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From “will you” to “I do”, Destination Jamaica is a much sought after location for destination weddings, as the offerings provide a range of themes that will match any bridal taste. The Jamaica Tourist Board is happy with the attention that the Caribbean Wedding Industry Awards is bringing to Jamaica’s wedding and honeymoon market. Jamaica has distinct locations with characteristics as unique as a bride and groom, and a wedding on the island will surely spice up the celebration. From Montego Bay to Negril, from Ocho Rios to Port Antonio and from Kingston to the South Coast, Jamaica has a range of exquisite villas and inns, luxurious resorts and boutique hotels to host spectacular weddings. It is little wonder that the island has been repeatedly voted as World’s Leading Wedding Destination. Couples can also tie the knot on one of Jamaica’s many beaches, at an off-the-beaten-path lagoon or waterfall, onboard a romantic sunset catamaran cruise, or in lush tropical garden, all providing breathtaking backdrops. The bridal market is very robust as people continue to fall in love and want to get married in a wonderful location. The Caribbean Wedding Industry Awards will expose the attendees to the realm of possibilities that awaits when brides choose Jamaica for their destination wedding.
Yours sincerely, rom “will you” to “I do”, Destination Jamaica is a much sought after location Donovan White weddings, as for destination Director of Tourism the offerings provide a range of themes that will match any bridal taste. The Jamaica Tourist Board is happy with the attention that the Caribbean Wedding Industry Awards is bringing to Jamaica’s wedding and honeymoon market.
Jamaica has distinct locations with characteristics as unique as a bride and groom, and a wedding
on the island will surely spice up the celebration. From Montego Bay to Negril, from Ocho Rios to Port Antonio and from Kingston to the South Coast, Jamaica has a range of exquisite villas and inns, luxurious resorts and boutique hotels to host spectacular weddings. It is little wonder that the island has been repeatedly voted as World’s Leading Wedding Destination. Couples can also tie the knot on one of Jamaica’s many beaches, at an off-the-beaten-path lagoon or waterfall, onboard a romantic sunset catamaran cruise, or in
lush tropical garden, all providing breathtaking backdrops. The bridal market is very robust as people continue to fall in love and want to get married in a wonderful location. The Caribbean Wedding Industry Awards will expose the attendees to the realm of possibilities that awaits when brides choose Jamaica for their destination wedding.
Sincerely, Donovan White
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The moments will take your breath away.
Message from the
Executive Team of I Do Jamaica Magazine
t gives us great pleasure to present the sixth edition of I Do Jamaica.
We t h a n k yo u fo r making I Do part of the planning process for your big day. Each year, our goal is to help you plan the wedding of your dreams in Jamaica. We aim to present information about reliable, competent service providers for all the facets of your wedding – and beyond. We hope that this resource will provide relevant, timely information and help you find the best vendors, thereby ensuring that your destination event is everything it should be.
Over the past six (6) years, we have partnered with Pelican Publishers and the team there has been instrumental in shaping the magazine to ensure it takes its place as the leading wedding publication for the destination wedding industry in Jamaica. To the cadre of writers, photographers, designers, amongst others, who toil behind the scenes to produce a beautiful end product – we salute you! We are indeed fortunate to be supported by a highly effective team, who ‘pulls the whole magazine together.’ Finally, we know the publication would not be the same
– and maybe not even possible - without the support of businesses in the wedding industry. Your advertising with the magazine lends further vibrancy, confirms its legitimacy and provides readers with ready-attheir fingertips information about the businesses they need to find. We thank you. To all our readers, thank you for your feedback and support. We will ensure you have something to look forward to every year!
Jo-Anne Paxton & Peter Shoucair J.P.
ltimately though, it would be a disservice to your taste buds to not sample our delectable Jamaican foods. Stop
by Chelsea Jerk Centre for the best jerk chicken in town, rendezvous at Gloria’s in Port Royal for some mouthwatering steam fish and bammy, and catch up on the game while sipping a cold beer at Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records. Hey, the infamous athlete
Transportation You can really experience the Kingston culture by hopping on a JUTC bus (yellow bus) but don’t worry, this city is not short of transportation options. Taxi services such as Gadgepro, City Guide, On Time and El-Shaddai can be at your doorstep in a matter of minutes. If you require something a bit more fancy, especially on your wedding day then Limo Tours Limited and Luxury Limos are just a phone call away.
might even pop in. That’s not all though; you must try a delicious beef patty or two or three— take your pick from Devon House, Mother’s or Tastee Patties. Café Blue offers a unique breakfast experience with Blue Mountain Coffee and even gluten free food options. JoJo’s Jerk Pit has Karaoke to entertain you while you dine, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed have a glass of wine at Uncorked. Delicious desserts can be had at Pastry Passions and Chocolate Dreams while Devon House I- Scream adds a sweet touch to your day.
