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Now That We’re Together Before the day I met you I didn’t know how to be I didn’t know what real love was or what it meant to me But then as time went on I started to figure it out We got the chance to be with each other and find out what life was About I’m so glad I’ve got you there to hold me when I’m sad Now I know as long as you’re Around Life won’t ever seem that bad! Matt Yarbrough

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It’s no surprise that Jamaica is the top hot spot in the Caribbean for destination weddings. A destination wedding on the island is not only uniquely beautiful; it can be seamlessly planned by top bridal planners. By working closely with a wedding coordinator, couples can create the nuptials of their dreams. Jamaica is also ideal for destination weddings as the year round tropical weather allows brides to plan their wedding at any time of the year, and the variety of wedding services available on the island means that couples can find a package to suit almost any budget. According to, which is one of the top media outlets geared at providing information on weddings, 24 per cent of all weddings in the U.S. are destination weddings, and the average number of guests at these destination weddings is 86. The Wedding Channel survey for 2012 showed that the average length of stay for persons attending a destination wedding is six nights.

...there’s a Resort that fits the style of every wedding & honeymoon couple.

For Jamaica, approximately 18 per cent of its visitors indicate that they are coming to the island either to get married or to participate in a wedding. At the Jamaica Tourist Board, the bridal market is a recession-proof market. People continue to fall in love and want to get married in a wonderful location. The Jamaica Tourist Board continually promotes this market segment because there is still rich growth potential.

Say ‘I Do’ in Just 24 hours! The beauty of getting married in Jamaica is that couples can tie the knot in just 24 hours after arriving on island, provided an application for marriage license has been previously submitted. In order to apply for a marriage license, couples simply contact Jamaica’s Ministry of Justice ( Jamaica does not require couples to take a blood test in order to get married. However, the following documentation is required:

Each of Jamaica’s regions is sure to please. Only by experiencing will you know. Here’s a sneak preview: Montego Bay, The Complete Resort Montego Bay, or MoBay, as it’s more commonly known to Jamaicans, is the most popular resort area on the island. This energetic and stunning resort area, adorned with a bustling, colourful “hip strip” of shops and restaurants is home to world-class golf courses, many different types of resorts and hotels, historic great houses and a pulsating nightlife. Couples can river raft on the Martha Brae, explore the terrain on horseback, enjoy a value-added duty-free shopping experience or sunbathe on the celebrated Doctor’s Cave Beach, which is fed by mineral springs and said to have medicinal benefits. Seafaring couples will enjoy scuba diving, which is especially spectacular in the protected waters of Montego Bay Marine Park, with 10 square miles of coral reefs teeming with exotic fish. Music loving couples can enjoy the rhythmic sounds of reggae and jazz and blues with the annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in January, and the Reggae Sumfest Festival in July.

An additional distraction may have been the blaze of orange and purple that makes each sunset a cause for celebration.

Negril, The Capital of Casual Active honeymooners looking for exciting adventures can experience the exhilaration of cliff jumping among the coves or witness the magnificent, world-renowned sunsets at Rick’s Café. Relax on the famous Seven Mile Beach and North, South, East or West? groove to the rhythms of reggae brewing in the With more choices than any other destination background. in the Caribbean and six distinct resort areas including Negril, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, Negril is a favourite resort area known for Montego Bay, the South Coast and Kingston its natural beauty. It also has one of Jamaica’s - each resort area has its own distinctive vibe liveliest music scenes, with calypso beach and offers a unique experience for every type of barbecues and all-night dancing. According couple and their wedding guests. to legend, pirate Calico Jack Rackham and his followers were captured near Negril Harbour after consuming vast quantities of rum.

Christopher Columbus was likely talking about Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay when he declared Jamaica “the fairest island ever eyes beheld”. In the heart of the north-coast region of the island, guests discover a stimulating yet tranquil resort area that combines one of the Caribbean’s most popular ports-of-call with the splendid scenery of the surrounding garden parish of St. Ann.

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Proof of citizenship - certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name. Parent’s written consent if under 18 years of age. Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce). Certified copy of death certificate for widow or widower.

With quick and easy wedding requirements, seductive beaches, many beachfront hotels and resorts and lush natural beauty, Jamaica offers couples an ideal wedding and honeymoon all in one exotic locale. The sights, sounds, flavours and feel of a Jamaican destination wedding and honeymoon make memories for couples beginning their lives together. Best of all, when couples get married in Jamaica, their honeymoon is literally waiting at their feet.

Ocho Rios, The Centerpiece of Jamaica Ocho Rios also offers an array of picturesque botanical gardens for couples to embrace the island’s stunning natural beauty. Located in the middle of Jamaica’s northern coastline, Ocho Rios is a major port for cruise ships and offers many beautiful resorts and beaches. Often referred to as Ochi, Ocho Rios is home to one of the island’s much-photographed and best known natural attractions: Dunn’s River Falls, a dramatic 600-foot cascading waterfall which can be climbed by foot. Other special attractions include great shopping, craft markets, gorgeous gardens, swimming with dolphins at the exciting Dolphin Cove, a tour of Nine Miles, the birthplace of reggae legend Bob Marley, and the site of his mausoleum. Adventurous travelers can also experience a canopy tour, where you explore the forests of Ocho Rios via traverse lines.

Port Antonio, Naturally Picture-perfect Port Antonio has an unforgettable beauty and charm. Considered one of the most beautiful and tranquil towns in Jamaica, Port Antonio rests on the northeast side of the island. 11

Known for capturing the heart of Errol Flynn and present-day celebrities including Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, this quaint resort area brims with verdant foliage and majestic fauna. Couples will love the secluded villa-type hideaways, which are tucked amidst the lush forests. A few treasures include Reich Falls, Somerset Falls, San San Beach, Nonsuch Caves and for the culinary connoisseurs, Boston Bay serves up some of the best mouth-watering jerk cuisine on the island. Couples can also take a hiking expedition to glistening waterfalls and hidden caves, go rafting down the Rio Grande, which winds through hillside valleys and unspoiled nature, or take an excursion to the historic Maroon settlement of Moore Town. South Coast, Off the Beaten Track Couples looking for a laid-back vibe can discover another fascinating world as they venture off the beaten path to the South Coast. Dotted with fishing villages, miles of beaches, historic great houses and natural waterfalls, couples can also visit Lovers’ Leap and delight in the stunning view from the 1,600-foot cliff; cool off under the cascading waters of YS Falls; enjoy a safari boat tour up the Black River wetlands, home to over 100 species of birds; or blend their own rum at Appleton Estate. Satisfy that appetite after a long day and sample some tasty local seafood


including escoveitched fish and spicy peppered Many of the island’s accommodations offer a shrimp. number of wedding venue options for couples – from chic chapels to seaside gazebos – and With a rugged coastline, rambling hills, a river pride themselves on their ability to customize cutting through jungle wetlands, and a seaport their offerings to suit the vision of every couple. defined by elegant Georgian architecture, this resort area is intriguingly diverse. Guests in With little advance planning necessary, a couple’s search of privacy will find isolated beaches wedding day will be an effortless occasion. where the only footprints are their own. It Specially designed packages from hotels will suit doesn’t get any more romantic than that. any couple’s budget, and many include the cost for the minister, airport transfers, wedding cake Kingston, the Heartbeat of Jamaica and other special requests. A dedicated wedding As the capital of Jamaica, Kingston is the planner will also attend to the needs of couples “heartbeat” of the island. Couples can escape and will ensure a seamless planning process. to the modern, bustling city, which mixes old For a honeymoon retreat, all-inclusives are ideal and new, culture and commerce. Set against the if couples are looking for (usually) larger, seaside backdrop of the picturesque Blue Mountains, properties that feature every activity one can which produce some of the finest coffee in imagine. Small hotels and inns are a great choice the world, Kingston features the Bob Marley for couples seeking a more intimate experience. Museum, the National Gallery, and the Hope Botanical Gardens. Whatever your dining They will be able to talk to the owner of the choice, there’s an array of restaurants that property and get the inside scoop on the best includes Jamaican, Indian, Middle Eastern and Chinese. With a very hip nightlife, the capital is sites in the area. If couples are looking for real privacy, consider renting a fully staffed villa. where it’s at. Romance is all about the mood, and the surroundings that help create it. Jamaica’s Get a Room…With A View! Jamaica has a diverse collection of natural beauty provides the perfect complement accommodations, from traditional hotels and to the start of marital bliss. resorts to smaller, more intimate properties.

A Romantic Guide of Things to Do and Places to See… Exploration of the island unveils breathtaking vistas, pristine white-sand beaches, ocean scenery, and natural underwater spectacles. Mystic Mountain, Ocho Rios Spread over 100 acres, this environmentallyfriendly attraction provides ample opportunities to view the unique seaside and explore the tropical forest ecosystem. The Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain is modeled after the famous Jamaican bobsled team. The ride is powered by gravity and riders need only to push a foot-brake to release the bobsled down the track. Among the features of this environmentally friendly attraction: a state-ofthe-art chairlift, a bobsled coaster ride, an aerial tour and a Jamaican athletic heritage museum.

Chukka Caribbean Adventures, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios Chukka Caribbean Adventures operates a number of the wildest and most fun-filled excursions in the Caribbean. The variety of experiences include: Horse Back Ride n’ Swim, Zion “Bob Marley” Bus Line, 4x4 Off-Road Safaris, Jungle River Tubing, Zip line Canopy Tour, ATV, Bicycle, Hiking and Airboats. www.

Rafting on the Martha Brae, Falmouth Couples will take an exhilarating river ride on a 30-foot handmade bamboo raft while learning about the legend of Martha’s Gold that has been hidden away in a mysterious cave - yet to be discovered. The three mile raft ride is piloted by a trained “Raft Captain” who will gently glide the raft upstream through the verdant Jamaica countryside.

Dunn’s River Falls & Park, Ocho Rios Skilled guides lead adventurous visitors up the falls, where the view from the top is breathtaking. The cautious climber can walk alongside to observe the falls and friends. There is also an accessible beach located at the base of Dunn’s River Falls where the river meets the ocean.

Reich Falls, Port Antonio One of the most captivating natural wonders, Reich Falls is a short drive away from Port Antonio. The main falls pour into fresh, mountain spring water pools deep enough for diving, and a half-mile hike up the river through unspoiled rainforest leads to Mandingo Cave, a quarter-mile long cave with a whirlpool in the middle that’s ideal for wading.

Dolphin Cove, Ocho Rios & Lucea With locations in Ocho Rios and Lucea, visitors get a chance to swim with dolphins and sharks, interact with stingrays (barbs removed), captain a mini-boat or go glass bottom kayaking. Guests can also enjoy a splash in the turquoise ocean or relax on the white sand beach. Trained handlers provide a detailed orientation and education session, introducing participants to the world of the dolphins.

Golfing Golf-loving couples can choose from any of the island’s 12 world-class golf courses. The island’s courses include a breathtaking mix of lush green hills and views of the crystal blue Caribbean Sea. A few courses include: Cinnamon Hill, Half Moon, White Witch, Tryall and Ironshore Golf and Country Club.


