Three days of bliss!! A lifetime of love: Vishal and Jaya
Vishal Vaswani and Jaya Ramchandani's fairy tale started the day Vaswani, on bended knees, proposed in the wine cellar at the historic Sugar Mill restaurant at Half Moon.
The rooms director at the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara, had been dating Jaya, reservations manager at Island Routes, for six months when he decided he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.
"He proposed to me in the most romantic way possible - he and the waiter pretended to escort us to the cellar to find the perfect wine for our meal - I was swept off of my feet when he knelt on one knee and asked me to marry him," Jaya reminisced.
Opening up her heart to this writer, the daughter of pageant king Lachu Ramchandani and wife Bina, said, "when you find the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you just know - there are no questions about it. You get that feeling, that spark, something so simple as the touch of their hand gives you butterflies; you want to spend every moment with that person."
That's exactly how they both felt, from the very moment they reconnected just over a year ago (The two have known each other since their late teens).
"We always crossed each others' paths, as we both work in hospitality. I would see Vishal's name on e-mail correspondence when he was the hotel manager at the Sandals Grande Riviera, and even sometimes on work trips from our office. I always had a crush on him and years ago, when he lived in Montego Bay and worked at the Ritz Carlton hotel. When we were in our late teens and went on a few dates," she revealed.
Geography and work separated the two, with Jaya migrating for school overseas, while Vishal returned to his hometown of Ocho Rios in St Ann.
The two reconnected just over a year ago while Jaya was attending a friend's birthday party at Iberostar. Vishal was literally living at the resort while the Hyatt was under construction.
"I guess fate brought us back together. The fact that he relocated to Montego Bay to work, and that we crossed paths was so unexpected," explained Jaya.
Of course, they exchanged numbers that night and have been inseparable since.
Vishal searched hard to find the perfect ring for his proposal earlier this year on March 1. "I felt like the luckiest girl in the world as I didn't think that I would ever find true love, and even more than that, a prince charming that is handsome, smart and can make me laugh," Jaya said.
Their fairy-tale seem to climax on the weekend of December 12th where their wedding dreams came true. The three day traditional Hindu celebrations began with an official Hindu engagement on Thursday Dec 10th at the Flavours of India Restaurant at Blue Diamond Shopping Centre. This was followed by the Sangeet "Song and Dance" event at Iberostar Beach on Friday, and then the Hindu Ceremony and Grand Reception at Montego Bay Convention Centre on Saturday.
The weekend was perfect, everything went as planned, even the weather held up just in time for the events.
"Our favourite part was the grand reception because we had put all of our time and effort into planning it. All the late nights I spent on Pinterest searching for the perfect theme and centre pieces and unique ideas," shared Jaya.
They decided on a Winter Wonderland theme - with an all white chocolate buffet, white acrylic glass dance floor, white chiavari chair, chandeliers, white centrepieces and so much more.
The ballroom at the convention centre came to life with the help of Tai Flora, who added the most amazing centrepieces made of reverse trumpets with hanging crystals and white manzanita trees with hanging crystals and volitive candles.
Uplighting was done by Main Events.