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Keshanya & Derick

Couple / Keshanya & Derek Pg.21

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Swans Exquisite Event Planning Pg.8

Dynamic Colour Incorporated

About the Company Pg.10

Managing Editor Daniel Haynes

Love Letters Pg.11 Pg.17

Art Direction Krynk Arts Media Erica Straker Contributors

Grooming Tips for that special day Pg.18 7 Simple Steps towards Planning Your Perfect Wedding Pg.37


History of Barbados Pg.26

Kimaria’s Catering Pg.2 Sarina’s Garden Restaurant & Event Centre Pg.12 The Gazebo Pg.13


Ace Aquatics Sandra Kellman Photography Daniel Haynes Erika Straker Caribbean Aerial Photography

Daniel - Meaning (God will be thy judge.) That's what I always remember when I sit to do graphic art, music or management.

Editor’s Corner

I've realized that I've inherited a love especially for art and design from my mother "Rose" and I very seldom reject the opportunity to use and improve my talents hence why when Erica called, I answered with a swift "Sure!." Erica Straker "Swan Exquisite Event Planning" seemed to be more excited about the magazine like a kid would be to see Santa Claus, this fueled my spirit to sit for hours, answering her million calls and trying to keep up with her viral messaging. Bossy; yes she is but that's how one should be when pursuing their dreams. One thing is the time; time ran like an Olympian and we awaiting information, responses and energy through sickness; but in the end as bajans, we don't ever give up to a challenge especially when we realize we have the opportunity to visually broadcast the beauty in the greatest island on earth "Barbados". Krynk Arts Media (Krink Arts Media) my baby, business is looking promising as my team and I embark on a branding war against the many talented photographers, graphic artist, video editors, managers, event planners on the island but I'm sure we are getting where we need to be as projects like the magazine gives us the platform to show and improve. Well this magazine and all featured in it has made me feel proud of Erica as it was not easy but she made the compilation process fun for both the Swans Exquisite and KAM team. By God’s Grace this first edition of many more to come, will speak to both the local and International markets and let them understand the pride we have in ourself and our nation as we join the world in wishing Barbados a Happy 50th Birthday in this the year of 2016. We I'm out, peace and love from my team and I at KAM (Krynk Arts Media) 5

Daniel Haynes Editor



My company’s name was inspired from the high school I attended in Jamaica called, “St. Hugh’s High School.” Our motto was “Fidelitas” which means Loyalty and faithfulness. Our logo was a Swan, which I consider to be a peaceful bird. So my decision to select the name Swans Exquisite Event Planning reflected my intention for my clients to experience a peaceful feeling, while I portray a loyalty and faithfulness to giving total customer satisfaction. Fashion designing is my greatest passion, so I set out on a quest to fulfill that dream by showcasing my talents. I love to use my hands to create wonderful things, so I was inclined to pursue Event Planning, which is an area of great demand, especially in the hospitality and service industries. To put it mildly, an event is always happening around us, whether we recognize it or not.

Erica Straker General Manager Many organizations and individuals are so swamped in their own professional and personal lives and do not have the energy and time to lend to organizing an event. Even though it is not necessary to have the highest degree of certification, an event planner is a professional who coordinates and organizes meetings, luncheons and other special events for companies or individual clients. Event planning careers typically require strong organizational and communication skills, as well as excel at creating and maintaining good working relationships. These are the traits that I possess and so I believe that I would fit quite comfortably in the area of Event Planning Consultancy. In the next five years, I envision the expansion and growth of Swans Exquisite Event Planning to cater to both local, regional and international markets. I have been greatly encouraged by the feedback from my satisfied customers, in the relatively short time that I have been offering these services. There are two events which we have done in 2015 that both made me feel really please. Nikki and Sylvester, October 15 th, 2015. This couple found us on our facebook page and I helped to plan their wedding with them not being here in Barbados. The exciting thing about it too is that almost the entire guest came in from England, they were pleased with the whole set up we did. The second event was our featured Couple, Keshanya and Derick, December 19 th, 2015. That wedding was the biggest I have had so far. It was a challenge but in the end all that work paid off and again I had a satisfied couple. Having Swans Exquisite Event Planning help you plan your event is one that you will never regret.


