Jah Cure weds beauty queen
Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
Reggae singer Siccature 'Jah Cure'Alcock and Kamila McDonald, co-host of CVM TV's 'On Stage', former Miss Jamaica World contestant and Stanford University graduate, became man and wife at the luxurious Tryall Club, Sandy Bay, Hanover, on Sunday, August 7.
Alcock and McDonald, who met along Constant Spring Road, St Andrew, just over two years ago, exchanged their vows in an Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church ceremony in the reception hall of the hotel, officiated by Father Haile Melokot, assisted by three deacons.
The ceremony was punctuated by riveting beats of Nyahbingi drums and light summer showers which watered the exquisitely manicured lawn.
The hall was decorated with teal coloured roses affixed to white lace curtains and a backdrop of white, fuchsia and bouquets which included fuchsia roses, and peach anthuriums mounted on bamboo stands.
Two flower girls, Kadiya Mcdonald and Gracie Archibald, spread rose petals along the carpeted aisle for the bride.
The bride, elegant in an Uzuri gown with lace bodice encrusted with diamanté, was escorted down the aisle by her father, Errol McDonald, to the strains of Dionne Warwick's hit single, I'll Never Love This Way Again.
Alcock, dressed in white suit and shoes with teal shirt with fuchsia accents, smilingly accepted the hand of his bride as her father released her into his care.
The bridal party comprised six bridesmaids and the maid of honour Kimani McDonald, the bride's sister, six groomsmen and best man Cecil Barker. The women were elegant in off-the-shoulder teal and fuchsia gowns while the men wore white suits, turquoise shirts and white ties.
Chants and prayers
The bride and groom were seated throughout the ceremony that was replete with chants and prayers in the Ge'ez (the ancient language of Ethiopia).
The couple responded to their vows saying: "Yes, Reverend Father by the command of God, I do" as chants from family and friends were accompanied by more Nyabinghi drummers playing softly.
The wedding rings were placed in a small bowl of water and blessed as bride and groom each with their left hand placed on a large Bible had a large cross placed on their hands and they received a blessing. They then exchanged rings with their hand placed on the Bible. An offering of incense followed with chants in Ge'ez.
Burgundy marital robes embroidered with majestic silver appliqués and matching crowns were blessed and placed on the couple followed by anointing of their foreheads with holy oil. They were wrapped with one cloth covering their shoulder and draped to their ankles.
The cloth signifies unity, the wrap signifies the sonship, the ring signifies faith/religion, the cross signifies the temptation they will encounter in life because of their commitment to their faith, the crown symbolises the honour they will receive in Heaven and the holy oil signifies the gift of the Holy Spirit.
During the signing of the register, Jah Cure's Unconditional Love was sung by his sister Malika Alcock.
The newly-weds left the reception hall through an arch formed by the bridal party and proceeded to an elegantly decorated gazebo where they released two white doves signifying prosperity and love. One dove after flying a short distance fell into the water but was later rescued.
At the reception, more than 100 guests dined on traditional curried goat, baked chicken, deep-fried red snapper fillet and shrimp.
Master of ceremonies was IRIE FM's Ron Muschette; Alaine performed Sacrifice while, the McDonald family, led by Errol and Kerida, mother and father of the bride, shared tenets of what makes a happy marriage and performed three songs. Their other children also sang.
Among the guests were Wayne Marshall and wife Tami Chynn, Bling Dawg, Christopher Martin, Jahvinci, CVM's Regina Beavers and Winford Williams.