Black River Safari, South Coast Experienced tour guides give guests an up close and personal visit with the famous Black River crocodiles via motorized canopied boats that launch up Jamaica’s longest navigable river and through what is Jamaica’s largest wetland area. Lush vegetation, over 100 different species of rare birdlife and knotted mangroves that hug the shoreline are all on display. Port Royal, Kingston Port Royal was the former pirate capital of the Caribbean with buccaneers like Blackbeard and Henry Morgan residing here. Visitors can check out Fort Charles or the Maritime Museum here then enjoy some of the best fish, bammy and festival in Kingston from the various eateries.

Unsure where to book your wedding or honeymoon? The Jamaica Tourist Board has an online concierge service called “Wendy” for couples to use when planning their dream wedding on the island. The online concierge ensures that visitors receive the best fit for each taste and budget. Couples can get to know the Jamaican love guru at or on Twitter at For more information or to book a wedding and/or honeymoon in Jamaica, go to www.visitjamaica. com.

Jamaica – Get All Right!

Bob Marley Museum, Kingston Bob Marley’s former Kingston residence and studio, this museum is one of the city’s most-visited attractions. Visitors learn all about the reggae legend here. Devon House, Kingston This restored colonial home was built in 1881 by George Stiebel, Jamaica’s first black millionaire. A guided tour shows off interesting antiques and shares the house’s storied past. Following your tour, treat yourself to the much enjoyed Devon House ice cream which was voted the fourth-best place in the world to eat ice cream by National Geographic.


Written by: Jamaica Tourist Board

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hite on white furnishings with sheer drapes framed the azure of the sea and sky creating the perfect backdrop to a fabulous entry way at the Trident Hotel. Arriving at the Trident Hotel stops the clock and resets it to “relaxation time”. You forget every worry while gazing from the lobby at the peaceful waters of the infinity pool that merge seamlessly with the steel blue waters of the sea. The deck off the lobby is littered with couches and chaises that just beg you to stop and spend just a few minutes that could turn into countless hours of writing, dozing or reading. Feels like coming home to that luxury apartment that lives only in your mind and you are surprised to find that someone stole your dream and made it more than a reality.


Located on the Anchovy main road, 7 minutes east of Port Antonio, 2 hours from Kingston and 3½ hours from Montego Bay, Trident boasts thirteen exclusive accommodations: Twelve - 1 bedroom villas (1 Studio Villa, 1 Junior Villa - A, 1 Junior Villa - B, 4 Junior Villa - C, 3 Deluxe Villa and 2 Shiprock Villa) and one 2 bedroom villa (Compass Villa).

Room Amenities King bed, room phone, cell phone with own dedicated number (inclusive of 20 minutes free local/international calls), mini bar/wet bar (at a cost), small fridge, 500 thread count sheets, cable TV, 46” LED Smart TV, iPod cradle, home theatre system, walk in closet, bathrobe and slippers, hair dryer, iron, ironing board, full maid service including evening turndown service, safe, shower, private terrace, heated plunge pool (except Studio Villa), indoor or outdoor bathtub (except Junior Villa A), outdoor shower (1 Shiprock Villa only), swimming pool (1 main pool), air conditioning, ceiling fan and WiFi indoor and outdoor (complimentary). All rooms enjoy ocean view and room service. Villa Amenities The Trident’s thirteen oceanfront villas are seductive, cloistered retreats that blend modernist design with an inspired take on 50s and 60s era artwork and décor. Residential in feel, the spacious, airy interiors flow organically between bedroom, bathroom, and living areas, while private terraces with soaking pools complete an environment of clean, conscious and very luxurious living. Each villa is appointed with hand-selected furnishings, accent pieces and original artwork complemented by a contemporary tropical aesthetic. An elegant simplicity and harmonized balance make the villas an ideal homeand-away habitat.


Trident Castle This location is a Twi-Hard’s fantasy come true. The opulent, ornate furnishings inside complement the natural beauty of Portland’s coastline. Although construction began on the castle in 1979, the architectural details are eighteenth century chic. One almost expects to see Edward (from the Twilight Movie Series) gliding down the main red-carpeted, wood paneled staircase. The location has been used for numerous weddings and parties as its courtyards, poolside, lawns and great halls lend themselves to magnificent events. Its eight classily themed bedrooms, majestic great hall and elegant drawing room have hosted Hollywood celebrities and locals alike.

Geejam Hotel Geejam, an insider escape, is located in San San, close to Port Antonio, in the parish of Portland, on the pristine shores of northeast Jamaica. While blending all the creature comforts of home, it’s very much a portal into authentic Jamaican culture. Nestled in the heart of the bush, this property’s seven double rooms, consist of three deluxe cabins, one suite, and a self-contained three-bedroom villa. Also included are a state-of-the art recording studio, spa, swimming pool (Sanwood villa only), gym and the bushbar (the property’s restaurant and bar), forming an exclusive universe within the natural beauty of the grounds. 18

Located on six acres of lush San San Estate, the property extends from the foothills of the John Crow and Blue Mountain chains to the Caribbean waterfront, thereby connecting a palette of greens to vibrant hues of blue and turquoise. Whether it is for a vacation, a recording session, a photo shoot, a wedding, a honeymoon or just a fleeting getaway, you are invited to taste this uniquely modern experience.

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hampagne is the traditional drink with which to toast the good health of the bride and groom. Many wine suppliers now stock a range of champagnes to suit various budgets but frequently, sparkling wine is chosen as a less expensive option. Brut champagne is very dry, while a demi-sec is sweeter. Less expensive alternatives include quality wines which may cost half the price. Sparkling wine is now very popular for toasts. If white wine is being drunk with the meal, it is acceptable to use the same wine for the toasts, but if the meal was accompanied by red wine, it would be appropriate to serve a different wine following the meal; perhaps Asti Spumante served well chilled or Moscato or Veuve du Vernay. A bottle will serve approximately six glasses. Champagne and white wines should be adequately chilled, ideal bottle temperature is between 5.50C and 90 C (420F and 480F) but two to three hours in cold water will suffice where no ice is available. Champagne should never be served ice cold and a suitable method of storage should be considered prior to serving. Red wines should be served at room temperature (two hours in a typical dining room atmosphere should suffice) and uncorked one hour prior to being served to allow for ‘breathing’. The preferred glasses include slender fluted and tulip-shaped.







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t’s that moment most women dream of: walking down the aisle in that Of course, we could not take our eyes off the Brazilian, Malaysian and fabulous gown to meet the love of your life – your husband-to-be. Peruvian Virgin Hair which became popular for those brides who wanted a bit of volume on their special day. These were definitely a talk and will Having the perfect hairstyle on your special day is just as important as be trending into 2014. having the perfect dress. As the old saying goes, “the beauty of a woman lies in her hair”, so on your wedding day, your hair should not stop short When choosing your hairstyle, select one that complements your face of being stunning. structure and works well with your gown. Brides with an oval face have the least worries. Just beware of bangs and having too much hair in your There are tons of subtle, timeless, dramatic & fun Wedding Hairstyle face. With a round face, go for volume and height. This will help lengthen Trends for 2014. Hair accessories are rocking: from the sparkling hair your face. For square faces, either layered, romantic and wispy, or up and jewelry and fascinators to the flamboyant cathedral or bird cage veils. heightened. A French twist for an up-do would be gorgeous. A sweep of hair across the brow is ideal for the heart-shaped face. Many hairstyles have made a huge comeback in 2013 and seem like they are not going to lose their position in 2014. The Ballerina Bun, The Vintage If you are unsure as to what will work for you, be sure to seek assistance Vixen, The Braids and The Chignon Bun were some that resurfaced and and recommendations from a trusted Hair Stylist and try out styles well seemed to have captured the heart of many brides. before your big day. Source:


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or the average woman, choosing a wedding dress can be both exhilarating and incredibly stressful. For a pregnant bride-to-be, the process can be just as exciting but also a bit more cumbersome. Not only do you need to find a gown in which you look stunning, but you have to dress your growing bump as well.

Although getting married while pregnant used to be considered taboo, this way of thinking is extremely outdated - not to mention extremely offensive to many people! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise: This is your day to shine and celebrate times two - you have both your marriage and your growing family to commemorate. To accommodate the many women who decide to get married while they are with child, there are now specially designed maternity wedding gowns made specifically for growing tummies, which can be a great option for a lot of ladies.

pregnancy glow!) It's also most cost-effective to get married in the second trimester as by the third trimester you will, more often than not, need a special maternity gown to fit your body properly. 2. Don’t Just Order the Next Size Up. Thousands of women have said to me that they’d just like to order a wedding gown in a larger size to accommodate their growing tummies. This, sadly, does not work. Clothing is designed to fit a woman’s curves: Whether size two or 24, the average woman has between an eight-to-12 inch difference between the largest part of her bust line, the smallest part of her waistline and the fullest part of her hips. Therefore, clothing is designed to adapt to the curves. This is the main reason why pregnant women cannot wear regular bridal gowns: As the baby is growing inside the torso thickens. The natural waist circumference increases…thereby the 8-12” difference from bust to waist is dramatically reduced. No more hourglass measurements. The basic contour or shape of a garment must be cut differently to be fuller around the middle. 3. Don’t Be Shocked About the Size Ordered Gowns are cut with only a 1” difference between sizes. I have experiences with customers pregnant and not, being very concerned that they normally wear a four but they were told to order a size six or eight in a wedding gown, and this is when they are NOT pregnant!

To help you along your way to finding, or designing, the perfect gown for you, here are my 10 top tips for This is because wedding gown designers use their own size charts bridal fashion when you're pregnant. that vary greatly from the sizes you find at general department stores. If you usually wear a six (35-27-35) eight (36-28-36) or 12 1. Wed in the Second Trimester (38-30-38), when pregnant your normal hourglass figure (no matter Beware of the first trimester when choosing your the size) shifts and the waistline measurement increases getting wedding date if you can: Gowns may fit you better, closer to the bust line measurement. Even if you are normally a size since you won't need to worry about a growing belly 10 and you needed to order a size 18 or 20, don’t be shocked — it quite as much, but dealing with morning sickness is not that much when you consider that your tummy is growing on your wedding day can really spoil the fun. The every day and six inches around the middle balanced all around isn’t second trimester is probably the best stage to tie the as huge as it sounds. So, do not worry about a number, it is knot: Your baby bump is just filling in and you tend to have more energy. (Plus, you'll have that beautiful always the fit that counts.


