Note: These are randomly selected amateur photos taken by my friends (click each to show enlarged photo above) - Please stay tuned for the 'real' ones. A few more Pictures below.
Thanks to Michelle and her team at the Wedding Planner Plus; they made our wedding the perfect one anyone could have imagined! Everything was neatly, efficiently and splendidly done!
I thank the almighty God for his grace and mercy. Not sure if you were aware, but from the week leading up to the wedding, Jamaica was getting persistent rains, not just daily, but sometimes throughout the entire day!
But I, and many others, prayed and; listen to this, not a drop of rain fell during the morning before, nor during the proceedings.
However, the minute we signed off, maybe about 9:15pm, it started to pour, and at this point, 2 days later, we are still getting rains!
Call us lucky, but I believe it was a blessing - our prayers were answered.
Both the ceremony and the reception were held at the tranquil, serene and undisturbed Hibiscus Lodge Hotel in Ocho Rios - yes they deserve the free advertisement :-). They were also very efficient from the get-go.
Was I nervous? (I suspect you wanted to ask)...
Well no, I mean, not really :-). But seriously though, anything with such meaning, impact and significance, must cause a bit of nerves, doesn't it? I was very comfortable and confident though.
My wife? She was probably a bit more nervy but clearly enjoyed herself thoroughly.
THE WEDDING CEREMONY
The ceremony was held on the balcony over (literally) the beautiful Caribbean sea - with the blossoms of a beautiful poinciana adding to the perfect backdrop; that was breathtaking!
I doubt my friends' photos did any justice to the scenery.
Moreso, what the pictures could not capture were the serene, perfect atmosphere; the gentle wind blowing and the sweet cooing and singing of the pigeons, doves and baldplates that were right there! It seems the birds were nesting in one of the almond trees by the sea.
(By the way the hotel seems to really love birds, they had lots of other birds around).
Although in the town of Ocho Rios, we felt very far from the town. Absolutely no noise and no disturbance; any little distraction had to come from the sea, and that was what happened!
A tourist party boat passed us by with thumping reggae music!
Right after the ceremony, the bridal party, danced off, including me :-) to take some amazing photos!
I must pause here to big up the photographer and the videographer; really great and professional gentlemen! I'll get their names later.
Anyways, although I am still awaiting he 'official' photos, I know I still will not be able to share all of them. Did you see the one where the ladies wore the mens' jackets and the men took their flowers? Crazy huh? (lol)
We took pictures on the front lawn, several sections of the garden as well as by the pool- the pool ones will be extra stunning.
By the time we were finished with photos we were all drained though - and hungry. My wife conceded that her cheeks were tired of smiling!
Again, we did the formalities, marching in and taking our seats! But food came promptly - soup, pastry, salad and then the main course! (dessert ice cream cake came later too!)
The staff was very efficient at this I must mention again. I guess don't need to mention the quality of the food either, do I?
It was great!
I heard we did a good great job cutting the cake, feeding each other and sharing wine! (lol). Special thanks to 'Auntie Sharon', Omeil's mom, and my Grandma 'Dadda' for the blessing and unveiling of the cake.
All the toasts were brilliant. Holly Allen, one of my wife's best friend, toasted her and Neilkamar, friend and one of my cricket team member, toasted me.
And then the SURPRISE!!!
Just before my (The Groom's) reply, my wife took the stage and sang for me!
That was, I mean (**stuttering**), I didn't - and still don't know the words to describe it. Just awesome!
Then it was time for my response. I had something planned, but my wife's performance definitely threw me off :-)
I managed to complete it though (lol) but I did get a bit emotional; I was giving my appreciation to everyone and of course, I had to mention my great-grandmother "Mammy", and my mom and dad - the three persons who had the greatest impact on my life. All three passed away within the last few years!
They were the only ones who should have been there to witness this, but weren't. I paid tribute to them by asking the audience to stand with me and observe 30 seconds of silence as my toast to their memories!
I really felt that one. And while the tear fell down my face (my wife was right there with me by the way), I noticed several of my friends and other family members and friends sobbing too.
The tears turned into joy though as we danced the first dance! Yes, me again dancing!
My wife, who is the dancer, whispered the next foot moves to me(lol). The bridal party followed, then others in the room!
Sounds fun? It definitely was, and not just fun, memorable !!!!
So what are the highlights for me?
The splendour and beauty of my wife
The singing of my cousin Kadian.
The beautiful colours - of the bridal party and the decorations.
The photo shots! Again, kudos to the camera man.
The birds singing in the background during the ceremony.
The adeptness of the videographer.
The delight on the face of my daughter.
The cries during the reception
& of course, my wife's singing!
It was all GREAT!
On behalf of my wife, I must (again) say thanks and 'big up' to everyone who made June 4, 2011, our wedding day, the most memorable!