How They Met
It was during the summer of 2005 when Samantha Hall, CEO of Rastacamp Entertainment, first laid eyes on Donavon Campbell, computer systems engineer at Digix Solutions. At the time Hall worked at an office that provided services via the Internet, which so happened to be down this fateful morning. Accompanied by her manager, she went over to the internet technology company in the same plaza where she worked, to use their working Internet connection. This was also where Campbell happened to be the manager on duty. "I was speechless for a few seconds when I saw him. He was everything a woman was looking for: handsome, sexy and intelligent. Right then and there I developed a crush, but kept it to myself," Hall shares with VOWS. It would be months before each knew how the other felt during a confession of feelings at the joint Christmas office party thrown by both of their companies. It was here Hall learned that her feelings for Campbell were mutual and that he had long admired her, referring to her as regal.
Fast-forward to July 2010, the couple — who had by now been together for four years and who describe their relationship as being based on friendship, respect and honesty — attended Reggae Sumfest and while singer Tarrus Riley was performing his hit
song She's Royal, something
life-changing happened. Using this soundtrack as a tribute to Hall, Campbell got down on one knee and popped the question. Hall gushes, " I was so surprised, I started crying and screaming Yes! Yes! Yes!"
The next step was to find the perfect ring for the bride-to-be. Campbell wanted Hall to be the one to choose. "Donavon wanted to make sure I wore a ring I would love and cherish," she recalls. And with that task set before them the couple — the best friends — swept the entire selection of Kingston's jewellers looking for that special bauble 'til they were finally satisfied.
Moët Memorable Moment
Their wedding was originally slated for August 2014, but one morning while watching their favourite morning show, TVJ's Smile Jamaica, they found out about a Moët Memorable Moment wedding package that was being offered to the couple who had the best 200-word essay describing their relationship and why they were most deserving of the package — the deadline being only a few days away! Hall had already been thinking about checking out the wedding gowns that were to be showcased at the Jamaica Bridal Expo, but with their upcoming 2014 nuptials in mind, this announcement was to set the couple on a brand-new course. Hall and Campbell sprang into action, Hall tasked with penning their essay and Campbell with sourcing a bottle of Moët to pose with for the photo submission. On the final day for entries, the couple stopped into their favourite bar to take photos with friends posed with a newly purchased bottle of Moët. Thereafter Campbell — who had to cancel a business meeting in order to make the trip — headed into Kingston, to the Observer's head office with photos and letter in hand.
All the couple could do now was to wait.
And then, just like that, their 'moment' came. "I remember it was a Thursday afternoon. I had just got home from running some errands. My phone rang and the lady on the phone identified herself and stated where she was calling from (Editor's Note: 'The lady' was Debbian Spence-Minott, J Wray and Nephew marketing manager of Moët & Chandon). Instantly, my mind started racing. She told me she was calling me with some bad news: we hadn't won. At the same time I was thinking, well, if we didn't win, then why are they calling? She then asked me how I was feeling. I was telling her that I felt nervous, and before I could finish I heard someone on the phone saying 'Congratulations, Samantha you've won!' I was dumbstruck and said to the lady, 'You're joking?!' And when she said, "no, I'm not joking, you've won!' I started screaming. I was so happy that I started crying."
Here Comes The Bride...
After a fantastic morning of consultation with Beverly Hills bridal expert Renée Strauss, Hall found herself standing under a beautifully embroidered ivory veil complete with a stunning strapless ivory mermaid gown with ruched and beaded bodice and ruffled skirting — courtesy of Bliss Bridal Boutique. She was staring up at Campbell, decked out in a Dawn's Bridal & Tuxedo three-piece suit, on a stage, overlooking the crowded ballroom floor of the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Along with the patrons, sponsors and exhibitors, the couple's family and friends turned out to witness their nuptials, which, as a part of the Moët Memorable Moment, was to take place live at the Jamaica Bridal Expo. This was go time! Hall made her way toward the stage, to her beloved, on the wings of Shania Twain's Always and Forever, where Bishop Terrence Gordon of Door of Faith, Montego Bay, who has performed over 18,000 nuptials, officiated the couple's live wedding ceremony. After they were presented as husband and wife, Hall and Campbell shared their special song, Tarrus Riley's She's Royal, with the audience during their official wedding dance. Which was followed by Champagne toasts by Moët & Chandon and J Wray & Nephew executives, and photo ops at the Moët & Chandon booth. By the time the couple was whisked away to an undisclosed section of the convention centre for their intimate reception, they were feeling like bona fide celebrities.
Set at the Montego Bay Convention Centre with décor contributions made by several sponsors, Hall and Campbell's bridal party, friends and family were treated to a wedding cake courtesy of Sweetest Regards and an elegant three-course meal accompanied with copious servings of Moët & Chandon Champagne. "We danced, ate and drank in style and opulence. Moët made this day a very special and enjoyable one for us," Hall reflects.
The couple — who are the proud parents of three children, Kalahni (6 years old), Davier (3 years old) and Djon (11 months old) as well as Campbell's two older children Kalisah (8 years old) and Donavon (6 years old) — will be honeymooning for a weekend at the Grand Lido Negril in the coming weeks. "We look forward to having a memorable time in the beautiful city of Negril," says Hall.