Exploration You must take a tour of the Bob Marley Museum, before you head downtown to explore the National Gallery and the Institute of Jamaica. But your day is not done yet, nighttime is when the town really comes alive. There’s Dub Club offering a unique musical experience up in Jacks Hill, Uptown Mondays in Half Way Tree, Pepperseed Best of the 90's in New Kingston or Fiction Fantasy Fridays at Fiction Night club. Sabina Park offers oldies jam on a Sunday, or you can take in a game of cricket; take your pick!
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Editorial & Design Team producing this magazine, I did not realize just how much. Then I started traversing the length and breadth of the island to get in the know so I could reliably inform my readers where to go, what to do, what to see, etc., when they get here and oh my goodness…
The creation of a magazine is always a labour of love… There is no better magazine to labour lovingly on than I Do Jamaica. I always knew Jamaica was beautiful, but until I started My love for this beautiful island has quadrupled since working on Ido Jamaica Magazine for the past 5 years. And, while we like to say on social media #Ilivewhereyouvacation, many locals haven’t actually experienced the beauty that Jamaica has to offer. The tourists however are truly enamoured by our little island and flock to
In addition to being a labour of love, producing a magazine is teamwork. My co-labourers in this love fest included Alicea James; managing editor and Nicole Williams; senior graphic designer. And, we could not have done it without other important persons - some of whom are In this issue, we present properties listed under Credits. or wedding service providers who have remained some of We hope you will enjoy and Jamaica’s best kept secrets, along benefit from our labour of love. with some well-known ones. They are all up to the task to make your wedding an event to remember.
creative and editorial director
our shores to have their fairytale wedding realized in paradise. It is in creating this publication that I get to experience Jamaica through someone else’s eyes – cementing a deeper appreciation for what I once took for granted. Island Paradise indeed
Alicea James managing editor
It’s been a great joy working on the design and creative layout of this issue of I Do Jamaica. This little island is indeed a beautiful tropical paradise and each year I’ve gotten to experience snapshots of this beauty with couples who’ve chosen to tie the knot here on our shores.
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From vintage beauty to opulence in paradise, you can indeed have it all here in Jamaica, the ”Home of All Right.”
Nicole Williams senior graphic designer
Credits Publisher Pelican Publishers Editorial & Creative Director Meleisa Witter managing Editor Alicea James GRAPHIC DESIGN & Layout Nicole Williams Marketing / Sales Clive Aquart Sharon Reid PHOTOGRAPHY Merrick Cousley Tamara Briggs Manuela Stefan Contributors Alicea James Meleisa Witter I Do Jamaica Magazine is Published annually at the behest of the executive partners. © 2018 Pelican Publishers Limited No part of this publication may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronically or mechanically, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage retrieval system without written permission from the publishers.
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V i n ta g e & ViVid St. James
A heavenly haven is St. James. As one of Jamaica's premier tourism meccas, the stops have been pulled out to ensure that your destination wedding is everything it could be - and then some. Our feature property is a classic, over-the-top venue, situated on miles of gorgeous Caribbean Sea coast. Everything you desire will be yours for the taking in vividly vintage St. James.
