VOWS: Like the movies
Garfield Taylor, deputy superintendent of police, wed Lecia-Gaye Gordon, Norman Manley Law School student, on June 30, 2012 at Breezes Grand Resort and Spa, Negril.
How they met...
The couple met at the University of the West Indies in 2000. However, they both confessed that at first they didn't care much for each other. Perhaps because their personalities were seemingly so opposite. So though they shared similar friends they never took the opportunity to get to know each other until much later in their lives. "Eight years after graduating from university, Garfield contacted me after attending a wedding near my house," shared Lecia-Gaye. A friendship developed from then on and the rest, as they say, is history.
The couple dated for about four years before Garfield proposed on October 2, 2010. At that time, the country had been placed under a hurricane watch and images of flooded communities, badly damaged roads and major landslides were on every news channel. It therefore surprised Lecia-Gaye that Garfield not only insisted that they spend the weekend at Breezes Grand Resort in Negril, but drove all the way from Kingston under those conditions.
Lecia-Gaye arrived earlier in the afternoon (as she had been staying in Montego Bay) and waited for Garfield, who arrived much later at 10:30 pm dripping wet with a huge grin on his face. "The next day we had breakfast in bed in the most amazing suite. Even the weather began to cooperate," shared Lecia-Gaye. "The staff was especially attentive and would continuously ask if we were enjoying our stay. Little did I know that everyone was in on the surprise!" she continued.
The following day the couple was escorted to dinner by the hotel's event manager. "My mouth dropped when I saw our gazebo -- candlelit dinner by the sea, my favourite wine, romantic music and our very own personal chef and server. Surely, they had outdone themselves!" recalls Lecia-Gaye.
When the platters with their desserts arrived, their server asked, "Are you ready for your surprise?" To which Lecia-Gaye responded, "Yes, this must be cheesecake!" As the server unveiled the dessert Lecia-Gaye quickly realised it was a square cut diamond ring, with the words 'will you marry me?' surrounding it. Garfield then got down on one knee and proposed.
For the wedding, there were a number of things that Garfield made clear from the outset that he hated, such as toasts, head tables, paper invitations, speeches, removing of the garter. Thus, it became clear that they would have a somewhat unconventional wedding.
The wedding operated under the theme 'A Night at the Academy Awards.' This theme was not only incorporated into the wedding's invitations (DVDs which had the couple posing to resemble their favourite movie posters), but also the décor which was done by Michelle Lee. The couple eloped at Breezes Grand Resort and Spa, Negril, the same place they got engaged.
Though seemingly an unconventional choice the couple fell in love with the architecture present in the lobby and insisted that the wedding be conducted there. The wedding commenced with the sounds of Marry Me by Train. The bridal party walked up the aisle in royal purple, yellow and pink dresses, paired with gold accessories, clutching bouquets of roses and lilies. They were accompanied by groomsmen who were nattily attired in suits by Beautiful Brides and Mr Tux.
The bride made her grand entrance shortly after, in a white mermaid gown to Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve. She was accompanied up the aisle by her dad, Phillip Gordon, who gave her away to the nervous groom who was clad in Calvin Klein. Her make-up was flawlessly applied by Shelly-Ann Patterson, while her hair was styled by Natalia Golding.
The ceremony was officiated by Bishop Gary Welsh, OD, Chaplain of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, who also assisted the couple in performing their sand ceremony.
With nuptials complete, guests were then invited to make their way to the pool deck of the hotel for cocktails. To their surprise the deck was decorated to replicate a typical red carpet arrival at the Academy Awards (think: life-size Oscar statues complete with paparazzi on deck to capture each arrival). Guests were then escorted to the ballroom for the reception and were seated in time for the arrival of the bridal party. In keeping with the theme, the bridal party was announced as the supporting cast to the movie Mr and Mrs Taylor. The newlyweds then made their way to the reception and naturally, were announced as the stars.
As toasts and the garter toss were excluded from the programme, the format of the reception was slightly altered to suit the needs of the couple. Throughout the dinner, the couple played clips of their favourite movies with guests recreating different scenes from the movie. The couple also played a video explaining their journey to altar. The couple then cut their three-tier fruitcake designed by Prudence Higgins-Thompson.
Guests then relocated to a smaller ballroom which was aptly decorated with white and gold accents. The centre of the room had a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star with the couple's name on it, on which the couple did their first dance to Don't Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith. The bride and her father then did their traditional father/daughter dance to Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross. The couple honeymooned in Buzios, Brazil for two weeks.