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A 'Couple' of anniversaries

Published:Sunday | January 22, 2017 | 1:00 AM
Glen Lawrence flanked by Natalie Williamson (left) and Kadesha Murray.
Linda Shernan (left) shares a hug with Carol Cartade.
Pip South (left) is all smiles with Suzanne Issa.
Chairman of Couples Resorts Lee Issa (centre) flanked by Larry Baker, and his wife Le-Ann Baker.
Dianne Belnavis and Michael Belnavis, Mayor of St Ann, dancing up a storm at Couples Sans Souci anniversary party.
From left: Andreen Laing poses with Alex Welcome and Sasha-Gaye Lewinson at Couples Sans Souci's Motown-themed anniversary party.
Jackie Becker is all smiles with Peter Chiakotko at Couples Sans Souci anniversary.
Surrounded by members of the executive team, young Abe Issa (left), cuts the 11th anniversary cake with general manager of Couples Sans Souci, Pierre Battaglia.
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Couples Sans Souci celebrated its 11th anniversary playing 'Dandy Shandy' with the rain, while Couples Tower Isle was forced to move its 39th anniversary cocktail reception to its lobby as strong winds reigned supreme last weekend.

The two resorts actually brought warmth to an appreciably cool Ocho Rios last Friday and Saturday night, as several repeat guests rubbed shoulders with local socialites, many of whom have become regulars at the calendar events.

The rains threatened to dampen the 'Motown' theme at Sans Souci's Friday night event, however, the dynamic trio tagged 'Silhouette' would not allow it, while the repeat guests, boasting a 50 per cent ratio, were bent on enjoying every moment of the grand affair.

A Motown bar, bell foot pants, and high afro paintings scattered across the property, accompanied by Silhouette's selection of hits by Diana Ross and the Supremes; Smokey Robinson and the Miracles; the Marvelettes; and the Temptations gave authenticity to the theme.

The group knew Motown was the sound that changed America and on Friday night used it to bring heat to the wet lawns of the fabulous resort.

On Saturday night at Couples Tower Isle, it was all about the food, and regional executive chef Stefan Spath and his team outdid themselves with their underwater theme.

No one was expected to wear swimsuits, all they had to do was come dressed for an exotic and titillating experience and the food and beverage team delivered.

The creatures of the sea took the spotlight, complemented by a mini Asian infusion station for those who wanted meat.

Again, Couples resorts proved that come 'rain or shine', nothing could spoil their ability to put on a great party.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com