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Basil and Imani's wedding wonderland
published: Sunday | January 21, 2007

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer

Mother of the groom, Girzel Waite (left), assists the couple in the popular candle-lighting ceremony at their wedding.-photo by Nathaniel Stewart/Freelance Photographer


He knew from the first day they met she would be his bride. She knew he was hers two days after meeting him.

The historic meeting took place on the set of a television programme and seven hours later he phoned his mom saying, "I found the woman I am going to marry."

And on Saturday, January 13, Grace Imani Duncan and Basil Llewelyn M'Wallimu Waite did just that, while they made redundant the words 'I, my or me', replacing them with 'we, ours and us' as they exchanged vows in a magnificently beautiful wedding ceremony at the University Chapel, Mona.

Dazzling her guests with her flawless beauty, the former Miss Jamaica World arrived at the church in a stretch limousine in an ivory lace mermaid strapless gown, perfected by a sheer back and side panels. The dress was complemented with Swarovski crystals which accented the diamond design on the sheer lacy side panels.

On the arms of her proud and unorthodox father, Dr. D.K. Duncan, she moved unhurriedly towards the soulmate she had committed her life to. Her mother, Grace Duncan, put the final touch to the untraditional bouquet presentation that the bride collected from 17 children representing the next generation of both families.

Waite, a 'Chancellorite'-'Harvardite', did a recent stint at the World Bank and is currently a management consultant with McKinsey and Company. One of the island's bright minds, he too made parents Basil and Girzel Waite very proud.

In a ceremony officiated by Rev'ds. Jeffrey McKenzie, Dr. Vincent Fletcher, accompanied by pianist Dr. Carol Ball-Thompson, violinist Paulette Bellamy and soprano Velia Espeut, Imani and Basil Waite placed their joys, sorrows, fears, aspirations and future into the hands of the Lord.

The reception

Tucked away in the hills of St. Andrew and lending a spectacular view of the city of Kingston, the newly-weds held their reception at the fabulous Far Away.

On arrival, guests were treated to simply-styled shawls with lovebirds Basil and Imani imprinted on the inside.

A decorator's dream, the couple chose hues of orange, red and brown, copper and bronze as their colour scheme, giving a very relaxed and informal setting. No head table, just a colourful cake and two well-appointed chairs.

A lounge area, an exceptionally glittering mango tree with bamboo floodlights, and innovatively done food stations with the interest of the children in mind, were some of the pleasant touches.

The bride's mother, Grace Duncan, headed the impressive guest list that also included: P.J. Patterson, Sir Howard Cooke, Dr. Omar and Rose Davies, Dr. Peter and Sandra Phillips, Donald and Dorothy Buchanan, Karl and Sylvia Blythe, Phillip Paulwell, Beverley Anderson Manley, Donna Duncan Scott and husband Alwyn, Patricia and Wayne Sutherland, Wendy and Keith Duncan, David and Heather Duncan, Prince Neto, Marsha, Nevadah, Mugabe, Chadee and Gareth Waite, Faith Thomas, Zein and Chris Nakash, Donna Hope, Heather Robinson, Kathryn Stewart, Gina Shoucair, Selwin George, Linden Morrison, from Switzerland, and Miriti Murungi from Kenya.

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