I'm 38 years of age and lives right here on the beautiful island of Barbados. My greatest love, right now are my kids and trying to make people happy. Seeing people happy and being able to see people living in harmony with one another, this motivates me to make a better life for my kids, friends and family. I have goals that I'm working on presently that will take this company and all of our affiliated partners in to a new era in marketing socially here in Barbados any globally. We as a small island, businesses need to set minds on a vision and make a plan and stick to it; Focus on the things that would make us better as individuals, groups, families and bring us closer to achieving our goals.

Shawn Best Manager I am fifteen (15) years of age and currently attend Fredrick Smith Secondary School in St. James where I am in fifth form studying nine subjects. I am the son of Erica Straker, the manager of Swans Exquisite Event Planning. I have been assisting the company since it has started with various things mostly the decorating aspect of it, which I have a great joy for. My passion is to become a chef and bring the catering part to the company in the future but for now I love to help out with the decorating. I love being a part of Swans Exquisite Event Planning, because I get to learn a lot about the business world and at the same time get to meet different types of people.

Dujuan Clarke Assistant I am sixteen (16) years of age, I am a past student of The Alexandra School and I am currently attending Barbados Community College, where I am studying marketing & accounts. I love to reading, do creative writing and arts and crafts. I am very eager and excited to lend my support to furthering the aims of the company and to bring great credit and recognition to Swans Exquisite Event Planning. This experience will give me an opportunity to attain my goal of operating my own business in the future. Swans Exquisite Event Planning is a very family friendly environment and with that I know we will be the right company for many of our future clients to enjoy. 9

ShawntĂŠ Leacock Junior Assistant

About Us

Swans Exquisite Event Planning is based in the beautiful island of Barbados with a population of approximately 285 413 people. This establishment is located in the parish of Saint Thomas and was started in August of 2013. We provide event services to anyone who would love to have decorations, consultation, venue arrangements done for weddings, anniversaries, parties, graduations and similar functions. A close relationship exists between our clients and us within the short space of time that we have been in operation. We are comprised of a small staff; however we get the job done. Apart from offering our consultant services, we also do rentals for your events at affordable pricing.


Love Letters

Thanks to Erica and Swans Exquisite Event Planning for the tremendous help with everything, at times going above and beyond to ensure that she sources the exact things I needed. Thanks for all the help, ideas, suggestions and the extreme level of professionalism. I would recommend Swans Exquisite Event Planning to anyone looking for assistance in planning any event and I will definitely be using their services again. Krystal Maynard BARBADOS I confirm that I have known Mrs. Erica Straker for a little over two years. We became casually acquainted bout two years ago and became further drawn working together in a business capacity through her business Swans Exquisite Event Planning. At all times I have found Mrs. Straker to be dependable, reliable, hard-working, honest, courteous, understanding, patient and always placed her clients’ needs above that of her own. Swans Exquisite Event Planning helped me to transform company space in a very relaxing atmosphere which was Mind & Body Massage & Counselling Services. Her suggestions and ideas were clear. Julita Greaves-Cumberbatch (Manager – Mind & Body Massage & Counselling BARBADOS I found this company on facebook and wanted help planning my wedding. However, when I told Erica where I was located, she led me to understand she was not located in Jamaica. Even though she told me that, she still went along and found someone here in Jamaica to help me. Thank you Erica and Swans Exquisite for all the help in getting my wedding planned. Shantora Clarke JAMAICA 11



Wedding Packages

Want to have an intimate wedding that will be for 25 or less guests. This is the package for you. The couple with close friends and family

Our gold package caters for those couple who would like to have 26 -70 guests in an elegant but yet classic atmosphere.

