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Meant to be

Published:Monday | December 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The happy couple after exchanging vows.
The gorgeous three-tier cake by Sugabuzz.
Mr and Mrs Wright.
The happy couple who knew they were meant to be
The man of the moment, Librado Wright (second left), surrounded by (from left) Clyde Leigh, Marcel McCarthy Samuels and Chad Anthony Leigh.
The blushing bride surrounded by (from left) maid of honour Jennifer A. Morgan, bridesmaid Davia Peters and flower girl Shenell McCarthy Samuels.
.Carla and Librado depicting their love among the ruins of Port Royal.
The happy couple with Campbell's parents - Una, Johnson and Cecil Campbell. Due to an illness, Wright's parents could not be there.
Campbell being escorted up the isle by her father, Cecil.
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When Librado Wright fist saw Carla Campbell at Edgewater Baptist Church in Portmore, where they both worshipped, he instantly felt there was something special about her.

But for several months the two did not speak and Wright prayed to God
about approaching her. After three months, he said he got the 'green
light' from God.

"It sounds cliché, but from the very first time
we spoke, we could both tell that there was something special between
us. Though I noticed him, I discarded the idea of having a relationship
because my mind was not there as yet. But God knew what He was doing. We
both had to trust Him," said Carla.

Her first impression of the man who was
to become her husband was that he was handsome. "My first impression
from afar was he's handsome and confident. The first time he spoke to
me, I thought he seemed too confident. Soon after I realised just how
shy he is, though he's a talker once he knows
you."

Said Librado: "I thought she was so beautiful. I
couldn't stop thinking about her. The more I saw her the more I
gravitated towards her."

As their bond grew, Carla
kept resisting the instant connection it was obvious that they had. "It
took me some time to say, even to myself, that God is awesome in
connecting our paths." But Librado told Flair that he
was sure from the beginning. "I felt more sure than she did. I knew she
was special, especially after my prayers returned a greenlight from
God. I got the green light in December 2013, but I never spoke to her
until January 19, 2014."

The two worked on the same
team as Sunday school teachers and during that time they became close
spiritually. They shared that it was inevitable that they couldn't
remain just friends. "Together, we bring out each others' best parts and
inspire each other creatively, spiritually and
intellectually."

The proposal

Carla
told Flair how the proposal went down. "We were just
chilling on June 11. He had a little speech on
how he felt about me, what makes me perfect for
him as a Christian, and then he just asked me directly, 'Will you marry
me?' I knew we were getting serious but was thinking more about 2015 as a
possibility. But when he asked, I just said 'yes' without any
hesitation. That simple! We knew it was the right time."

The
fact that both her parents adored him and how welcoming his family was
to her, made it easier for the couple to immediately get into wedding
planning mode.

On September 6, they had their
movie-themed wedding with a rustic feel incorporating: teal, baby blue
with yellow accents.

"The day was more than what we
both thought it would be. To say it was just as planned is far from it.
It was magnificent and extremely memorable. To spend the most perfect
day with the person that you want to spend the rest of you life with was
great," said Carla.

The day was planned with lots of
help from family and some great friends. "We knew we wanted the day to
be a mixture of traditional with rustic. We loved Port Royal and the
Ruins. We both loved the scenery at Grand Port Royal Hotel (formerly
Morgan's Harbour) and the option to take photos nearby at Fort Charles,"
she said.

"I got a little emotional while I was
getting ready when I realised I was running late, as we had both
promised to be on time."

The ceremony took place at St
Peter's Anglican Church in Port Royal, officiated by their
Edgewater/Waterford circuit pastor, Reverend Dr Dylan Toussaint. The
couple told Flair they chose the location because it
gave them the traditional feel they wanted and allowed an easier commute
for their guests to the reception.

The reception
which followed was perfectly planned by Shindigz, and the cake, created
by Sugabuzz was picture perfect. "We owe a debt of gratitude to our
family and friends for their support of our love and of our union. We
are truly blessed."

Now husband and wife, Carla said:
"There is a lot I love about him though his love for God heads the list.
His gentle and supportive attitude encourages me to reciprocate, as
well as to always remain positive. It is absolutely reaffirming to meet
someone who enjoys spending time with the Lord and still remains humble
regardless of his many blessings. His other two most attractive
qualities are his love for family and the genuine care he has for
others."