"Take my hand, take my whole life too. For I can't help falling in love with you." — Elvis Presley
A love story ended in happily-ever-after on Saturday, May 21 when Covalee Murray, administrator at Planning Institute of Jamaica, and entrepreneur Morris Stewart vowed to spend the rest of their lives together.
Theirs was a three-year courtship that commenced while studying the scriptures in Mandeville, at the Faith Bible College. Placed in the same group ostensibly for assignments, Morris and Covalee would develop a strong friendship.
"We were from different churches and had to visit each other's church to get acquainted with friends and family," Covalee told Tuesday Style Vows (TSV). "It wasn't difficult to figure out that we were meant for each other because we knew from the onset that God had answered our prayers."
The two wasted no time in sealing their relationship and commenced New Year's Day, January 1, 2022 with a commitment to wed. "Morris along with my family and friends planned the proposal," revealed Covalee. "My friends tricked me into hosting a games night at my house. We started out by playing a game that required me to be blindfolded. They [my friends] used this situation to pile into the house. Loud music was playing so it was difficult to ascertain what was going on. With my blindfold eventually removed I saw Morris down on one knee, ring in hand. He popped the question!! I said 'Yes'...
Four months later there she was, making her way up the aisle of the Fellowship Apostolic Church, to the delight of family and friends.
The elegant touch of flowers and décor was added by Marsha Small from Romarsh Décor.
There was nary a dry eye as Ricardo Murray walked his sister up the aisle to the strains of When God Made You.
Covalee was a beautiful bride, in a classic white gown with lace appliqué from Lovely LA Bridal. Her bouquet of white roses finished the look. The service was officiated by Bishop Samuel Blackwood and included the exchange of vows and a musical interlude of JC Lodge & Prince Mohammed's Someone Loves You Honey during the signing of the register.
The reception followed at the Jamaica Theological Seminary where Marsha Small and her team from Romarsh Décor used shades of burnt orange and forest green to enhance the space. Master of ceremonies Jennifer Anderson welcomed the newly-weds, the bridal party and guests as they all danced their way in to the joyful sound of Kool & The Gang's Celebration.
Dinner, created by the groom's friend Emelio Madded, put all in good stead for the formalities that followed, notably the unveiling of the cake by the mothers of the newly-weds; the cutting of the cake, a white two-tiered traditional fruitcake by Sweet Addictions Jamaica; and copious toasts to the newly-weds and their parents. Further highlights were the couple's first dance as husband and wife to Kenny Lattimore's For You.
The newly-weds described their reception as unforgettable and beautiful. The next chapter of their lives continued at Couples Tower Isle.