Clara Tait, 29, a teacher living in the UK, met Nkosi Kerr, 31, on holiday in Tobago. They got married this year
When Claras family were planning a holiday to celebrate a series of milestones and anniversaries, they each put their dream destination into a hat and her mother pulled out Tobago. And so, in April 2014, Clara spent two weeks on the Caribbean island with her parents and sister. Clara and her mother decided to stay on for a bit longer, moving out of the resort and into a guesthouse in a village. One day, they visited the rainforest and met Nkosi, who had just started a new job as a tour guide there. He offered to take them into the forest but Claras mother didnt want to do a tour. When they came out, Nkosi was still there, and Claras mother offered him a lift.
What should have been a 20-minute drive turned into an all-day trip, with Nkosi showing them around the island. What did they talk about? I would have just shown off about Tobago, says Nkosi, with a laugh. Clara says: I was feeling really shy. I think my mum was doing most of the talking.
They had all got on so well that Nkosi invited Clara and her mother for breakfast the next morning at the house he had built. That, for me, was like: Wow, this persons really cool, says Clara. I felt drawn to you then. My mum must have picked up on it because she was like: Well, Id better take her home now before I leave her here for ever.
What did Clara like about him? I wasnt used to someone being so genuine, she says. Boyfriends in the past always had an image of themselves they wanted to portray and Nkosi seemed so open and honest, and it was quite disarming to meet such a pure heart. He wasnt flirty at all, just warm to me and my mum. Was he keen on Clara? He says he didnt want to seem too forward, but I thought: I like this girl.