Petra-Deane and Sherlon met while completing their medical internships in Jamaica.
Sherlon made sure to walk through Petra-Deane’s ward and strike up conversations with her every morning. His persistence paid off. She began to look forward to his visits, and happily accepted when he asked her out on a date on Valentine’s Day. It was the beginning of a beautiful courtship full of mini-adventures, road trips, walks on the beach, and plenty of romance. Petra-Deane reminisces, “Dating was very beautiful for me because I would get a surprise bouquet of flowers at work or even at home just because.”
After over a year of dating, Sherlon proposed by taking Petra-Deane to a secluded hill overlooking the city of Kingston and asking her to marry him under the night stars. It was the romantic and intimate proposal Perta-Deane always dreamed of.
They soon began wedding planning and choose a beautiful outdoor venue overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
Petra-Deane was a dream in her custom wedding gown created by MunaCoterie member Jaye Applewaite. She shares, “My dress was a beautiful mermaid style that had a chapel train, sweetheart design at the bust, and off the shoulder sleeves. The dress also had a breathtaking detachable cathedral train, which definitely gave it that wow factor. It was so regal, and I felt like a beautiful timeless goddess on our wedding day.”
After the beautiful outdoor ceremony, guests headed into a tent where they partied all night long. Sherlon is Guyanese, and Petra-Deane is Jamaican, so they incorporated food and music from both of their cultures, including Jamaican dancehall and reggae as well as Guyanese Chutney music.
See all of the Sinclair’s beautiful wedding photos below.
- Couple: Petra-Deane & Sherlon Orin Sinclair
- Wedding Location: Laughing Waters, Ocho Rios. St. Ann. Jamaica
- Wedding Date: 11/16/2019
- Gifts to each other: We gave each other gifts as well as love letters on the morning of the wedding. I gave Sherlon an antique pocket watch with his name engraved on it. It also read ” To my loving husband on our wedding day.” Sherlon gave me a beautiful gold diamond bracelet.
- Bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts: The bridesmaids received beautiful gift bags with earrings and customized bridesmaid makeup pouch, lipgloss and blush robes from David’s bridal. They also received customized wine flukes with their names etched on the flukes. The groomsmen received customized gift boxes containing, Cuban cigar, customized whiskey flasks with their surnames on it, and a shot glass, as well as a jewelry box. The cover of the box once flipped over read 4 hilarious codes that were required of the groomsmen on the wedding day.
- Ceremony Entrance song:
- Bride entrance song was to an orchestra rendition of the Love Theme Suite of the soundtrack of the movie “Love Actually”. Orchestra was performed in 2014 and titled “ Love Actually- Hollywood in Vienna”.
- Groom and groomsmen entrance song was to classical “Prince of Denmark, Trumpet Voluntary”
- Bridesmaids/ flower girl/ ring bearer entrance song was to “Pachelbel Canon in D” ( Cello and Piano; Best wedding version)
- First Dance Song was “Endless Love” Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross duet.
How did you meet?
Sherlon and I met at work. I cannot forget the date. It was on a Monday morning on January 17, 2015. I was a medical intern on the job, and he had just come from Guyana to Jamaica to do his medical internship. Funny enough too on that same morning, a nurse started to tease me saying, “See yuh husband there!” (Jamaican Patois). I just laughed it off and didn’t take it seriously. However, we ended up speaking because we realized that we had a mutual Guyanese friend, and she had told me that she had friends coming from Guyana to work there. Once I confirmed that he was one of the friends, I became a bit friendly and gave advice about moving around Kingston and so on.
Turns out that in the mornings, he would always walk through my ward and strike up conversations. My colleagues would tease me. I developed a crush and a few weeks later, he asked me out for dinner on a Friday night which happened to be Valentine’s Day. It was a light date, casual talks and the chemistry and friendship bloomed from there.
