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Vows: A Moment Like This

Monday, September 17, 2018

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Five years of courtship culminated in an exchange of vows on Saturday, July 21, 2018. At the altar of Elim Open Bible Church, Naggo Head, Portmore were Frances Harvey, William T Brown Elementary School teacher, and Reynard Whyte, compliance officer.

Their initial meeting had been a sombre one: the death of Frances's best friend Candace's mother. Reynard had been running late for the service and had called for directions. A few nudges from her best friend would soon find them both dating.

 

The proposal…

“Reynard proposed to me on August 6, 2017, during one of our summer breaks in St Ann. Decameron Club Caribbean, Runaway Bay, St Ann, was where we had checked in to spend a relaxing Emancipation weekend. We walked along the beach, talked about the next phase of our lives together — we were preparing to move into the house we had bought together.

”It was all so magical. Little did I know that it was about to get a whole lot better. I was looking out at the sea when I heard him repeatedly asking if I was ready. My response was, “I'm ready for everything!” Turning around, I realised he was on one knee. Overwhelmed with joy and emotion, it took a while for him to get his question out, but once said, my answer was an emphatic 'Yes!'”

 

Here comes the bride...

On Saturday, July 21, 2018 friends and family from across Jamaica and from overseas filled the pews of the Elim Open Bible Church in Naggo Head, Portmore which were beautifully transformed by event decorator Jennifer Miller in shades of royal blue, coral and silver.

The strains of Major's This Is Why I Love You signalled the arrival of the bridesmaids who made elegant statements in royal blue silk A-line, V-neck, floor-length gowns complete with splits. The maid of honour wore a coral one-shoulder gown with cascading ruffles. They were escorted by the groomsmen wearing David Windross grey suits with royal blue ties and pocket squares.

Tears flowed as Winston Harvey walked his daughter up the aisle to the strains of I'm Sure It's You by Sheléa. Frances was stunning in a white David's Bridal mermaid gown, which featured a sweetheart neckline and tulle bottom. Silver chandelier earrings and her white veil framed her face perfectly. At the altar, eagerly awaiting his bride, stood a dapper Reynard, dressed in a Carlton Brown royal blue suit with coral bow tie and pocket square.

The ceremony was officiated by Reverend Valerie Blake and included the traditional blending of the sands ceremony.

The reception followed at the Knutsford Court Hotel where there were non-stop moments of fun from the arrival of the bridal party to Nah Sell Out Mi Fren Dem by Khago and It's A Party by Bounty Killer, and the newly-weds dancing their way into the room to lusty applause to Wayne Marshall's Good Ole Wife.

The couple's first dance as newly-weds was to BeBe Winans' I Found Love.

Post-formalities, guests enjoyed a three-course meal and witnessed the cutting of the three-tiered red velvet cake by Roseanna Wright and Beverley Mitchell. The couple and their guests partied to the tunes spun by Blacktie Entertainment before exiting with sparklers.

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