There were zero expectations save to have fun at a party attended years ago by Michèle Lamothe, a Chicago-based entrepreneur with Haitian roots. That is until she happened upon Sean Douglas, also an entrepreneur of Jamaican heritage. The timing for a committed relationship, she’d confess to Tuesday Style Vows (TSV), was not right so they focused instead on friendship. That friendship would deepen, as a result of the uncertainties brought about by the novel coronavirus pandemic. A platonic relationship became a romantic one.
The proposal, recalls Michèle, took place at the Buckingham Fountain, Chicago, Illinois, and within a month the two were in planning mode for their destination wedding.
The venue, based on prior discussion, would be Sean’s birthplace, Jamaica, with the Caribbean Sea as the perfect backdrop. Everything came together in seven months. “We imagined at first it would be a small, intimate wedding but were overwhelmed with just how many family and friends wanted to fly to Jamaica to witness our special day. The guest count was 85,” expressed Sean and Michèle.
Here comes the bride...
On Friday, April 22, in an elegant Krafted by Design Limited setting of rust with gold and earth tones, Michèle made an unforgettable entrance in a custom gown by NeShemah Careyfirstname.lastname@example.org. She clutched a bouquet of pampas grass and roses as she made her way up the aisle to her bridegroom.
As the final strains of Major’s Why I Love You featuring Nstasia wafted throughout the property — a private villa at Whitehouse — On Call Weddings Ja Pastor Damion Austin stepped forward to start the proceedings.
“Our reception was very romantic, fun and filled with love. Having our reception right by the sea afforded a refreshing breeze throughout the night as we, alongside our family and friends, celebrated the night away,” shared the couple.
The heartfelt speeches, sumptuous fare catered by Chef Stephen Hamilton from Eskay Catering, and music courtesy of Phillip Fong from Smart Tech Entertainment kept all in an upbeat mood.
The couple spent their honeymoon at the Excellence Oyster Bay in Falmouth.