The Clarke's nuptial bliss
It has been said that true love stories never have endings, just newer beginnings. "As far as I can remember in my adult life this was the most breathtaking, lavish, organised and joyful wedding I have attended. They left no stone unturned. It was jaw-dropping. True love was apparent in every moment of this wedding," Flavia Christopher, friend of the loving couple, expressed about the nuptial hour of Egbert Clarke and Dr Carisa Walker.
Cascading orchids flowed six feet down on the tables, as guests celebrated; awed by soulmates, Clarke and the woman he will spend the rest of his life with, Dr Walker. After four years of romancing each other, the two discarded the word single, accepting the vows "kind, patient, forgiving, in sickness and in health".
Walker's mother Dr Lesonie Walker, a retired Florida International University (FIU) lecturer spared nothing to ensure that her daughter was given the most unforgettable destination wedding at the exclusive Ritz-Carlton in the posh Coconut Grove in Florida.
The absence of the father of the bride, the late Ocho Rios motor vehicle examiner, Winston 'Pick A Cheek' Walker to walk her down the aisle, might have put a damper on the grand occasion, but her knight in suited armour calmed her spirit, meeting her half way when she broke down and cried.
The former St Hilda's beauty wowed her specially invited guests, slaying her wedded runway in her Swarovski crystal strapless silhouette dress. "I wanted a dress that made me look like I am taking off, and that was exactly what I got, as I walked off into the arms of my husband," Dr Walker, who is a pharmacist by profession, quipped during an interview with Outlook.
She hugged her husband, a former student of Cornwall College, now the executive vice-president of global operations for Rignet, an oil and gas company, in the warmest and most loving of embrace.
Her elegant emerald green, white roses and orchids wedding ceremony had close to 200 guests in attendance, and all were spellbound as the renowned Adrian Arsht Centre Miami oratory society lived up to its reputation during their selection from Phantom of the Opera All I Ask of You and the Prayer, which they sang in Italian and English.
A French Jazz singer during dinner, a five-piece Jazz band, classical pianist and a bridal valet, gave jaw-dropping attributes to this once-in-a-lifetime affair. Lamb chops and caviar, a stretch limousine, and even the Jimmy Choo shoes the bride wore, complemented the theme 'Spinal Tenacity and Female Fortitude'.
Coined by officiating minister Pastor Jovan White, he sought to have this come to fruition by asking the Lord to grant the the men spinal tenacity and the females fortitude.
With an MC such as Jamaica's own Leighton McKnight, who took the theme literally throughout the reception, had guests rolling with laughter in a sea of endless love.