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Jamaica BRIDAL EXPO TEAM

elcome to the 6th staging of the Jamaica Bridal Expo; the unique networking event developed to showcase Jamaica as a premier destination for weddings, honeymoons and romance. For the fourth year in a row, we are hosting the Wedding Conference which is open to wedding professionals at all levels.

create the Jamaica Bridal Expo.

The creation of the Jamaica Bridal Expo arose from a solid collaboration between three visible and successful individuals in the wedding and event planning industry. With expertise in the areas of destination wedding planning, event design, event management and production the team came together to

We thank the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB)! This event has become an international calendar event and the number one bridal show in Jamaica. The support of the JTB and the Ministry of Tourism have been instrumental in making that posible.

The management team is truly appreciative of, and sincerely thanks our sponsors and exhibitors who are participating in this years’ expo. Without you, it would not have been possible. To our patrons; we appreciate your support and trust that the expo has exceeded your expectations.

A special thank you to the Montego Bay Convention Centre

- the most prestigious centre in the Caribbean which also boasts some amazing locations that are fit for celebrity weddings. Thank you to Ms. Dittie Guise and her amazing team for always supporting the Jamaica Bridal Expo. And finally to every individual or entity which has contributed in any way to the success of this year’s staging, thank you for contributing to and sharing this experience with us. We look forward to producing the Jamaica Bridal Expo for many years to come.

Sincerely,

Jo-Anne Paxton, Peter Shoucair J.P., Kathy-Anne Everhart Executive Producers


12 Seaside Soiree – Hanover (Negril) 16 Vintage & Vivid – St James 22 West-End Whimsy - Westmoreland 26 Real Weddings: Natasha & Vincent Maglione 28 Cosmopolitan meets Cultural – Kingston 36 Gallimaufry Get-away- Trelawny

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amaican wedding industry professionals are doing something right. The world is taking notice and more people are flocking to our shores everyday to be a part of it. Having looked at the destination wedding potential of all our parishes, I can admit that our little country is blessed with beauty, diversity and talent. There is something for every taste - no matter how exquisite or discerning. And those who are laid back and unbothered by glitz and glamour are equally served. Poised as it is to be the publication of choice for the industry, I Do Jamaica magazine is sincerely grateful to all our sponsors who have added to the diversity and beauty of the magazine and have contributed to its success. It has been our pleasure to serve you and

we look forward to even greater things next year! We are always excited to to see what will emerge, who we will meet and just where the magazine will take us each year. This year was no different. Our island tour to put Jamaica on display has been a wonderful journey. The hardworking team at Pelican went beyond the call of duty to make this publication happen. Special kudos Nicole & Ali! Our partnership with the organizers of the Jamaica Bridal Expo and the support of the team remains a joy. Congratulations on another succesful staging!

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Credits Publisher Pelican Publishers Editorial & Creative Director Meleisa Witter Editor Alicea James Marketing / Sales Clive Aquart Sharon Reid Pelican Publishers GRAPHIC DESIGN & Layout Nicole Williams Tamiko Blake Contributors Alicea James Meleisa Witter Arielle Oliver The Jamaica Bridal Expo magazine is published annually at the behest of the Jamaica Bridal Expo Team. Š 2017 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.


SeaSide Soiree Hanover

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For a remote getaway you’ll delight in the charm and beauty of Jamaica’s second smallest parish. But it’s the ideal place to pull off a romantic seaside soiree. The town’s capital, Lucea stretches along a horseshoe-shaped bay, known as one of the safest ports in Jamaica.

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Wedding Ceremony

Hair and Beauty

Carib Beach Apartments, Grand Palladium, and T’s

Bridal Hair and Makeup Jamaica has a team that takes

by da Sea offer very different ambiances but what

care of your hair and beauty needs. They can also

they all have in common is access to the beach.

provide a hairstylist for your wedding day if needed.

Depending on the size of your wedding party you

Take a walk through the town of Lucea and you will

should be able to pull off your seaside soiree without

easily find local hair stylists, nail technicians, etc. who

a hitch. Weddings by Isabelle can help to coordinate

will be ready and willing to provide the necessary

your special day; they’ll take care of all the wedding

services as well.

details. All you have to do is show up at the seaside. Moon Dance Villas offers this service as well.

Wedding Décor and More

Food and Catering You may be able to ask for suggestions of local caterers if time permits. If not, you can find some good

Spruce up your seaside décor with beautiful arrange-

options in nearby parishes. Valerie's Bar and Restau-

ments from Floral Fantasy. They can customize a

rant, Border Jerk offer authentic Caribbean cuisine.

package to suit your needs. For your photography,

If your wedding party is not too large, you can skip

Denise Mason and Sandy May Photography are both

the fancy reception and take a quick drive to T’s by

just a phone call away.

da Sea, Vital Ital or Zimbali’s Mountain Cooking Studio in Little London; this is just a stone’s throw away.

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Transportation Live like the locals and hop on a quick bus or taxi to visit nearby attractions. But if you need to go further out Clive’s Transport Service, Granville Tingling Taxi and Tours or Jamaica Taxi and Tours should be able to take care of all your transportation needs.

Exploration If you’re a fan of old architecture you must visit the ancient parish church in Lucea—they even

Your stay in Hanover cannot be considered complete

have records dating back to the 1700s. Pick up a

without a trip to Dolphin's Cove where you can get up

few nick knacks in the market town; notice the

close and personal with dolphins, stingrays and sharks.

Georgian style Town Hall and Courthouse, as well

Chukka Caribbean Adventures in Sandy Bay also offer

as the fully functional Clock Tower which was

horseback riding, ATV’s dune buggy, zip lining and a host

erected in 1817. You’ll also want to check out the

of other activities, ensuring the time of your life in this

Hanover Museum, Lucea Harbour and Blenheim,

quaint little parish.

birthplace of Jamaica’s first prime minister. If you’re a nature lover you’ll undoubtedly enjoy Mayfield’s Falls in the Hanover rainforest; it has 21 natural pools and 2 waterfalls; a variety of plant species, indigenous wildlife and tropical flowers. You can venture a bit out of the parish to the Animal Farm in Copse. It has an eco-zoo the— first of its kind in Jamaica; the bird sanctuary, petting zoo and herb garden will make you feel at one with nature. There’s even a river for swimming.


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V i n ta g e & ViVid St James

This suburban parish offers all the amenities needed to pull off your fabulous vintage and vivid themed wedding. Offering a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of the city, St. James has a variety of heritage sites, great houses and bird sanctuaries and other attractions to keep you thoroughly entertained throughout your stay.

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Wedding Ceremony The perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony is the Rose Hall Great House, a stunning Georgian Mansion in Montego Bay. The historic property offers six amazing locations to have your perfect wedding, cocktail reception or rehearsal dinner. The Jewel Grand, Bellefield Great House, Silent Waters Villa and Hotel Riu offer the style and elegance needed to bring your vintage & vivid themes to life. If you need some help with planning your special day, Bridal Dreams, Chic Events or Beautiful Creations Weddings and Events can assist.