Platinum Package Every girl had a dream of a fairytale wedding. This package is for those wanting it all; catering for 70 and more guests.

Need a Different Look Customize your own package. Let us help to make that special day one to remember 14


Ingrid Quintyne Woodside Road, Dunlow Lane St. Michael 246.235.6412 16

Wedding Requirements for

Getting married on Barbados soil is easy. No waiting period or minimum length of stay is required. Application for a marriage license must be made in person by both parties at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Barbados is a very popular destination for a Caribbean wedding. Documents required to apply for the license include the following:

 A valid passport, original birth certificate or a certified copy and the airline tickets used to travel to the island including the return tickets.  If either party has been divorced, the original divorce decree or a certified copy must be presented.  If either party has been widowed, a certified copy of the previous marriage certificate and death certificate are required.  All documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.  If either of the parties is under 18 years of age, parental consent in the form of Statutory Declaration stamped and signed by a solicitor/lawyer is required.  If the name of either of the parties has been changed by Deed Poll, legal proof, stamped and signed by a solicitor/lawyer is required. This also applies if a married woman has reverted back to her maiden name.  If either party is adopted the adoption certificate must be produced.


Grooming Tips for That Special Day Eyebrows Get your eyebrows professionally shaped. It will make all the difference to how your eye makeup will look on the day and in the photos. If your eyebrows are sparse your makeup artist will fill them in to make them look fuller and natural.

Lips Lips need looking after too. Use a soft dry toothbrush to exfoliate your lips weekly to make then soft and flake free. Use eye cream to hydrate your lips. The skin on your lips is as delicate as the skin around your eyes.


Hair Care Your hair needs to be cared for as much as the rest of you. Do get regular conditioning treatments. Trim your hair every six weeks if you are growing it for that special day. Do not tie your hair up when it is wet, it will break the hair strands. If you are having your hair up for your special day, wash and lightly condition it the night before. Hair conditioner can make your hair slippery, so and up-do could slip down.

Nails When you are preparing for that special day, you want those nails to be looking great. Regular manicures will give you nails the professional finish they deserve for the occasion. Use hand cream to keep hands soft and smooth. Use an exfoliant twice weekly to remove the buildup of dead skin on your hands. Once a week use a cuticle oil to combat dryness around the nail.



Featured Couple



Keshanya & Derick Question & Answer 1. Question: When did you all decide to get married? Answer We decided in December 2013 to get married in 2015 December 19 th. 2. Question: How did you find out about Swans Exquisite Event Planning? Answer While randomly going through facebook searching for wedding planners, I came across Swans Exquisite Event Planning’s page among many others, but as I called and interacted with Erica, I knew she was the planner to go with. She was very welcoming, open and easy to talk with. I felt very comfortable.

3. Were you comfortable working with the event planner? Answer We were very comfortable working with Swans Exquisite Event Planning; she made us feel as if we had known her for a long time. 4. What services did they provide or did on your behalf? Answer Swans Exquisite Event Planning decorated our event venue for the reception and the church for the ceremony, arranged seating, found a dj for us, met with all persons involved with the wedding to ensure everything was running as it should, made our invitations, arranged booking for our honeymoon and the cleaning and tidying up of the venue after the wedding. 5. When was the most difficult part of planning your wedding? Answer Most difficult part of the planning was trying to arrange and get the equipment and materials I needed to recreate the look I wanted for the decoration of the venue. 6. Would you recommend Swans Exquisite Event planning to and friends or family? Answer Yes I would recommend them to all my friends and family. 22

Keshanya & Derick Question & Answer Cont’d‌..

7. Question: Why would you recommend them? Answer Our experience with Swans Exquisite Event Planning was comfortable and stress free exactly what you want when planning any event. 8. Question: What was your most memorable part(s) of your wedding? Answer The Ceremony was the most memorable part of the wedding for us.

