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Editorial Exclusive: Tropical Glam Jamaican Destination Wedding

July 19, 2017

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By Black Bride / Senior Editor / C.K. Alexander

Wayne and Liana met on St. Patrick's Day 2011 in Miami, Fl. Liana was sitting at a bar in Downtown Miami, when Wayne came up to say hello to a friend she was with. They caught eyes and the rest is history! Wayne and Liana have spent St. Patrick's Day together ever since. Check out their romantic tropical, Jamaican wedding, captured by TeamDWP Studios By Dwayne Watkins!

Bride: Liana Rochelle Cole, 30, Project Manager, Social Media Marketing 

Groom: Wayne Lee Thompson, 33, Sr. Project Manager, General Contracting

Place of residence: Atlanta, GA

Wedding date: April 22, 2017

Wedding location: Rockhouse Hotel, Negril, Jamaica

Wedding theme: Rustic Elegance - white orchids, palm leaves and gold accents

Honeymoon Destination: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Engagement story

In September 2015, Liana was scheduled to travel from Atlanta to California for work. At the end of the trip Wayne and a few friends, met Liana in Napa Valley to enjoy a couple days in wine country. The last day of their trip, Wayne planned a day of site seeing in San Francisco. The day ended at Land's End Trail, a park with a stunning view overlooking the San Francisco shoreline and the Golden Gate Bridge. While there, Wayne got on one knee and proposed.

From the Groom:

The morning of the wedding I hosted a golf tournament at a nearby golf club in Negril. The group had a really fun time, which made for a great start to a memorable day. Before I knew it, I was back at the hotel getting dressed and trying to figure out how to tie a Windsor knot. For our first look, I met Liana on Rockhouse's famous "jumping bridge" overlooking the ocean. She was beautiful. The whole night was a lot of fun. In addition to our signature cocktails, we included a signature shooter, which was a spicy shot that included scotch bonnet pepper sauce. Once the bartenders started lighting them on fire, it became a party.

From the Bride: 

I was excited and anxious on my big day. While getting ready I played relaxing reggae music to help calm my nerves, but not even Bob Marley could help me relax. It wasn't until my first look with Wayne that my nerves went away and I suddenly felt at ease. We had a beautiful wedding. Our ceremony and reception took place on the cliffs overlooking the ocean at sunset in Negril, Jamaica. Food was great, rum was flowing, music was pumping and the vibes were so good. I couldn't have asked for anything better.

What makes your love special?

With our love and faith in one another, we uplift each other to be better, more thoughtful and compassionate people.

Your most memorable moment: 

Our wedding ceremony was set to begin at sunset. We were expecting scenic views and a beautiful sunset, but what we didn't expect was the sunset cruises to be passing by, and as if on cue, start cheering at the exact moment I started walking down the aisle. I didn't want to leave them hanging, so as I walked down the aisle I lifted my bouquet to cheer them right back. It was an incredibly fun and memorable start to a beautiful ceremony.

Favorite wedding details: 

Favors: Marble tile name plates (placed on top of dinner plate for seat assignment), LED Foam Party Sticks

Welcome bag: Welcome letter, plantain chips, banana chips, custom sunglasses, Advil, Gizzada (Jamaican coconut cake)

Cake: Jamaican rum cake (bottom layer) & Red velvet (top layer)


Wedding songs:

Processional: I'll Be There - Instrumental

Recessional: Rosa Parks - OutKast

First Dance Song: Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Lauryn Hill

Father/ Daughter: Three Little Birds - Bob Marley

Mother/Son: Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?

Starting a family.


Advice for a Bride/Groom on their wedding day:

Stay true to yourself. Do not doubt your vision and the decisions you've made. 


Congratulations to the newlyweds! We wish you many more years of wedded bliss.

Sources
TeamDWP Studios by Dwayne Watkins|Steven McFarlane|anya Bridal|Minted|Joni Stone|Tai Flora|Rockhouse, Negril Jamaica|Paul Dilworth|Uniqistic.com|Joni Stone|Silver Birds|Inise Lawrence|Lici Eastwood
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