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Love conquers all

Published:Sunday | January 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM
The bride being escorted by her mother, Elsa May Binns.
Senator and attorney-at-law Sophia Frazer-Binns and her husband, neurosurgeon, Dr James Geoffrey Liburd, at their wedding ceremony.
Prime Minister Portia Miller (Centre) with the newly-weds.
Senator Imani Duncan-Price (left) and Andrine Higgins.
photos by Janet Silvera Trade Board’s Mackeda Ramjeet-Baugh (left) with the Office of the Prime Minister’s Dollis Campbell.
The happy bride Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns (centre) with her bridesmaids (from left) Shelly Ann Hyman, Kalisia Findley, Sabrena Binns-Hardware (sister), Amory Hamilton-Henry, and flower girl Serena Jones.
Dr James Geoffrey Liburd (centre) is flanked by groomsmen (from left) Jason Keith, Dr Franz Pencle, Dr Lincoln Liburd (nephew), Desmond Lewis and ring bearer, Gibran Hardware.
Sister of the bride, Dr Katherine Binns-Hendricks (left) and sister of the groom, Marjorie Liburd-Brandy unveil the wedding cake.
Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns and Dr James Geoffrey Liburd cut their wedding cake during the reception. Photos by Janet Silvera
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Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer

It was not an easy road for newlyweds, Dr James Geoffrey Liburd and Government Senator, Sophia Frazer-Binns, before love championed all.

The road was paved with tears and pain, and there were days that we thought that the sun would not find us, a poetic sounding Liburd said, as he spoke of the seven-year journey which brought them to one of the most beautiful nuptials witnessed at the University of the West Indies Chapel, last Saturday afternoon.

The couple, who are now on honeymoon in St Kitts, where the groom is originally from, did not need to utter a word at their wedding ceremony. The laughter, camaraderie, and love was evident from the playful and fun way officiating ministers Reverend Father Witson Williams and Reverend Canon Major Sirano Kitson conducted the nuptials. Later, Jamaicas best MC, Leighton McKnight, took charge at the reception at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Liburd, a neurosurgeon born in the eastern Caribbean island of Nevis, met Frazer-Binns, an attorney-at-law, in 2007. Apparently, it was the cabbage and boiled dumpling they ate on their first date that cemented that they were humble human beings, capable of existing in just about any environment.

With time and patience, love found its way into their lives, Liburd told the more than 200 guests who sat transfixed in The Jamaica Pegasus ballroom.

Like a house with a strong foundation, the goodly doctor revealed that their relationship was built block by block, whether by design or fate, we were meant to be, he told the gathering, which included several ministers of government and senators.

Frazer-Binns mother who walked her up the aisle in the absence of a father, beamed with pride as she listened to the man who had followed her daughter to England where she was studying in 2012.

Throughout this relationship, we spoke every day, said Liburd, adding that theirs was a relationship of trust and friendship.

We are best friends. We pray together, we put God at the forefront, and I am officially the happiest man on earth tonight, he declared, opening up even further, stating that nothing could have prepared him for the what he saw when Frazer-Binns walked down the aisle earlier in the afternoon.

The attorney-at-law, wore a Uzuri International gown that hugged her figure. For weeks, she depended on raw food expert, Betty Stephenson-Ashleys green juice, so she could fit into the intricately-woven gown.

Liburd got married on his mothers 90th birthday, a ceremony she watched from her home in St Kitts via live streaming.

Too ill to make the journey to Jamaica, the couple flew out the following morning to be with the rest of his family.

Already, it was obvious that Sophia Frazer-Binns, now Frazer-Binns Liburd, was going to give the same type of attention she gave her own mom.

You are the daughter every mother wants. The wife every man dreams of and the friend every one cherishes, said her best friend and maid of honour, Kalisia Findley, who added that her friend was kind to a fault, was not self-seeking and keeps no record of being wronged.

In fact, she is one of the few persons to enter politics for the right reasons, states Findley.

The grooms best man, Dr Franz Pencle, lauded him as hardworking and smart, blessed with skillful hands.

He has been through all the heat and pressure to make him a diamond, said Pencle.

The couples friends want them to have at least two children. Frazer-Binns best friend, Findley wants her to deliver no less than five!

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com