Vows: Sweet Love
Kevin and Danielle share a passionate kiss. (Photo: Geovanni Hinds)

There's nothing quite like a story that starts with love at first sight and ends with the blushing bride making her way up the aisle to her handsome bridegroom. Tuesday Style Vows (TSV) was gripped with that warm, fuzzy feeling as we sat down with recently wed Vaz Preparatory School teacher Danielle Bryan and Schools' Challenge team quiz coach Kevin Allen.

"We're both teachers at Vaz Preparatory School so we weren't strangers per se. I was teaching Spanish in 2017 when we first met and I thought he was quite handsome," Danielle told TSV. "I knew he liked me as he would pass and say hi with a dashing smile each time. I liked him too but believed in things taking their natural course. What's to be will be, is my mantra.

"Fast-forward to working in grade four. He visited my class, four days after my birthday in 2021, asking for my help with the quiz team. I was apprehensive and suggested I give it some thought. Between me and you, of course, I agreed to help him with the team since I liked him.

"We were quickly smitten with each other and even though the distance was a challenge since he lived in St Catherine and me in St Andrew, we capitalised on whatever time we had. We would hang out after quiz practices and, on the weekends, grab ice cream or enjoy lunch dates."

During these intimate moments they'd discuss their future and Danielle shared her wish for a garden wedding.

The relationship was taken to the next level with a proposal at Oceans on the Ridge, Ocho Rios. "I knew something was suspicious when his brother Owayne accompanied us on a date, but couldn't quite put my finger on what it was," shared Danielle. "We bought drinks and chilled. Kevin then suggested a stroll in the garden with him. The gardens were impressive so I was engrossed in admiring the space. I was certainly caught off guard when I heard him saying the sweetest things and turned to see him on one knee, ring in hand. His brother, I would soon realise, was on hand to capture the moment.

Happily-ever-after...

The exchange of vows took place on the lawns of Caymanas Golf Club where Paulette Collins-McLean and her team from Divine Floral & Gift Centre used shades of blush and gold to enhance the area.

Christina Perri's A Thousand Years signalled the start of the procession with a cabal of substitute bridesmaids (there was a minor accident and the bridesmaids were late) escorted by groomsmen clad in black tuxedos. At the altar stood Kevin, smart in black and white tuxedo.

To the timeless strains of Daniel Caesar's Best Part featuring H.E.R, Danielle made her way up the aisle on the arm of dad Donald Bryan. She was a beautiful sight in a white Cochen Bridal dress by Chenele Wallace. Her cascading bouquet comprised ivory, blush, and gold peonies with green petals.

The wedding was co-officiated by Reverend Wayne Palmer and Pastor Asheria Chin. Declared husband and wife, the newly-weds recessed to the lyrics of Natalie Cole's This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).

The reception continued at Caymanas Golf Club and was described by the couple as a small, intimate, and fun occasion with lots of belly-aching laughter. The formalities were handled by Brian Hall, who ensured that the couple's first dance as husband and wife to Anita Baker's Sweet Love had the rapt attention of all.

Dinner catered by the Caymanas Golf Club team followed, ahead of toasts, the unveiling and cutting of the two-tiered fruitcake by Jennifer Shepperd, and wedding games which brought the formalities to a close, allowing the newly-weds to depart for their honeymoon at Bahia Principe Luxury Runaway Bay.

Just Married! Mr & Mrs Kevin Allen (Photo: Geovanni Hinds)
Flower girl and the bride's niece Brea Bryan paves the way for the bride's arrival. (Photo: Geovanni Hinds)
Danielle journeys up the aisle on the arm of dad Donald Bryan. (Photo: Geovanni Hinds)
Danielle with her cousins and bridesmaids (from left) Keritha Richards, Kayla Banks, maid of honour Ashley Banks, and Chantay Richards (Photo: Geovanni Hinds)
Kevin Allen with his best man Marlon Rigg (second left) and his groomsmen (from left) cousin Oniel Thompson, brother Owayne Howell, and the bride's brother Recardo Bryan (Photo: Geovanni Hinds)
Kevin and Danielle (centre) are joined by their best man Marlon Rigg (seated left), maid of honour Suzette Bennett, Pastor Shankie Chin (left) and marriage officer Reverend Wayne Palmer during the signing of the registry. (Photo: Geovanni Hinds)
The newly-weds stand alongside (from left) the bride's parents Clova Hutchinson and Donald Bryan, the groom's mother Suzette Parker and a friend of the family. (Photo: Geovanni Hinds)
The newly-weds are flanked by members of the groom's family (Photo: Geovanni Hinds)
Mr and Mrs Kevin Allen with members of the bride's family (Photo: Geovanni Hinds)
The wedding cake is unveiled by the groom's mum Suzette Parker (left) and the bride's mum Clova Hutchinson. (Photo: Geovanni Hinds)
The two-tiered wedding cake by Jennifer Shepperd <strong id="strong-02ec109694d0e2b66de59ace9f303c37">Geovanni Hinds</strong>
The newly-weds enjoy their first dance as husband and wife to Anita Baker's Sweet Love. (Photo: Geovanni Hinds)
Ring bearer and the groom's son Kevari Allen (Photo: Geovanni Hinds)

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