestine (aka Mamyto)

Vestine Umubyeyi (aka Mamyto) was born in Nyanza and raised in Kigali, Rwanda. She moved to the US in 2007 and first lived in Peoria, Illinois; she later moved to Baltimore, MD in 2007. She studied Accounting and started her career in 2015. Mamyto enjoys traveling and loves spending time with her family and friends. "I can’t wait for the big day so we can all be together."

Chris

Chris Jeffers was born and raised in Albany, NY. In 2015, with big dreams and empty pockets, he decided to move down to Baltimore, MD. Chris will tell you that this turned out to be one of the greatest decisions of his life. Chris is a huge sports fan, and really enjoys watching and playing basketball and baseball. Chris is backed and supported by an amazing family and unbelievable friends. "I can’t wait to see and celebrate with everyone!"

Our Story

In 2015, Chris transitioned into an accounting position with Enterprise Holdings, and met Vestine for the first time. They didn’t know it at the time, but Chris would go on to be trained by his future wife for months as he was getting settled into his new role.

Quickly, Chris started joining Vestine in their upstairs break room for morning coffee. This was a routine that Vestine and her closest coworker shared every morning. Although the two of them spoke mostly in French during this coffee break, Chris was always there to fill up his cup! He then started joining Vestine for lunch breaks. Thank God at the time neither of them knew what packing a lunch meant. Soon Chris joined Vestine for team Happy Hours, then one on one Happy Hours, then at last…one on one dinners!

The two continued to grow their friendship and FINALLY in 2019 started dating. After a couple years, the best friends decided to take their relationship to the next level. On January 22, 2022, Chris asked Vestine to marry him. Although the couple couldn’t find where they parked the car that night, it was a beautiful night and a moment neither will forget. That is the journey of how strangers became co-workers, best friends, boyfriend and girlfriend, engaged, and on November 11, will become husband and wife!

2019 - when they started dating

2022 - when they got engaged

GUSABA

Gusaba, which literally translates to “to ask", is a traditional Rwandan ceremony during which the family of the groom-to-be officially requests the bride’s father for his daughter's hand in marriage.

The ceremony is a battle of wits involving traditional tongue twisters, riddles, and pranks.

Our ceremony will take place on November 10, 2023 at 3:00 p.m in Kigali (Sunday Park)

WEDDING

Our wedding ceremony will take place on November 11, 2023 at 3:00 p.m in Kigali (Sunday Park)
Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a reception.
We're excited to celebrate with you!

TRAVEL

Requirements for entry into Rwanda:

U.S. passports must be valid for six months after the date of entry into Rwanda.

All travelers must obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport. The visa costs $50 and can be paid using a credit card. The U.S. Embassy recommends that travelers arrive at the Kigali International Airport with sufficient cash in U.S. dollars to pay for the visa in case credit card transactions are not possible at the time of your arrival.

COVID-19 testing is no longer a requirement prior to boarding the flight to Rwanda. However, regular COVID-19 testing is encouraged.

VISIT RWANDA

Rwanda lies just south of the Equator, in the heart of Africa. In the space of a few days, it’s possible to experience an extraordinary range of wildlife and landscapes thanks to the country’s relatively small size and biodiversity.

Top destinations include:

Volcanoes National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorilla, the rare golden monkey, and 200 species of colorful birds.

Nyungwe National Park, one of the oldest rainforests in Africa. It is rich in biodiversity and spectacularly beautiful.

Akagera National Park is comprised of savannah, woodland , and a dozen lakes. It is home to the big five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo).

Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s largest lake and the sixth largest in Africa.

King's Palace, a reconstruction of the traditional royal residence with a few long-horned Ankole cattle known as Inyambo.

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