Vows: Kindred Spirits
The wedding vows are sealed with a passionate kiss. (Photo: Mark Brown)

"He who finds himself a wife, finds a good thing." Proverbs 18:22

It wasn't quite a blind date. Consider it more of a 'let's see'. A friend thought Errol Rennalls and Keva Rose would make a perfect couple. The friend was right and the 'let's see', dinner at Spring Garden, St Ann, was a hit! Their encounter and indeed first date, however, took place the day before Errol was due to visit Germany where he once lived and worked in the music industry .

Such was the connection, that distance proved no deterrent. Keva told Tuesday Style Vows (TSV) that "They burned up the phones, FaceTime and Whatsapp as they got to know each other". No idle boast! Two weeks later he was back in Jamaica and planning a May wedding (they met in January). When you know, you know. So why waste time?

The Deck at Stush in the Bush with the glistening blue hues of the Caribbean Sea and the Ocho Rios coastline as the backdrop, was where the two would pledge their commitment to each other guided by Obara Minister Kenyon Wilkinson, licensed minister under the Tabernacle Congregation of Prayer (head office in Arad, Israel and also located in Chicago, USA).

Obara, an organisation that's over 70 years old, otherwise called Hebrew, are the children of Israel descendants of Jacob (aka Israel). It is believed that the children will awaken in the latter days and return to their own heritage.

Marriage, back then, was done without pastors or preachers present as families would come together as witnesses and the parents would give their child away to their expected husband or wife as was done in this ceremony. Keva's father gave her away to Errol, by handing over her veil to him as she is then covered by her husband

The marriage contract is a legal document in Obara custom complete with rules on how to operate in the marriage. The contract is, thereafter, prominently displayed in the home.

Errol made a dramatic entrance in traditional Obara royal purple robes made from Egyptian linen. Keva's pearl halter gown designed by Safidah created the perfect foil.

The natural and stylish ambience of Stush in the Bush was complemented by touches from Alexis and the rustic altar (an integral part of the Obara ceremony) made the wedding experience authentic.

The exquisite fare created by the multi-award-winning husband-and-wife team of Lisa and Chris Binns received rave reviews.

Among the intimate group of attendees were the bride's parents Errol and Venice Rose, her daughter Rebekah Lewis, sister Mika Rose, the groom's daughter Typheena Rennalls and Keva's besties — Melessia Ramsay, Michelle Doswald, Alexis Chin, Debra Taylor-Smith, Errol's friends Lionel Gordon, Anthony Webb, Charles Lazarus and Miguel Russell, other relatives and friends.

Mr & Mrs Errol and Keva Rennalls stand together in love. (Photo: Mark Brown)
Keva is escorted up the aisle by her dad Errol Rose who carries her veil. (Photo: Mark Brown)
Keva is covered by a cloth veil at the beginning of the ceremony and as the rites are performed the veil is passed to her now husband Errol. (Photo: Mark Brown)
Errol places the veil passed to him by Keva's father on her head symbolising that he has now assumed responsibility for her. (Photo: Mark Brown)
The bridegroom Errol Rennalls (left), the bride's father Errol Rose (centre) and Obara Minister Kenyon Wilkinson (Photo: Mark Brown)
The couple recite the bill of marriage. (Photo: Mark Brown)
Keva affixes her signature to the bill of marriage certificate, witnessed by both her husband and dad Errol Rose. (Photo: Mark Brown)
The newly-weds share the frame with the bride's parents Venice (left) and Errol Rose, the groom's daughter Typheena Rennalls (second left) and the bride's daughter Rebekah Lewis. (Photo: Mark Brown)
The newly-weds and their guests (Photo: Mark Brown)
The intimate wedding reception took place at Stush in the Bush. (Photo: Mark Brown)
Keva and Errol during their first dance as husband and wife to You Are by Mousse T. (Photo: Mark Brown)
Stush in the Bush co-principals Lisa and Chris Binns raise a toast to the newly-weds (Photo: Mark Brown)
Mr and Mrs Errol Rennalls perform cake-cutting duties. (Photo: Mark Brown)
Errol makes a dramatic statement in traditional royal purple Obara robes made from Egyptian linen. (Photo: Mark Brown)
A daughter's embrace Keva receives a loving hug from her daughter Rebekah Lewis. (Photo: Mark Brown)
Sharing in the joy of the newly-weds is the bride's aunt Donnaree Bes. (Photo: Mark Brown)
The two-tiered lemon gateau with passion curd filling, buttercream icing, local strawberries, mint and borage made by Lisa of Stush in the Bush. (Photo: Mark Brown)

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