Vows: Our Forever LoveTuesday, June 15, 2021
A decade ago when Rachel McKenley and Kevin Greenland, GraceKennedy Financial Group's marketing manager (insurance and investments), and IT user support specialist, respectively, attended Camp Yellow Bird, a camp for Type 1 Diabetes, fellowship, fun, peer counselling and learning about juvenile diabetes were the only things on their minds. Aphrodite however had other intentions...
“Being a life-long camper, I knew the minute I saw Kevin at the camp meet-up site, carrying the biggest Harry Potter book, that he was a newbie. I politely said, 'You've never been to camp before, but I promise there will be no time for that!'” Rachel told Tuesday Style Vows .
Rachel's not sure if he eventually found time to read it; what she does know is that her off-the-cuff comment resulted in them hitting it off. They would become fast friends over the next decade and their friendship would slowly blossom into love.
Their commitment was solidified when Kevin proposed to her at The University of the West Indies, Mona, under the calabash tree with the chapel creating the perfect backdrop. She said, “Yes!”
Sat in the warm, caress of the sun, guests awaited the arrival of the wedding party. The venue, the home of the bride's parents, was further enhanced by the team of Petals and Promises who incorporated hues of blush pink, grey, and rose gold. Dominating the ceremony area was a wall of fuzzy notes, used in lieu of a guestbook, a tradition from Camp Yellow Bird where attendees would exchange motivational notes to one another as they continued their collective fight against juvenile diabetes. The messages left for the newly-weds were words of affirmation to be read over the years.
Paying homage to local designers the bridesmaids were dressed in blush pink dresses from Jami Spence for Love YC, whilst the groomsmen wore Brand_Marco876 suiting with custom bow ties from J Hux Bowties.
Rachel, who was escorted up the aisle by her father Wilfred McKenley, oozed sophistication in an ivory Justin Alexander sleeveless deep V-neck pleated sheath from Bliss Bridal Boutique. Her tulle and beaded mantle veil, a gift from matron of honour Daria-Ann Martineau, and a white orchid bouquet courtesy of Petals and Promises, completed the look.
At the altar stood her bridegroom, smart in a velvet blue jacket and black pants from Brand_Marco876.
The ceremony, which was officiated by Reverend Astor Carlyle included a tree planting “We planted and entwined lilac and pink bougainvilea seedlings that in turn will be replanted at our forever home,” shared the bride.
Brunch followed in yet another area of the garden where specially scented candles lined the walkway, and guests, ahead of the arrival of the newly-weds, enjoyed perfectly chilled mimosas from the mimosa bar and charcuterie cones from Pink Apron.
The formalities at the reception were handled by master of ceremonies Twain Harrison and included the cutting of the three-tiered cake by Jodicakes/@jodicakes_ and dinner catered by Andre McBean from GourmetbyAndre. The couple opened the dance floor to a mash-up of Christina Perri's A Thousand Years, Tarrus Riley's Lighter featuring Shenseea, and Joseph Steppa's Wife.
A honeymoon is planned for a later date in The Bahamas.
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