4. Get a Maternity Gown on a Budget If you know you're going to be seven-to-nine months pregnant at the wedding and a custom dress just isn't in your budget, there is a far less pricey option available to you. Often, bridesmaid dress manufacturers design maternity dresses and these work very well for pregnant brides. You can choose from traditional bridal colors like white and ivory, or you have the option to do something different and wear a trendy shade like blush or mint — whatever color speaks to you. Sometimes, you may need to add some additional lining, especially on white or ivory gowns, but this is typically far less expensive than designing a maternity wedding dress or special ordering in a maternity size. Use accessories to dress up your dress, like a luxurious veil, a jeweled brooch and gorgeous jewelry to really complete your look. 5. The Bust Line Measurement Matters Most The bust line can increase during pregnancy by several sizes depending on a woman's DNA. So, there is really no way to predict what size you will literally be from one week to the next. Sometimes ordering one or two sizes up will be okay, but not more — more than that and you are better off with a maternity dress so you can avoid having to do extensive alterations (which can cost you a great deal of money). The bust line is actually the most important measurement, as far as bridal gowns for pregnant women are concerned, in my opinion: If you are ordering a maternity bridesmaid gown, for example, and will wear it as your wedding gown, generally you only need to have your bust line measured. Your seamstress will already know how to adapt the girth of the garment, if needed. 6. Yes, You Can Be Comfortable! I have designed wedding gowns for pregnant actresses on TV shows and in movies and, to accommodate their shapes, we have made the basic body of the gown out of a gorgeous creamy color spandex, with a soft layer of either lace or chiffon as an overlay. This ensures that the belly is supported and the bride is comfortable, which should really be your foremost concern. Just add a beautiful veil and — VIOLA! — the bride looks stunning! 7. Have the Gown Made Without a Zipper Because wedding dresses are typically purchased many months in advance, your body will undoubtedly change from the time you choose your gown to the time you actually wear it on your big day. I suggest buying a custom wedding gown and ask that it be delivered to the store without the zipper actually sewn into the dress. This way, the seamstress can check your shape periodically and, as you approach the wedding, do her final adjustments on the shape of the dress to ensure it will fit perfectly. Your seamstress can actually "close" the garment with your zipper a day or two before the wedding. Yes, your body changes every day as you get closer to your due date so it's essential that you wait until as close as you can to the final fitting.


8. You Can Wear a Mermaid Gown… But It Will Cost You Most pregnant brides opt to wear an empire cut dress that’s fitted in the bust line and flows out down to the ground. But, you don’t need to be restricted to this one dress shape, your dress can be whatever you want it to be. If you want to wear a mermaid and show off the tummy, for example, just make sure you understand the tricks the seamstress will have to do in order for it to accommodate the bump (and don’t be surprised to spend several hundred dollars on alterations!) Not only will the mid-section have to be made bigger, but the fabrics may have to be in three layers: You’ll need to modify the lining, the base fabric of the gown (satin, typically) and then very likely the layer of lace and maybe even beading as well. That is a tedious job to do but it can be done! 9. Show a Little Skin While pregnancy has a way of making women want to cover up, you may want to show just a little bit of skin on your wedding day to avoid looking too stuffy. A lower, but still modest, neckline is a lovely way to give your look a romantic feel. Capped sleeves in lace are also a gorgeous way to frame a lower neckline and draw attention away from your belly to the detailing of your dress and up to your gorgeous face. 10. Wear White While outdated etiquette proclaimed that women with child shouldn’t wear white on their wedding days, this stipulation is long dead. Don’t worry about color — yes, you can wear white... despite what your traditional, opinionated aunt says. Personal preference rules the day!


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You If you’re not adventorous then maybe ruining your expensive dress with paint or dirt is not for you. Make sure you and your spouse are both comfortable with going through with this photoshoot. Find a way It's called trashing the dress and it's the latest twist in to relax and let your creativity flow; enjoy wearing wedding photography, or alternatively, anti-wedding your dress one last time in a fresh, liberating way. tradition. "Trash the dress", also known as "fearless bridal" or "rock the frock", is a style of wedding Your Dress photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an Choose a dress in a fabric that deals well with the underwater elements such as sand, dirt, saltwater, environment in which it is out of place. freshwater and waves. Dresses that include a lot of A trash the dress photoshoot does not have to take lace and intricate beading may not fare as well after place on the same day as the nuptials but can be brushing against rocks and branches. arranged days, weeks or even a year after the actual wedding day. Brides are known to get back into their Your Location fabulous dress for a final pose, albeit, this time the Whether it’s a walk through the woods, a swim in a pool or pond, at the beach, heading to a construction pose is more staged, yet fun. site, changing greasy car tires, paint throwing or Getting the best out of your trash the dress photoshoot wading through muddy puddles, make sure your location will photograph well and is ideal for the type is dependent of a few factors: t’s called the latest trend. It’s called crazy! Why would any bride after paying so much for a fabulous dress deliberately destroy or damage her dress?



of trash the dress photos you are hoping to achieve. Your Photographer While you are the one required to ‘rock’ the photoshoot your photographer should have an eye for what works and what doesn’t. Be sure your photographer is a professional and has had experience in executing this kind of photoshoot. However you decide to trash the dress –have fun and make it memorable!

Models: Sydne & Stephen Photographer: Christopher Fuller Source (extract): www.todaysbridesonline



groom’s cake is intended to be a gift from the bride to the groom. The groom's cake is usually dark (often chocolate or liquorsoaked) and designed with a nod toward what's traditionally considered "masculine" (i.e., no rosettes in sight). The groom's cake can serve many purposes, from dessert at the rehearsal dinner to an alternative choice to the bride's cake at the wedding. It's customary for the groom's cake to be displayed next to the bride's cake and later cut and put into boxes for guests to take home. Believe it or not, legend has it that single women are supposed to sleep with a slice under their pillow the same night they receive it and if they do, they'll dream of their future husband. Boxed slices of groom's cake can also serve as your wedding favors. If you go this route, take advantage of the opportunity to get creative with the packaging an additional way to reflect your bridal style. A current creative trend in groom's cakes is to have the cake reflect the groom's interests and hobbies. Whatever you decide, gifting your new husband with his own cake is something you should do because you want to not because you feel obligated.


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Keep in mind your theme, number of attendees coming to your event, venue size or venue restrictions as some venues may have contracts with certain caterers – therefore limiting your options of who you 6. can work with.

desserts and beverages, etc.). Have this list handy when you call to get quotes from different caterers.


Great caterers book fast. Start your search as 7. early as you can. If possible allow at least two months before your event.


Decide what you want a catering service to do. For example, do you want a caterer to only prepare and deliver the food or do you want them to set up the food and serve your attendees. 8.

Schedule an appointment with potential caterers to meet in person. If you can, ask them to have samples of the food for you to taste, and also take a look at their linens and decorations. (Note: there may be a tasting fee depending on the caterer, so ask them about this in advance.)



Decide on the type of meal service that will go best with your theme. Generally, you have three style options to choose from – cocktail style with hors d’oeuvres passed around by 9. waiters; buffet style, where guests serve themselves; or a sit-down service where guests are served at their seats.

Get price quotes from each caterer so you can compare prices.

Ask them how they plan to deliver the food to your event, and present your time frame for delivery and setup. You can also inquire about food storage and safety. Select the best caterer to meet both your budget and your event needs – that means, sometimes it’s worth it to pay more for better overall service.

Make a list of the items that you’d like to have 10. Confirm your guest list, Finalize the served at your event (appetizers, entrees, Contract and the Details

Photographer: Omar Spence




any modern brides have chosen to step away from old wedding traditions but there is just something that feels so romantic about adding old-world items and antique accents to your wedding day experience. From brooches and lace to burlap and pearls, many brides are incorporating a sense of tradition, history and romance into your wedding day with lace accents tied into your event decor. Bridal Dresses with elegant illusion necklines with lace and beaded appliques provide a stunning alternative to standard strapless gowns. Heirloom bouquets - instead of carrying a floral arrangement down the aisle, a vintage bride may carry a bouquet created out of family heirlooms. Spend your engagement collecting meaningful pieces from family & a few close friends to create a stunning statement piece. Unlike a traditional floral arrangement your bouquet will never fade and can be passed on to the next generation.


Textured linens and layers are in. Upgrade your table cloths, bistro table covers, napkins and ties to lush fabrics. At Petals and Promises we offer a variety of table covers in textured designs such as pin tucked, pinwheel, crushed taffeta, burlap, damasks, or other tone-on-tone designs. Trending colours this year are emerald, sea foam, mint green and blush pink. Instead of choosing two colors, brides are also opting for gradients…choosing a single colour and moving from light to darker hues within the same colour range. Tree sensation 
one of the highlights of an outdoor wedding is the natural beauty around you, strings of lights or lanterns in the trees; luminaries or torches consider adding unique touches to surrounding trees or structures for a greater visual impact. Paper lanterns are inexpensive and easy to embellish… great for indoor and outdoor. Vintage Car - A vintage car can add glamour and romantic mystique, that will provide a luxurious and elegant ride to and from your wedding ceremony and create a unique backdrop for photo opts for you and your guests.


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Event Planners


...turquoise + red wedding décor with ‘chevron design’ cake

Hello Beautiful! RANDY FENOLI Kingston Bridal Week 2013 EVENT COVERED BY

Photographers: Trica Bent Nicola McCalla Paul Slowley Omar Spence Christopher Fuller Bradley Graham Jordache Jones

Writers: Chevelle Campbell Racquel Ellis Charlene Chambers Yolanda Paul Damien Williams

Pre-Loved & Fabulous SUPER




“Pre-Loved”… Hmmm…this was new. I had never heard the term before and like a kid who just learnt a new word, I was running about repeating it to everyone. I picked up this phrase at the Bridal Dress Sale at Petals and Promises during Kingston Bridal Week . Petals and Promises used it to aptly describe a wedding dress that has been “previously loved” by one bride and is available to be loved by a new bride (i.e. brand-new-second-hand). Pre-loved dresses are not for everyone; like any other used item they are sold “as-is”. If you make the decision to consider purchasing a pre-loved dress, here are a few things to consider:


What’s your style? If you must be in the trendiest things at all times then a pre-loved dress may not even be on your radar. Unless you attend a wedding close to your own and buy the dress straight off the bride’s back, it is unlikely that you will find a pre-loved gown that is in season. If however, you are a fashionista that can rock any trend and make it look new, then go for the pre-loved rack.

How far away is your big day? If you have lots of time and decide to purchase a pre-loved dress, then any alterations necessary can be done with time to spare for cleaning. Since lots of time is relative, consider getting your dress no less than 4 months before your wedding: that gives you some time to get it altered, cleaned and after you shed those last five pounds that you really don’t need to lose anyway, to get it adjusted again (with the help of a really good seamstress who loves you a lot and will stay up late nights to get your dress to you on time).

Dress shopping should be a fun experience so make sure to share it with your personal cheerleaders who will tell you when you don’t look amazing in the most loving way possible. If you don’t have friends or family like that, make sure you don’t bring people with you who will be totally critical of every choice you make. The most unique group that I met at Petals and Promises’ dress sale was a set of friends determined to find the right dress for their friend who was not in the country. So the friend who was closest in size and shape to the bride-to-be tried on dress after dress, while the other friends snapped pictures and sent them to her real time. No final decisions were made on that day but the bride got a great view of the available dresses and was able to make a decision whether or not to visit on her return. Now those are some awesome friends!!