9. Question: What advice would you give a couple planning to get married? Answer We would encourage all couples planning to get married to start planning early; this makes everything a lot easier and stress free.

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Carisle Bay Bay Street, BARBADOS

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A History on Barbados Barbados was inhabited by Arawaks and Caribs at the time of European colonization of the Americas in the 16th century. The island was an English and later British colony from 1625 until 1966. Since 1966, it has been a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, modelled on the Westminster system, with Elizabeth II, Queen of Barbados, as head of state.

England's civil war Main articles: English Revolution in the Colonies and Restoration (Colonies) Around the same time, fighting during the War of the Three Kingdoms and the Interregnum spilled over into Barbados and Barbadian territorial waters. The island was not involved in the war until after the execution of Charles I, when the island's government fell under the control of Royalists (ironically the Governor, Philip Bell, remaining loyal to Parliament while the Barbadian House of Assembly, under the influence of Humphrey Walrond, supported Charles II). To try to bring the recalcitrant colony to heel, the Commonwealth Parliament passed an act on 3 October 1650 prohibiting trade between England and Barbados, and because the island also traded with the Netherlands, further navigation acts were passed prohibiting any but English vessels trading with Dutch colonies. These acts were a precursor to the First AngloDutch War. The Commonwealth of England sent an invasion force under the command of Sir George Ayscue, which arrived in October 1651. After some skirmishing, the Royalists in the House of Assembly led by Lord Willoughby surrendered. The conditions of the surrender were incorporated into the Charter of Barbados (Treaty of Oistins), which was signed at the Mermaid's Inn, Oistins, on 17 January 1652.

Sugar Cane The introduction of sugar cane from Dutch Brazil in 1640 completely transformed society and the economy. Barbados eventually had one of the world's biggest sugar industries. [7] One group instrumental in ensuring the early success of the industry were the Sephardic Jews, who had originally been expelled from the Iberian peninsula, to end up in Dutch Brazil.[7] As the effects of the new crop increased, so did the shift in the ethnic composition of Barbados and surrounding islands. The workable sugar plantation required a large investment and a great deal of heavy labour. At first, Dutch traders supplied the equipment, financing, and African slaves, in addition to transporting most of the sugar to Europe. In 1644 the population of Barbados was estimated at 30,000, of which about 800 were of African descent, with the remainder mainly of English descent. These English smallholders were eventually bought out and the island filled up with large African slave-worked sugar plantations. By 27 1660 there was near parity with 27,000 blacks and 26,000 whites. By 1666 at least 12,000 white smallholders had been bought

out, died, or left the island. Many of the remaining whites were increasingly poor. By 1680 there were 17 slaves for every indentured servant. By 1700, there were 15,000 free whites and 50,000 enslaved blacks. Due to the increased implementation of slave codes, which created differential treatment between Africans and the white workers and ruling planter class, the island became increasingly unattractive to poor whites. Black or slave codes were implemented in 1661, 1676, 1682, and 1688. In response to these codes, several slave rebellions were attempted or planned during this time, but none succeeded. Nevertheless, poor whites who had or acquired the means to emigrate often did so. Planters expanded their importation of African slaves to cultivate sugar cane. One early advocate of slave rights in Barbados was the visiting Quaker preacher Alice Curwen in 1677: " "For I am persuaded, that if they whom thou call'st thy Slaves, be Upright-hearted to God, the Lord God Almighty will set them Free in a way that thou knowest not; for there is none set free but in Christ Jesus, for all other Freedom will prove but a Bondage."[8] By 1660, Barbados generated more trade than all the other English colonies combined. This remained so until it was eventually surpassed by geographically larger islands like Jamaica in 1713. But even so, the estimated value of the colony of Barbados in 1730–31 was as much as ₤5,500,000.[9] Bridgetown, the capital, was one of the three largest cities in English America (the other two being Boston, Massachusetts and Port Royal, Jamaica.) By 1700, the English West Indies produced 25,000 tons of sugar, compared to 20,000 for Brazil, 10,000 for the French islands and 4,000 for the Dutch islands.[10] This quickly replaced tobacco, which had been the island's main export. As the sugar industry developed into its main commercial enterprise, Barbados was divided into large plantation estates that replaced the smallholdings of the early English settlers. In 1680 over half the arable land was held by 175 large planters, each of whom held at least 60 slaves. The great planters had connections with the English aristocracy and great influence on Parliament. (In 1668 the West Indian sugar crop sold for £180,000 after customs of £18,000. Chesapeake tobacco earned £50,000 after customs of £75,000). So much land was devoted to sugar that most food had to be imported from New England. The poorer whites who were moved off the island went to the English Leeward Islands, or especially to Jamaica. In 1670, the Province of South Carolina was founded, when some of the surplus population again left Barbados. Other nations benefiting from large numbers of Barbadians included British Guiana and Panama.