Wedding DĂŠcor and More Wow your wedding guest with beautiful decor from Tai Flora Luxe, Helen G Events or Jamaica Wedding Tents. The Flower Studio, Cornwall

Photo Credit: Merrick Cousley

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Hair and Beauty A quick trip into the main town of Montego Bay and you’ll find a host of hair salons waiting to prepare you for your special day. Classic Cut Barbers & Unisex Salon can take care of you and your husband-to-be while Bonafide Gentlemen Salon is strictly for the groom and his groomsmen. Jus Natural Hair Studio, Beauty All Inclusive and Reflections Day Spa and Salon will take care of the ladies from head to toe.

Exploration Your vintage and vivid theme would not be complete without a visit to the one of the oldest sugar plantations in Jamaica, located at the Bellefield Great House & Gardens. Take a trip on the wild side with Chukka Caribbean Adventures; they offer kayaking, catamaran cruise, horseback riding, or zip lining through the rainforest.

Garden Centre or Something New Bridal can fulfill all your floral needs. Di Foto Shoppe, Blistain Photography or Ventura Photo and Video Service can help to capture moments from your special day.

Food and Catering If you need catering for your reception, Decadent Catering and Events, Day-o Plantation Restaurant & Bar, and The Sweets Boutique has you covered for food and cakes. Maybe you need a fun place to take your bridesmaids to dinner, or somewhere to have a bachelor party well, consider Seagrape Terrace, Houseboat Grill, Petit Pariz or Robbie's Seahorse Grill. For authentic Jamaican cuisine you must stop by Scotchies or the Pork Pit, Pier 1 or Peppa’s Cool Spot.

Explore Rockland’s Birdfeeding Sanctuary, the Rastafari Indigenous Village, Montego Bay Marine Park and visit the Equestrian Centre at Half Moon if you enjoy a bit of horseback riding. There’s no shortage of beaches in this parish either, Dead End Beach, Doctor's Cave Bathing Club, Cornwall beach or Aquasol Theme Park, are just a few. Dressel Divers offer snorkeling and diving trips while the White Witch Golf Course is the perfect place to tee off!

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West-end Whimsy Westmoreland

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ocated on the western side of the island, the name of this small parish is quite fitting. Serving as a natural sanctuary for Jamaica’s wildlife, Westmoreland has various rivers and streams, lush vegetation and many caves to explore during your trip here. It’s the perfect locale for a whimsical wedding - thanks to the historic sites and architectural buildings perfect for nature lovers.

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Wedding Ceremony There’s no shortage of wedding locations in this lush parish. After all, the tourist resort area of Negril is right here. Whether it’s your ceremony, rehearsal

pick from Samsara Cliffs Resort, Sunset at the Palms, the Spa Retreat Hotel and Resort or Rondel Village. And if it’s ‘that kind of party’ well Hedonism II is the place for you.

dinner, reception or accommodations take your

Wedding Décor and More No need to worry about the small stuff; leave it up to the professionals at Creations by Coleen, Kariba

Floral and Gift arrange something beautiful for your wedding. KCJ Exquisite Planning and YTK’s Unforgettable moments are also great options to consider.

and Co. Bridal or Island Paradise Weddings. For a display of beautiful bouquets let Excitement Bridal

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Food and Catering Mama’s Homestyle Pastry in Savanna-la-mar can create a beautiful cake for your event. Have P&L caterers can whip up a scrumptious menu filled with the parish’s main produce —breadfruit, honey, rice, banana and sugarcane. Don’t forget to stop by the Infamous Ricks Café for food, fun and ambiance. Jimmy Buffets Margaretville is also a favorite for locals and visitors to Negril. Don Pablo Gourmet Restaurant, Sugar Mill and Fireman’s Lobster Pit will delight the taste buds as well.

Exploration Relax, hike and swim at Benji’s Paradise or experience nature at Barney’s Hummingbird Garden, then take in a bit of history at Bluefield’s Great House. You’ll be totally mesmerized by the crystal clear water at 7-Mile Beach or you can snorkel and enjoy jet skis at Booby Cay. For the music lovers, feel free to go and pay your respects at the Peter Tosh Mausoleum or take in the sites at the Negril Point Lighthouse. Mayfield Falls and Mineral Springs as well as the Negril Hills Golf Club offer good, clean fun. Then there’s the rich history and beautiful architecture to be learnt and admired at the Savanna-la-mar courthouse, church and fort. Seaford Town is another cultural experience with many of its buildings showcasing German architecture.

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Natasha ViNceNt MaglioNe Ceremony: Mt. Zion Church, Jamaica Reception: White Witch Golf Club, Rose Hall Great House Photoshoot: The Aqueduct Photographer: Merrick Cousley

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My mother is from Mandeville, Jamaica. Vinny and I decided to get married here because we wanted to share my Jamaican heritage with our friends and family. On one of my many trips to Jamaica, I toured Rose Hall and was stunned by the beauty of this historic plantation. During our search for wedding venues, Rose Hall was top on our list. In addition to its beauty, the plantation is accessible for guests of all ages. It is close to several hotels, and the Montego Bay Airport. With all these accommodations, we knew Rose Hall would be the perfect location for our special day.

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C o s m o p o l i ta n meets Cultural Kingston

The beautiful city of Kingston offers the best of all worlds; epic nightlife, beautiful upscale venues, and rich culture heritage. The couple who likes to have fun but wants to also learn more about Jamaican art, music, and architecture need not look further than Kingston city!

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Wedding Ceremony Home to the most upscale hotels you’ll have no problem finding a venue for your appropriately themed ceremony. The golden triangle and its environs offer an array of choices to include Eden Gardens Wellness Resort & Spa, Devon House, Medallion Hall Hotel, the Spanish Court Hotel, Mona Visitor's Lodge and the Jamaica Pegasus. The Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel has delectable menu options, gracious staff and a beautiful property to host your dream wedding.

Wedding Décor and More If you need to amp up your wedding venue, Tai Flora, Luxe and Petals and Promises can bring your dream wedding to life. For wedding programs, menu cards, thank you cards etc., look no further than the brilliant team at Pelican Publishers—they have the most talented graphic designers bar none. Pro Audiovisual Systems

Ltd provides high tech audiovisual support to ensure an immaculate reception. To capture every moment of your special day Merrick Cousley is an amazingly talented photographer; his images are fantastic.

Food and Catering GCG Events, Great House Caterers and Chef Stephen Hamilton are all established names in the local catering industry, skilled at preparing local and international cuisines. During your stay in Kingston you might miss your traditional fares but don’t worry, the city caters to many cultures as well. Feeling Greek? Opa has you covered; in the mood for Japanese? Zen Japanese Quisine is the place to be. Need to connect with your Mexican roots look no further than our favorite fusion eatery Chilitos Jamexican restaurant.

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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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Can you talk about how wearing a fragrance like CH Privée could be provocative?

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As with any other fragrance, the way a woman decides to wear CH Privée will share many things about herself. Some women wear much perfume while others may just spray a light touch to keep their scent intimate, so that their partner is the only one to perceive it. With this fragrance, the latter might be the optimal approach, but I always say a perfume is a personal accessory, and every woman should determine how she wears it.

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Can you talk to us about CH Privée in general, the private moments that inspire the fragrance and why are they significant?

How do you keep inspired?

CH Privée, the newest fragrance by House of Herrera, is a perfume inspired by a woman’s private moments. These moments empower us, when we are still and thoughtful and also when we have the luxury of being alone with our beloved.

