The Wright set up
Krysta Anderson, Gleaner Writer
They say there is nothing more exciting than meeting the love of your life by chance. But what if it was a set-up? Well, for Craig Ewers and Chantel Wright, it took a group blind date gone wrong for them to meet.
According to Wright, it was another outing to the movies with friends as they attempted to 'couple up'. "I was supposed to be the date for one of my friend's boyfriend's friend ... a date that I was not interested in. However, at the end of the movie my night got better when I saw Craig. He was actually there the whole time. I was captivated by his smile and instantly turned to my friend and without hesitation said, "He looks like a teddy bear!"
For the rest of the night, Wright's eyes were glued to Craig with questions about him floating in her head. "Even when my date was trying to have a conversation with me I was far too busy, intrigued by Craig." Ewers also admitted to Flair that he was smitten by young Wright, but was concerned for his friend, who by all indications was not making a good impression.
Eventually, he decided to make his move introducing himself to Wright. After exchanging just a few words she was hooked, "When I got home I immediately added him on Facebook and we started chatting through messenger."
That first group outing led to another, only this time, Ewers had the 'Wright' date. They have been inseparable since.
Their decision to enter into a relationship wasn't really discussed. Ewers explained, "I honestly can say I didn't ask Chantel to be my girlfriend. I just remember two months into our relationship, feeling that I never wanted to hang around any other woman besides her. I remember we had a discussion and we decided to choose the date of our first kiss as the day our relationship exited the friendship zone."
After that, everything changed for Craig. "I was in the final year of my studies at the University of Technology, and before I met Chantel, I usually hung around at school until around 9 p.m. to study and socialise with my friends. All that changed when she came into my life. As soon as school was over, I would head straight through the gates to either meet Chantel in Half-Way Tree or in Spanish Town, and because we lived close by, we were able to hang around in our community late into the night."
Wright confessed, "I knew he was the one in the second year of our relationship, and was the first to reveal those three special words. Yes, I was that brave."
At the end of the third year of their relationship, the love birds decided that they wanted to ring in the New Year in style, so they decided to hit Redbones Blues Café. Little did Wright know that her life would be changed that night.
"When we arrived at the table reserved for us, we dined in comfort, enjoying good conversation and great food. After a while, he excused himself from the table while I was digging into my dessert. Suddenly, I heard Craig's voice over the microphone. I was so shocked. He had written a poem titled 'Her' dedicated to me. By this time, my heart was doing a million beats per minute. I was woozy, and at the end of the poem he went down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Instantly, the tears came. It was the sweetest, most romantic thing ever! Of course, I said yes!"
The couple revealed that the process of wedding planning was a little overwhelming, and after months of scouring they finally made a decision. "We finally settled on Eden Gardens Wellness and Spa, since we wanted a garden wedding. Our decorator, Winston Wauchope, delivered beyond our expectations. My dress was the talk of the town. Bliss Bridal Boutique was my first and only bridal store, and they didn't disappoint, their customer service was A-class. I really enjoyed the experience and they ensured I found the perfect dress.
Make-up was done by Sharon Wint of Face Forward Cosmetics and my hair was done by Nicole, a fellow naturalista. The fabulous cake was done by Cakes by Latoya, which tasted fabulous, and our photographer and his wife - Tajeane and Gillian Roseway of TJ876 lifestyle photography - captured the essence of our everlasting love." the couple gushed.
On November 30, 2014, the bridesmaids walked down the aisle to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. The bride followed marching to Giving Myself Over To You by Jennifer Hudson. The bride and groom exchanged vows and shared a magical kiss for the first time as husband and wife. Their reception was a fun-filled night of dancing. It was indeed a day and night the newly-weds will never forget.