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Love on the rock

Published:Saturday | April 15, 2017 | 4:04 PM
Groom Christopher Gordon is flanked by Martei Korley (left) and Junior Gordon.
The couple with their traditional wedding cake.
The groom’s family (from left) mother Adinore Grant, father Adoniza Gordon, and cousin Saudia Cobrand.
From left: Melissa Chang-Ferdinand, David ‘Squeeze’ Annakie and Sonja Nalkiran at Chris and Maria Gordon’s wedding at Stella by the Sea Villa at Tryall Club in Hanover.
Bride and groom, Christopher and Maria Gordon, pose with the ‘One Drink Only’ crew.
Christopher Gordon kisses his wife Maria at their seaside wedding.
Christopher Gordon and his bride, Maria Roberson, make their grand appearance.
Groom Chris ‘Birdie’ Gordon (right) shares lens with ‘head cook and bottle washer’ Richard Ferdinand, the man who introduced him to his wife, Maria.
Dr Horace Chang and his wife Paulette.
From left: Nadya Raymond, Euwan McKnolly and Patricia Henry.
Aunt and cousin of the groom, Rachel (left) and Monique Solomon.
The bride Maria Gordon shares lens time with Mystic Thai’s Kareena Mahbubani.
Jonathan Ljunggren and Erika Harvey.
From left: Laura Mazabel with Mark and Paula Kovinsky.
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Love on the Rock

Western Bureau:

Christopher Gordon met Maria Roberson in 2015 at a soca party at Hope Gardens in St Andrew. Later that night they ended up at Fiction Nightclub, and, even later, spent the night chatting in the car park until the break of dawn.

The two have remained inseparable since, and two Saturdays ago shared their commitment with their family and friends in a soul-stirring wedding ceremony at the Stella by the Sea Villa at Tryall Club in Hanover. The two tied the knot in a private ceremony late last year, and now decided to publicly share their love with their loved ones.

Witnessed by close friends, mainly from the 'One Drink Only' group, Gordon, formerly of the group No-Maddz, and Roberson, a Texan businesswoman, were celebrated in a garden ceremony that had the best of both worlds - waves crashing against rocks, and flora that embodied tropical loveliness.

When Gordon looked into Roberson's eyes, their souls seemed entwined. And when Roberson responded, to 'I do', her happiness turned into tears.

"Rasta nuh go a soca party," quipped Gordon, as he shared the story of how they met - introduced by matchmaker Richard Ferdinand.

He said that after spending the night in the parking lot at Fiction with the woman who is now his wife, he looked back on the night's events the next day and said, "Did she make an impression?"

The answer to that question is obvious. Roberson, who was born in Russia, is still making that impression on him. "I love her tremendously," he said.

Marriage for the couple was a given, said their friend Ferdinand, who noted that they travelled all over the Caribbean and parts of North America with him and his wife, Melissa. "When we went on our wedding anniversary to St Lucia, they came with us." Anguilla, Las Vegas, carnival in Trinidad, were among the places they travelled together as friends, enjoying the best that life has to offer.

For their wedding, only the best was good enough, so they pulled for two of Jamaica's greatest performers - lovers rock singer, Beres Hammond, and reggae and dancehall recording artiste I-Octane.

At the close of a magnificent evening, Christopher Gordon agreed that at home, any issues that occurred would always be his fault.

There was no denying, he was planning on making sure he is a good husband.

The wedding ceremony was officiated by Reverend Courtney Walters.