Krysta Anderson, Gleaner Writer
For Lan Phan of Hong Kong and Long Giang of Vietnam - who currently live in Canada - Jamaica was the ideal destination for their wedding. The high-school sweethearts said their 'I dos' under the sun-kissed skies at the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay last Wednesday, completing their storybook romance.
Ja's culinary expertise
The lovers were lured to the island by its culinary offerings - Phan declared "I really wanted to try the Jamaican patties," while Giang attributed the decision to his personal craving for the famous Jamaican jerked chicken. "We had always heard that Sandals was a great place for weddings, so the idea of a destination wedding in Jamaica that allowed us to explore the food and the culture seemed written in the stars."
sandals Ja Experience
Taking the plunge at Sandals Royal Caribbean, Phan and Giang both agreed they have found the Jamaican patties to be quite delicious and the jerked chicken definitely worth the trip. Giang noted that it was the high level of service and the warmth of the Jamaican people that made the their experience truly amazing, "Being able to share it with our friends and family, many of whom were also visiting for the first time, was simply priceless."
They also acknowledged the Red Lane Spa's 50-minute Scents of Love Couples Massage on Sandals Private Island for supplying the ultimate in relaxation and thanked Chef Keith of the resort for going above and beyond to provide their particular needs with delectable Jamaican dishes and even Chinese cuisine.
The wedding ceremony
With 18 of their closest friends in attendance, the couple shared a very intimate wedding ceremony in the beautiful Balmoral Gardens of the resort. The location provided the picturesque backdrop for the occasion. Giang, who opted for the traditional black suit, provided a flawless frame and the beautiful bride, Phan, who was a vision of loveliness in a flowing A-line, custom-made gown tapered in sequin detail. Bursts of yellow and blue, the bride and groom's favourite colours, added vibrancy. The groomsmen followed suit suavely sporting black, with boutonnieres of yellow mokara orchids, little off-shouts from Phan's bouquet. The blushing bridesmaids boasted blue Vera Wang dresses.