A crescent-shaped white sand beach, an expansive green lawn aside the Caribbean Sea, and a terrace with panoramic ocean views are just a sampling of the exquisite wedding venues at Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Whether you desire a quiet, intimate ceremony or a vibrant and lively reception, the variety of stunning settings can comfortably host everyone from a couple to as many as 200 guests. Hosting only one wedding per weekend, Round Hill promises you and your guests personalized service, undivided attention and ultimate exclusivity. “We understand it is the details that make an event spectacular, and we are committed to ensuring that every client’s unique vision is realized and exceeded.” says Round Hill’s Catering Sales Manager, Racquel Bernard. As the only bride and groom on property, not only will you be able to select the ideal venue for your wedding, our dedicated wedding staff will ensure that every little detail is everything that you imagined. Their award-winning culinary team will craft an idyllic menu to fit your tastes and will be sure to draw adoration from your guests. Showcasing their expertise in Caribbean cuisine, the culinary team sources the finest local ingredients to use in our dishes, including ingredients from right on site in our Organic Garden. From a laid-back barefoot beach barbeque to an elegant coursed dinner amidst candlelight, the Round Hill catering staff will bring your vision to life. Guests will be in awe of their beautiful accommodations, from oceanfront rooms to villa suites and private, complete villas. Located in the Pineapple House, the guest rooms overlook Round Hill Bay and snorkeling reef, are steps from the infinity pool and boast front row access to breathtaking sunsets. For guests who desire more privacy, there are 27 complete luxury villas which evoke a personality of their own, yet all share a common thread of modern refinement, classic style and exceptional service. Four classes of villas range from two- to six-bedrooms and include a selection of fine amenities such as private pools, guest houses, event lawns and the epitome of indoor/outdoor living. Choose from a selection of thoughtfully-crafted packages or create something completely unique. Each package includes special touches from beginning to end – the use of fresh vegetables and herbs from the Organic Garden in your dinner menu, custom décor options utilizing the beautiful tropical flora around property, professional photographer and videographer services to capture every moment, and a seasoned wedding coordinator to ensure every detail is flawless.
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A crescent-shaped white sand beach, an expansive green lawn aside the Caribbean Sea, and a terrace with panoramic ocean views are just a sampling of the exquisite wedding venues at Round Hill Hotel and Villas.
Whether you desire a quiet, intimate ceremony or a vibrant and lively reception, the variety of stunning settings can comfortably host everyone from a couple to as many as 200 guests.
“We understand it is the details that make an event spectacular, and we are committed to ensuring that every client’s unique vision is realized and exceeded.” says Round Hill’s Catering Sales Manager, Racquel Bernard. As the only bride and groom on property, not only will you be able to select the ideal venue for your wedding, our dedicated wedding staff will ensure that every little detail is everything that you imagined. Their award-winning culinary team will craft an idyllic menu to fit your tastes and will be sure to draw adoration from your guests. Showcasing their expertise in Caribbean cuisine, the culinary team sources the finest local ingredients to use in our dishes, including ingredients from right on site in our Organic Garden. From a laidback barefoot beach barbeque to an elegant Hosting only one wedding per weekend, Round Hill
coursed dinner amidst candlelight, the Round
promises you and your guests personalized service,
Hill catering staff will bring your vision to life.
undivided attention and ultimate exclusivity.
uests will be in awe of their beautiful accommodations, from oceanfront
rooms to villa suites and private, complete villas. Located in the Pineapple House, the guest rooms overlook Round Hill Bay and snorkeling reef, are steps from the infinity pool and boast front row access to breathtaking sunsets. For guests who desire more privacy, there are 27 complete luxury villas which evoke a personality of their own, yet all share a common thread of modern refinement, classic style and exceptional service. Four classes of villas range from two- to six-bedrooms and include a selection of fine amenities such as private pools, guest houses, event lawns and the epitome of indoor/outdoor living.
Choose from a selection of thoughtfully-crafted packages or create something completely unique. Each package includes special touches from beginning to end – the use of fresh vegetables and herbs from the Organic Garden in your dinner menu, custom décor options utilizing the beautiful tropical flora around property, professional photographer and videographer services to capture every moment, and a seasoned wedding coordinator to ensure every detail is flawless.
So, recite your vows amidst a backdrop of striking golden sky reflected off gentle turquoise waters. Dance the night away under dimly-lit lanterns as palm trees sway in the evening breeze. Celebrate one of life’s greatest moments in absolute paradise. Begin the next chapter of your life with an extraordinary and unforgettable wedding at Round Hill.
C o s m o p o l i ta n meets Cultural Kingston
The city of Kingston is the parish and national capital. Kingston is eclectic, bombastic, laid-back and energetic all at once. It just depends on the scene you choose to take in. National parks, museums, galleries, historic sites, botanical gardens and restaurants are just some of the attractions Kingston has to offer. Art, music and nightlife convey an authentic capital city feel. Venues for your wedding and spaces to host bachelor parties, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions abound. You will feel right at home in Kingston town!
