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Soulmates unite

Published:Monday | March 28, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Family of the groom: Mother, Veronica McLeary-Coombs and her sons (from left) Gideon, John-Mark and Garnett Coombs.
The happy couple sealed their vows with a kiss.
Tamika and Sean cutting their wedding cake.
Father of the bride, Barrington Edwards, with his daughter Tamika Edwards-Champagnie after she exchanged vows with Sean Champagnie at Struan Castle Gardens in St Andrew.
Tamika and Sean releasing two symbolic doves.
Basket-woven wedding cakes made with love by the bride’s grandmother, Ivy Williams.
Groomsmen John Messam (left) and Lorenzo Stanton.
Family of the bride (from left): Father, Barrington Edwards; aunt, Dollis Campbell; grandmother, Ivy Williams; aunt, Winsome McLeod; uncle, Bryan Campbell; and aunt, Sheril Campbell.
The bridesmaids were (from left) maid of honour Moiya Thomas; sister of the bride, Suann Edwards; and Doneive Rhoden.
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It was not love at first sight when Sean Champagnie and Tamika Edwards met almost two years ago.

Tamika, who teaches CAPE communication studies at Dinthill High school in St Catherine, told Flair, "We met at work. The first time I saw him I didn't like him very much, he acted as if he owned the place."

Sean had reasons to be confident. He is handsome, intelligent and perfect for any young woman looking to find a husband.

Within days of initially disliking Sean, she started to think differently after hearing him speak. "I use to pretend as if I didn't see or hear him. But secretly, I was paying close attention. Then, we had our first conversation - by the next day he was showing me around. He offered to accompany me into the town and show me a few places because I needed some things," Tamika reminisced.

Those trips into town became several evenings of dinners and long hours of conversation.

Sean also teaches English and lectures in communication part time. A former debater, he is fiercely competitive and macho, explains his wife. "He hates to lose a debate and my past as a debater in school does not help the situation. However, he is very protective and supportive."

On Sunday, March 20, the two exchanged vows in an intimate wedding ceremony at Struan Castle Gardens in St Andrew.

 

THE RECEPTION

 

The couple's vows were witnessed by family members and close friends. Their reception was hosted by the bride's grandmother, Ivy Williams, in her fabulous gardens at her Havendale home.

Williams, a renowned caterer in Kingston, went old-school, creating a basket-woven wedding cake for her granddaughter. Using yellow, the colour theme for the occasion, Williams accented the traditional cake with specs of white.

The bride's mother, Suzette Rose-Edwards, a seamstress, designed and made her daughter's dress. Beaming with pride, Rose-Edwards said when her daughter first told that she was marrying her soulmate, she felt as if she had lost a child.

"However, I have gained a son," she boasted, adding that they were both welcome to stay every weekend.

Rose-Edwards has a lot to be happy about. Those who spoke of her new son-in-law, glowed when they mentioned how much of a gentleman he is.

They described him as dedicated, inspirational and extremely dependable.

Sean has made the right moves in many instances. He proposed to Tamika when she returned from visiting her mother to see her bed covered in pink flowers, which read, "Tamika, will you marry me?'

The engagement ring, she said, was in a box in the middle of the flowers. "That's how romantic he is."

The couple honeymooned in Negril.

Janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com