What is your dress budget? They can be ideal for the budget-savvy bride but budget shouldn’t force you to wear a dress that you don’t absolutely love.

The overall event was made extra special with complementary wine and chocolate for the brides to be and their guests. The gentlemen in attendance particularly appreciated the wine while they waited. Writer: Charlene Chevannes- Chambers Photographers: Tricia Bent & Nicole McCalla



Planning a wedding is no simple feat! If you don’t believe me, just ask the couple who always cringe at the memory of their wedding when they recall the many things that should have happened but didn’t. From applying for a marriage license to deciding where to snuggle with your “boo” on your honeymoon, there are quite a few things that need to be taken into consideration to make your special day a delightful one. That said, if you’re getting married soon and you did not attend Kingston Bridal Week’s (KBW) Bridal Retreat on Sunday, September 22, 2013, you missed an experience. Not to worry though, we will provide you with an idea of what you need to do make your special day filled with tears of joy rather than feelings of distress.

Ms. Hussey pointed out that Terra Nova’s reputation as the “perfect wedding venue…” is largely due to the passion and technique of their wedding coordinator Arlene Wynter who was trained overseas by Bridal Magazine and has been with the hotel for over 17 years. When asked about what sets Terra Nova apart from the competition, Ms Wynter stated that “At Terra Nova, the package is tastefully done and a hostess/ coordinator is provided”. The most impressive thing about Terra Nova, continued Ms. Wynter, is the “… personalized service we provide and the trust that emerges between the customers and the hotel staff ” as a result. Her advice to persons who are getting married – “…hire the right wedding coordinator, one who is trained and responsible”.

The use of a wedding coordinator cannot be overstated, as s/he is the architect who helps the couple to bring their wedding blueprint into a fantastic day with memories for a lifetime. This message was endorsed by Marguerite Anderson – co-owner of Petals and Promises – who in her presentation on the ‘The Wedding Coordinator – A Myth or a Must’ encouraged couples to get professional help to plan their wedding so that they can save time and money and eliminate stress. A total of 50 persons – 42 females and 8 males – This wedding coordinator needs to be someone who registered for the event. The Retreat was put on by is trustworthy and can catch the couple’s “…vision Kara-Ann Anderson and her team from Petals and in its entirety and make it happen”, emphasized Promises and was held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Anderson. hotel – the “Haven for Weddings” – according to Michelle Hussey, Terra Nova’s General Manager. 41 An all-day event that promised and delivered enlightening presentations on the “must know” aspects of getting married and honoured the audience’s presence with prizes, surprises and giveaways, the retreat was the first in the series of events for KBW. According to Stacey-Ann Mitchell, one of the attendees who will become Mrs. StaceyAnn Palmer in January 2014; “It (the Retreat) was great”.

No detail should go unchecked. For instance, did you know that there is a time span within which you need to say “I do”, for your marriage to be recognized under Jamaican law? Mr. Silvera Castro, Marriage Officer, and presenter of the topic “Now I’ve said ‘YES’ Licenses banned certificate”, pointed out that a marriage is legal if it occurs between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on your chosen day. While you need to apply for the license, Mr. Castro stated that if you know the Marriage Officer very well, he/she can excuse the marriage licenses and within 14 days publish your marriage bans.



To apply for your licenses, you need to take the relevant documents (i.e. your divorce papers (if any) and copy of ID) to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) where you will get two forms to complete and further information on what to do to obtain the license. Mr. Castro also pointed out to the brides-to-be need to manage their time instead of striving to be “fashionably late”. Finally, Mr. Castro advised that couples need to be considerate of Marriage Officers’ time, as some of them have up to five weddings in one day! It is therefore inconsiderate to keep them waiting because while they are waiting on the bride to show up, another bride may be getting nervous as to why the Officer has not shown up on time for the wedding. Couples, a word to the wise – be on time! I am sure that you would not want to be the one kept waiting on your special day!

wedding trends where she said couples will be using colours of teal, mint, gold, white, ivory, white and silver. Now to the cake! Will you go with the flow and choose the traditional fruit cake or break the mold and opt for a cake that you and your hubby-to-be actually like to eat? When it comes to “Selecting your Wedding Cake”, Teneisha Williams, CEO of Ma Cherie says “choose what you like” and “you can always almost get a cake for your budget. It’s the design that makes the difference”. She presented the audience with delectable samples of four different types of cakes. The attendees were simply delighted! Teneisha’s presentation was definitely a hit with Basilla Barnaby, another January 2014 bride, who described the Retreat as a “good experience especially the session on cakes…I wish I could stay…” as she hastened to fulfill her journalistic duties, covering the People’s National Party Conference. “A picture is worth a thousand words!” Marcia Roberts, in her presentation, “Dream in Colour – Wedding Photography”, encouraged couples to “let your colour match your personal style”. She reiterated her point by calling on a bride-to-be in the audience to showcase her unusual wedding colours of purple and turquoise. Marcia’s comment - “those colours coordinate well.” Moving on to shock the audience with her opinion that photo shop is overrated, Marcia empowered the attendees by giving them a photography question guide to help them choose a photographer. As a photographer who prides herself on always being on time, Marcia reminded brides to be early for their wedding, as being late is NOT fashionable or cool.

Now that the coordinator, venue and legalities have been dealt with, what’s next? Your wedding day is all about you looking good, capturing the moment and sharing your story with your guests. What should you wear – what’s in, what’s not? What cake will you choose? Who will take your photographs or video the day as it unfolds one moment at a time? What Krystal Clear made it “clear” that the days of capturing about your invitations? Where’s the money coming your special day on VHS is history. A family business with a strong heritage of changing with the times to from? What will life after the wedding look like? offer more contemporary options to their customers Let’s take these questions one at a time. With respect Krystal Clear’s message was “whatever you want, we to what to wear, Kara-Ann Anderson, as part of her listen to you”. With flexible and customized pricing presentation titled “Your dream in Color: Décor Tips methods, Krystal Clear costs their packages based on and Trends” treated the audience to a mini fashion the needs of couples. show where she showcased a variety of suit styles, gowns and bouquets. She also gave a preview of 2014

Our packages are like a “supermarket sale, the more options you take, the lesser the cost”, they stated. Do you have family overseas that are unable to attend the wedding for one reason or another? Krystal Clear has made distance a concept as they offer live streaming of your wedding so your relatives abroad can feel a part of your special day even though they are miles away. The company is committed to capture the things that are important to you in the form you choose – be it DVD, live streaming, mini movie or a wedding trailer! For most people, a wedding is a once in a lifetime event. Let Krystal Clear make it the most memorable moment for you! Invitations, invitations, invitations! Lisa and Marsha Riley of Pretty Little Designs said whether printed, electronic or a combination of both, their company specializes in creating one-of-a-kind invitations fuelled by their customers’ needs. Thinking of your invitation being made from banana paper or wood or shaped in the design of a fan? With Pretty Little Designs your invitation will stand out in appearance and content. The Rileys’ take their business seriously and their sole intent is to create a product that puts a smile of satisfaction on their customers’ faces. Lisa has been in the business for over 20 years. She is passionate about her craft and about making people happy. In Lisa’s words “I find it (designing invitations) relaxing and rewarding”. What does this tell you? Choose a person or company who loves what they do and has the expertise to make the invitation design in your head materialize electronically or on whatever material you select to ‘wow’ your guests with whom you intend to share your story.

WEC: Why was a Bridal Retreat used to kick start KBW 2013? Whichever category you find yourself, Sharon gave Kara: Brides need to know what to do and what the following advice for having sufficient funds for questions to ask so the Retreat was the ideal way to begin a week of events that would focus on many things your wedding: • Budget – understand the funds you have related to planning a wedding. available to spend and be disciplined and Kibwe: The Bridal Retreat (put on by Petals and realistic in your budgeting. • Have family and friends help in the process. Promises) usually happens two weeks after KBW. You can do this by opening an NCB special Kara suggested we bring it forward and it sounded like occasions account in which they can deposit a good idea, so we did. their contribution to the beginning of your life as a married couple. It just takes J$2,000 to open WEC: On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate today’s session? an NCB account. • Cut back on some things that might not be Kara: 10 (this she answered after getting a “definitely” necessary. For example, going to the hairdresser from one of the attendees whom she asked “did you every week or having a weekly manicure and enjoy the session?” That’s what the event was all about, pedicure. Do more homemade hand and foot our attendees finding it useful, she added. treatments. The Internet has a lot of self-help WEC: Why the term “Bridal Retreat” text or videos to help you do this! • Start saving early especially via standing orders Kara: Because our guests will be with us all day. The or salary deduction arrangements, where your only thing they won’t do here is sleep. savings reach the bank before you get it in your WEC: How did you become involved in Petals and Promises? hand. • Obtain and use an NCB Lovebird Keycard to Kara: Well, my mother-in-law’s mother got sick and gain travel points, if you plan to go overseas for she went overseas to care for her. She asked me your honeymoon. Plus you can get a free ticket to look after the business for one week and once I started I was hooked. I love it! if you rack up enough points. preparation where budgeting is very important.

Okay, so the wedding has ended and you and your husband are looking at forever together. What now? Kerice Mastera (newlywed) in her presentation “Filling up your Love Tank after the Big Day” gave some sound advice to the “Misses” who were waiting to become “Mrs”. Money! Money! Money! Twenty-seven years ago Opening her talk with a little story about the ‘man Gwen Guthrie reminded us that there can be “No mall’ and how females are always in pursuit of the romance without finance” and today her sentiments “perfect” mate, Kerice advised the women that there remain the same. In many cases today, yuh pockit is no such thing and they should therefore “Don’t try haffi ‘tall’ if you want your dream wedding. So where to change the model, work with it”. is your money coming from? Sharon Williams, Branch Manager of the Knutsford Branch of NCB So that was KBW’s Bridal Retreat in a nutshell. – one of the event’s main sponsors – came prepared Although the event got off to a late start, the smiles with a few tips. Ms. Williams advised that couples and positive responses of the attendees showed that planning to get married are in one of two modes – it was worth the time and effort. I asked Kara and Recovery, where they’ve already spent a significant Kibwe and here is what they had to say: amount of money; or Planning – the early stages of

WEC: Will you be hosting this event for KBW 2014? Kara: Yes. WEC: What will you change for KBW 2014, if anything? Kara: We will aim to get more brides/people to come and will have more interactive presentations. We will also include some more sessions that deal with other aspects of life after the wedding. See you next year when we, again, join KBW on their journey to enrich the lives of couples about to tie the knot or just thinking about doing it.

Writer: Racquel Ellis Photographer: Omar Spence


Kbw media launch So I asked nearby patrons who slurped the mixture, what it was exactly but none of them knew. I guess it was a part of the experience, we later learned that it was blueberry sorbet and trust me, it was worth the gamble!

new couples. It was time to link with the less formal aspects of the launch like the Winners of the Facebook Competitions and Alicia Chung was revealed as the Face of Kingston Bridal Week.