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In this edition of Top Picks, photographer Merrick Cousley shares his favorite weddings for 2018.
Jhenelle Dane Feb 17, 2018
Location: UWI Mona Visitors Lodge, Kingston Hotel
This was a classic ‘Mr. & Mrs. Bond’ couple that didn’t spare the excitement even from our engagement session. I remember the glamour and beauty exuded by Jhenelle, and the sophistication, calm and suaveness of Dane. If there was ever a couple that could win “coolest of the year” it would be these two. Their rings were delivered by a drone during the ceremony.
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NATuRALLy PeRfecT BAckdRoP foR youR dReAm Wedding
The Hope Royal Botanic Gardens, commonly called Hope Gardens, is a sprawling 230 acreage of slightly undulating savannahs, with beautiful gardens, rustic gazebos and placid water features located in the Liguanea Plains of urban St. Andrew.
he sheer expanse of hope Gardens makes it an unparalleled space in the Kingston metropolis
for creating memorable experiences.
here, mother natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bountiful blessings allow for naturally beautiful and intimate settings for picturesque scenes to make your special occasion a fairytale. lush greenery and mountainous backdrop create the perfect canvas to capture a beautiful day.
the Sunken Gardens stands out as one of the major attractions for visitors to hope Gardens. the area’s pristine lawn space and tropical feel just invite you to say ‘i do’. the Sunken Gardens and the annual Gardens have been favourites for many couples over the years. the Annual Gardens is home to n u m e ro u s s p e c i e s of exotic flowers and pristine lawns, providing a picture perfect scenery for – you guessed it – those lifetime photobooks or wedding videos.
the beautiful cassia siamea grove by the main entrance was planted in 1907, while the other mini-gardens within the park notably the cacti garden, with its rare varietals; the bougainvillea walk with its magnificent explosions of tropical colours; the annual gardens, with numerous species of exotic flowers; the sunken gardens and the lily pond, evolved over the years. like an already perfect woman who needs no makeup to arrest your attention, mother nature presents hope Gardens; the venue which allows you to delete decoration from your wedding budget.
A little historyâ&#x20AC;Ś the Gardens were established in 1873 on a section of land from the estate of Major Richard hope, one of the original english colonizers who helped to capture Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655. During that period, the gardens were known as the hope estate, and was renamed the hope Royal botanic Gardens in 1953 when Queen elizabeth ii came to Jamaica.
Travelling to another country to have your wedding has the potential to turn a day which is typically fraught with drama to one with drama of epic proportions. Careful planning, lots of correct information and preparation, will ensure your destination wedding is a huge success.
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Here are some tips to ensure you
page for entry and exit stamps.
• Register with your country’s
are destination ready:
Take copies of your passport
embassy or consulate before
• Visit your health care providers
as backup to ensure you can
you travel. That way your coun-
including your insurance car-
re-enter your country, or prove
try is aware of your whereabouts
rier. Ensure you are properly
your citizenship in case of loss
in case of emergency
vaccinated, have sufficient and
of your passport. Likewise, leave
• Look up monetary conversion
current medical supplies if on
a copy of your passport at home
before you go. Converting most
prescription drugs and that your
or with someone you trust or
currencies to Jamaican dollars is
medical insurance policy applies
make an electronic copy you
usually pleasant, but make sure
overseas for emergencies. If it
can store in your email account.
you do your math before you
doesn’t, you may want to con-
Bring another valid form of
travel to get a sense of where
sider supplemental insurance.
the conversion rate is at. • Make sure your credit card will work in the country you're visiting and inform your bank or credit card provider. Sometimes banks think fraud may be occurring if transactions are suddenly happening in the Caribbean when you’re from Italy or Alaska, and will turn off your card as a security measure. • Always have local cash for places which don’t accept credit cards, but don’t walk around with excessive amounts. • Check the country’s entrance/ exit fees. Some countries require travelers to pay in order to enter or leave the country. These fees
• Identification: A passport is
• Read up on local laws and prac-
are not included in the price of
required for entry to Jamaica.
tices before you get to your
your airline ticket, and can range
A visa is only needed for stays
from $25 to $200.
