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A couple of sweet sixteens

Published:Sunday | October 19, 2014 | 10:00 AM
General manager of Couples Swept Away Karen Lanigan is all smiles with Nicholas Bromley at Couples Negril's 16th anniversary last Saturday night.
Haley Stone was as cute as a button at Couples Negril's 16th anniversary on Saturday.
It's all smiles for (from left) Megan Rak, her husband, Steve, and Couples' Resorts Chairman Lee Issa, on Saturday night.
Out to celebrate Couples Negril's sweet sixteens are (from left) Mary Viera, Buno Formica and Susan and Peter Findlay.
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Couples Negril and Swept Away celebrated their coming of age last weekend (October 10 and 11), celebrating a double sweet sixteen party.

On Friday night, Couples Swept Away celebrated with a Rustic Tale. A sign at the entrance to the Aura Lounge read: "Once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale".

And a thrilling fairy tale it was. The decor was reminiscent of the middle ages, but the hors d'oeuvres spanned the centuries and were diverse enough to satisfy just about all tastes. The lounge was a bee hive of activity as guests mingled and had their fill of hot and cold finger foods, lingered at the chips and dip station, and pleased their palates at the sushi bar. There were also a few libation stations around the room to keep everyone happy.

After the cocktail party, guests were guided by candlelight across the resort for the grand dinner and party. No one gave a second thought to the sprinkling of rain as they gleefully made their way around the buffet area, filling their plates.

Party pumped

The party really got started when well-known singer Gem Myers took to the stage. Opening the show with the Celine Dion classic My heart will go on, she later belted out Al Green's Let's stay together. As her selections got more energetic, she lit up the dining area, turning it into a veritable disco inferno. Guests weren't shy about hitting the dance floor to show their delight.

On Saturday night, it was all about 'Romance and Memories' as Couples Negril stepped out with the resort transformed into a sea of pink and black. Guests first mingled in the beautifully decorated main lobby, where they had the choice of hitting up the mojito bar, a dedicated margarita bar, or a standard bar, all the while dancing to the beat of a live band set up near the entrance.

Soon, it was time for dinner and the guests made their way downstairs to the pool area. Impressive ice sculptures, colourful lights and expertly presented decorations made it feel like you were stepping into another world. After an impressive spread of nearly every station imaginable, guests were treated to spectacular performances by fire dancers and aerial acrobats.

Popular resort performer 'Mr Rock and Roll' got the dance floor packed with his rendition of La Bamba. The party raged on well into the night then moved to the piano lounge where DJ Marlon Young brought things into overdrive.

It was an exceptional celebration for two extraordinary resorts.

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