Inspiration is always there; it’s a part of my natural curiosity. It might come from two women walking down the street, or maybe it’s a phrase that you read in a book, a photograph or a scene from a movie. All these memories remain in your subconscious, and suddenly, when you’re working on a new fragrance, they all come up; without knowing why or how, they’re there.

Did this influence your choice of leather as a conductive thread in CH Privée? We’d used leather before, but it is the first time we’ve used leather in a women’s fragrance. Leather is usually associated with strength, with power, and from my perspective, this is real femininity; strength and power.

What was the most important thing for you when creating this fragrance? Every time we create a fragrance at House of Herrera, we start from the classic. Our perfumes are made with exquisite traditional ingredients, the ones that have been used in perfumery for centuries. We give them a modern twist, and I think there lays the success of our approach.

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Do you think there is something new to privacy in our day in age? Do you think that privacy has a different facet to it? I’ve always thought that it’s critical to have a little mystery, and now when we’re flooded by oversharing, and people’s lives are so exposed; it’s the perfect time for CH Privée. Nowadays maintaining some personal privacy is crucial; after all, there is nothing more sensual and feminine than a drop of mystery.

Is there a particular woman that inspired the fragrance? For me, there is never a specific woman that inspires a fragrance. I write a script for this woman that sometimes I’d like to be. In this particular case, it’s a very feminine woman, bright and alluring with a sense of ease; she is powerful, bold, and strong. She is a woman you discover with time, not somebody that gives it all away at once.

How would you describe the role of CH Privée within the House of Herrera universe? The Carolina Herrera woman is strong, feminine, and fun. Throughout the development of the different perfumes within House of Herrera, she has blossomed beautifully and now, I cannot think of a woman that represents better the elegance and timelessness of Carolina Herrera.

Talk to us a little bit more about how the concept of femininity works in this fragrance. Nothing is more feminine than a powerful woman. There is this image that power and femininity don’t go together; I believe the opposite and focused on that while creating CH Privée. Those moments when you are most reserved and mysterious, when you are sharing intimacy, are amazingly powerful because they show your depth.

How did you decide on the packaging? Is red bold and chic at the same time? Red is a crucial color for House of Herrera. A color that I adore, and that I’ve used many times before. Here, the color red is combined with leather, which to me is the perfect mix of empowerment, sensuality, and femininity. I love the idea of juxtaposing this ultra feminine bow with leather; the charm of CH Privée only rises allowing these opposing moments.

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Gallimaufry Get-away trelawny

River rafting & tubing, cultural, historical or heritage tours, beach trips, safari visits and horseback riding are just a few of the things you and your wedding party get to do in thrilling Trelawny. Romantic, with an ‘architectural/historical charm’ you will sense that you have entered another era. The narrow streets of the town of Falmouth are lined with just about the largest collection of Georgian style buildings in the country. As you venture out, the untamed countryside will awe you. To balance this hodge podge of natural beauty and historic charm are beautiful resorts and getaways. Fitting right in, yet standing out in a wonderful way is Melia Braco Village.

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Wedding Ceremony Locals and tourists alike will be inspired by Melia Braco Village’s Romance Centre. It is the precursor to your perfect wedding venue - whether it is a seascape event or traditional nuptials hosted indoors their well appointed conference room. With numerous restaurants, exotic honeymoon suites and perfect beaches, Melia Braco could be your one stop shop.

Wedding Décor and More Falmouth vendors are in place waiting to

that finished look. Jaime Hutchinson Photography will

make your special day perfect. Paulette's

gladly be on hand to capture your most memorable

Bridal Boutique will make your dreams a

moments and then some, while Menlek Photography

reality when you contact them to take care

& Videography Services will keep that camera rolling

of your wedding decor. Sarah’s bridal Place

to preserve a perfect piece of history.

offer a variety of beautiful dresses and other items a bride must have to create

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Exploration The great outdoors has never beckoned with such vibrancy and variety. There is something for everyone. Old, young, young at heart, in love ‌ Once you are living , there is something to make you come alive. Romance will bloom when you take a boat ride out to Jamaica's Luminous Lagoon-home to millions of microscopic bioluminescent organisms. If you like, dive into the water, only 5 feet (1.5 meters) deep and only one of a few bioluminescent lagoons in the world. As you move, watch the tiny harmless creatures light up blue-green around your body. The Chukka family presents a raft of things to do - historic tours, adventure and adrenaline rushing activities, horseback riding and safari tours. The Outameni experience will provide an interesting interlude to your other activities such as spelunking (cave exploration). Other places to explore

Food and Catering

and things to do include visits to:

You get to choose from thirteen (13) restaurants and bars at

Falmouth Court House, Falmouth Old

the Melia Braco Village Resort. Jam-Italian fusion, Japanese/

Town Tour, Falmouth Parish Church,

Cantonese fusion and most certainly authentic Jamaican

Good Hope Plantation, Greenwood

cuisine among others will keep you lusting long after you have

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left the resort. Glistening Waters Restaurant & Marina, Pepper’s

Charles Swaby Falmouth Swamp

Jerk Center and Club Nazz & Restaurant are some of the other

Safari, Martha Brae Rafter's Village,

highly rated eateries which will ensure your event is catered to.

Mountain Valley Rafting at Lethe, and the Rio Bueno River.

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eddings at Melia Braco are epic events! You will also come to that conclusion the moment you enter the Romance Centre. Engineered with you in mind, the facility is easily embraced by the discerning couple who desire privacy, relaxation and simple, but beautiful pleasures.

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THE ROMANCE CENTRE It boasts a lounge to host special guests of the bride for an intimate pre-wedding event or just a space for the couple to meet with the various departments and vendors involved in their wedding. Just in case you need guidance, a ‘Romance Specialist’ will be at your beck and call to ensure the event goes as planned. Then imagine - a dressing room outfitted with

If you can manage to pull yourself away from the

make-up and hair stations for the bride and brides-

Romance Centre, then step outside to more magic.

maids and ‘display wardrobes.’ Think high end, haute

From the diverse restaurants, shops, pools and other

couture store style, where the bride is assigned a

amenities created with just you in mind, to a most

special glass front closet to display and properly store

breathtaking backdrop provided by Mother Nature,

her wedding gown. Members of the bridal party also

you will enjoy every moment spent at the Melia Braco

get space so dresses will be preserved in mint condi-

Village Resort.

tion. Having preserved those dresses, there is also a spacious fitting room with a pedestal and full length

This wonderful gem of a wedding wonderland has

wall mirrors for the ultimate dressing experience.

been kept a secret too long in beautifully diverse Falmouth. There is no need to look anywhere else for your romantic, relaxing wedding experience.

BTW, all you imagined is real!

Come home to a place which was designed with only you in mind.

