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Rowe-ing to love

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMKrysta Anderson ï Gleaner Writer
Tug of love: The bride in her traditional Chinese dress tugs at her groom’s tie while their son Jayden pulls on his leg.
Father and son strike matching poses.
From left: The bride and groom are all smiles with the groom's parents, Mona Rowe and Jervis Rowe.
The Rowe's fabulous wedding cake.
Mr and Mrs Rowe seal their wedding vows with a kiss.
Parents of the bride McGyver and Lyn Chung share a moment with the newlyweds.
Bubbles and joy fill the air as the newlyweds take their first walk as husband and wife.

Rowing your boat gently down the stream when it comes to matters of the heart is most times easier said than done. But for Sally Chung and Jermaine Rowe, they took the time to propel their relationship boat all the way to matrimonial love, sailing off into paradise as husband and wife.

The two knew each other from high school, but according to Sally, they didn't speak much until they ended up sharing a class together.

"Sally was always very shy and reserved during college. I loved that she wasn't like all the other girls. She wasn't all about the hype and didn't want to be like everyone else. That was what really set Sally apart and fuelled my curiosity to find out more about who this unique girl was," Jermaine told Flair.

Sally revealed, however, that Jermaine didn't make his move until after he graduated. "Out of the blue I received a text message from him. I replied and it ended up being one of those conversations that didn't seem to end. We talked endlessly during the days and hung out at nights. He would surprise me and take me on spontaneous road trips. He'd always try to make me happy." So on the Christmas of 2007, Sally asked Jermaine to be her boyfriend, declaring that she just couldn't let this awesome guy go. "I had to keep him all to myself, and that I did!"

Jermaine confessed that when Sally had asked him to be her boyfriend, he was nervous at first but decided to give it a shot. "Thank God I did," he noted, adding, "because we ended up being best friends and, of course, we ended up being soulmates."

Over the years, they have been through some tough times, some sad times, good times, and bad, but he notes that no matter what they were going through, they always stood by each other and was each other's rock. "Sally is not just my 'girlfriend', she's my everything, my life partner. I couldn't imagine spending the rest of my life with anyone else," Jermaine confessed.

And so he sealed his fate one September, when he asked Sally to be his wife.


The Proposal


Sally recalled the morning her life had changed for the best. "I woke up to turn off my alarm and I saw a small jewellery box by my bedside table. Being curious, I decided to open it and in the box, I saw an engagement ring. I freaked out and woke Jermaine up immediately. That's when he popped the question. And I said yes!"

Helen G Events was responsible for planning the main event. And on February 28, 2016, before God and in the presence of their families and friends, the two became one.

Before exchanging vows, they participated in a Chinese Tea Ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus, with Sally adorned in a traditional red Chinese dress.

The Olde Still House of The Ruins at Mona would be their next stop. And it was truly a sight to behold, draped in pristine white with splashes of coral, which was reflected in the beautiful bridal party.

The ceremony was filled with love and happiness, with laughter and tears of joy in-between. Then they took the party over to the Gold Room at Mona Visitors' Lodge for the reception.

"I couldn't have asked for a better wedding. Everything went off without a hitch. My wife doesn't usually wear dresses, so to see her in a dress was one of the highlights of the day for me, and she looked amazing. All the guests had a good time so that was also a plus. Overall, it was a wonderful experience," Jermaine said.