Long and Lasting Love
They say long and lasting love is something that many dream of, but it was always a sweet reality for accountant Kadian Smith and police officer Christojaye Dixon, who tied the knot on January 16, 2016. The two were childhood friends, coming from the days of Sunday school, growing to become best friends, and later, lovers.
"We childishly liked each other at age 12, but we were too young and close as friends to take that route. But it was not until February 21, 2010, that things took a turn in the direction of love. At that point, we exchanged telephone numbers, igniting a fire that still burns bright today," the couple explained to Flair.
The decision to be boyfriend and girlfriend was somewhat easy, they stated, and after having discussions about the future, they realised that they were on the same path when it came to family plans and growing old together. Their relationship, according to Kadian, continued for five years, one month, and three days before Christojaye asked her to be his wife.
On Kadian's birthday - March 29, 2015 - they went to church then were off to a match at the Spitt Fyah Domino Club in Portmore, St Catherine. It rained heavily and they got trapped at the venue. During this entrapment, Kadian's suspicions rose, but then it was her birthday, so anything was possible. What unfolded that night was a surprise she would never forget.
"His phone rang about 30 times. Everybody kept telling him it's raining at home and asked what time is he coming. How strange! We left the domino club and headed home. My mom told me before church that she was going to prepare some nice dinner for us, so I was anxiously awaiting that. Upon exiting the vehicle, I realised the place was dark. Little did I know that a secret party was in store for me. Once I reached the house, I was greeted by shouts of "Surprise!" I was so overwhelmed. It was even worse when he invited one of my best friends, Fiona Fearon, who came from far to share. I was stricken with emotion," she said.
They all drank and expressed well-wishes until it was time for Christojaye to take the floor. He invited Kadian to go to the front and had this to say to the birthday girl: "Kadian, from the very first time I saw you, I knew that you were the perfect match. Tonight, I want you to know that I love you, and I want to thank God that He created a special and beautiful woman like you. I can't imagine myself growing old without you. Tonight, I want to ask you one question, but before I do, I want you to know that I will continue to love you and help you to meet all your challenges and face them head-on."
He then asked, "Will you marry me?" Kadian noted that she screamed for about 30 seconds before responding, "Yes!"
Immediately after the proposal, they began the wedding planning with Calacia Cameron from Coordinated Affairs, a wedding and events planning company. "We always aspired to unusual things, so we got our invitation in the form of a bank card with a bank statement providing all our details, which was made possible by Topp In design. Our programme was a bank passbook, which complemented the invitation, done by Exquisite Invite." Kadian said.
The Greater Grace Temple and Worship Centre hosted the formal wedding ceremony, officiated by Bishop Couvator Holsworth. The glowing bride, surrounded by scores of friends and family, was an absolute vision in her sweetheart neckline wedding dress. She walked up the aisle, escorted by her father, Kenneth Smith, to the strains of BeyoncÈ and Marc Nelson's After All is Said and Done to greet her handsome groom, beaming with great pride. In a sea of Tiffany blue, canary yellow, and a shade of grey in between, the two pledged their love before God, exchanged vows, and said their respective I Dos before sealing their matrimonial union with a kiss.
Pharrel's Williams' Happy ushered guests to an extravagant gathering at the Mona Visitors' Lodge & Conference Centre in the Gold Room, beautifully decorated in jade, orange, and yellow by New Levels Decor. The couple made their way to the reception to the strains of Bling Dawg's Aji Bounce and delighted the guests, who screamed and cheered, as they took their first dance as husband and wife to Gwen Guthrie's and George Benson's I'll Give my Best to You.
Ahead of cocktails, guests took photos with the camera crew from Visual Embrace along with short videos by Wedd TV. The guest book was a silver engravable canvas perched on a black easel. They enjoyed welcome juices, fruit kebab, along with stamp and go, at the Ruins of the Mona Lodge. After the traditional cutting of the wedding cake, the floor was then open for best wishes and congratulations.
The newlyweds spent their first night together at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, followed by a four-night and five-day stay at the Jewels Resort and Spa, which was sealed with horseback riding on their final day while touring the community of Runaway Bay.