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he destination wedding business is growing at a pace previously unheard of. Both clients and planners alike are looking for professionals in destinations

who can support their brands and execute their vision of the perfect day.� This is the view of international destination wedding specialist, Ophellia McKnight, who undoubtedly did her homework before coming to this conclusion. Out of this awareness, Ophellia, along with Merrick Cousley, Courtney Sappleton, Marsha Corrie and Cornel Green then founded the Jamaica Wedding Professionals Association (JWPA), Jamaica first formal wedding industry association. JWPA’s main objective is to bridge the gap between clients and service providers, both locally and overseas. Destination weddings is the fastest growing segment of the over $300 billion dollar global wedding market and Jamaica is consistently in the top 5 places to get married and honeymoon in the world. That is significant and we are not harnessing that potential as an industry. Ophellia McKnight JWPA has both macro and micro plans to support their membership. They are committed to provid-

dialogue with the government about supporting the

ing international opportunities for their members

wedding industry to create a more robust climate for

to earn foreign exchange with both B2B and B2C

wedding professionals to operate in.

international clients. They also intend to open

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Despite Jamaica’s booming wedding industry, many

• Create international partnerships with likeminded

do not have an international outlook or sufficient

professional groups to foster industry exchanges

understanding of the market they are targeting. Too

and business development opportunities;

often connections are not made and business is lost,

• Promote Jamaica as a wedding destination of

solely because the international client’s expectations

choice and in this regard, will implement, engage

are misunderstood.

in and support promotional, marketing and devel-

The Jamaica Wedding Professionals will bridge that gap.

opment initiatives within this sector; • Give back to the community by providing mento-

The Association intends to:

ring opportunities for youth and underserved

• Develop standards to improve the quality of

communities;

goods and services in Jamaica's wedding and events sector;

• Serve various communities through volunteering with charitable partners.

• Empower members by providing training and professional development opportunities locally; • Provide networking opportunities for support and mentorship to build a stronger sense of community;

In so doing, partner members will get the needed assistance to reap success in their businesses by accessing markets that were previously unavailable to them.


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he premier oasis within the busy cityscape of Kingston, Jamaica, Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel is steeped in history with its begin-

nings as a 20th century great house. With possession changing hands over the years, the luxury-boutique hotel was once even owned by Bob Marley’s producer, Chris Blackwell. All the while Terra Nova’s old world look and feel have been preserved--more recently paired with modern-day comforts for the first-world traveler. This split-persona provides newly-wed couples with a variety of backdrops designed to create the perfect memories to span a lifetime.

For Terra Nova Weddings, everything is done with you

At Terra Nova, food preparation and service is an art

in mind. This is your one-stop destination from bridal

form that has been mastered. Choose from the delec-

shower to honeymoon, literally. Professional wedding

table menu options prepared by an award-winning

planners will guide you along the way. Experience the

Executive Chef. And yes, it will include desserts from

freedom of not having to be concerned about finding

The Regency Patisserie.

accommodations for guests, decor, entertainment, transportation, airport pick up or anything else.

An excited bride and her girls can have their special celebration at the Regency restaurant. Step into royalty

Everyone knows that food makes or breaks the wedding.

as Mr. Frank Gilmore, the restaurant's Maitre d’ of 35

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hen say I Do by the glistening pool surrounded by a garden embellished with lit trees and distinctive archi-

tecture. A naturally picturesque setting, this area comfortably accommodates 180 guests banquet style or 300 guests in cocktail fashion. Or tie the knot at The Pavilion. The European-style room is spacious, elegant and has colonial charm. Indoor and outdoor blend seamlessly as it opens onto the hotel’s pool deck. Indoors has a capacity of 150 persons banquet

T e r r a N o va all-SuiTe HoTel

style and 200 theatre and cocktail style.

years welcomes you into a candlelit setting. Indulge your

wedding packages are still customizable

senses in an unforgettable gastronomic experience. The

to your preference as our sole aim is to

hardest thing you will do for the night is decide which of the

satisfy your needs.

Honeymoon in a luxurious suite for a romantic night! And for all the appetite that you would have worked up, our complimentary breakfast will be perfectly tantalizing for your first morning together as newlyweds. While your experiences will be priceless, we have ensured that the cost will not be prohibitive. Though attractively priced, the

wide array of dishes, fine wines and spirits and scrumptious desserts you will choose.

Thank you in advance for choosing the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, Kingston,

Usually the groom-to-be is left out. Not this time! The award

Jamaica’s premier boutique hotel. We

winning Regency Bar & Lounge is all set to host the groom

welcome you to the annex of Old World

and his friends at a memorable bachelor party. Exotic and

Charm and New World Sophistication.

sleek décor set the tone for a fitting way to end one’s “last

You will be glad you came!

night of freedom.” The bar carries a menu of shareable plates and delectable delights that will satisfy every taste bud. An eye-catching wine wall that openly displays the vast array of premium and vintage wines and champagnes provides a truly iconic showpiece.

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he natural beauty of this coastal parish offers the picture-perfect setting for an eco-friendly, yet elegant affair. If lush vegetation, striking water-

falls and beautiful beaches are what you desire (and who doesn’t?) then Portland is the place for you —offering a range of local attractions and wedding services to suit your style and budget.

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Wedding Ceremony Geejam Hotel and Goblin Hill Villas are ideal locations for your wedding ceremony. They certainly lend an authentic feel to the eco-elegant theme. Bay View Eco Resort, Hotel Tim Bamboo, Hotel Mockingbird Hill, and Sea Cliff Hotel and Spa are also places to consider during your stay in Portland.

Wedding DÊcor and More Create the perfect scenery by utilizing the services of Michelle's Wedding and Home Decor, La Muir’s Decor, and Portland Parties. To capture all the heartwarming moments Solid gold videos & photos,Kenton's Photo Service and JeezyJez Photo's has you covered.

Food and Catering Locally grown is the only way to go for the eco-friendly bride and groom; your menu will

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Hair and Beauty Portland has everything to ensure your hair, nails and face are perfect on your special day. Nikki's Hair and Face care, Kimby G's Nailz and Dior Hair Place can take care of you and your bridal party. We haven't forgotten about the men; skip on over to Everett's Unisex Barber & Salon or Shane’s Barber Shop with your groomsmen for a proper trim and shave.

Exploration Portland offers an assortment of activities to keep most likely be dependent on in-season products. Woody’s Low Bridge Place, Soldier Camp Bar & Grill, and the Bushbar provide the perfect setting for your eco-elegant affair.

you entertained throughout your trip. The infamous Rio Grande River is a must, but other natural attractions include the Blue Lagoon, Summerset Falls, the Nonsuch Caves and Crystal Springs. Take a tour to Navy Island and relish the white sand beach or

The Coronation Bakery in Port Antonio offers a range

explore your adventurous side by enjoying water sport

of freshly baked pastries, and Taste Buds and Dreams

activities. You can’t leave the island before taking a

can create your ideal wedding cake. Grab a bite to

trail along the Blue Mountain Peak or exploring Folly

eat at Wilkes Cuisine Seafood Restaurant and Bar for

Point Lighthouse —this solar powered towered has

the ‘catch of the day’ or drop by Belinda’s located

been active since 1888.

along the stretch of the Rio Grande River.


An event lAsts A dAy, memories lAst A lifetime! Because we know that every dollar counts! each package is priced at cost per person.

From USD$33 – US$36* per perSon:

From USD$38 – US$44* per perSon:

Chose 1 appetizer; entrée , dessert 1 Appetizers - Pumpkin Soup, Vegetable Spring Roll, Chicken Satay, Soup De Jour, Eden Salad, Chicken Kebabs.

