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Vows - Love - All!

Monday, October 28, 2019

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When First Nations Regional Adult Education Centre teacher Jasmine Gauthier-Esdon met Guertin Electric electrician Shawn Lukassen at a soccer league match in 2008 where she was the referee, neither of them knew that by final whistle the score would be love-all!

 

Our first encounter, as told by Jasmine

It was a summer romance. Indeed what started out as forbidden love, and having to truly fight for each other from the beginning to create a deep bond and trust had its happily-ever-after. Our relationship has always been passionate; filled with big laughter, playfulness and a very natural chemistry. We wanted to experience life together, ironically so much so that in 2009 after separate soccer injuries we both ended up spending the summer in casts — quite the pair; but our crazy, goofy love for each other was undeniable.

On July 26, 2016, after eight years of countless adventures, and accomplishments Shawn proposed. He took me for a picnic at the King George Park, overlooking the Montreal skyline, and asked me to be his wife and I said “Yes!” An engagement party followed in December and we sent out save-the-dates for our destination wedding in Jamaica.

 

The ceremony

Shawn and Jasmine chose the perfect destination, notably the cliffside overlooking the Caribbean Sea at Borghinvilla, Discovery Bay, to say their I do's.

For the resort affair, Shawn and his best men wore light grey pants and vests with white shirts from Boutique Surmesur, Canada. His bow tie was black while his best men opted for sage green. Jasmine's maid and matron of honour wore sage, floor-length gowns from David's Bridal.

 

Here Comes The Bride

Clutching a bouquet of white and peach roses, with baby's breath, Jasmine made her entrance to Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole's Somewhere Over The Rainbow and made a memorable statement in an ivory Stella York gown from Boutique Punta Chiara, Montreal.

Chelsea Dufort officiated the ceremony.

 

The reception…

…was held under a white draped tent on the cliffside at Borghinvilla. Jennifer Borgh and her team used twinkling lights to wrap the trees, hanging lanterns, fresh greenery and gold accents to enchance the tropical romance theme for the newly-weds. The maid and matron of honour made their entrance to If You Wannabe My Lover by Spice Girls, while the best men entered to ZZ Top's Sharp Dressed Man, followed by the newly weds to SOB by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

A sumptuous three-course meal by Borghinvilla executive chef Francis followed the speeches. With the cutting of the two-tiered double chocolate cake, with white fondant, gold accents and pops of greenery topped with the words 'Shawn & Jazz' out of the way. The newly-weds opened the dance floor to Old Crow Medicine Show's Wagon Wheel. Guests, thereafter, joined the newly-weds in the release of Japanese lanterns.

It took no time for the partying to get under way and for the celebrations to continue until sunrise.


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