Simone and David ... At Last!
On March 31, Scotiabank's fabulous marketing expert Simone Hull and her long-time beau, David Lloyd of the Port Authority of Jamaica, said their 'I dos' at the Boulevard Baptist Church in St Andrew. It marked the perfect culmination on their 11-year relationship.
How They Met
The newly-weds met through a mutual friend who worked at the National Commercial Bank 11 years ago in August 2000. "I saw him working in the bank and told my friend that I liked him. We started talking casually, then began dating after a very long getting-to-know-each-other period," she said.
At one point, Hull actually thought Lloyd wasn't interested in a relationship but their friendship blossomed throughout that time and they took things slowly because they knew they wanted a serious commitment. They lived together for 11 years and have a four-year-old daughter together.
During a telephone conversation from work one day, they decided it was "time to put a stop to the nonsense and get married." As he tells it, "We had been living like a married couple for more than a decade and so we were merely formalising our relationship." So, on March 16, they decided to tie the knot in a simple, fuss-free yet tasteful ceremony with a few of their very closest friends and family.
They chose a springtime theme with the ceremony in church and brunch on the terrace and gardens. The colours were tiffany blue, spring green with pure white. "It was the happiest day of my life. It was a true blessing to share the joy of marrying David with my special friends and family. The occasion was very relaxed, casual and filled with laughter and good times," Mrs Lloyd recalls.
There were only 25 guests who have all known Simone and David from the start of the relationship and known both individually for more than 20 years. It was an extremely warm and wonderful occasion.
The bride carried a bouquet of white roses wrapped with tiffany blue ribbon and pearls from Velna's Flowers inside Loshusan Supermarket, Barbican. The wedding cake was a light fruitcake with rum featuring beautiful special spring bloom design from pastry master Selena Wong.
The couple performed a symbolic unity ceremony with the entire family of five, including three children and the bride and groom. The Reverend Dr Devon Dick, pastor of Boulevard Baptist Church, was the officiating minister.
Maurine Capleton from MC Decor provided the decor and event planner Rachel McKenley arranged the wedding and brunch. The bride's gown was from Beautiful Brides and Mr Tux, her footwear from Bridget Sandals and the groom sported a black Gucci suit with tiffany blue accents from from Spencer's Tailoring.
"I walked down the aisle with my mother and father and shared the day
with Simone Walker, my maid of honour, while my husband had Nattawah
Dixon, his best friend and business partner, as best man," she told
Mrs Lloyd's wedding march was to
the instrumental of Lionel Ritchie's Endless Love and
the new couple danced out of the church to Unwritten
by Natasha Beddingfield. They performed their first dance as man and
wife to Shania Twain's From This
One of the highlights of the wedding
was a performance of Etta James' At Last during the
signing of the official documents and Mrs Lloyd's serenaded her husband
with Beres Hammond's Groovy Little Thing We Got
Going. Her father stole the show with Marcia Griffiths'
When You're in Love It's a Lovely