Chose 1 Appetizer, 2 entrée, 1 dessert Appetizer: choose1 ( Pepper-Pot Soup, Eden Salad, Vegetable Spring Roll, Chicken Spring Roll, Red Peas Soup, Chicken Wings, Tostones, Bacon Ripe Plantain)

1 Entrée - Red Stripe Jerk Chicken W/ Dip, Parmesan Chicken Breast, Steam Coconut Snapper Fillet, Blackened Chicken Breast, Honey Mustards Roast Chicken, Foiled Spicy Snapper Fillet, Breaded Fish Fillet W/ Tartar Sauce. 1 Dessert - Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce, Fruit Salad or Chocolate Fudge Cake, Sweet Potato Pudding, Red Velvet, Chocolate & Vanilla Slices.

Entrée: choose 2 ( BBQ Smoked Chicken, Escovitched Fish, Garlic Fish In Cream Sauce, Chicken Roulade, Pimento Jerk Sirloin, Sweet & Sour Pork, Red Stripe Jerk Chicken, Steam Fish Dessert: choose 1- Sweet Potato Pudding, Red Velvet, Chocolate & Vanilla Slice, Carrot Cake, Coconut Gateau W/Cream Cheese Filling Accompaniments Gungo Rice and Peas ; Red Peas and Rice; Pumpkin/ Spanish Rice Herb Roasted Potatoes; Corn on the Cob; Baked Macaroni and Cheese Potato Salad; Steamed Bammy; Roti *All meals are served with sautéed vegetables.

Our banqueting rooms are the perfect size for an intimate gathering accommodating 10-120 guests Actual objects may vary from images shown. Conditions apply. *Ask about our customized packages. Our banqueting rooms are the perfect size for an intimate gathering accommodating 10-120 guests Actual objects may vary from images shown. Conditions apply. *Ask about our customized packages.

BaSic complimentary inclUSionS For WeDDing packageS • • • • •

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Centrepieces Charger plates Head table centrepiece Over layers For speciality packages floral centrepieces and napkin rings add extra elegance Microphone and Lectern Background Music (thumb drive provided by Client) Tables Chiavari chairs (white, gold, silver), table cloths, (royal blue, white), napkins white, royal blue, red, black, glassware, cutlery ( other colours can be sourced at an additional cost). Rental & Service Rates: Chivari chairs-(US $3.50 acrylic chiavari chairs) PA system/Sound system (without DJ)-U.S $150.00 PA system/Sound system (with DJ)-U.S $350.00 Screen -U.S $80.00 Projectors- U.S $100.00 Laptops-U.S $100.00 -4hr Plated service- U.S $3.00 per person Day use room and honeymoon suite for over 100 guests Day use room extended hours US $120.00 NOT EXCEEDING 14HRS Upgrade at an additional cost (Luxury suite top floor $250) Preferred accommodation rates for overseas or out of town guest* All venue costs attract a service charge of 12% and government taxes of 16.5%. Backdrops with lighting available for $22,000 JMD OR (USD 175) up Backdrops without lights available for $15,000 OR (USD 119)up discount AvAilABle on Bundles


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Off the Beaten track St. thomas

If you want an intimate wedding with the forest and grasslands as your backdrop, then St. Thomas is the place for you. Home to monuments and historic buildings, botanical gardens and even a mineral spring, it might be off the beaten track but there’s a lot to explore, see and learn in St. Thomas nonetheless.

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Wedding Ceremony This rural parish has a range of guesthouses, hotels and B&B’s to host your wedding and your wedding guests. Enjoy the lovely garden views at Millennium Suite, or relish your first newlywed romp at Oceans Palm Villa, Whispering Bamboo Cove or the Golden Shore Resort. When seeking a wedding location, Casa Lagoon Hotel, Everton House and Whitfield Hall are great options for your low key soiree.

Exploration One of the most historical buildings in Jamaica, the Morant Bay Courthouse is a must see; add the Morant Bay lighthouse and fort to your ‘must see’ list as well. What’s a trip to Jamaica without going to the beach right? Rozelle Beach is a popular spot for surfers while Prospect Beach and Lyssons are great places

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to swim and enjoy the Caribbean sunshine. There is a beautiful white sand beach at Holland Bay; it is quite secluded—a very romantic spot for newlyweds.

Food and Catering Mama G’s chill spot offers local dishes guaranteed to tantalize the taste buds. There’s also Lola’s Catering Service skilled at preparing both Jamaican and

Wedding Décor and More Your ultimate wedding coordinators can be found at Sandy's Shimmerz 'N' Elegance at Poorman’s Corner or Vivienne’s Bridal Boutique in Yallas. Kadie’s Invitations and More, also in Yallas adds that unique touch to your wedding programs and bridal party invites, while, Carden’s Photography will capture all the beautiful moments at your event.

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American Cuisine; they even do cakes. For delectable seafood Links Café and Seafood Restaurant is a hot spot in Yallas, or have a drink or two at Rover’s Pub and Restaurant. Additionally, the Longboarder Bar and Grill offers delicious food plus a great place to watch the sunset.


The Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre “For an exceptionally memorable experience”

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES 2 Garden Lane Mona Campus Kng. 7 Tel: 927-2598, 970-2893 Fax: 970-0037 Email: monalodge@uwimona.edu.jm

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weddings at mona visitor's lodge & conference centre

Mona Visitors’ Lodge & Conference Centre is a Jewel among the Historic Ruins of the Mona Campus and provides the perfect setting for those who demand the ultimate synthesis of elegance and rusticity for their social and intimate experiences. Situated on the University Campus, Mona Visitors’ Lodge & Conference Centre offers its over 2000 square feet of space to Jamaica, the Caribbean and the world. For Weddings, whether Ceremony or Reception, Mona Visitors’ Lodge & Conference Centre has the elegant and rustic ambiance that will create memories for a lifetime of love and happiness. Nestled in the tranquil environs of the former Mona Estate, The Lodge offers quiet comfort to all guests seeking relaxation. Mona Visitors’ Lodge has three room catego-

• In-room coffee and tea

ries – Deluxe Standard Rooms, Junior Suites

• In-room mini refrigerator

& Honeymoon Suite.

• In-room iron and ironing board

• Luxuriously furnished guestrooms & suites

• Full Baths with Hot/Cold Water

• Complimentary wireless internet access

• Air Conditioning

• Complimentary breakfast

• Cable Television • Private Balcony / Breathtaking Blue Mountain view

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Exotic EscapE st. Mary

If you’re yearning for an exotic escape, then the beautifully understated community of St. Mary will serve as such. For an uber private wedding or honeymoon this place, made globally famous by its inclusion in the classic James Bond Film is a notable place to set your sights. Once known as the ultimate getaway parish for the rich and famous, now you too can experience the ultimate getaway and enjoy the splendour and serenity of St. Mary.

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Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Décor and More

Villa Viento in Tower Isle offers an exotic escape thanks

Divine Floral Plus, can provide a dramatic display of

to their tropical garden. However, other places to

blossoms to enhance your venue, and GG Décor in

consider are Villa Coldew, Wag Water, Emerald Seas

Port Maria can take care of all your décor needs. To

or Mamiti Cove. Then there’s the infamous Firefly, and

capture the special moments throughout your special

of course Goldeneye Hotel and Resort.

day, Photography by Andredesigns, though not based in the parish enjoys travelling to different locals so that won’t be a problem.

