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United in tropical splendour

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Barbara Ellington, Lifestyle Editor

The river at Boone Hall Oasis provides the perfect setting for lasting wedding day memories. Tamara and Edison pose for the camera.

The Leighton and Gourzong families were united by the bonds of marriage in a beautiful tropical setting at Boone Hall Oasis, Stony Hill, St Andrew, on Saturday, January 9. It was the day when Tamara Gourzong and Edison Leighton, head of Maths Unlimited, said 'I do.'

Wedding coordinator and mother of the bride, businesswoman Veronica Stokes elicited the expertise of long-time friend and florist Hermine Pryce who spun her magic with a peferct interpretation of the bride's theme of tropical splendour.

Pryce told Outlook that the venue, with its river running along the border, is the ideal location. Its lush vegetation and many alcoves seem just tailor-made for a wedding ceremony and reception. She maintained the tropical theme in the wooden gazebos that was transformed into the altar, and the platformed areas overlooking the river with masses of anthuriums, torch and red ginger, bird of paradise and a variety of orchids, crotons, palms and ferns.

The reception area featured tables covered in fuchsia and silver chairs with emerald green seat-cushions. Lucky guests won some of the table arrangements in a quiz section that tested the guests' knowledge of the couple.

The bride was a vision of loveliness in her strapless gown that featured a laced up back and ended with a train. Her hair was styled in a simple yet sophisticated bun that was wrapped in pearls, she wore silver, strappy wedges and carried a bouquet of cala lilies. Her maid of honour and bridesmaid wore JS Boutique's melon and grass to perfection. They carried bouquets of anthuriums in keeping with the tropical theme. The groom chose accents in a shade of green, his bride's favourite colour, to go with his dark suit.

Officiating minister was Rev Christine Gooden-Benguche and musical selections were provided by Terry Chin and Christopher McDonald. The bride's brother Marco Gourzong was her giveaway 'father'.

The small and intimate gathering of 45 family and friends included: Master of Ceremonies Ronald Sutherland, marketing manager of CVM Television; Robert Campbell, best man; the groom's mother, Pauline Thompson and her sister Cynthia Goring; his sisters, Jackie, Dena, Bobette and NaTasha Leighton; Celena Leighton and her mother Tamara Morrison; Taja Simpson; Dacia Green; Sharon Asphall, of Scotiabank; Guardian Asset Management's Kim Edwards; Alicia Lyle of the Jamaica Public Service; Jamaica Social Investment Fund's Managing Director Scarlette Gillings; Aldith and Ryanne Gourzong; Gregory and Angella Gregg; Hermine Pryce; Janet Simms; Sadie Ruddock; Olana Foster; Douglas Gourzong; attorneys-at-law Carlene Larmond and Kelwin Ford; Monique Habbib, Annette Francis and husband Mark Barnett.

Guests from overseasincluded: Uncle Lascelles 'Latty' Gourzong from Florida; cousin Erica Ruddock-Rhoden, owner of Aura Lounge in Toronto and Shernette Levy from Florida.

The wedding cake by Selena Wong.

Guests enjoy the ambience, featuring fuchsia table covers, silver chargers, centrepeieces of tropical blooms and silver chairs with green cushions.

Scarlette Gillings is pretty in pink.

From left: Tara Ruddock, Tamara Leighton and Simone Dunbar make wedding day memories.

From left: Marco Gourzong, with his uncle Lascelles 'Latty' Gourzong and son Douglas Gourzong.

The new Mr and Mrs Edison Leighton seal their nuptials with a kiss. - Rudolph Brown/ Photographer

The intimate gathering of family and friends congratulate the newly-weds as they depart the altar.

Mothers of the groom, Pauline Thompson (left) and the bride, Veronica Stokes.

Alicia Lyle tones it down with cream and pearls.

From left: Tara Ruddock, Simone Dunbar, Taja Simpson, the bride Tamara Leighton, Dacia Green, Tara Ruddock and Shernett Levy pose for the best friends forever ('BFF') shot.