Love found its way into the lives of travel clinician and doctoral student Allison Orrett and MTI America IT Manager Ian Brown, both of whom, while travelling home to Florida from Jamaica in January 2015, developed quite a friendship. Seven years later on Sunday, May 15, the two tied the knot on the lawns of Trident Castle in Port Antonio.
"We met on a flight back from Jamaica to South Florida. Allison was distant and aloof at first, but by the time we were flying over Cuba she had mellowed and I had her laughing at everything," Ian reminisced with Tuesday Style (TSV). "We started off as friends and me being her personal 'IT consultant', but then it eventually blossomed into a seven-year, full-fledged relationship. Dinner at Bar One in South Beach on a cold January night in 2017 took the relationship to a whole different level.
"It took me a while to get the proposal going because I just couldn't find the right opportunity to make it happen. Finally, with the help of my friend Omar and his wife Colleen, I was able to get her away from the noise under the guise of taking a few pictures. That's when I got down on one knee and proposed. Of course, she received it well but it must be noted that she was so busy jumping up and down and screaming 'Hallelujah' before remembering that she had to answer 'Yes' to my proposal."
The elegant modern fairy-tale-themed wedding was brought to life by Kara-Ann Anderson and her team from Petals and Promises. Using the couple's chosen colour scheme of purple, lavender and coral, the team created a ceremonial arch overlooking Portland's breathtaking coastline with lavender and coral florals, white sheer fabric for their rectangular arch and cylindrical vases filled with purple orchids and purple hydrangeas along the aisle — since Allison is a lover of orchids.
The bride's entrance on the arm of her brother, Andre Orrett, was as spectacular as the musical backdrop of Shane Filan's Beautiful in White.
Allison was gorgeous in a modern gown from TK Bridal, Atlanta. Her bouquet of hand-tied hydrangeas, roses, phalaenopsises, lavender and snapdragon with a bouquet charm made its own statement. The bright, emotional smile on the face of her bridegroom greeted his soon-to-become wife.
The ceremony was officiated by pastors Bradfield Jacquett and Travis Drummond.
"Our reception, which was held at the Trident Castle overlooking the Caribbean [Sea], was breathtaking, surrounded by love and amid romantic flowers," expressed the newly-weds. "It was a night we will never forget, full of vibrant music, excellent Jamaican cuisine, and entertainment that included a fire-eater".
The formalities, handled by Shellian Jacquett, included sumptuous fare, heartfelt speeches, wedding games, the cutting of the three-tiered vanilla and rum cake by Jodi-Anne Paul of Jodicakes, and the couple's first dance as husband and wife to Diana Ross and Lionel Richie's 1981 hit song, Endless Love.
The couple enjoyed a mini-honeymoon at Villas Sur Mer on the West End, Negril.