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Exploration In the capital of St Mary, Port Maria houses the St Mary Parish Church and the old courthouse. Nestled in the hills is Castleton Botanical gardens home to tons of exotic plants and birds from India, the East Indies and Madagascar. Sun Valley Plantation is another great setting for nature lovers. If you prefer adventure then Skydive Jamaica, Yaaman Adventure Park and Chukka Caribbean Adventures will not disappoint. The infamous James Bond Beach, Reggae Beach and Strawberry Fields are perfect for visitors who enjoy, sun, sand and of course the beautiful Caribbean waters.

Food and Catering If you’re looking for catering services, let Patanza Catering and Supplies or Chicken Hut Catering whip up some delicious treats for you and your guests. Sheer Rocks, Jacqui O’s Beach House and Melini’s in Jolly Harbour offers great ambience and scrumptious food. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or a nightcap be sure to check out Roti King, C&C Wine Bar, Hemingway’s Caribbean Café and The Crow’s Nest for vegetarian eats, seafood galore, as well as vegan and gluten free dishes. For traditional, Jamaican style food such as curry goat, rice and peas, brown stew chicken and grilled lobster Glenn's Restaurant in Tower Isle offers all these and more.


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his repository of Jamaican culture and history is the home of the legendary Bob Marley and national hero Marcus Garvey. You’ll undoubtedly feel the influences of music and culture as you tour St. Ann. The ‘tourist capital’ Ocho Rios, filled with grand hotels, upscale eateries and 5- star service providers is the perfect place to execute your Luxe, Lush and Lavish affair.

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Wedding Ceremony The chain of Jewel Resorts are some of the most luxurious hotels in Ocho Rios; if anyone can pull of a 5- star soiree; they can! However Ochi isn't short of fancy villas and wedding locals, Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, Silver Seas Resort, Scotch on the Rocks and Marine View Hotel are great places to spend your vacation or have your wedding ceremony.

Wedding Décor and More An integral part of the wedding is the décor but don’t worry, companies such as Shangri-La, Plush Touch and Bandoo Events Solutions will create magnificent designs that will take luxe, lush and lavish to a whole new level.

than Dwayne Watkins and his talented team of photographers and visual artists at Team DWP Studios.

Food and Catering Caribbean Pantry in Runaway Bay crafts an eclectic fusion of ingredients that reflect the multicultural nature of Jamaica. Let Ocho Rios Catering, St. Ann Caterers as well as Great Memories Bridal and Catering whip up an impeccable wedding menu for your event. For authentic Jamaican cuisine, Mom’s, Miss T’s Kitchen and Dave’s Lobster Shack have received rave reviews from previous patrons. Evita’s Italian Restaurant is a favourite among both locals and visitors to the island. Live Food Lifestyle, Passage to India, and the Ocho Rios Jerk Centre are great choices as well. For great cocktails, stop by Oceans 11 or Mongoose Jamaica

To capture this beautiful backdrop, look no further

Restaurant and Lounge.

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Exploration After the wedding it’s time to really have some fun. Enjoy the remarkable Mahoe Falls or Mahogany Beach then explore the Green Grotto caves. Mystic Mountain Rainforest Adventures offers interesting exploits for the entire family while Hooves Jamaica allows you to see the rural side of the parish on horseback. Island Village has a beach and shopping centre with restaurants, bars, movie theatre, and the chance to pick up an assortment of books, fine jewellery, clothing and interesting art pieces and souvenirs. There’s also the White River Bamboo Rafting to consider. Soak in Jamaica’s rich history and culture by visiting the St Ann’s Bay Fort, Cave Valley Chimney, Bob Marley Centre and Mausoleum or the Seville Great House and Heritage Park— all right here in this remarkable parish known as St Ann.

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ural, rustic, but with many reasonably priced places to stay and things to do, charming Clarendon is a great location for the true thrill seeker to visit. The wedding party must be eclectic and willing to forego some of the high-end comforts however. But for the traveller who is into a ‘home away from home’ vibe, then this countryside chic parish will do just fine. It offers a mineral bath with one of the highest known radioactivity in the world, the Halse Hall Great House, Portland Point Lighthouse, the beautiful St. Paul’s Parish Church and numerous b&bs and small hotels.

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Wedding Ceremony For the wedding ceremony, the number of guests will determine where you will end up saying ‘I Do’ as most venues cannot accommodate large groups. On a dry, balmy day Clarendon Paradise Garden, a well maintained park can accommodate just about any number. Wedding Chateau Royale Jamaica, Fairfield Guest House, and the Milk River Hotel and Spa offer great options for indoor events.

Wedding Décor and More A wedding just ain’t the same without flowers, so to whip your venue in beautiful wedding condition reach out to Creative Flowers Jamaica, Kemar’s Floral Arrangements & Weddings or Glam Events. To capture the beautiful moments ChariZmatic Entertainment can be engaged. Eclipse Entertainment will hook you up with an extra special performance so your wedding is enjoyed to

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Transportation Numerous taxis and minibuses are on every route throughout the parish. Nonetheless, there is nothing as convenient as having your own ride. Ensure your ride can manage the variegated terrain.

Food and Catering Your sumptuous wedding fare will most likely be an all Jamaican, Indian or Chinese buffet. Roti & dhal with generous servings of curry can be found in this parish once you have the right connections. Though there are several restaurants found along every mile, private catering may just provide the best variety for your event. But if you cannot make those links then Juici Patties (yes, they serve more than patties) Homar’s Roti & Grill, Murray’s Fish & Jerk Hut and Daily Delicious are just a few of the places which will provide meals to ensure that your guests are well fed and satisfied.

Exploration And now for the fun part. As the third largest parish, Clarendon does have a bit of terrain to cover. Visit Vernam Field, a former WW11 US Air Force airfield, where drag racing now takes place. The Portland Point Lighthouse has the highest tower in the island, standing at a height of 145 feet. The Tower flashes a white light every 15 seconds. Milk River Bath is counted among the best natural spas in the world. The relative radioactivity of the water has

Pass: once owned by the famous buccaneer, Sir

been found to be up to 54 times as active as other

Henry Morgan.Jackson's Bay: white sandy beach

world renowned spas such as Baden, Switzerland.

used and enjoyed by the Tainos and Rocky Point:

Other places to visit include Monymusk Sugar Factory:

a large fishing village west of Portland Point.

located on the Vere plain, Bull Head Mountain: highest mountain in the parish and considered to be "the geographic centre of the island," Morgan's

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Historic Hideaway st. catherine

This parish will not be the first one recommended when discussing your destination wedding with your planner. But if you are into ‘different’ and your bridal party is either hip, young and fun or truly old school, then this parish is exactly where you need to say I Do. Home to some of the island’s best caves, most beautiful Victorian & Georgian buildings, best fishing villages and historic significance, St. Catherine is prepared to welcome you. Two facts take pride of place in St. Catherine’s are: 1. Spanish Town was the country's first capital city. 2. The establishment of Jamaica's first free village in the parish. The name of the village was Sligoville - named after the Marquis of Sligo, then Governor of Jamaica who started the movement.

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The Old King’s House Home to the Governors of Jamaica for over 100 years. The head office of the island’s marriage registrar is also located in the parish so getting permits and hosting your wedding there will be a breeze.

