Jody-Anne Lawrence, Gleaner Writer
While most people go the route of falling in love, Andrew Martin and Dejaneť Ramsay took the route of walking and growing in love.
On November 30, they were united forever when they said I do at Faith Chapel Apostolic on Rendfield Avenue.
Andrew tells Flair he remembers the day they moved from just casual acquaintances to friends.
"One Saturday evening I was at church for a practice and I saw her sitting by herself. She looked a little sad, so I went over to ask her what was wrong. She opened up to me and we just talked. That same evening there was a gospel concert, and because she was sad and needed a little cheering up, I invited her to come with me." That was March of 2009.
After that night, the two exchanged numbers, and were almost inseparable. It was through this friendship and bond that Andrew realised that he was in love with Dejaneť. He tells Flair he felt like a teenager again, rattled with nerves, when he first admitted that he liked her - he was relieved when she admitted that she was starting to like him too.
Dejaneť thought it was just a normal movie night at a friend's house, but she was in for a surprise. She tells Flair it was one of the most memorable nights in her life that ended with her answering a question that changed her lifeforever.
The day was June 15 the parents of bride and groom remained hidden while the friends voted on which movie to see. Decision made, Andrew stealthily slipped in a DVD he had made.
Dejaneť was expecting a Columbia picture, but the opening scene was of Andrew asking her father for her hand in marriage after one of the regular football games at Andrew's old stomping ground - Calabar High School.
The scene changed to earlier that day with her groom- to-be getting into his car about to head to movie night, then light filled the dimly lit room revealing Andrew on bended knee asking Dejaneť to be his wife. During his serenade, overjoyed, she could not hold back the tears. And, of course, her response was, 'Yes'.
The Wedding Day
The lovebirds-themed ceremony featured trees with miniature birds nestled in their branches. This completed the couple's blue, red and white colour scheme. The bridal party was seated on red sofas as the couple exchanged vows.
The reception followed in the Gold Room at the University of the West Indies' Mona Visitors' Lodge and Conference Centre. The room was also decorated to complement the lovebird and colour theme.
Instead of the traditional groom and bride atop the cake they had miniature birds in an edible nest.
The warm intimate reception continued with heartfelt toasts and fun games. Both the bride and the groom were moved to tears during the traditional groom's reply.