Father Brian from the Mustard Seed Community opened the evening with words of blessings for the week of events, and cleared the stage to welcome Keisha McDonald, the CEO of Kushite Restaurant. She said a few words about the vegan restaurant and its history and praised the Kingston Bridal Team A golden sunset illuminated the evening’s sky. The gentle for its efforts. She further said it was a pleasure to breeze ruffled the feather banners, of the numerous be a sponsor for such an auspicious week of events. sponsors, that lined the venue and paved the way for the red carpet entrance. The yellow lit NCB columns, framed Emcee Kara Anderson, called Kibwe McGann to the entrance-a subtle foretaste of the evening’s event. The the stage to speak to the media about Corporate luxurious red carpet led us into Kushite Vegetable Cuisine Social Responsibility. He spoke about the social Restaurant, where the Media Launch of Kingston Bridal conscience of the media and the content that Week was to be held. The venue was beautifully decorated we put out, especially about crime and negative with chandeliers, candles and lush greenery. Well dressed happenings. He then said a few words about the socialites, monks in long white robes and crouching Guest of Honour- Randy Fenoli, host of “Say Yes photographers in jeans, promised an interesting evening of to the Dress”. As Kibwe spoke about Randy and elegance. his knack for amazing dresses, he was soon flanked

Tshani Jaja of The Jamaica Yellow Pages, announced the Yellow Pages Dress Prize. She also announced that the Facebook Competition which featured cute, funny couples had found its winner. The Jamaica Yellow Pages out did themselves as they passed out yellow roses to all the females presentthis really warmed some hearts.


The event scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. started at 6 p.m. Jamaica time or more like 7:53 p.m, which seemed to add to the locality of the event, after all, it was Kingston Bridal Week. The screens projected highlights of last year’s event while waiters hustled around serving a purple and white mixture in tiny flasks garnished with mint leaves. The white creamy mixture had a taste which reminded me of plantains and the purple topping tasted like berries.

by two gorgeous girls in breathtaking bridal gowns from Petals and Promises. The two beauties donned elegant bustier embroidered wedding dresses, accentuated with glittery embellishments.

Maurice Bryan from the Courtleigh Hotels expressed his gratitude for being selected as a part of the venture and gave a little advertisement about the Courtleigh Hotels. The Bridal Market and Brides for Haiti events were the last to be discussed. The Bridal market boasted real discounts, as dresses go for as low as JA$9999. In that same breath of giving back, Mailpac locations were announced as the drop off point for the dresses whose proceeds would go towards Health and Education Charities in neighboring Haiti.

The patrons were served, as promised, with samples Belinda Williams from NCB offered solutions for of vegan cuisine. The media launch was a success grooms to be with scanty pockets, offering loans for and it was really great which had me anticipating wedding rings and even the big event. To sweeten the days to come and even next year’s event. the deal NCB even has insurance policies that Writer: Chevelle Campbell cover from wedding bands to the new residence of Photographer: Paul Slowley

movie premiere HIGHLIGHTS

Photographers: Jordache Jones & Christopher Fuller


black tie party


Glass and crystal ornaments decorated the white branches that paved the entrance. White leather sofas fitted into an all white contemporary and modern décor gave a hint about the evening’s proceedings. The magnificent runway lit with bright iridescent lights, overlooked the silver and clear plastic chairs and illuminated them, as they awaited their VIP guests. Long black dresses, matted powdered faces, the lingering smell of delicious hors d’oeuvres announced Kingston Bridal Week’s Black Tie Event. Black Tie was definitely the mode of dress for this event and as I browsed the area before the spectacular event got started, Face Forward was there to apply makeup to my bare face which completed the look.


event was bound to be fierce! Neat waiters in black bow ties and fitted vests from Goddard Catering, served the early patrons with shrimp and mango chutney, Jamaican bread pudding with rum sauce, chicken salads, vegetable sticks and delectable hors d’oeuvres served on the cutest little plates that looked like miniature crystal frying pans. Even the plastic knives and forks looked like fine silverware. Talk about class!

Kingston Bridal Week’s hosts and patrons were proving to be real Jamaicans as the guests casually walked in one by one and the venue was finally full at 8:30 for the 7pm event. With such beauty and elegance I was so enthralled, I just had to take it all in. The euphoria ended when I saw a gentleman in The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel was abuzz with patrons jeans and a few ladies who seemed to be wearing as Kingston Bridal Week was quite the attraction their after-party outfits. that brought in tons of visitors. The VIP Lounges looked stunning and there was one that was placed All in all the dress code was upheld and black atop a platform facing the stage, it looked rather was definitely the colour of the evening. I chatted regal and there was no guessing that the area was with Laura Butler, Managing Director of Fusion reserved for the man of the season, Randy Fenoli. Consulting Limited; she too was enjoying the pre show happenings, as she paused her spirited Models in tiny shorts ran in and out of the venue conversation with Brick and Lace member, Nailah as they tried to get a feel of the area before their Thorbourne, to talk with me. I asked how she big debut for some top Caribbean designers. ATL felt regarding the patrons’ attire and she gave a made its presence felt as one of the title sponsors sheepish smile, saying that for the most part she for the event as they had two of their trendiest cars was impressed, but some people just don’t know on display. The Black F Type Jaguar looked edgy any better, she was having a good time but was and its two door arrangement hinted at adventure. unimpressed with the late start. The red Audi A5 offered class and luxury for the whole family but with prices starting at over 6 I saw a lady smiling in a corner, the kind of smile a million dollars, the kids better not scratch it! This soon to be bride has and I went over to talk to her.

She told me she was looking forward to see Randy Fenoli and the bridal gowns and told me how much she enjoyed his show before offering to buy me a drink. I then asked, “Are you getting married?” she smiled and showed me her wedding ring. She then laughed and said; “I’m not getting married now, but I want my niece to be, even though she hasn’t found the gentleman as yet” It was indeed funny.

breathtakingly beautiful. The intricate designs on the jackets and the precise fit on the models told a story of first class tailoring. The peach suit was especially well received and the lovely line of men’s wear got a rousing round of applause from the audience. Suzie Lee’s Swimwear “Sweet Cheek”, showed a wide diversity and different uses of fabrics as she displayed cheeky and trendy designs.

As wine glasses clinked and the socialites mingled, time ran quickly then came to a paused at 9:50 p.m. when Randy Fenoli arrived. It was then that the event started. Music from hip hop and R&B divas continued to blare through the speakers as the Jamaica Yellow Pages unveiled its biggest surprise. It was yellow as the potentially new Bridal colour. The bridal gown was a tube top Cinderella fairy tale dress in sunshine yellow. The groom wore a bright yellow suit, accentuated with a greenish neon lining on the inside and out. As they exited, the bride tossed her bouquet in the audience, but ironically the audience seemed more frightened than pleasantly surprised, as they dodged it rather than clamoured to catch it. I guess they weren’t worried about being next in line because they were already married. I guess the bright yellow dress was not enough to keep our eyes opened. Next there was a parade of bathing suits from top Caribbean designers.

As the swimwear models left the stage, a young man wearing shiny pants and a loose fitting top made his way to the stage, he was introduced as Akino, a local contortionist. As he twisted himself into numerous shapes and unorthodox body formations, he showed further skill by passing his entire body through the head of a tennis racquet. His tricks and lissome moves amused many, but disturbed some as they wondered how his act fit into the show and also feared he may hurt himself. His routine was a bit lengthy and as time passed, people got more uneasy as his limberness made him seem boneless. His performance finally ended and he was applauded apparently for his bravery.

The audience didn’t seem particularly intrigued as grumbles became more louder as more models came out. Nealis, Designer of the Year for Caribbean Fashion Week 2007, showed her breezy line of dresses ranging from some risqué ones to comfortable African chic. Next on the runway was J Jolly Designs, who debuted her line with the Face of Kingston Bridal Week-Alissa Chung, who donned the stylish ensemble with a green visor cap. Escalles from the Terra Nova, showed us samples of their limited edition line. Blue striped shirts and shorts, white tees, grey leggings with one of a kind patterns and elegant casual wear exhumed luxury and class and a well received applause from the audience. Spokes apparel by Dexter Huxtable was not to be outdone, as his unique shades and textures of shiny grey and blue suits were

Roger Gary Designs were a move of bravery as well as he displayed haute couture swimwear designs in bright neon colours that shimmered in the light. Tight briefs on male models and one piece swimwear with Lady Gaga sleeves definitely got the attention of the crowd. Finally, the highlight of the evening came, as Randy Fenoli and the stunning bridal gowns from Petals and Promises embraced the stage. Randy wore a white blazer and blue pants. He joked about being a virgin to Jamaica, hence the reason for the white. The gowns were primarily white and ranged from short dresses to longer more traditional gowns. However it was the black and white lace dress which got the greatest reception. Randy and the models donning bridal gowns lined up for the final walk and for the many cameras to take their shots. He said a few words and as they left the stage, the night came to a close at 11:55 p.m. It was an awesome event and we look forward to next year which should be bigger and even better.

blacktie party

Writer: Chevelle Campbell Photographer: Christopher Fuller

randy’s p REsEnTation




I sat amidst the hum of excitement and the chatter of brides-to-be and their entourage, which permeated the room in which we sat at the Knutsford Court hotel, as we anxiously awaited the entrance of wedding fashion icon, Randy Fenoli. As I waited, I took the opportunity to have a quick chat with one of the brides-to-be Kristen Hutchinson (soon to be Kristen Hardie) and two members of her bridal party Sajeevika Amarakoon and Tandose Sambo. With much enthusiasm in answering the question why she attended the event, Kristen responded “I love his show. I am an addictive[sic] watcher and will be buying his book. I am excited to be here to hear Randy’s advice on types of dresses and so on. I plan to leave with Randy’s photograph!” For those of you who religiously watch TLC’s programmes “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Randy to the Rescue”, then you can identify with just how these women felt as they anticipated Randy’s arrival. Needless to say, when Randy stepped through the door, there were shrieks of pleasure, applauses and smiles as broad as they were everlasting, erupting around him. Randy exuded confidence and style! As he stepped to the podium and took the microphone, what do you think were the first words that came out of his mouth? Of course, you got it! In true Randy style, he said “Hello Beautiful” and the audience erupted in shouts of approval, some of whom responded to him with the same greeting.


Randy bonded with the audience by beginning the session with comments about his love for Jamaica, its people and its food. He enjoyed meals of jerked chicken and “ackay”[his accented version of ackee – Jamaica’s national fruit which is part of its popular dish] and saltfish and will definitely return for second, third and more visits. Throughout his presentation, several things became clear: Randy absolutely loves what he does; he believes that beauty is beyond skin-deep, he knows women’s bodies, he loves the camera and the camera loves him. I have never attended a session where in mid-stream the presenter stops to pose for photographs. According to Randy, “I love the press. You might as well give them a good shot. There is nothing worse than a bad photograph”. Randy began his story by giving us an insight into his childhood experiences and his journey to the point where he is at now in his life. He is the last child – or “wash belly “in Jamaican lingo – of seven boys. He grew up on a farm, an experience he hated so much so that he tried to run away five times! His big break came when his mother a home health nurse decided to purchase a sewing machine to sew garments and make extra money. When his mother took home the machine, she told him “Don’t touch my good machine. Don’t touch my good fabric and don’t touch my good scissors”. Although he heard his mother’s advice, he realized that his mother could not sew to save her life so one day at age 9; he took her patterns and made his mother a dress.