Wedding Décor and More For the pleasant people to ensure your wedding comes alive, Portmore Flowers and Bridal offer an array of services. Be-U-tiful D’Zines, also in Portmore, will help you create the perfect backdrop for your special day. The Wedding Planner Flowers & Gifts will take care of all your needs if you are in the heart of Spanish Town.

Wedding Ceremony Because of it’s sheer size, St. Catherine has a lot to offer for the eclectic couple who want their wedding venue to be different. There are beautiful landscapes and gently undulating hills in the region of Linstead to Guys Hill on the northwesterly side and balmy beaches and fishing villages on the south eastern strip. In between at the old capital are The Rodney Memorial building, located at the northern side of Spanish Town Square, The Old Iron Bridge which is the oldest of its type in the Western Hemisphere.

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Food and Catering

Excellent hair stylists and beauticians abound in

After all the sightings in the historic capital, head further out west and be delighted by gastronomic fares from Kaluga Kafe. Whether it is their signature pasta, spicy jerk chicken or palatable ox-tail, you will find something to suit every taste. But on route, be sure to stop and get mouth watering pastries from Honeycrust Bakery. Most likely, the breads are still in the oven, but it will be worth it.

Spanish Town, Portmore and Linstead. Grooming for the the males is also readily available in St. Catherine.

Exploration You can’t get bored in St. Catherine. There are just too many sights and sounds. Just observing the locals could pass for entertainment. But if you are not into people watching, then head out to the serene Bog Walk Gorge. It derived its name from Spanish origin,

Old Harbour Bay offers fish, lobster and other seafood fresh from the boat. It will most likely be served with a strong whiff of sea breeze, noisy locals all jostling for your attention and tasty side dishes of bammy, fries or rice and peas.

‘Boca de Agua’ which translates to Water’s Mouth. If nature is also not your thing then a trip to Highgate House may beckon. It is considered to be the oldest structure in the district of Sligoville. Fort Small, another historic site was built in 1782 to protect

Hair and Beauty

the bay between Port Henderson and the Hellshire

Putting your best face forward is an absolute must.So before your leave Old Harbour, please go on over to the uber upscale Shades of Elegance Beauty Creation and Spa. If you did not end up in Old Harbour no need to worry.

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Hills. The fort was built by David Small and designed to mount eight 24 pounder guns and one ten inch mortar. Fort Small was extensively repaired in 1790 and was placed on the island's list of forts in 1799.


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Manchester The cool, cool parish of Manchester provides the perfect ambiance and backdrop to effortlessly pull off a traditional yet trendy wedding ceremony. Have an intimate affair indoors or take your event outside; you’ll be entranced by the lush vegetation and breathtaking blossoms as you are caressed by the gentle breeze and the radiant sunlight.

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Wedding Ceremony Need a perfect local for your unforgettable event or somewhere to stay during your trip? Mandeville Hotel, Golf View Hotel, Casa De Buena Vista and Mandeview Hotel are all located in the quaint town of Mandeville. If you prefer a more low key option, travel a bit out of the town to Zimbali retreats in Canaan Mountain or Hotel Villa Bella in Christiana. Wedding Bells can custom design a package to suit your needs.

Wedding Décor and More Marviv’s Bridal Boutique can provide a range of visually stimulation blossoms for summer, winter, autumn or spring! Meanwhile, Neil’s Auditorium is the picture-perfect place for your large or small reception. Anna’s Glam Décor can add the trendy or Beth's Impressional Decorations & Floral Arrangement can add the traditional elements to complete your theme. To capture all the cherished moments on your special day you’ll need the photography services of DG Photography or Adrian and Keneisha Smith.

Food and Catering Apart from the wedding dress, the real star of the show is the wedding cake, that’s where Leelees Cakes and Catering comes in. Y&B Catering Service and Rentals, St John Bosco Catering Hall and Her Cuisine Catering can whip up a range of delectable delights for you and your guests. The parish of Manchester also offers high quality restaurants, bars and eateries that offer mouthwatering dishes for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. One such place is Bloomfield Great House Restaurant and Bar, and another is Arches Restaurant. For cocktails and desserts stop by Star Grill and if you enjoy seafood it would be a disservice to your palette to leave without a trip to Little Ochie Seafood.

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anta Cruz offers Cynthia’s Soup Bowl

and pedi’s Nail Fantasy- Institute of Nail Technology

and Restaurant while Alex Curry Goat

or Yakesha's Unique Nails has you covered. Semaj

in Hatfield offers authentic Jamaican

Haircare, Hair Creation and Athena Salon can create

cookery. And in case you’re wondering,

the perfect hairstyle for you and your bridesmaids,

yes there is also Tastee Patty and Juicy Beef and

while The Makeup Spot is here is enhance your

even Flaky Krust whenever you are in the mood for

natural beauty.

our infamous Caribbean pastry. Don’t forget to visit the thriving business centre of Porus for a taste of

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coconut, coffee and citrus fruits.

There’s a lot to do in this quaint little town from exploring the Pioneer Chocolate Factory in Williams-

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field to observing the architecture of the Mandeville

Get pampered from head to toe at Escape2Gaia Day

Courthouse or St Mark’s Anglican Church built in

Spa, CoCo Flair Beauty Bar & Spa, or Andria's Wellness

1820. The most impressive building in Mandeville

Club. The groom and his groomsmen will be well taken

is the 200 year old Marshall Pen’s Great House and

care of at Sonic Barbers… or Klass Plus Barbershop

Bird Sanctuary. You can also play a bit of golf at the

or get the royal treatment at Royale Touch Beauty

Manchester Club Golf Course-- the oldest in the

& Barber Salon. For gorgeous wedding day mani’s

Caribbean.

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STORY

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MYTH Kayla Hough skedaddled out of Canada in March 2011 to avoid the wrath of winter. Destination: Montego Bay, sunny Jamaica. One trip turned into 15 over the next six years. And during one of them, as she taxied to a beach party, she met her future husband, Bobby. Kayla had to search for a dress to be ready for the nuptial day, but she had already decided on the jewelry to complement it: Story and Myth blessings beads. Inspired by the memory of a necklace her father had given her when she was 8 years old, Kristie Stephenson had launched Story and Myth in 2011. It is a line of handmade jewelry fashioned using various beads and precious stones, and meant to express the connectedness of everyone in the world. Job’s Tears—hard, white, oval seeds with naturally occurring holes, are the signature components of every creation. Kristie calls the collection ‘blessing beads.'

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The most popular Story and Myth pieces are bracelets. Neckwear, or malas, are made with 108 seeds, a number considered sacred in Dharmic religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. Malas are prayer beads more than they are fashion statements.

Krystal Chong, one of Story and Myth’s earliest customers and author of What The Hell Am I Supposed To Do With My Life?!, loved that the beads looked like pearls, but they were seeds. Delicate but not stiff. A few things distinguish Story and Myth’s garnishments and have made them increasingly beloved by women and men: First, they are made almost exclusively from local materials. Job’s Tears grow wild on grass near rivers in Jamaica. Second, people who would otherwise not have an income earn each time a Story and Myth piece is birthed. Local farmers collect the seeds, and Kristie pays them. And persons with disabilities are the artisans. In 2014 Kristie formed a partnership with The Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Center in Kingston, which provides jobs for former patients and persons with disabilities. Third, each piece is made with thought and intention; the artisans often pray before making them.

