VOWS - From India to Jamaica, with love!
Indian-born Apurva Chatterjee, sales manager at Kay's Fine Jewellery in St Kitts, and Jamaican Marsha Matisse Lindo, marketing manager of Digicel St Kitts & Nevis, said 'I do' in the groom's hometown of Ajmer, India, on August 11, 2011. A year later, they renewed their vows at the University Chapel, Mona. VOWS shares the couple's renewal ceremony.
Apurva met his future bride while visiting her office in St Kitts in October 2009 to make an enquiry. They soon realised that they had both recently relocated from Jamaica as a result of their jobs. Apurva had worked in Ocho Rios, while Marsha was based at Digicel's head office in New Kingston. Their courtship, which lasted a few months, was interrupted when Apurva decided to join the crew of the cruise liner Celebrity Eclipse. A job that involved global travel, it naturally meant less time with Marsha. For Apurva, no destination would be more meaningful than the Caribbean itinerary where the ship would dock every fortnight for a day in St Kitts.
On the first call in St Kitts, Apurva knew he had to see Marsha again. He took her to visit their favourite hill in the island, a look-out point on the peninsula where the Caribbean Sea joins the Atlantic Ocean. Apurva could think of no better time for a proposal than at that moment when nature itself seemed to have mimicked their union. He got down on bended knee and presented a heart-shaped engagement ring to her. With a chuckle, Marsha recalls promptly saying "Yes" to the proposal, which was quickly followed by her benign reprimand :"now get up from the ground and stop dirtying your good, good pants."
During the eight months that Apurva worked in the cruise line industry, the couple recall that Skype became their best friend. Video calling was also the medium through which Marsha was introduced to Apurva's parents in India. In August of 2011, Marsha travelled to India to wed the love of her life.
On August 11, 2012, the couple's wish to have a Jamaican wedding was fulfilled with a charming Saturday morning ceremony. The theme of the wedding was Summer Love and as such they opted for bright hues of pink and canary yellow. The University Chapel came alive with the sounds of the steel pan and piano as the groom; the bride's brother, Stokely Lindo, and matron of honour, Dawn Lindo, walked up the aisle, paving the way for the bride. The dynamic duo of ivory & steel also performed Endless Love during the candle lighting ceremony.
Since this was her first anniversary, Marsha knew she didn't want a traditional gown, and opted instead for a custom-made gown she sourced in China -- an electric pink creation with ruffles from the waistline, flowing into a three-foot train. The strap of the one-shoulder design was made of rose appliqués with a silver beaded belt hugging the waist. Her headpiece, fashioned by Marcellas James of Cinderella Hats, was a silver bird cage with pink accents, from which her hair cascaded in loose curls down her back. Styling was by Shelley-Ann Elliott of Essentials Hair & Nails Salon. Marsha's make-up was flawlessly applied by the matron of honour, Dawn Lindo, owner of D' Marie School of Make-up Artistry. The groom and his best man wore tuxedos from Beautiful Brides & Mr Tux, while the matron of honour's dress was designed by Isolyn Coppin of Magic Moment.
Apurva and Marsha are huge fans of Jamaican music, so Alaine's Sacrifice echoed throughout the chapel as Marsha and her proud dad, Reverend Sylvester Lindo, walked up the aisle. The officiating minister was Bishop Rudolph Daley, who led the renewal of vows and shared the platform with the bride's father.
A Surprise For The Groom
During the musical interlude the bride asked for a microphone and serenaded her husband with God Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts.
The reception took place at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, where guests enjoyed a Jamaican buffet-style brunch. The wedding cake was a two-tier chocolate fudge cake with pink ribbons and yellow gum paste flowers, designed by Nadia Coppin of Magic Moment, while the guests were served traditional fruitcake. Coppin was also the creative head behind the décor at the church, all floral arrangements and the centre pieces of yellow floating candles. For the reception, Marsha changed her headpiece to another Cinderella Hats' creations -- a more playful, pink feathered design with a silver sequinned headband. Family friend & MC Markland 'Action' Edwards of RJR had the guests brimming with laughter during the reception. One antic was a game for married couples asking them to stand at the front of the room and kiss each other for the number of seconds representing each year of marriage. The highlight was without a doubt a couple who were celebrating 50 years of marriage!
The couple and parents of the bride vacationed at the all-inclusive RIU Hotel in Ocho Rios before returning to St Kitts.