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Always and forever: The Burrells' love story

Published:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 5:00 AM
The Burells’ bridal party (from left): groomsmen Miguel McLeod, Christopher Tucker and Pablo Goodwin; Antioneil Blair, best man Dwayne McLeod, the bride and groom, maid of honour Shereen Allison; bridesmaids Samoy Williams, Danell McLeod, Cheverneese Pearson Shanniel White; and (front row) flower girl Ashonika Burrell and ring bearer Tesar White.
The family engages in a lovely sand ceremony.
Joining the family on the nuptial journey are the supportive best man and maid of honour, Dwayne McLeod (left) and Shereen Allison (right).
Chinelle McLeod and Ashonika Burrell (right) were simply angelic in their white dresses.
One happy family: The beautiful bride and handsome groom sandwich their adorable daughter, Ashonika.
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"Marriages, like a garden, take time to grow. But the harvest is rich unto those who patiently and tenderly care for the ground." This quote by Darlene Schacht resonated in the heart of Ophilia Pearson as she walked down the aisle to join the love of her life, Damian Burrell, in holy matrimony.

The two lovebirds have a long history, going as far back as 11 years. She, along with her family, had moved on to to the same street that Damian had lived on, two doors away to be exact. Eight years after they met, they expressed interest in each other, which evolved into mutual and beautiful

relationship.

Describing Damian as hard-working, jovial, humble and a dedicated individual, she explained that what stood out the most for her is the fact that he is a family person. And while he sees Ophilia as a very wonderful, nice, caring, loving, honest, kind-hearted and generous individual, it was the fact that family was her main focus that made Damian knew that she is the one.

With 'family matters' being at the hearts of the lovely couple, it was time to make their union official, and legally become a family. So, just as they went into a relationship through mutual agreement, they ditched the fanfare of a proposal and made the decision together to get married.

The wedding-planning process was an interesting one. Ophilia noted, "I have experience planning and organising events but it is the first time I was planning a wedding. There were times when the pressure escalated but I am a person who works well under pressure."

After receiving assistance from family members and close friends, the determined team first tackled the issue of catering.

"The first obstacle was the choice between using catering service or allow family members to cook. We did not want family members to be occupied on the day so we inquired about a catering service. Upon receipt of the quotation, Damian and I decided to have a family meeting with the chefs in our family. The meeting was a successful one. Roles were accepted as each person prepared the following: rice and peas, baked and fried chicken, pot-roast pork and sweet and sour pork, curried mutton and soup; juice, vegetables and fruit kabobs," she said.

They also managed to source tables, chairs and tablecloths, along with food warmers from one location.

On Saturday, April 22, Ophilia Pearson and Damian Burrell exchanged vows with a beautiful garden wedding on Old Stony Hill Road. The rain could not dampen their desire to become Mr and Mrs. In fact, the rain fit in perfectly to complete the love puzzle, Ophilia declared.

 

A PERFECT WORLD

 

"Honestly, it was a perfect world. As I walked down the aisle, it was like Heaven's gate. I was welcomed by many well-wishers with cheers and smiles. I was embraced by waves and the many flashes of lights. When I saw my husband-to-be approached me it was a moment of joy. He smiled proudly. I realised he was convinced that he had accomplished something quite wonderful. My smiles became brighter to confirm his outlook," the bride gushed.

Basking in nuptial bliss, the newly-weds were treated to laughter, fun and love, flowing over from the wedding ceremony to the reception. All in all, celebrating 'always and forever' among family and friends will definitely go down in the history books as one to remember for Mr and Mrs Burrell.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com