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Telephone: 876-974-3498, 876-795-1609

arden roses, hydrangeas, and orchids are few of the beautiful flowers used to create a romantic ambience at your special wedding

event. At Shangri-La Flowers and Gifts, floral arrangements and decor are our specialty. We use flowers as tools to create artworks of exquisite arrangements and eye-catching decor, making every moment at your wedding extraordinarily magical. For other decor elements for your wedding, choose from a variety of beautiful linen, chair covers and tie backs, drapery, lighting, and tents. Access on-site consultation and analysis, plant sale and rental as well as gifts, fruits, wine and spice baskets. Or perhaps you would prefer not to have to worry about those things. That is where our very professional wedding planners come in. These experts will work closely with you to ensure you experience a smooth, hassle

free event. As we abide by our oath, we will continue to pay keen attention to different tastes and preferences ranging from the simplest to the most elaborate requests. Good decor is the art of outfitting a particular space with the right creations that match the desire of the designer and the beholders. At Shangri-la Flowers & Gifts, we always aim to ensure that our creations do just that. From engagement parties to the big day, Shangri-la Flowers and Gifts will provide your decor and wedding planning needs every step of the way. We guarantee brides and grooms will leave our store with fond memories that surpass expectations. Let us join you this special journey as we make your dreams come true!

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S o u t h C oa S t SimpliCity St. Elizabeth


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t. Bess - home to some of Jamaica’s finest people, will ensure your wedding and visit are simple but not simplistic. A coastal parish which juts deep inland, St. Elizabeth is a beautiful parish to host weddings in the great outdoors or indoors, to relax and wax philosophical.

The south coast abounds with beautiful people, places and sceneries. Home to the maroon village - Accompong Town, horseback riding at Fonthill Beach, Appleton Estate Rum Tours and Breadnut Valley Falls, there is much variety to keep any wedding party entertained.

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Wedding Ceremony Jakes Resort and Spa will have first mention when planning your South Coast wedding event. Most of the other venues involve setting up a tent, a bamboo arch with floral trellis, some chairs and viola, your wedding venue has been created. This can be the reality at just about any of the beautiful beaches, falls, reserves or plantations dotting the coastline. While contemplating this route though, please visit Two Seasons Guest House or go over to Black River to visit Rest Ashore Villa or Idlers Rest for your rustic wedding event.

Wedding Décor and More Contact Nicelle Thompson at Designs by Nishy to help you create magic! From your traditional wedding to a ultra luxe sea wedding onboard a cruise ship, your whims and fancy will be catered to. Eze Door Flowers ‘N’ More is another place to go. They specialize in beautiful floral decor and more.

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Food and Catering

For that little extra, head on out to Pelican’s Beach

Dubbed the breadbasket parish, St. Elizabeth is indeed home to some fine cuisine. For seafood lovers, Little Ochie is reputed to be the absolute best seafood place in the island. With that reputation, you will wait a little, but it will be worth it. St. Bess All Occasions in St. Elizabeth is a popular go-to for formal catering services and the fare is delightful. Holland Bamboo Restaurant, Jack Sprat Restaurant & Bar and Frenchman’s Reef are some of the more popular dining places on the South Coast.

Bar about a mile in the sea.

Hair and Beauty St. Elizabethians tend to go au naturelle, nonetheless, for those who need to get coiffed, Kashanta Salon in Santa Cruz will ensure you are perfectly beautiful for your special day. Jake’s Spa at Treasure Beach will also provide all the rejuvenation your face and body need so you will look your most perfect.

Exploration

Be lured by the story of Lover’s Leap and take a look

St. Bess is blessed with numerous gorgeous beaches, waterfalls, historic sites and places to tour and sight see. Nature’s own handiwork produced the famed Bamboo Avenue aka Holland Bamboo, YS Falls, and Black River Safari, among others. Our man-made creations include The Appleton Estate Distillery and

for yourself what the hulabaloo is all about. As local lore would have it, in days of yore a slave couple found themselves in a quandary. A slave master desired the lass and so decided to sell her beau so he could have her. Upon learning this, the couple decided they would rather die together than be separated to face their fate. They plunged off the 1700-foot

the Pelican Bar.

cliff to their deaths. Fortunately, nature did not take At YS Falls there is something for everyone to do and

it too hard and Lovers’ Leap still offers some of the

if for some strange reason neither a canopy tour of

most breathtaking views of Jamaica’s south coast.

the falls nor swinging like Tarzan from a rope into natural pools fed by underground springs appeal to you, then by all means just relax with your favourite book and be lulled by the sound of seven waterfalls.

Other places to visit include beaches such as Font Hill, Treasure Beach and Black River Beach. The capital Black River will hold your interest for sometime. Be prepared to stay over.

Please do not leave the children behind.

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Tilak. Haldi. MeHndi: A Glimpse Into Indian Wedding Rituals

Tilak (Groom Acceptance Ceremony)

Tilak is mostly held at the groom’s residence and is

Perhaps the most important pre-wedding function is

applies tilak on the groom’s forehead. This signifies that

the Tilak ceremony. Tilak is a mark of auspiciousness. It

the bride’s family has accepted him and considers that

is put on the forehead with sandal paste, sacred ashes

he would be a loving husband and a responsible father

or kumkum (red tumeric). It holds a significant position

in the future. It is also customary for both families to

among all marriage rituals and customs. This ceremony

exchange gifts during the event. The tilak establishes

is performed differently across India (depending on the

a unique bond between both families.

usually attended by the male members of the family. In this ceremony, the father or the brother of the bride

caste of the family). The devotees of Siva apply sacred ashes (Bhasma) on the forehead, the devotees of Vishnu

Tilak is applied at the Ajna Chakra, the space between

apply sandal paste (Chandan), and the worshippers of

the two eyebrows. It has a very cooling effect. Appli-

Devi or Shakti apply Kumkum, a red tumeric powder.

cation of sandal paste has great medicinal value, apart from the spiritual influence.

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Haldi (Turmeric Ceremony)

Mehndi (Henna Ceremony)

‘Haldi’ involves an application of a turmeric paste

Mehndi or "Mehendi" is a form of body art from Ancient

mixed with sandalwood, milk and rose water to the

India, in which decorative designs are created on a

bride & groom’s face, neck, hands and feet by family

person's body, usually then hand and feet using a

members a few days before the big event.

paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. A couple of days before the wedding

Turmeric is associated with cleansing the charkas,

this fun ritual is organized by the bride’s family at her

cleansing the nadi’s (the channels of the subtle body),

house. All members of her family attend and sing,

cultivating relationships with the feminine form of

dance and make merry during the event. It is said that

divinity and cultivating feelings and awareness of

if the resulting color of the henna application is dark

prosperity. It is also known to have numerous medic-

and beautiful, then she will be blessed with a with a

inal properties which protects them from all kinds

loving husband. After this ceremony, the bride must

of ailments. The yellow colour of turmeric is said to

not leave her house till her wedding.

brightens the skin colour. Hindus also believe that the application of turmeric keeps the couple away from all ‘evil eyes’ and alleviates their nervousness before the wedding.

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