When his mother came home from work the evening • and saw the dress, she enquired about its maker only to find out that it was made by Randy. She tried the dress and it fit her perfectly. What do you think she did next? The next day she brought home a piece of material and asked Randy to make a skirt. Thus began the journey of Randy into fashion and the rest, as they say, is history. Leaving his farm life behind at age 16 Randy moved to New York City where he worked as a hairdresser, make-up artist and an entertainer. In his third semester at the Fashion Institute of Technology, he entered a bridal wear competition designed for 4th to 8th semester students. Not knowing that all the designs they chose belonged to one person, the judge chose all 5 of his designs! He was then hired by Vivian Dessi Diamond to design and create bridal wear. He invested his money in real estate until he got enough money to set up his own business in New Orleans. Unfortunately, Katrina destroyed that dream, and, Randy returned to New York to work for Kleinfield as a Fashion Director – a position specially created for him.

Which gown is right for your “body type”? Do you know your body type? Randy showed pictures of 12 body types – cornet, lollipop, skittle, column, bell, goblet, vase, pear, brick, cello, apple, hourglass – and advised “Don’t let anyone compare you to a fruit”. Don’t let anyone select you based on stereotypical body types. Ask the question, where do you carry your weight? If you’re fuller on the top, add volume to the bottom. If you’re fuller on the bottom, add volume to the top and if you’re fuller in the middle choose styles that hide or give an illusion of a flat middle. Don’t go with the trend or the ‘name brand’ if it does not tell your story or suit your body type/ style. There are many trends but the real trend is that you can look any way you want to, based on your story, once you’ve found your location. Choose a dress that showcases who you are!

5. Don’t choose a bouquet bigger than your head! Keep it simple. Kate, wife of Prince William is considered the best dressed bride ever, according to Randy. She kept it simple and beautiful. 6. Make your bridesmaids look good too! Bridesmaids are your friends. They should look good too. Why does Randy do what he does? “It’s all about love and I do this because I believe in the power of clothing”, Randy stated. He recounted a story where Oprah Winfrey gave some gifts, including clothes, to children in Africa. When asked which of the gifts they loved the most, the children said they loved the uniforms the most because it did not make them feel poor. Therefore , “clothes make us feel good”, said Randy.

Randy’s Final Comments “It’s all about perspective”, shared Randy. Planning a wedding is like life, he continued. You either throw your hands up and enjoy it or choose to put your head Randy’s Rules 1. There is no such thing as a “bridezilla”. “I don’t over the side and puke. Randy chose to overcome believe in them”, he emphatically stated. “There’s just the physical abuse of his father and the seemingly a woman who wants to look beautiful on her day and dead end future of the farm to become renowned for helping women to look and feel beautiful when they wants for everything to be perfect”, he continued. take the first step of the most important journey of 2. Who should you bring to your bridal appointment? their lives. While there are no defined rules, in terms of the number, brides-to-be should choose the people Randy closed his presentation by thanking the who matter and those who have their best interests audience for their avid attention and led them into at heart. Additionally, whoever you choose to carry, repeatedly saying the statement “I am Beautiful… make sure that you’ve communicated to them how Inside out. That’s what makes you beautiful”, he concluded. much you plan to spend on the dress.

Randy’s philosophy? “It’s all about being beautiful. I will never crush a woman’s dreams, no matter how bad the dress looks”, Randy shared. He also exposed the audience to his mantra – the 3 E’s: • Educate – this is the foundation of our society. • Elevate – many women have body image issues and don’t feel good about themselves • Empower – feel good walking down the aisle 3. Wear clean underwear for your bridal appointment. and through life Seriously? Yes, seriously. Randy on Finding the Perfect Dress According to Randy, your wedding dress choice 4. Accessories – buy wedding shoes that you will wear again. Most times people won’t even see your should be informed by the following: shoes. Accessories will either elevate or depreciate • What is this wedding about? What is your story? your look. When buying an accessory, ask yourself the question – is this accessory making me look more Choose a dress that helps to tell your story. • Location – where will the wedding be held? This beautiful? Don’t add more for adding more sake, will determine the type of material the dress check how it looks. Will it help to tell your story or should be made of. For example, if you will be detract from it? traveling to another country to get married, lace packs well.

What’s Next for Randy? Well, sadly his show Randy to the Rescue won’t get a season three. Yes, I know you’re disappointed but don’t give up hope. Randy has proposed a new show to TLC and they may be shooting a pilot in Spring 2014. Look out for Randy’s new show and don’t give up your dreams for your perfect wedding. Randy has brought you even closer to that dream!

Writer: Racquel Ellis Photographer: Tricia Bent & Nicole McCalla


bridal market



Unless you are running a business via Twitter, What’s Trending Now isn’t all that important. When it comes to your wedding day décor, cake selection etc, you may want to be aware of the trends so that you can decide what best suits your needs. However, trend should not be your only deciding factor. A trend is anything that is currently popular which equates to “everybody’s doing it.” There is nothing like feeling special and standing out from the crowd on your big day. Using trends wisely include finding out what is happening. During the early / pre-planning phase of your event, use the Internet, current stylebooks and visit similar events and trade shows like the recently held Kingston Bridal Week to determine what the trends are in your area as well as internationally. For Jamaica, our wedding trends tend to follow closely behind what happens in the United States.

Writer: Charlene Chevannes-Chambers Photographer: Tricia Bent, Nicole McCalla, Omar Spence, & Jordache Jones

position as the go to trend in décor. Over-the-top dramatic table-scapes with candles and lots of crystal garlands are right next in line depending on your personal style. While textured tablecloths have been in vogue for the past two to three years and that trend is consistent, mirrors and crystal chandeliers are also being used to create dramatic layered designs. Cakes: Once again, over-the-top with lots of bling is in! Decorating tiers of faux cake to create that dramatic effect has been in for some time, and that trend continues. Why settle for a 2-tier cake when you can have three additional faux layers to highlight your blinged out monogram cake topper? Do not forget the cupcake wave that is gaining momentum. We have seen cupcakes used as centerpieces to give a whimsical feel to the event then persons can munch on them when it is all over.

With Ease Catalogue visited Kingston Bridal Week Flowers: Orchids and Hydrangeas are in; they to get an idea of what is trending in the wedding add volume/body to a bouquet and are perfect for creating affordable high-impact centrepieces. Roses marketplace. however are timeless and irreplaceable especially Colour trends: For 2013/2014, event designers in bridal bouquets. Remember that most live/real report that the trend they are getting in terms of flowers can be re-colored to match your theme. requests from brides is towards pastels; light blues, pinks, mints, sea foam greens. Interestingly, the Trending isn’t totally a bad thing. It may even colours on display were vibrant variations of these; guarantee (to some extent) that what you are there were pops of pink and deep greens, royal looking for is readily available. Nevertheless, we agree with Kara Anderson, Creative Director of purples, and canary yellows. Petals and Promises, who said, “Why follow trends? Décor Trends: Simple elegance is maintaining its Don’t follow trends, it’s your wedding, choose your colors, and make it a trend”

t aOFs t e kingston No wedding is complete without a menu, which matches your desired tastes, wedding theme and guests. This year at Kingston Bridal Week, I had the pleasure of speaking with persons whose companies are ready to provide you with a tantalizing feast on your special day. My taste buds were aroused by the delectable treats I sampled!

sweetness fused with just enough spice from the chili, to make it a pleasant and enjoyable dish. But don’t worry folks, Cuisine Management assured me that while Jamaican dishes are their specialty, they are able to prepare any international cuisine and guarantee a savory and delightful execution! I believe they can pull it off.

“Mouth watering, delicious, wow factor” were the three phrases Glen Watkis used to describe the scrumptious meals his company had prepared. Cuisine Management Services Ltd has transcended the boundaries of just a simple canteen providing “quality food for hospitals,” to a full service catering company for any event. I must admit that while interviewing Glen, who was explaining more about their specialties like deboned curry goat and sweet potato pudding, I was distracted. The piquant aroma of spices, which emanated from Cuisine Management’s fish in chardonnay white wine sauce, caught me completely off guard!

Jadhai’s Gourmet Delight introduced me to a world of pasta goodness! Their Italian-Jamaican fused dishes can be quite a treat for those couples interested in incorporating another cuisine to their menu. Shauna McNab admitted that while her company is home based and she cooks to order, she believes that “our fusion is what makes it [the dishes] different.” She prides herself on making the best lasagna and I put her to the test!

I was presented with a plate of rice and peas, a healthy mix of sautéed vegetables, chicken in a sweet chili sauce and fish in a white wine sauce. I, ravenously, tried the fish first. Each slice was evenly cut and cooked to absolute perfection – not overdone. The fish itself was succulent and no one flavor overpowered the other. It was the perfect balance of spices and alcohol. Their sweet chili chicken had me tempted to chew on the bone. Yes, you heard right! That is when you know that it is well-seasoned and properly cooked; when you just want to spare no part. The chicken was moist, easy to peel off of the bones and my taste buds exploded at the initial

She served me quite the slice of callaloo lasagna. I was a bit hesitant, as I feared that this was a crazy mix, but I dug in. The lasagna skin was soft, not overcooked and definitely not hard or burnt on the outside (a good sign). My fork cut easily through it and I was pleasantly surprised to see the wealth of cheesy goodness that I believe any lasagna should have. The callaloo was well cooked and blended nicely with the fresh herbs and a variety of cheeses. There was a pleasant undertoned sweetness, which lingered on the tongue after the first bite. It left me wanting more! What is dinner without dessert? I have always found that we love traditional fruitcake for weddings. Fay’s Sweet Treasures homemade fruitcake is definitely a desert to invest in.