over 90 days. Passports must
• Give friends and family your
• Buy tickets in advance for places
be valid at the time of entry
contact information and itin-
you know you want to visit. That
and have at least one blank
eraries in case of emergency.
way you will spend more time
it is much less than the roaming charges you’ll get if you don’t. • Carry your most important stuff in your carry-on. Carry as much of the things that you will need for your wedding in your carry-on as you possibly can. Just in case the airline loses your luggage, the fall out will be less stressful. • Bring snacks. Traveling abroad is fun, but eating in a foreign country can sometimes become a task. Bring small snacks that will tide you over until you find that perfect restaurant or food cart. Finally, decide to have fun and make the most of your doing the things you want to and secure
trip. That’s a decision you can make in spite of!
deals in advance. Source: www.travelzooapp.
• Get guidebooks which usually include maps, keywords or phrases, and give you enough detail on certain sites that you won’t need to purchase the pamphlet at the venue. Download apps before you travel. Avoid downloading charges from your wireless carrier and get your apps before you leave. • Research events going on while you’re there. This will help you make sure that you’re not missing the best events going on in the city -- fun things like festivals, ceremonies and natural events. Also be sure to research as a few national dishes to try. You don’t want to leave the country without experiencing what it’s known for. • Bring a charger adapter and check the voltage of your electronics. Countries have different size plugs and voltage. So if you want to use your iPod, make sure you can charge it. • Activate your phone’s global capabilities. There's usually a charge for doing this, but
Jamaica Married in
Tourists flock our beautiful shores from countries near and far to have their fairytale wedding in paradise. The island, with its stunning beaches, historic sites and picturesque flora and fauna provides the perfect backdrop for these momentous occasions. But weddings are both sentimental and serious occasions. I Do Jamaica magazine brings you this serious moment, so you can be prepared to make the sentimental ones truly spectacular.
befOre the wedding 1 marriage License You can be married within 24 hours of arriving in Jamaica - if you applied for your marriage license prior to your arrival. If not, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to obtain one from the Ministry of Justice; it is a same day (3 hour) process. There is a fee of USD $50 and your marriage license is valid for 3 months.
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2 Other dOcumentatiOn Before you can be legally married in Jamaica, you'll need to provide other documentation as well. These include: • Proof of citizenship - certified copy of birth certificate. • Proof of divorce (if applicable). • Certified copy of death certificate for widow or widower. • Written consent from legal parent/ guardian signed in the presence of and certified by a Justice of the Peace - IF under 18 years of age. Once all the necessary documents are reviewed and found satisfactory, the license will be issued. NB. Since Jamaica is an English speaking country, all documents that are not issued in English must be translated by an official translator and certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country and by the nearest Jamaican Mission or Honorary Consulate.
after the wedding
marriage Officers Marriage officers may be requested through the registrar general's department. the marriage officer charges a fee for this service. the amount is at his/her discretion. • You will be required to send notarised
following the ceremony, you will receive a copy
copies of all documents to the marriage
of the marriage register which shows proof of
officer before your arrival and to take
marriage. this is signed by the couple, their
original documents with you.
witnesses and the marriage officer. this is not a
• the marriage officer can arrange for the ceremony to take place in a church or
legal document and cannot be used to conduct business.
at your desired location. • Marriage ceremonies may be conducted any day of the week.
You or your marriage officer must source certified copies of your marriage certificate from the registrar general's department. the process can take
from 7 to 21 working days. an express option is also available. Once the original marriage certificate is issued by the Jamaican government, the certified copy is sent to your embassy/high Commission. after being legalised by your embassy/high Commission, the marriage will be recognised as a legal union in your country.
impOrtant cOntact: Registrar General's Department twickenham Park, St. Catherine Tel: (876) 984 3041-5, Fax: (876) 749 6457 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.rgd.gov.jm rgd.jamaica
West-end Whimsy Westmoreland
PHOTO BY: Merrick cOusleY | cOuPle: nancY & lOus | lOcaTiOn: rOck HOuse
estmoreland is located at the west end of the island. This parish is awash with history, a growing number of exotic resorts and beautiful beaches, including the famed 7-mile beach in Negril. Still unspoilt, it is the parish to host that whimsical wedding which require a convergence of fantasy and reality.
