Many believe that there are no accidents in life, that we are all living out our destiny and what is meant to be will find a way into fruition no matter what. This philosophy can be used to describe the night Sergelyn and Roger met in 2012 upon a party cruise at Miami Bayside Marina. She accidentally found herself on the cruise ship, he accidentally took her seat, upon her correction he apologized for the accident but then could not take his eyes off of her. He gazed at her in awe because his spirit recognized it’s counterpart in her smile. At that moment he had found his Caribbean queen and the rest is history. All starting with a dance leading to a precious stroll along the marina and night clubbing with friends later that night. “…We both didn’t want the night to end…” She said of the night she met her husband. Of course that was the consensus between them, when destiny is in play time stands still so love can lead the way…
Continue reading all about Sergelyn and Roger’s serendipitous love story, the serenade proposal, and absolutely stunning wedding draped in lush red roses.
Bride & Groom: Sergelyn & Roger
Occupations: Human Resources Professional & Cloud Software Technical Implementation Architect
Wedding Date: 10/7/2017
Ceremony Venue: The Curtiss Mansion, Miami Springs, FL
Reception Venue: The Curtiss Mansion, Miami Springs, FL
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. It was Saturday, October 7th, 2012, and my girlfriend and I accidentally ended up walking onto a Party Cruise celebrating the West Indian Carnival from Miami’s Bayside Marina. After about an hour into the cruise I went to the restroom and when I came back, I saw this older gentleman sitting in my spot on the side of the boat next to the dance floor. I told him he was in my spot and he very politely apologized and got up. But then I noticed he was staring at me. I decided to get up and start dancing, and noticed that he was still staring. I finally walked over to him and asked, “Are you going to keep staring or are you going to dance?” He laughed and came out on the dance floor. We danced a little while, then he bought me a drink and we got into a really nice conversation. Afterwards it felt like the rest of the evening just flew by. Finally, when we returned to the marina, it started raining and he insisted on walking me to my car, several blocks away. While we walked in the rain he held his blazer over my head. We exchanged numbers, but then we both didn’t want the night to end. We agreed that he’d follow me to my cousin’s house so that we could all go out to a night club. The night progressed and we all had a great time at the club. Five years later to the very same date, Saturday, October 7, 2017, we were married.
It was Christmas Eve 2016, and we were hosting our annual holiday party at our home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. All of our close friends and family were in attendance. After dinner, Harry, Roger’s best friend, walked into the living room with an acoustic guitar and started playing “Caribbean Queen” by Billy Ocean. As Harry got to the end of the song, Roger grabbed my hand and walked me to the middle of the room. He said, “Babe, you’re my Caribbean Queen”, and he dropped down on one knee. He said, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you, will you marry me?”
What was the wedding shopping experience like for you? I got my dress from Bijou Bridal in coral Gables. I tried on a few dresses, but when I found my wedding dress I knew it was the one!
Describe your wedding style. I originally wanted to get married in a big ballroom in a hotel with an ocean view, instead of getting married in a hotel where everything was a package deal. We decided to completely customize everything from the venue to the catering and decor. We wanted to bring our individual touch in every aspect of our wedding. It was outdoor in an area they call “The Grove,” and it was officiated by a Christian Pastor and his wife. There were prayers read and at the end the pastor led us in the mixing of the sand ceremony.
Cocktail Hour was immediately following the outdoor ceremony from 7:00p to 8:00p, so our guests just walked across the venue’s parking lot to get to the Mansion for the Cocktail Hour. It was followed by the Reception in the courtyard of the Curtiss Mansion. We had a monogram with our initials, “SD and RN Est. 2012” shining against one of the walls of the Courtyard. Our planner/designer did an amazing job of decorating the tables, I’ve never seen so many beautiful red roses in my life!
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We performed the ritual of the mixing of the sand led by Pastor Ricky. It symbolized the coming together of two families into one new family.
First Dance Song: “You and I” by John Legend
What is your best memory from your wedding? Everything was amazing! The weather gave us a scare but over all it was amazing!