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Wedding in Paradise

Published:Sunday | April 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Fransuah and Michael Chin caught in a tender moment.
The wedding cake - photo courtesy of royal Plantation
Boxes of wedding cake neatly laid out.
For the reception, the decor stuck to the rust and

If you want the perfect setting for a memorable wedding in paradise, there is no better location than the Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, St Ann. That is where Michael Chin, owner of Sinclair's Bargain Centre in the parish, and Fransuah Salmon exchanged wedding vows on Sunday, March 29. The couple made history at the picturesque venue, theirs being the first local wedding to take place there.

The day was perfect. The waves lapped the shore as a gentle breeze wafted off the rust and brown-themed boardwalk while guests eagerly awaited the bride. The aisle was strewn with rose petals and draped in pepper light-filled white tulle. Tikki torches and potted palms punctuated the area that was decorated beautifully with masses of tropical blooms by florist Vivienne Aguilar.

The eager groom had arrived hours earlier, but with best man Blake Chin by his side, his sweat glands were kept in check. Stealing a glance, he smiled with pleasure as Fransuah arrived, a vision of loveliness in an Oleg Casini original white strapless gown. She carried a bouquet of fresh rosebuds and wore a diamante tiara on her upswept coif. Her matron of honour, Franceen Smith, spelt elegance in her brown lace dress.

Pearline Salmon Rodgers, mother of the bride, gave her away, and the ceremony was brief and well executed by the Rev André Johns. Michelle Black sang beautifully.

The reception was held in the magnificent conference room and here, the room's natural decor blended with the theme of the wedding to perfection. The 36 guests had more than ample room to be comfortable. After cocktails, they dined on a lavish feast and festivities continued way past midnight.

Peter Fraser, general manager of the hotel, Flair Magazine's Bachelor 2009, Trudane Hardware, and all the other members of staff at the property were kept busy throughout but the end result surpassed expectations.

Outlook magazine was a guest of Royal Plantation hotel.

- barbara.ellington@gleanerjm.com