The Clock Towers, Garrison

Barbados' Independence After being a British colony Barbados moved toward the institutionalization of an independent nation. 1834 saw the emancipation of slaves, 1944 saw women being allowed their constitutional right to vote and 1951, the year of universal adult suffrage. With the birth of the two-party system and a cabinet government during the 1950's, Barbados was well prepared for independence which was granted on November 30, 1966. Cave Shepherd Broad Street

The Old Broad Street

Bussa Statue


Picture Gallery


Nikki & Sylvester wedding October 2015 Mahogany Ridge St. James

Picture Gallery Jeanelle & Mark October 2015 Port Saint Charles & Mullings Community Center


Picture Gallery

Jomo & Dellon Faith Deliverance Tabernacle Church Baby Shower April 2016



Barbados Attractions HARRISON’S CAVE At the heart of Barbados lies one of its greatest wonders, Harrison Cave. Located in Saint Thomas, this breathtaking, crystallized limestone cavern is a testament to nature’s mastery. Flowing streams, pools of crystal clear water and towering columns. This is a wonderful place to visit with you family and friends. Have your special event in this beautiful cave and its surroundings. Website:

WELCHMAN HALL GULLY Welchman Hall Gully is a glittering jewel set in the heart of Barbados. This tropical hideaway is home to the wild moneys, the rain forest trees and delicate native plants. Walk along the shaded path. See how Barbados appeared to the first settlers. Watch the monkeys feed on a specially built platform, swing from vines and groom each other in the trees. Website:






DJ Ramon G A break out talent, natural skill and the party starter. The buzz is real and these are all phrases being used to describe the new kid on the block, DJ Ramon G.

Born October 20th, 1997, this young music enthusiast has been developing his craft for just over a year and is already making strides within the entertainment industry that it takes some years to accomplish. So where did it all begin for Ramon? When or how did this passion emerge?

Ramon is no stranger to music as he is a part of a very musically inclined family, the most notable being his uncle, soca king Michael “Mikey” Mercer. With his natural musical ear, it’s no wonder why people marvel and his ability to mix. Also in the mix to help hone his skills is DJ Tammy, his very helpful Godmother. Talk about knowing all the right people! This current Combermere student also admits that he owes a lot of his interest in DJing to fellow Combermerian Andre Parris, or as he is more popularly known, DJ Puffy. Style, skill and drive are the qualities of DJ Puffy that inspire Ramon. To date, DJ Ramon G has played at several secondary school fetes, backed soca superstar Mikey at a few events and rocked large crowds at numerous summer fetes and cruises including “Suspension,” “E.P.I.C” and the “Ras Gym Teen Cruise.” Though still a student "RamonG" has set his sights abroad, on regional and international success. You should pay attention to this rising star, it’s easy, just look up.