Location: Rockhouse Hotel Photographer: Merrick Cousley
christina tony's island
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hristina met Tony during her last year in college and
they quickly fell in love. After a decade of dating long-distance Christina finally moved to New York City to be closer to Tony. A year later, he proposed... She said YES!
The Wedding Christina fell in love with Jamaica ever since her first trip at the age of 8. Something about the vibe, the food, the people felt like home to her. On Tonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first trip to Jamaica, he shared similar sentiments so they decided to create their fairytale wedding on the island. The ceremony took place at the Rockhouse Hotel in Negril. The couple kept the decor simple and elegant, with white flowers, a touch of greenery and lots of candles.
The Wedding day Tony and Christina had personal cards delivered to each other before the ceremony. The bride kept her dress simple, opting for a Bacall dress from Houghten NYC. Her ‘something old and blue’ were her grandmother’s sapphire and diamond ring. She wore ‘new’ shoes by Alexander Wang and ‘borrowed’ her sister’s diamond bracelets.
They had an awesome steel band welcoming family and friends- 70 in total who flew in from Taiwan, Italy and the United States.
The setting for the ceremony was perfectoverlooking the ocean during the sunset. After they became Mr. and Mrs. Sorji the real party began. Their first dance as husband and wife was to "I Want to Wake up with You" by Boris Gardiner. The Sorji’s and their wedding guests spent the night on the dancefloor as DJ Paul from Sound Illusions kept the party in full swing.
The couple’s most memorable take away from their island wedding was “being
able to have so many of our closest family and friends with us at one of our favorite places on the planet. Add the amazing Jamaican culture, hospitality, and love that we felt being in Negril - and it becomes magical. Thankfully, the amazing photos by Merrick allow us to relive this moment each and every day.”
Tucked away among palm trees and hibiscus ďŹ&#x201A;owers along Negrilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famed Seven Mile Beach, Skylark Negril Beach Resort opened to much anticipation this year.
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family, Skylarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exceptional wedding and events team will create a memorable occasion tailored just for you. They provide an experienced personal wedding planner and will take care of every detail. An expansive open-air deck spills ointo the sand, making Skylark a picture-perfect destination. The hotel features a dedicated all- weather function space that seats up to 70 guests and is available for weddings, rehearsal dinners and group events. The chic new resort is sister property to the legendary clifftop Rockhouse Hotel. The beachfront property is situated directly on 220 feet of pristine white sand beach with sweeping western views of the Caribbean Seaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tranquil, crystal-clear waters. Skylark is a picture-perfect destination, ideally situated to bring loved ones together for a celebration. Whether planning an intimate sunset ceremony or an elaborate weekend affair filling the entire hotel with friends and
There are 28 fully-appointed guest rooms boasting
ly-stocked mini bar, Bluetooth speakers, USB outlets,
private, furnished balconies and garden terraces,
beach and bath essentials, and more. In-room dining,
with ocean views from almost every room. All rooms
as well as complimentary evening turndown service
include a king-size bed, a work (or play) desk, ful-
and property-wide Wi-Fi, are available.
Local and seasonal ingredients are always on the
For finger-licking-good food, Miss Lily’s at Skylark is the
menu at Skylark to include vegetables, fruits and
spot. Enjoy smoked and seasoned chicken, pork, and
herbs from an organic garden located at Rock-
fish straight off the grill, served with all of the classic
house. Anchoring the beachfront restaurant is a
fixings of “yard” cuisine.
jerk smokehouse and BBQ grill used for pimento The menu also features other traditional Jamaican
wood-smoked and slow-cooked proteins, cus-
home cooking fare such as curried goat, oxtail and
tom-designed by the culinary team and built with
whole fish.The Miss Lily’s culinary team is led by Kings-
local craftsmen using recycled materials.
ton-born "Chopped Champion” Chef Andre Fowles.
Skylark’s signature turquoise hue is ever-present throughout the two-acre slice of paradise. Subtle pops brighten beach chairs, striped rugs, ﬂoor tiles, lighting, and the guest rooms front doors. The colour palette ties back to rosy pastels of the soft skies overhead, bold reds inspired by the ackee fruit and The Skylark Spa takes a simple,
well as foot and beauty therapies
holistic approach to well-being,
that use natural, local ingredients.
health and happiness with a natu-
Guests are welcomed with a com-
ral Jamaican style. Situated in an
plimentary cleansing foot ritual
energetic temple overlooking the
and treatments can be combined
tropical gardens, the menu fea-
into packages for individuals and
tures a full range of massages, as
several shades of sea blue, plus screen-print-style art that pay homage to the island’s natural beauty. It’s fun atmosphere spotlights, honours and heavily engages guests in Jamaica’s rich cultural history.
