From The Stall To Off The Market: the Currie's Love Story
When you think of lovebirds, Ricardo 'Nardo' Currie and Erica Reid, fit that description perfectly.
The two are popularly known to current and past students of the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies, where they make a living as operators of the food kiosks. When the two decided to make it official in holy matrimony on May 30, everyone was elated by their union.
The Flair got the inside scoop on their love story, and as Nardo tells it, he recalls meeting a "sexy, nice-shape, with a straight face" girl behind the counter of a wholesale in downtown Kington's business district.
"As a youth in a dancing group, you're confident that any girl you like will want you." he told Flair. "But, she was in a relationship and that's one of the things that still stands out. She did not disrespect her boyfriend at the time, and for me, that was very impressive," he said.
According to Erica, "I liked him, but I wasn't interested in a relationship - I was already involved, and I'm not the cheating type." A year later, her partner died in an accident and shortly after the two hit it off.
Six months into the relationship, Erica became pregnant. It was her first child and Nardo's third. She says it was during her pregnancy that she knew he was 'the one'. "He treated me like a queen. He was at my beck and call for whatever I needed. I especially loved the back rubs, and countless massages. He cooked, cleaned and I just could not let him slip from my hands." she said with a smile.
According to Nardo, "I knew right away this was no ordinary woman. She was not in this (relationship) for 'lunch money'. She showed her commitment and had a vested interest in my business from the get go. As the months turned into years, it became much more than just sex. Our relationship and family blossomed."
Noting that Erica is a family-oriented person, Nardo said she began leaving hints that the relationship needed to go to another level. He said she would show him videos of proposals on her cellphone and would ask him how he would go about popping the question.
On the morning of January 8, 2015, Nardo, Erica and other members of their family went to the passport office to conduct business. Nardo said while there, he got the idea that today was going to be the day. He said he went to the jewellery store, got the ring and called a good friend and media personality Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton, and asked if he could propose to Erica on her popular afternoon show.
Nardo told Flair, "After finally picking her up, her mother suggested we go and see Miss Kitty since it had been a while (since we last saw her). I pretended not to have any interest in seeing her, and after much persuasion I went. We walked in casually as if we were just there to say hi, when her producer, Tazhna Williams, suggested I go into the studio and say hi to the listeners, since Miss Kitty is always talking about me on the show. I played along and after a grand introduction and numerous phone calls I asked if I could say something. I went on air and the rest is history. I expressed my love to Erica and asked if she would be my wife. This was the first time anyone was doing a proposal on live radio, and lucky for me, she said yes."
On the big day the bride was just 15 minutes late, and was beautiful as she glided down the aisle at the UWI Chapel to an eager and excited groom. The two were a vision dressed in white, with their bridal party adorned in blue and pink. Following the traditional ceremony, guests joined the newlyweds in celebrating, partying the night away during their reception at Pollyanna Caterers in Kingston.