This mother-daughter partnership sees Mum handling the baking while Dayna deals with the business aspect. “What is a wedding without fruit cake?” laughed Dayna as she explained how this home-based business came into being. Dayna admitted that she wanted to branch out into different ways of presenting cake souvenirs. “It’s about blending the old (traditional cake) and the new (different cake presentations).” She showed me her display of traditional wedding cake designs, fruitcake cupcakes and even fruitcake lollipops. I was curious as to what made her cakes different from any one else’s. She replied by handing me a sample. As I unwrapped the cake, I was hit by the delightful smell of fruits, well-soaked in wine, which permeated them to their core. The moisture, which hit my tongue, was enthralling. I felt the love and homemade care Fay meted out in making these fantastic cakes! But dessert doesn’t only mean cake. Fruits are a new trend at weddings and even as gifts for birthdays and other occasions. One can get a fresh fruit centerpiece for their guests to munch on while they wait on the wedding party or until dinner is served. It’s a healthy, unique touch to your wedding theme. Fruit Blossoms is a small business, about three years old, and is keen on serving up some fruit goodness to Jamaica. Fresh fruit displays, fruit lollies and even alcohol infused fruit lollies can be delectable, decadent treats at your wedding. “We incorporate all fruits signature to Jamaica and that makes these fruit displays so unique,” beamed Kadeen. “Try this!” she said as she handed me a fruit icicle, “you will like it!” And love it, I did! This frozen fruity treat aroused my senses as I unwrapped it. The smell of fresh fruits and the tanginess from the orange enticed my taste buds. Perhaps I was a bit greedy for more of this fruity sensation, but in retrospect the brain freeze was worth it! Healthy and different are two words to sum up Flavours Express’ fresh fruit smoothies! These blends can be excellent treats for kids and adults at any wedding, especially if your guests are all about leading a healthy eating lifestyle! Chris Palmer’s mobile frozen beverage service started off as simply a Friday corporate event. His blends were such a hit that his business has now expanded to catering at parties. An entrepreneur at heart, he enthusiastically discussed his futuristic plans - of packaging these smoothies and making them available at stores – while handing me samples of his blends. I absentmindedly sipped on the first blend and I was instantly enraptured into a state of euphoria. The sweetness of the pineapple juice mingled with the thickness of the blended bananas was indeed a Tropical Explosion you should try! But it was the smooth rush of flavours from the Mango Jack Cruise that won my taste buds. This blend is perfect by itself and could be spiced up with some rum for the more adventurous tasters! Talk about palatable seduction - taste of Kingston brought exactly that!

Writer: Yolanda Paul Photographers: Tricia Bent, Nicole McCalla & Bradley Graham


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Jamaica Bridal Expo 2013


Renée Strauss “A Match Made in Mobay”

Event covered by: Writer - Damien Williams Photographer - Christopher Fuller

The With Ease Catalogue (WEC) Jamaica team arrived at the tastefully decorated Montego Bay Convention Centre about forty-five minutes before the day’s proceedings were scheduled to start. After all as the ones responsible for the publication of the event magazine, we could not have shown up Jamaica time! The bamboo, bougainvillea, croton and assortment of tropical flora joined the symphony of a steel pan orchestra to create that welcoming island feel. We then made our way into the room where vendors had their booths displayed. It took me a while to pick my jaw up off the floor. It was sheer opulence!!! Cascading floral arrangements; beautifully decorated cakes, some looking like floral arrangements; chocolate treats exquisitely displayed; majestic hues of fuchsia, teal, green, salmon, magenta; champagne fizzed in glasses held by dainty ladies on stilts, mincing pass from booth to booth. And of course, what wedding expo would be complete without wedding dresses? There were some amazing pieces from Bliss Bridals. Tai Flora’s floral booth stole my breath. There was a feel of transcendence – I was transported into a magical wonderland and I am not easily impressed. My first stop for sampling was at the Appleton counter. The concoction of Appleton estate rum, some fruity flavourings and suspicion of nutmeg was simply sinful and I was most happy to indulge. Before I realized, I was on my third glass. By this, the cocktail had snuck passed my taste buds and into my pleasure pathways – releasing tons of serotonin between the synapses. I was fired up and ready for the day. The DJ kept patrons’ feet shuffling to an eclectic mix of Caribbean and international popular music – some that made the waistline roll a bit. I noticed some of our friends from the North making yeoman efforts to catch the rhythm. It was evident that they were really into it. A lively emcee kept the mingling crowd entertained with his animated personality, a few jokes and many samplings (a tad too many) of his vocal ability. One husband-to-be won a bottle of wine compliments of Moet as the only husband present doing bridal shopping, while the future Mrs. was busy at work back in Kingston at the University Hospital of the

West Indies. The emcee tried desperately to get them to express freely & publicly their love for each other (on speaker phone). But you know us Caribbean people and our apparent aversion to expressing love verbally… It was cute to watch the husband to be convolute into a ball of shyness as he told his spouse he loves her. There were even games. I participated. I would have won. Alas, my partner seemed a conservative, Christian woman and cost me the grand prize because she refused to fold her legs around my waist as we tried desperately to stand on a small piece of newspaper without any part of our feet overlapping, as we danced until the DJ stopped the music. We were knocked out in the third round. *pouts* Meanwhile, the liquor kept flowing as was the food and decadent chocolate treats. I had scotch bonnet flavoured chocolate. Yes, you read correctly. Scotch Bonnet as in that pepper that is an explosion of fire and is omnipresent in Jamaican cuisine. Smooth, sweet with a hint of tang and that signature explosive heat at the back of your tongue and all that chocolate-y goodness! Hmmmmmm! I am reliving the experience just writing about it. Then, there was the formal opening session: invocation, speeches from the Jamaica Tourist Board; CEO of the Montego Bay Convention Centre; Peter Shoucair, producer of the expo and other sponsors. And, of-course, the guest of honour, a feisty, fiery, ebullient, 5’ 2” (approximately) redhead, Renée Strauss. She was a bundle of light and life and laughter as she gave a spirited presentation on the makings of a memorable wedding, which was evidently wellreceived. One of the things she shared was that she observed that there is more heart and soul here, in Jamaica, than anywhere else in the world that she had ever visited. She commended the wide variety of beautiful flowers found here on the island and said she recently did an event in Canada, where there was an overwhelming desire, by participants, to get married in Jamaica. She was so warm and down-to-earth; walking around hugging

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and greeting everyone – WITHOUT SECURITY WEC: Would you recommend Jamaica as a destination DETAIL OR ENTOURAGE! At one point she was on wedding spot? Renée: It is number one! Absolutely! EVERYTHING is the floor engaging with a toddler. here: location, flowers, natural lighting, climate. For those of you who do not know, Renée Strauss is an internationally renowned bridal stylist to the stars WEC: Five words that best describe Renee are…? and royalty, having done a wedding at the Vatican, Renée: Well, they are six words, actually: “The Best Is Rome and over thirty years experience in the wedding Yet To Come!” industry. Renée is also host of hit TV show on TLC, Brides of Beverly Hills. She was the wedding stylist WEC: Top three pieces of advice you’d give to a on classics such as “Runaway Bride”, “Father of the prospective bride? Bride” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and she has Renée: Enjoy the moment because it goes very quickly; worked on countless other Hollywood productions. stay true to yourself because when you merge two Hers is a long and impressive list of celebrity clients, families there will be confusion; do not lose YOU!; which include: Racquel Welsh, Paula Abdul, Vivica A. and, work with professionals. Then you can fulfill your Fox, Eva La Rue and Heather Locklear. One can only wedding fantasy. speak of this phenomenal human being in superlative terms. There was an authentic warmth that emanated WEC: Would you come to Jamaica again? from her. The most exciting part of the day was my Renée: I hope I am blessed with the opportunity to come sit down with the incomparable, expert and gorgeous, again. It is truly amazing. Renée Straus. Renée shared with me that she had visited Jamaica WEC: Renée, it is such a delight to finally meet (in before, when she was sixteen. She came and spent person) and thanks for agreeing to this sit down. I the summer in Kingston. Back then, she came as a missionary but before me she sat as bridal stylist promise not to be long… extraordinaire. She must have carried with her Renée: Not a problem. Take all the time you need. I am those virtues of humility, love and kindness that are expected of Christians. She certainly oozed same. here. You have my attention… We shared a light moment and that eased the tension a bit. She certainly is proficient in dealing with the You may contact Renee via her website: http://www. media. I mean, she is a celebrity and must’ve had or like her on Facebook: https:// myriad experiences in handling media and interviews. Oh, WAIT!!!! Did I tell you that there was a wedding on that day, hosted as part of the bridal expo? No? Well, there was a good good wedding: Bride in fancy dan-dan; groom, well tuxed out; minister; family and friends; rings; vows and a reception too. And, I guess the wedding bug bit somebody because one of the models of the men’s wear proposed to his girlfriend, before a cooing crowd. There was the proverbial getWEC: How would you describe your Jamaican down-on-one-knee and girlfriend covering face and that one teardrop, streaming down the right cheek. experience so far? Renée: Deep! Fulfilling! Exhilarating! There is a palpable Yes, it was high drama. I don’t remember if she said connection. You can feel it in the people’s connection to “Yes!” but she certainly did take the ring. Hopefully, theirs will be the wedding at next year’s hosting of the their culture. I feel at home. Jamaica Bridal Expo! WEC: What made you choose weddings? Renée: When you work in the wedding industry and fall in love with what you do, it is easy to give yourself to it. I fell in love with the whole business of weddings; seeing a couple happy. I started out in the catering business and we would do weddings… the best part of it is seeing the smiles of a satisfied client.



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Balancing Marriage, Full Time Job & Parenthood

WEC: There is no doubt that being a mom is WEC: Does your work affect your role as a a full time job, how do you make it easier to mom? If yes, in what way? handle with your career & role as a wife? Emprezz: My work can conflict with Emprezz: Not sure if I have managed the art of motherhood because I have to be out and about making it easier. It’s my first time as a wife and a lot. I sometimes feel that I may not be spending a mother so I am learning as I go. I have been enough time with my son, but with a two-parent able to continue working full time; however it is household and the great husband I have, when I a lot harder with the additional responsibilities. am not there he is, so it all works out. I try to be more organized, although I am a lot more tired every day. I have programmed my WEC: How important do you think family mind that this is my responsibility and duty and support is in maintaining a balance with work, I have to make it work no matter what. I can’t marriage and parenthood? break, I tell myself that I am made for this and therefore I execute all three with passion and Emprezz: Family is KEY! Newlyweds and new drive. parents need aunts, uncles, grandparents and close friends around to offer support in all areas. WEC: Do you believe an individual should This is paramount! reach a particular age before considering marriage? WEC: Many couples after getting married, make no time for dating their spouse. How Emprezz: Oh yes for sure. I travelled the world important is a ‘date night’? and gained experiences in many aspects of life before I got married. I am now ready for this Emprezz: HAHAA OMG, this is such a good new and exciting phase and have no regrets that question. My husband and I find it difficult for I ‘missed out’ on anything. One should finish just the two of us to have' our time' with a young their education, experience the world, then they baby. We went out the other night and danced are ready to take the ‘next step’. till was most refreshing.



However our “Date Nights” seem to be much better when our son is with us. Our love is so much stronger with him in our lives… He makes us laugh. He reminds us of our love and union. He inspires us. He reminds us what true love, dedication and commitment is. He motivates us! WEC: Many couples go into marriage thinking that the unsolved issues they have will automatically be solved with “tying the knot”. What advice do you have to give to such individuals? Emprezz: “Tying the knot” I believe changes everything because it is saying, I now share my life with you. We are now committed. We are now two individuals living as one. Therefore, it should solve the issues if the idea is that I will listen to you, I will respect you, I will be honest with you and I will make sacrifices for you. I must say though, that if the person has personality traits and mental issues they may not go away. One should be willing to live with it and if they can’t then they shouldn’t get married ‘expecting’ that it will all change. You have to understand the moral principal that drives your partner and be honest in asking if the two of you are compatible before "tying the knot".