L u x e, Lush and Lavish st. ann
t. Ann is one of the largest parishes in Jamaica. It is situated on the north coast of the island. It is choc-ful of delightful and entertaining things to do, places to go, places to stay, spaces to experience... From caves, to cultural sites and everything in between, there is something for everyone. The bride - or groom - will not be saddled with bored guests or family members in this beautiful garden parish.
Paradise a jamaican
PhotogrAPhy By: tAMArA BriggS, MerriCk CouSLey & MAnueLA StefAn
Located in Discovery Bay, St. Ann, Borghinvilla is the place where dreams are turned into reality. With breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea, it is the perfect spot for couples looking for a unique, private, and personalized venue. Many couples have tied the knot at the beautiful wedding venue while surrounded by spectacular flora, and the sound of the waves as they hit the magnificent cliffs. I Do Jamaica 52
The venue attracts many lovers from jamaica, the caribbean, and all over the world. recently married at the venue were amazon operations manager Scott Taylor and Port authority of new York & new jersey marketing manager melisia Douglas– who both reside in the United States. The couple, like the many others who got married at this beautiful jamaican gem, left great reviews.
“Borghinvilla is gorgeous! That is undeniable! If you have ever wanted a cliffside, garden, or beach wedding, you can have it all at Borghinvilla! There is the cliff area where you can see the most gorgeous sunsets on a clear day, a garden area with lush flowers and a beach-style area with sand. Borghinvilla is a true gem in Jamaica when you consider the ease of planning, service, value and the unlimited options! We had a blast and PhotoS By: tAMArA BriggS
we could not ask for a better wedding day.”
The reasons to get married at this one-of-a-kind venue are numerous.
Privacy is a premium at Borghinvilla, so the venue only does one wedding per day, ensuring that couples can enjoy their day to the fullest without encountering any other wedding parties. The venue offers an authentic jamaican seaside setting, with white sand beaches and naturally occurring rock cliffs, suited for the perfect sunrise or sunset weddings.
PhotoS By: MerriCk CouSLey
couples can enjoy direct and real time access to meticulous wedding planners with international experience, who have a solid and reliable repertoire of experienced wedding vendors right in jamaica.
The venue provides a carefully selected pool of local vendors, ready to assist clients in bringing their every detail to life. These vendors includes creative and committed photographers, stylists, stagers, Deejays, bands, cake decorators, and
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Borghinvilla allows couples to bring in their own vendors at no additional cost! The venue is surrounded by beautiful locations such as the electrifying glistening Waters, The Blue hole, and the Blue mountains. Experience a wide array of unique beaches, go surfing, hiking or have a few rounds of golf at one of jamaicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most unique golf courses. The team at Borghinvilla will help to arrange a fun and breath-taking offsite experience.
This beautiful wedding venue has been featured in The Jamaica Experience Magazine, Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica Observer, Global News, The Wedding Opera, Destination Wedding Details, Belle the Magazine, The Coordinated Bride blog, Black Bride Magazine, Munaluchi Magazine, Jet Fete, Wedding Essentials, and many others. Borghinvilla is truly a Jamaican paradise! Contact: 876-405-1255 www.borghinvilla.com | email@example.com
PhotoS By: MAnueLA StefAn
with Merrick cousley
Kristina trevor June 8, 2018
Location: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Montego Bay
These guys were so happy to be in Jamaica for their wedding; they were beaming with joy all day long. I really enjoyed photographing Trevor & Kristina because they were so taken in by each other that capturing awesome moments came just too easy. Trevor could not hold back the tears when he saw Kristina for the first time in her gorgeous gown. The location was perfect with a mix of class, ocean backdrops and familiar Jamaican colours.