Thereafter, we went on several dates- dinner and movies, mini-adventures, road trips as well as to the beach. We became closer as we had similar family dynamics and our friends were also very welcoming of both of us. Dating was very beautiful for me because I would get a surprise bouquet of flowers at work or even at home “just because.” It was a beautiful gesture that I looked forward to yet still had that element of surprise.
We grew together and stood the test of time, even though in a short-lived long-distance relationship, because of our commitment and love for each other.
Tell us about the proposal?
We had gone to the north coast for a weekend vacation in Montego Bay. We had a great time, and honestly, I knew something was up because he was acting a bit weird. I thought he was planning to do it at the hotel. When that didn’t happen, I said to myself, “ok maybe another time then.” On our way back to Kingston he kept mentioning that we should go somewhere before going home. I was too tired and started to get a bit miserable, so I wanted to go home, but he insisted.
We have a spot in Kingston where we would usually go sometimes on a Sunday evening, to view the stars, as it was on a hill overlooking the city. It was a gorgeous view. You could see the city lights with an extensive view as well. So we would go there at times, to discuss our dreams/goals and so on.
So on that particular evening, I didn’t think that anything special would happen at that time. When we got there, he started to become extremely emotional and cemented his love and commitment for me, and then all of a sudden he got on one knee. I was so shocked and happy all in one. ( I think my mind went blank, lol) I honestly don’t think I heard what he said exactly on bended knees, but I heard him ask “Will you marry me?” I said YES!! We hugged and kissed and I cried. It was such a beautiful and intimate moment under the stars and overlooking the city lights. Just magical. I cannot forget that moment. (The date was October 17, 2016.)
Describe Your Wedding.
I wanted an elegant, timeless, and clean wedding with a whimsical undertone. We had a wedding color palette of blush, ivory, hint of greenery with candlelight, and exquisite lighting. The venue aided in setting the tone for the day as well and was chosen for that very reason. It was on a beautiful landscape overlooking the Caribbean Sea and adorned by waterfalls at each side of the property which flowed into the Caribbean Sea. The sound of the waterfalls, birds and just visualizing the beautiful trees and landscape made it a very relaxing atmosphere.
Describe your wedding attire.
Bride- My wedding dress was custom made by the talented Jaye Applewaite of the beautiful island of Barbados. I always wanted to have my dress custom made and it worked out so perfectly because I didn’t have the luxury to request leave from work to go to the US to do fittings. I was already following her page on Instagram and really admired her work. So I reached out. My dress was a beautiful mermaid style that had a chapel train, sweetheart design at the bust, and off the shoulder sleeves. The dress also had a breathtaking detachable cathedral train, which definitely gave it that wow factor. The dress was accentuated by French lacing which adorned an ivory lining. The veil was also a cathedral train that complemented the entire ensemble. It was so regal and I felt like a beautiful timeless goddess on our wedding day.
My earrings were courtesy of David’s Bridal and they were beautiful teardrop diamond earrings. My shoes were from the De Blossom Collection of David’s Bridal. They were pump heels with silver rhinestone covering. My something borrowed was the garter and it was also blue. I also borrowed the bracelet I wore on our wedding day
Groom- Sherlon had his suit custom made at Men’s Wearhouse in the US. It was a midnight blue suit. The Jacket was of a peaked tuxedo style with a wide black satin lapel. He also wore a white pleated tuxedo shirt and black tuxedo shoes courtesy of Express in the US. Cuff links and bow tie also from Men’s Wearhouse. Sherlon looked absolutely handsome in his ensemble.
What was your wedding dress experience like for you?
My wedding dress experience was so wonderful and was done in faith. It was custom made by the talented Jaye Applewaite of the beautiful island of Barbados. I first reached out to Jaye in January of 2019. I was now frantic because I thought yikes I’m super late with a dress. I always wanted a custom made wedding dress and the fact that I didn’t have the time to be traveling to do fittings at wedding dress stores in the US, so I thought why not reach out. I was already following her page on Instagram @jayeapplewaite, and loved her work. She was my top choice. I reached out and got a quick response. We spoke via WhatsApp call and off the bat I liked her. In the Caribbean, we have a saying “my spirit tek yuh”, meaning you take on to the person. We connected and shared ideas. I then sent her my measurements within the next few days. Jaye was very detailed and she included me throughout the entire process. She kept me calm as well. She is truly a gem and very professional.
