Ria and Kevol’s love story began at a birthday party being promoted by a colleague of Ria’s who invited her along. Having an early morning flight for work, Ria and her colleague brought their luggage with them to leave for the airport directly from the event venue. They partied well into the night, finally leaving around three in the morning. When collecting their luggage from the venue’s office where it was stored, a slight “confrontation” occurred between the person whose birthday it was. Angrily he told Ria and her colleague to collect their belongings and go, but not before commenting on how attractive he thought Ria was – who simply rolled her eyes and walked on…
Bride & Groom: Ria & Kevol
Wedding Location: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Wedding Date: April 28 th 2018
Photographer: Chad Munro
Fast forward three months, Ria was promoting a culinary event at an employer’s restaurant where, in her words, “a handsome chef walks in and I was smitten.” Kevol, the “handsome chef,” was also smitten, creating excuses to come back to Ria’s office all day, even though the event menu only contained five items. Unable to deny his instincts, Kevol asked Ria out on a date before the opportunity was lost. Within a month they “fell head over heels in love” and about six weeks into their relationship while at dinner with friends. One of Kevol’s friends showed Ria a picture from Kevol’s birthday party, and instantly she recognized Kevol as the guy from the confrontation three months prior. If you’d told either of them on that initial evening that they had just met the love of their lives, they may not have believed it.
With the assistance of Ria’s mother and cousin, Kevol was able to plan their perfect proposal. Wanting to ensure the element of surprise while having both of their families present, they were able to plan the proposal to occur during the 25th birthday party of Ria’s cousin, which also coincided with the anniversary of Ria and Kevol’s meeting. On the arrival of the big day, everything went as planned, and when the dinner drew to an end, Ria’s mother asked everyone at their table to say a few words to Ria’s cousin in honor of her birthday. Kevol spoke last, giving the signal to his family, friends, and videographer that the big moment was at hand. Looking into the eyes of his soulmate, Kevol proclaimed his love for Ria, got down on one knee, and asked her to spend the rest of their lives together as husband and wife.
Ria and Kevol’s wedding took place on April 28th in gorgeous Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Through an extensive process, Ria was able to enlist the service of her Aunt from Trinidad to officiate the ceremony. As Ria fondly recalls, “the prayer that she prayed over my husband and I during the ceremony had everyone in awe and tears.” The Bride was stunning in an elegant, floral lace Calla Blanche gown with deep V neck and back, a trumpet skirt, and scallop edged train – complete with a Maggie Sottero cathedral veil.
Wedding Flowers: Combination of Cream Duchess Peonies, Alabaster & Polo Roses, Madame Emile Hydrangeas, Ranunculus, Tulips, Lush Gold Tipped Greenery and Phalaenopsis Orchids.
Favorite Item on Menu: Red wine braised short ribs with parmesan mash potatoes
Wedding Party Gifts: Bridesmaids – Customized Robes with their names; Groomsmen – Engraved Cutting Boards.
First Dance Song: “Living For the Love of You” by the Isley Brothers
Advice For Brides: Hire a Certified Event Planner/Designer and trust their advice.
Best Memories: My best memory of my wedding was my bridal party and our entrance. My bridal party consisted of 26 people. Needless to say, it was absolutely impossible to get everyone to practice anything. I told everyone that we were just going to wing it, and wing it we did! Each couple selected a song to enter the reception. The songs selected were as diverse as my bridal party. As each bridal couple entered, all you heard was a sea of people cheering as if they were at a concert. When my husband and I entered, the DJ dropped the hottest reggae/ dancehall song in rotation. When we heard the song my husband, me and my 6th month belly threw down! The bridal party was so excited and the DJ so hyped that a “dance battle” ensued. Yeah you heard right, my wedding started with an impromptu dance battle. It was all you can imagine and then some.
Advice for Engaged Couples: Savor the months and days leading up to the wedding. Don’t get so caught up in the details that you forget the goals. Make sure you get some rest the night before and NO ONE should enjoy your wedding more than you. Hire a Certified Event Planner/Designer and Trust their advice. The investment in a planner ensures you and your family are not caught up in the details on the big day and allows you to enjoy/savor each moment.
Bride’s Dress: Calla Blanche
Bridal Salon: Bridal Reflections, NYC
Bride’s Headpiece and/or veil: Maggie Sottero
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses: Asos
Cakes/desserts: Lori-Ann Foley of The Cake Studios Grand Cayman
Catering: Welly’s Cool Spot, Mise en Place, Grand Cayman
Bar Services: Bar Metrics, Grand Cayman
Ceremony Venue: Sunset Bay, Grand Cayman
Event Decor/ Designer: Clinton A. Hunter of Versona Events International, Grand Cayman
Entertainment: Yoan Tamayo -Violinist and Michael Lemay -Steel Pan
Event Planner: Clinton A. Hunter of Versona Events International, Grand Cayman
Floral: Versona Events International, Grand Cayman
Groom’s Attire: Rex Bespoke Clothing, NYC
Groomsmen Attire: Rex Bespoke Clothing, NYC
Hair: Ruthanna Young – Renaissance Salon and Spa
Lighting: Versona Events International, Grand Cayman
Linens: Versona Events International, Grand Cayman
Makeup: Patrick Williams, Beauty by P.Willis Jr, Renaissance Salon and Spa
Photography: Chad Munro – Picture This Studios, Grand Cayman, Hason Castell – Pikture Perfect, NYC, Dale Lamar – NYC
Reception Venue: Sunset Bay, Cayman Islands
Rentals: Versona Events International, Grand Cayman
Stationery: Opal A. Lynch – Graphic Designer, NYC and Shanda T. Hunter of Versona Studio, Grand Cayman
Videography: Cortez Vernon Weddings and Dale Lamar, NYC