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Vows - #SongsOfSalmon2019

Monday, December 02, 2019

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Kimberley Morgan, protocol professional at the Embassy of the United States, Jamaica and Darren Salmon, quality assurance technician at Wisynco Group Ltd, met in August 2017 at their mutual friend Kacy's annual Jamaican Independence Day get-together. Two years later they exchanged vows at Courts, Constant Spring Road, where they had won the grand prize for Courts 'Together with Love' draw which they learnt about and entered when they opened their bridal registry.

How they met, as told by Kimberley

Darren and I met at an Independence Day lyme at our mutual friend Kacy's parents' house in 2017.

It was was my second year attending because I had missed the first one in 2015. The gathering comprised of mostly church friends, with a few friends of friends who possibly knew the usual core group well enough. The idea was to have some good food, play games and chat, then rush to the top of the hill and watch the amazing fireworks show being displayed by the National Arena for Grand Gala.

After a hearty meal, we all sprawled out in the living room and the ubiquitous 'man and woman story' became the subject of discussion as the women began talking about how dark-skinned men seemed to prefer light-skinned women as partners in Jamaica. Not to be outdone, or misunderstood for that matter, the men fought back with tales of dark-skinned woman who never gave them a flying chance when they quote, unquote had nothing.

Darren, who took part in the conversation, spoke of his toxic ex-girlfriend. All I could think to myself was, 'Why do men always choose those women?' I knew he was a bit younger, but I did find him attractive, to say the least. What probably struck me the most was when he lamented about his love for Bible study, yet not being able to find a woman who loved the word of God as much.

After a work-related trip to India, I happily attended the much-anticipated God Centred Conference for two days. I had invited another Christian male friend, and also noticed that Darren had been seated behind us — he too, sat with a friend, a female.

 

How we got together, by Darren

It was August 6, 2017 and our mutual friend Kacy threw her annual Jamaican Independence Day get-together at her parents' house in Beverly Hills. Being the energetic, fun-loving person I am my focus was more on the pool than on the women who were there. After having my fill of wet and wild fun I decided to dry off and join the people inside. I then overheard a discussion going on about black men and how they love brown women, as if black women weren't beautiful too. The conversation intrigued me and so I got involved. Soon enough I began speaking about my experience with women, especially my most previous relationship (which was with a brown girl) which had ended that February. I pretty much spilt my guts, ranting about how hurt and heart broken I was. I was in no mental state to be remotely interested in any woman. This was my state when Kimberley met me.

Not too long after that Kacy reached out to me gauging my thoughts about Kimberley. Truth be told, I didn't have much to say as Kimberley and I had hardly exchanged words. I had paid more attention to her arguments than to her appearance at the time and could tell she'd had her fill of disappointing relationships as had I. My response to her was, “She seems nice but I'm still healing from my last relationship. I'm not ready to approach another woman.” In November of 2017 Kacy reached out to me, insisting that she believed Kimberley and I would be a good match for each other because she felt it in her spirit. I decided to give Kimberley a call, after a couple minutes of light conversation, I invited her out to dinner. She accepted.

 

The proposal, by Darren

I proposed to her on November 24, 2018 at the open mic event, Marriage Matters, where I was slated to perform a poem on marriage. At the end of the seminar, I went onstage reciting a poem written especially for Kimberley to the instrumental of John Legend's You and I. At the end of the poem I asked her if she “would be my good thing?” She said yes! I got her a crown, flowers and a sash that said the 'Future Mrs Salmon', because she is my queen.

 

Here comes the bride

On Sunday, August 4, 2019 friends and family filled the pews of the Courts Constant Spring Road store for the nuptials of Kimberley and Darren.

The bridesmaids made their entrance to Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling In Love dressed in satin royal blue fitted midriff evening gowns with silver applique at the waist from Beautiful Brides and Mr Tux. They were escorted by the dapper groomsmen, who complemented them in royal blue suits with white shirts and blue and salmon pink ties, also from Beautiful Brides and Mr Tux.

Emotions were high as Owen Morgan escorted his daughter up the aisle to an original poem by the groom entitled Welcome Love Everlasting to the instrumental of Can't Help Falling in Love. Her entrance was made memorable by her ivory Maggie Sottero vintage ball gown from Bliss Bridal and a custom-made drennaLUNA veil. Her bouquet comprised white hydrangeas and red roses. At the altar meanwhile stood Darren, in a Beautiful Brides and Mr Tux two-tone black and blue tailored suit complete with a blue bow tie.

The ceremony was officiated by Pastors Bruce Polson and Dennis Kerr and included a sand ceremony to symbolise the joining of the couple's families. Formalities out of the way, Kimberley and Darren left the altar to Fall by Davido.

 

The reception...

...continued at Courts, where the royal blue and salmon pink theme continued. The wedding party made their entrance to Fall by Davido. It was now over to the evening's emcee Franz Hall, who welcomed guests. Then the couple took to the floor for their first dance as husband and wife, to You and I by John Legend and Best Part by Daniel Caesar. Formalities continued with the cutting of the three-tiered fruitcake, and the partaking of a scrumptious meal catered by Katherine Pinnock from Chef Kathy.

Other highlights included the toast to the bride and groom, parents of the bride and groom, the bouquet toss, and a choreographed bachata/salsa dance by the bride and groom, choreographed by Rashida Bignall.

 

Honeymoon

The newly-weds spent their wedding night at the Jamaica Pegasus and the remainder of their honeymoon at Mangos Jamaica, Trelawny and the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Montego Bay. Their hotel stays were gifts from Courts.

 


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