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hen the honeymoon is over and the wedding gifts are unpacked the real marriage begins. We no longer have the party feeling and the vacation is over and guess what? Your partner is not going home to his/her apartment. For many newly-weds who never lived together this can be very unsettling. Living together is a big adjustment and it requires plenty of patience and certainly can take the shine off the honeymoon. So how do we keep the flame alive among the dirty dishes and the laundry? First of all you have to get rid of the fantasy and myth that you have been believing and realize that you are the one who makes the magic. You have to become your partner’s love genie. Keep the romance alive in your marriage by paying attention. Typically when we think of romance we think of women and we think of chocolates, wine and roses. What about romance and men?

KEEPING THE SPICE IN YOUR MARRIAGE … love and intimacy from honeymoon and beyond

It may be a little different for a man this doesn't mean that men don't appreciate the wine and chocolate type of romance but you may have to do something less run of the mill for your man to feel special. Begin with compliments let your partner know when they have done a good job. If it's something you would like them to do again let them know how much it means to you that s/he takes care of the little things. Psychologists say it takes 15 compliments in a day to make the average human being feel happy. Shower your partner with compliments that are genuine. First of all, men like it when their women dress attractively, keep fit and are pleasant and women like the same in their men. So make a special effort to wear the outfit that your partner likes or wear your hair the way that s/he prefers. Throw out the baggy T shirts and droopy briefs, these are definitely not sexy. Stop saying they’re comfortable, track suits are comfortable, but they sure aren’t sexy. Get some cheap and cheerful lingere for you and yours and have fun taking it off. Second, send your partner love notes, s(t)ext messages and hide little love notes in his/her briefcase or shirt pocket. If your partner is travelling during this season you can tuck little notes inside the shirts and socks s/he will be wearing while they are gone. Your partner will enjoy the anticipating of finding your treats. Surprise your partner with no-occasion gifts. Silk underwear, sprinkled with chocolate kisses is a great way to send a romantic reminder. Have the car washed and polished, they will certainly be impressed that you thought of their needs instead of yours. Coupons for a spa treat are also a great idea.


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For men, think about the thing that make your partner’s day busy and help her with some of those chores. The more you help around the house the more time you will have for loving. Make her load lighter and she will be able to light up your life. For women, they say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and for many men that is true. You can think of special treat to cook for your partner. You can surprise him with breakfast, lunch or dinner. It doesn’t have to be the evening meal. Be aware of the little ways in which the spontaneity is going out of your relationship and your love making. If you have settled into a routine of sex at night and all physical contact being a signal for sex, vary it a little. Think of new times of day and new places that

This will give your partner a blame-free break and some quiet time. Don't forget to flirt with your new wife or husband. Praise you partner when he or she pleases you sexually, let your partner know what you like. Don’t be shy about expressing your most positive emotions. If you find it hard to say it in words, try one of the other four love languages, time, gifts, service or touch. Pay attention to what your partner mentions as things or activities that s/he likes and make a list of them. Try to make these things a reality for your partner, perhaps once a month. Everyone appreciates the gift of attention.

Make a commitment to enjoy something together. Learn about one sport that he or she likes. Read up on it, watch some games and join him the next time he settles in to watch the sport or she watches the soap. This way they will know that his interests are important to you. If you enjoy cooking, make their favourite meal. Your partner may feel more touched by things you do for him/her personally. For new dads make him a special card from baby, use water colours to add baby's hand print and include Dad's favourite photo with baby. Dr Chapman in The Five Love Languages speaks about the ways in which each of us experiences love. Chapman says that each of us shows our love in different ways. Some people need words of affirmation, others need quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and still others use physical touch. Praise, when it’s genuine, is a great way of boosting your partner’s ego. Quality time means putting aside everything but your partner’s needs and spending time with them. Sharing in their interests, asking them about their day. Many partners enjoy receiving small tokens, gifts of love that may have special meaning for both of you. If your partner goes out of their way to carry out small kindnesses for you, these acts of service may well be what they would like to receive in return. Many more of us respond to touch as a sign of love. Your partner may enjoy caresses and simply being cuddled. Find out which of these is your partner’s Love Language and show them love in the ways that have the most meaning for them. Finally, don’t nag. Go on a nagging diet. Yes, decide to abstain from nagging, making negative comments, saying anything that could disrupt the harmony or hurt his feelings. Try it for a few days and see the difference it makes in your communication. The next time he raises an issue that you find vexing, listen, don't judge.

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e popped the big question and you said yes! Excitement is in the air, you just got engaged to the love of your life! Now you’re on a roll; you have a date set; the venue picked out as well as an idea of the dress you want to wear. Now it’s time to find your photographer, this can be a pretty overwhelming task. The engagement session can be extremely helpful in making sure that you pick the photographer that best fits you and your fiancés unique personality and style. Engagement photos are important, they allow you to tell your love story, the story of how your love grew, your unique style as a couple, what you normally wear, where you like to hang out together, what you like to do and what brings you close together. You and your fiancé have probably never had “professional” photographs taken together. make me complete

Sure, on your wedding day you will have hundreds of photos taken, but you will also be dressed up in a wedding dress and your groom will be in a suit. What about capturing the “every day you”? That’s where engagement session comes in. While the engagement photo-shoot allows you the opportunity to share your love story and do something different, you also get to know your photographer and see how he or she works and you will get to see images of yourselves long before the wedding. Additionally the photographer gets to understand you and your style. Once you have your engagement images there are many things you can do with them. They can be given, as gifts to the family; you can make a small album or a coffee table box for yourselves. Engagement picture may be used in your wedding program, invitation, or in a save-the-date card. Whatever you choose to do, be creative, have some fun, create some art and make the moment memorable.

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inancial stress is the cause of many broken marriages. In fact, CNBC claims that 90% of marriages break up because of money problems. While money may not be the sole reason for a couples’ split, it can be a major contributing factor because money helps us to take care of our needs and maintain a good standard of living. When we don’t have enough to take care of our needs, especially basic needs, then problems arise and issues that could be viewed as minor infractions in times of monetary wellness are magnified in times of monetary lack.

about money management to deal with the present and future needs; couples need to take a joint approach to managing their finances. As the old adage says “one han cyaan clap”. Every couple is unique so coming up with a plan of action for your money will be different for each pair. But what are some of the things that couples can do not to fall into the debt trap? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Discuss how each of you feels about money issues and then create your own financial philosophy. Your financial philosophy defines your beliefs Therefore, money management should be something that a couple dis- about money and how you will treat it. It’s your vision for how money will cusses and agrees on long before getting married. Talking to your spouse be dealt with in your family and it should guide how you plan to save and about money matters is no different from hearing how they feel about pri- invest to achieve your financial goals while paying for expenses. ority matters such as in-law relations and involvement, raising children, intimacy and sex, or even something as mundane as domestic chores. 2. Document your financial philosophy. Ridiculous right? I hope not. Failure to have this crucial confrontation about money may result in the Because money matters within a marriage are such a deal breaker, it is death of a good relationship due to debt. The issue is so stark, that the TV one of those issues that need to be taken seriously. Documenting someshow “Till Debt Do Us Part” is dedicated to bringing couples out of debt thing leaves you with the option of referring to it from time to time to and helping them to manage their finances. see whether you are staying true to your intent and what changes you need to make if you aren’t. Will you be a couple that takes a frugal apWe all have different perspectives about money and how to spend it. Some proach to your finances where you are generally thrifty and strive to keep of us believe that a couple should have a shared account while others think costs at a minimum? Will you take a capitalist approach where you focus that each individual needs to have a personal account, even if there is a on income generation and making money work? Will you be a little bit shared account. There is also the archaic view (I hope) where some wom- of both? Or do you have an alternate but effective approach? Whatever en believe that their money is their money and it is the man’s money that works for you, just have one. should be used to manage the home. Whatever your opinion, one thing is certain, in today’s society where we have to be deliberate, even militant, continued on page 70

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An example of a financial philosophy could be: “As a couple, we commit to being responsible with our finances. We are masters of our money and we will use it as the tool it is to achieve financial goals for ourselves and our family while meeting our expenses and contributing to the welfare of others who may be vulnerable or in need of financial assistance. Like everything else in our relationship, we will be open and honest about money matters and always decide jointly how our money will be used. Spending on what we need will take priority as we seek ways to increase our income or our ability to earn so that debt will not do us part”.

The same goes for the husband. Do not be afraid to talk to your wife if she goes off tangent. In talking though, try to stay away from blaming the other party as that will only make the situation worse. First, try to find out the reason behind your partner’s “irresponsible” action. It could be that his/her action is a symptom of a financial philosophy or budget that is unrealistic or ineffective based on your current needs. Also, talk to other couples within your circle about how they manage their money. I guarantee that you will get some useful tips! Sealing your love for another in a marriage relationship is one of life’s greatest experiences. However, marriage does come with its challenges but none that a couple who is covenanted to each other cannot overcome. There are many things that can come between couples but a willingness to communicate openly and to work together will help to overcome any difficulty. Sam Ewing said that “in many instances, marriage vows would be more accurate if the phrase were changed to “until debt do us part”. Don’t let failure to deal with money matters make your marriage one of these instances!

3.Develop and utilize a budget. Do this from the get go! One of the best ways to put your financial philosophy into practice is by creating a budget. Start by using a budget to plan for your wedding. This will give you greater insight into each person’s position on money and will highlight issues that may need to be addressed before you tie the knot. Your budget can be as simple or as complex as you need it to be for the time period you decide. A budget outlines income and expenses and helps you to keep track of the extent to which you remain true to what you have agreed and what changes to be made if you’ve gone astray. More importantly, stick to your Managing your money and being able to sleep at nights allow you to focus budget! more on deepening and strengthening your relationship and building your family. Now that is priceless! 4. Decide to start your life together in the black, not in the red. In other words, your wedding should not be the first source of any financial stress in your marriage. After the wedding is over, you have a life to live and you need money to live it! It is better to cut back and live within your financial means than to splurge on a fancy wedding and be left with financial trouble that is sure to begin a rift within your relationship. This is the beginning of sorrows that may bring your blissful life together to an unexpectedly quick end. 5. Depend on each other to stick to your financial philosophy and budget. The Bible says that two are better than one because the results are so much better. A marriage is a partnership where both persons are working towards the same goal. It is unfair for one party to be sticking to the plan when the other party has decided to throw caution to the wind and spend wildly. Therefore, each person in the relationship is responsible for helping the other adhere to the financial plan. If as the wife you see that your husband going off track, talk to him about it and remind him of your plans and how what he is doing will affect those plans. 72

Writer: Racquel Ellis Sources: Ewing, Sam. Searchquotes. Retrieved from In_many_instances,_marriage_vows_would_be_more_accurate_if_the_phrase_were_ changed_to_'Until_debt_do/4217/ on November 13, 2013. Hall, Oran (personal financial advisor). Planning for a secure married life. The Gleaner Online. Retrieved from html on November 13, 2013 CNBC. Till Debt Do U$ Part. Retrieved from on November 13, 2013



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