Now we have never met, and so I had to make sure I kept my weight down to the exact initial measurements for the next couple of months because I’m all the way in the Bahamas while she was in Barbados. By August, I received the sample to fit. It fit like a glove. I took pics and videos of the fitting and sent it to her. We then made minor adjustments. Thank God for the power of the internet and courier services. We further corresponded and I received the final product of the dress in Miami, as she had to send it there for me to collect. (Far easier and cheaper than if she had sent it to the Bahamas). It fit like a glove once again, and I was so proud that I was able to maintain my weight. I loved it. I then traveled with my dream dress and all my wedding items to Jamaica for the wedding of my dreams to my dream man.
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding?
YES! Sherlon is Guyanese and I am Jamaican. So it was a beautiful blend of our cultures. We incorporated both cultures with food and music. The menu was so delicious as confirmed by our guests who wanted to know who did the catering. The music included Jamaican dancehall and reggae as well as Guyanese music called Chutney. And of course international music- hip hop, Latin, rap, party, etc. We danced the night away!
What is your best memory from your wedding?
The wedding experience was a mixture of emotions. The planning was exciting and stressful at times, but I knew exactly what I wanted, and I had an amazing team. My planner (Donna Demarcado) was so amazing and on target with everything. I felt like I gained a new aunt. (Love her!). The decor team was also so amazing and so accommodating to my requests. We worked together so well and I actually missed the wedding planning after the wedding. (Weird, I know, lol)
Our amazing bride squad made the wedding weekend so much fun. I was relaxed and didn’t have any doubt that I wanted to marry Sherlon. The night before the wedding we had a rehearsal dinner with family and bridal party. Our bridal party was so supportive in making sure the final touches were being made, and we bonded so much more as we stayed at a nearby villa which was 1 minute away from the venue. On the day of the wedding, I felt at ease. We had an early start as the itinerary from our planner was down to every single detail. The girls had a beautiful moment together during our pre-wedding preparation as we got our hair and makeup done. ( And of course, took selfies!). I’m sure the guys had a great time too.
We took our official pictures with the amazing Merrick Cousley, who now also feels like we have a new friend. He meshed so well with everyone. So well that I asked one of my bridesmaids if she knew him before. That is how the day was. Just beautiful! Lots of laughter and excitement.
Sherlon and I also sent each other a beautiful love letter on the morning of the wedding. We didn’t know either of us would have done it. So that was a beautiful and thoughtful memory.
Sherlon and I did the “First Look” and it was a real moment!! Seeing my groom for the “first time” was truly magical and his reaction when he turned around and saw me, made my entire day. I was the happiest bride and I could tell he was happy too. Our smiles and laughter were so real. We had an amazing day. It reflected in our pictures as you could tell that the smiles came from within.
The decor was so breathtaking for the ceremony and reception alike. The floral arrangements and all-around ambiance were unforgettable. The food was so good too. So good! And our guests wanted to know who did the catering. The music was off the chain. We had an excellent DJ. We couldn’t stop dancing. We didn’t want the night to end. We still miss our wedding weekend with our friends and family.
- Photographer: Merrick Cousley @merrickcousleyphotography
- Wedding Gown: Jaye Applewaite
- Venue: Laughing Waters, Ocho Rios. Jamaica
- Decor/Planning: New Levels Decor @newlevelsdecor
- Shoes: De Blossum Collection
- Hair: Rochelle La Touche @rochellethestylist
- Makeup: Sue Gregg @suethemakeupgirl
- Groom’s suit: Men’s Warehouse
- Cake: Selena Wong @selenacakesja
- Catering: Damian Watson of Concepts 2 Creation @concepts2creationja
- Lighting/Music/Dancefloor: Blackie Events Jamaica @blacktiejamaica