Taken by love
"Saralee, he chose to watch Taken with you for [this] reason: because he chose you." Those were the words uttered by manager of Palace Cineplex Ms Harris as Christopher Larmond made his way to the front of the cinema, got down on one knee and asked his girlfriend, Saralee Morgan, to marry him.
The two lovebirds met on their way to the movies in 2009, but Christopher was one step ahead in the game of love the first time he laid eyes on his soulmate, Saralee, while at the University of Technology.
"She was doing the decorations for Mr and Ms UTech in 2009, and I was there to support my friend, Dwayne Thomas, one of the contestants. My initial thoughts of her were, 'My God! She is beautiful and sexy.' So I asked Dwayne who she was, and he laughed and said, 'She's out of your league, but nothing is wrong with dreaming.' I then said to him, 'You forgot that I am a Larmond, right? You never tell a Larmond what he can or can't do, worse, tell him a girl is out his league.' He laughed at me and went on his way," Christopher shared with Flair.
While at his sister's house in Mandeville some time after that, Christopher got word from Dwayne that he wanted to hang out one last time before he migrated. He turned down the invite when he found out that he was going to be third wheel in the 'link-up'. But Dwayne assured him that there would be a date for him so he shouldn't worry. The blind date turned out to be none other than Saralee. He said to her: "You're going to be my girl. Don't worry. I will give you the details later."
Saralee recalls the day she met Christopher. "It was June 5, 2009, and we were in our hometown of Mandeville when my schoolmate from UTech, Dwayne, invited me to the movies for one last hurrah with him and his friends. When we arrived at the house to pick up his friend, Christopher opened the car door and greeted me with a warm smile. Then, he closed the door and said something to Dwayne.
His words to Dwayne were: "You know she is mine now because you've brought her to the lion's den."
Saralee, impressed by his big, bright smile, couldn't help but laugh. "We made our way to the movies and watched Drag Me to Hell.
"I remember there was one part in the movie when Christopher ducked down like he was scared. He returned, saying he was looking for his phone. I laughed so hard and thought he was very humorous and cute. I never imagined that that would be the beginning of a beautiful relationship."
Three weeks after their blind date, they became a couple. And as time went on, their love blossomed, and almost three years later, they expanded their union with the birth of their son, Affion.
Close to five years after starting a family, Christopher decided to make their bond official and ask Saralee to be his wife. "Being an old, traditional person, I initially asked her dad for his blessing and showed him the ring from December 25, 2014, to which he said, 'Yes, man! No problem, my son.'" Then he went on to pop the big
question to Saralee on her birthday in January 2015 at the same place where they had their first date during the intermission of Taken 3.
During the intermission, Christopher told Saralee that he was worried because he hadn't bought the tickets from the theatre and didn't know if they were legitimate - all part of his plan. Saralee said:"I got up and looked at Chris, exclaiming, 'What's going on?'" That's when the manager called her away from her seat. "I cried when Chris came over and went on his knees. He proposed and I responded, saying, 'Yes, of course.' I don't remember the last part of the movie as I was in awe and couldn't stop looking at my ring," Saralee revealed.
Saralee, who has a passion for event decorating and the wedding industry, did most of the coordinating for her wedding with the help of her mother, a professional interior decorator.
"Our main objective was to keep the budget at a minimum as we did not want to be in debt after the wedding. I shopped for my dress and decorations very early, and I did a lot of DIY decorations as we wanted a unique wedding."
On January 1, 2016, at the New Beulah Moravian Church in Mandeville, the two became one in holy matrimony in the presence of close family members and friends.
They celebrated the grand occasion in a sea of blue, with a touch of silver, and described the ceremony as beautiful - one filled with happiness and love.
The reception, held at the RRA of Mandeville, Heritage Hall, turned the fun factor up a notch as the newlyweds basked in nuptial bliss, singing and dancing with those who had come to support their wonderful union.