Vows: An Online Affair

All Woman


Bjorn Cooper, stevedore at Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited, and Sanya Keene, Xerox trainer/teacher, tied the knot on January 29, 2017 in the lush environs of Tropical Elegance on Cunningham Avenue in Kingston. The pair share their story.

How they met…

The couple met on Facebook two years ago with a simple ‘Hey’, while Sanya was on a self-imposed ‘dating ban’.

“The stigma I had attached to finding someone online was not pleasant, but little did I know that his high school classmates were my good friends in primary school. Hence, we had a few mutual friends. On the daily posts about relationships from one of our friends, his name would always come up in the comments (‘Bjorn Cooper has commented’). I started to pay attention to his reasoning and answers, and smiled to myself at times. His profile struck a chord. He is God-fearing, and that was very important to me. I thought, ‘Is he for real?’ There was one particular topic that I made a comment on. He responded immediately and introduced himself. For some reason I had to reply, even though I would normally have avoided doing so with any other guy.

While getting to know each other through daily texts and calls, we were surprised to discover that we worked in offices that were fairly close to each other. Shortly after that, we started having lunch together every day. We went on several dates and attended church together on the weekends. The connection was so real that I felt like I had known him forever. We both formed close bonds with each other’s families.”

The proposal…

Bjorn proposed to Sanya on her birthday — May 7, 2016 — at a surprise party he had planned. She said “YES” to the “most caring and wonderful man in the world”. It was, she recalls, “a spectacular party with all our friends there”.

 

The ceremony…

 

The exchange of vows took place at Tropical Elegance. Shades of royal blue and apple green were the dominant hues. Indeed the bridesmaids, wore their own unique design of royal blue and apple green satin and chiffon dresses as they made their way up the aisle to Charlie Puth’s One Call Away. They were escorted by dapper-loking groomsmen in grey two-piece suits complemented by blue ties. At the altar stood Bjorn, debonair in a tailored slim-fit navy blue three-piece suit and green bow tie. As the music of At Last by Etta James filled the room, the bride, stunning in a strapless sweetheart bodice accented with a crystal sash by Clara, proceeded up the aisle towards her bridegroom, clutching a bouquet of carnations, orchids, roses and baby’s breath. She was escorted by her brother Anthony Keene. Pastor Errol Griffiths officiated the proceedings.

 

The reception…

 

Guests enjoyed cocktails ahead of the arrival of the newly-weds and their bridal party who made their entrance to The Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling. This was followed by the couple’s first dance as husband and wife to Ellie Goulding’s How Long Will I Love You. A sumptuous meal, followed by heartfelt toasts and the cutting of the Sugah Pie Custom Cakes & Pastries vanilla and fruit wedding cake — over —the couple and their guests partied until the wee hours of the morning.

 

The honeymoon…

 

The newly-weds enjoyed a three-week road trip around the island.

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