7 Simple Steps towards Planning Your Perfect Wedding Among other things like your baptism, the birth of your children and the day you met your significant other, your wedding is one of the best and most important days of your life. The tears, smiles and laughs, all the emotions of the day make all of the planning worth it and provide comfort after the months of stress. Although planning your wedding day may be a trying and at times exasperating experience, you should keep this fantastic end point in mind. You will remember this day for the rest of your life and so take care to make the most of your planning time! Coordinating all of the necessary components for your day can be quite difficult and so we’ve put together a 7 step plan to make sure your expectations are met and surpassed.

Step 1: Fixing the Date It seems obvious, but the importance of setting the right date for your wedding can’t be stressed enough. The date is especially important as several other factors revolve around it. These include: the venue, the attire (if you plan on hiring Wedding suits/dresses), and hiring a professional photographer. Furthermore, as your wedding is a day of celebration to be shared with friends and family, it’s essential that you take into account the availability of those loved ones who just can’t miss it.

Step 2: Working out Your Budget Even before you’ve even started planning, you should have a rough figure in mind which is within your financial scope. Traditionally and indeed for some families today, financing the wedding is the responsibility of the bride’s parents. If this is the case, then the finances will need to be managed by various parties to ensure that your budget isn’t exceeded. Dealing with the financial factors involved can cause unwelcome tension between the parties involved in the organization of the wedding, especially with the average wedding costing over $25, 000. Nevertheless, by monitoring and careful control of your budget, you can ensure that your expenditure doesn’t breach the price ceiling which you have set; thereby reducing the economic related stress which unfortunately surrounds most weddings. 37

Step 3: Choosing your Wedding and Reception Venue One of the first things which you should recognize when deciding on a wedding location is that there will most likely be two parts of your wedding to organize – the ceremony and the reception. Factors such as ease of transportation should be taken into account when planning to host your reception and ceremony at different locations (as is the case with most church weddings – the favorite of British Bride and Grooms to be). Some people plan their whole day around their dream wedding location, while others start with a blank page, nevertheless, you must not forget that the venue is thoroughly budget controlled and should not be a decision made lightly.

Step 4: Hiring a Professional Photographer It’s one of those days that you’ll remember, but having a physical memento of the occasion which lasts is something all newlyweds yearn for. Of course friends and family will have cameras themselves, but it’s great to know that you’ll have a lovely, professional photo of yourselves to look back on in the years to come. Three things to bear in mind: #1 – Don’t make the mistake of overlooking the photographers personality; take the time to find out about his work and personal life. #2 – Prioritize quantity over quality; that is to say that hiring a professional photographer for a few snaps is far better than having an amateur take shoddy pictures - you’ve only got one shot, literally! #3 – Avoid asking a friend; expecting a friend to produce professional results is an error which should be avoided, ask yourself: am I willing to look back at my wedding photographs with disappointment?

Step 5: Cake Time Planning in advance is key when it comes to your cake. It has to fit with your wedding theme and color scheme, whether that is the traditional tiered white cake, or a more alternative cupcake tree wedding cake. This element of planning can be a bit of fun and so make sure to invite friends, family and even the groom if he’s willing along to try the different options available – you want your guests to actually eat the cake after all!


Step 6: Wedding Invitations This can be a tricky process as not only do you need to decide on font, color scheme and bordering but also the invitees! Your service and reception venues will quote maximum numbers and so you may have to make unwanted sacrifices from the invitations list. Creating your own can be a difficult task which can be extremely time consuming. Using a professional company will let you remain at ease that your invitations will arrive on time, tailored to your specifications and appearing sleek and sophisticated.

Step 7: Getting Your Kit On The wedding gown is the focal point of the day. It’s the fairy-tale dress that she’s been dreaming of ever since Cinderella went to the ball and so make sure to start looking months in advance – therefore you can get all of the fittings sorted! Color scheme is again important here, ensure that all matches, especially the bridesmaid dresses. The Groom’s suit is also important but traditionally the neck tie provides the only flourish of color


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