Vows - Happy In Love

Vows - Happy In Love

Monday, June 24, 2019

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Lieutenant Deranjay Simpson and medical doctor Soroya Bansie Simpson are still in seventh heaven after tying the knot at the Hibiscus Lodge Hotel in Ocho Rios. It was a casual meeting for them both, at a mutual friend's birthday party. Polite conversation became more intense as they realised just how much they had in common, most notably their love for swimming. Each lap would lead them further into love until a final backstroke led them on Sunday, February 3, 2019 to the altar.

The proposal, as told by Soroya

Deranjay proposed to me on October 14, 2018, four days after his birthday, at the Hibiscus Lodge Hotel, where we had gone for lunch. After lunch we went for a walk on the property with Deranjay experimenting with his birthday gift, a drone, taking pictures and making videos with me as the subject. I did not expect anything when he said, “Look here”. When I turned around I saw him on one knee with the most beautiful ring I'd ever seen. I was frozen and took a few seconds before saying yes to his handsome, grinning face. We immediately decided that this was where we would get married. We had a special bond from the start. We share the same faith, love for God and humanity and we spent a lot of time together planning outreach projects especially at Christmastime.

Here comes the bride

The processional began as the maid of honour, who wore a chiffon aqua gown, was escorted up the aisle to the sound of Meghan Trainor's Like I'm Gonna Lose You, by the best man, who was dressed in a semi-formal vested outfit.

Soroya chose Major's Why I Love You for her bridal march. Her choice of gown was also deliberate: a fitted lace sweetheart neckline gown with a customised red belt. Her bouquet was comprised of baby's breath and calla lilies from Exquisite Events Planning & Production.

The proceedings were officiated by Pastor Vincent M S Peterkin and included a painting ceremony to symbolise the joining of the couple's families with the merging of colours.

The reception...

continued at the same location with the arrival of the wedding party to Fuse ODG's Jinja kickstarting the formalities. This was followed by the couple's first dance as husband and wife to Everything I Need by Skylar Grey.

Post-formalities, guests enjoyed a hearty dinner and witnessed the cutting of the three-tiered gluten-free fruitcake made by family friend Kesoon Johnson.

The honeymoon

The couple celebrated their honeymoon with a resort hop along the north coast. A cruise is planned for later this year.

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