Vows: What dreams are made of Part 2

Monday, November 26, 2012

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The magnificent French-American-Jamaican-Nigerian themed wedding was a three-day affair, starting Thursday night with a family dinner at the Cary Island Villa in Ocho Rios. On Friday evening they hosted a welcome cocktail and dinner reception at the Couples Sans Souci Resort. On Saturday, they exchanged vows at the Prospect Chapel in St Mary on November 10, 2012. The chapel which was tastefully decorated by Tara Hirst of Whitelight Productions incorporated the wedding colours: fuchsia, white and silver.


The ceremony began with the thrilling sounds of the South African song Mbube Wimoweh by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The bridesmaids entered the chapel wearing fuchsia dresses by Mori Lee paired with shoes by Brian Atwood. The groomsmen who accompanied them up the aisle were nattily attired in Vera Wang suits. The sounds of I Can't Help (Falling in Love With You) by UB40 heralded the arrival of the bride, who stunned in a mermaid gown with a beaded bodice created by Mori Lee and make-up by Loni Jones. Her father Michael Lake, financial controller of Couples Resorts, escorted her up the aisle to meet her nervous groom Olivier, who was smartly clad in Vera Wang. The ceremony, which was officiated by Canon Glen Prince, came to a close with an exhilarating African drum performance by Zooco Performing Arts Drummers from Ocho Rios.


The Reception


The reception followed at the luxurious Cary Island Villas in Ocho Rios. The couple used their reception to incorporate several traditional practices of their multicultural family. They performed an authentic Togolese libation — an African tradition of honouring ancestors. Their Nigerian family members showered them with gifts of money for their future together, while the French family members recited their speeches of heartfelt advice in French. The couple had the luxury of indulging in two scrumptious wedding cakes. The first a four-tier chocolate fudge and raspberry creation by Melissa Hollbrook while the other was created by Mikhailia's cousin, Paulette Reid, who made a fruit cake which she brought with her from Canada. With cake-cutting duties complete, they partied the night away in true Jamaican style with their guests.


    

    


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