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The package includ
Services of the Hotel's Wedding Planner Minister's Fee Marriage License & Marriage Certificates Use of Wedding Location with basic decorations Bride's bouquet & Groom's boutonnière Recorded music at ceremony with DJ (or you may supply your own CD) Wedding Cake (serves approx. 12 persons) Cocktail on the beach after ceremony (coconut& rum/ champagne/ bottle of sparkling wine for toast) Witnesses to Marriage (if required) Special dinner table on wedding day for newlyweds 30 minute massage for both bride and groom Breakfast served in bed after the wedding for newlyweds Wedding gift And much more
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ortland is a parish on the northeast coast of the island. It's capital is Port Antonio. Beautiful, unspoilt Portland is home to at least nine major rivers and eight breathtaking black or white sand
beaches. This laid-back, charming parish boasts old world charm evident in it's beautiful edifices which graciously welcome guests world over. Royalty and celebrities alike have graced this part of the beautiful isle for an elegant eco-friendly hideaway.
with Merrick cousley
May 27, 2018
Location: Trident Castle, Portland
This wedding was a clear example of why I encourage couples to do a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;first lookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; portrait session before their ceremony. The completely traditional couples are decreasing, with most now opting for a modified approach to their photo sessions. Taking advantage of a full hour before the ceremony, the newlyweds have more time with their guests and avoid running into night/indoor pictures if it rains. Joline & Delvin were completely happy that they did, as the rains came pouring down in the last segment of their ceremony.
IN A CARIBBEAN CASTLE
Toll-Free 1-800-300-6220 Mobile: 1-876-284-4515 Tel: 1-876-633-7100
Anchovy, Port Antonio P.O. Box 119 Portland, Jamaica Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotel Mockingbird Hill excels as an intimate destination wedding, with its wildly romantic backdrop for that special occasion. It boasts panoramic views of the Port Antonio coastline and expansive blooming tropical gardens. An in-house wedding planner will help to create a bespoke experience in paradise that truly reflects each coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream wedding. I Do Jamaica 62
ort Antonio is Jamaica's under-theradar destina-
tion, far from the main tourist centres. Tucked away in the Northeast corner of Jamaica, it is highly attractive to those seeking the unspoiled and the authentic. Here, lush tropical vegetation covers the hills that ascend to the majestic Blue Mountains. Calm, clear waters lap the shores of white sand beaches. It is this exotic setting and attention to detail that make a wedding at Hotel Mockingbird Hill so memorable. The experienced on-site wedding planner handles every aspect of the wedding experience including settings, food, decorations, experiences and guest coordination allowing the couple to relax and enjoy their very special moment Favoured venue to say ‘I Do’ as well as to host the reception is the hotel’s veranda, with its stunning coastline and mountainous views, decorated with flowers from the hotel's own gardens. Another option is the tropical gardens beneath the trees with the fragrance of flowers and the soft sounds of nature. Later, you get to fall in love all over again as you dance under the stars. There is also an off-property option to hold the ceremony at nearby Frenchman’s Cove, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches..
Hotel Mockingbird Hill encourages guests to take the wedding experience a step further by creating a Green Wedding experience where every detail of the accommodation, wedding and reception is planned with eco sustainability in mind. A wedding experience with a conscience.
Food for the reception is prepared in the award-winning slow food restaurant, Mille Fleurs. Only locally sourced, organic and seasonal ingredients are used at Mille Fleurs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; considered one of the best restaurants on the island.
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At the hotel, guests can relax while having massages or spa treatments in the wellness garden, lounge by the inviting pool, or simply enjoy some quiet time while absorbing the sights and sounds of nature from their open, airy rooms. In between the wedding activities, guests have a wide range of sights, scenes and exotic experiences to explore in the lovely parish of Portland.
These include: • Dazzling beaches like picture perfect Frenchman’s Cove, San San Beach with its crystal clear waters or Winnifred Beach renown for its local Jamaican cuisine; • Surfing at Boston Bay; • Floating in the multi-hued Blue Lagoon where cool freshwater springs mix with with the warm Caribbean Sea; • Exploring Reach Falls, a waterfall that cascades into an emerald green river pool, ideal for a relaxing swim surrounded by giant ferns and parrots; • Enjoying a tranquil rafting trip down the scenic Rio Grande. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate affair or a large shindig, Hotel Mockingbird Hill will create an experience that is highly personalized, shaped to the couple's tastes and dreams, for a wedding that is uniquely their own.
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