Roshal and Zwade were neighbors at school but had never met. Thankfully a mutual friend came to the rescue and introduced the future soul mates to each other. Their Jamaica wedding style was absolutely fabulous. Share the love!
Totally In Sync
“Once we started dating, I knew that he was the one almost immediately,” gushing bride Roshal admits. “It was just so easy and fun to be around him. We laughed constantly, and were in sync from the start.”
"I knew she was 'the one' after a trip to Jamaica early in our relationship where I first met her family," Zwade admits. "I saw how close she was with her family and how warm and welcoming everyone was. I knew that this was the type of family that I could make my own."
"Jim Hjelm designed the bridesmaid dresses," says Roshal. "I knew my colors for the wedding were emerald green and aqua blue. I was open to the girls choosing different styles of dresses in the same color. But, when we got to the salon, they all loved the same dress! Nothing could have been easier."
"We don’t have children yet, but Zwade’s cousin Savannah was our flower girl," Roshal shares. "She was thrilled to be the only one in blue and the center of attention!" Could she be any cuter? Like, seriously?
"The groomsmen wore seersucker suits from Jos A Banks," says Roshal. "Finding the right suits for them was a big challenge. We wanted a light Caribbean look but we were getting married in December and most stores in the U.S. didn’t have any light colored or lightweight suits available. Many of our groomsmen live outside of the U.S. so renting a suit was not an option. Luckily, we were finally able to find the perfect look."
"I knew it would be humid, and my hair tends to frizz, so wearing it up was my best option," Roshal explains. "Wayne Maxwell was my childhood hairdresser and so I knew he would be the perfect person to style my hair for the wedding. I had an idea of what I wanted, and Wayne modified it to what he thought would look best on me."
"Our wedding was held on the croquet lawn at the Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica," says Roshal. "We always knew we wanted to get married in Jamaica. I was born and raised in Jamaica and always dreamed of getting married in my home country. When we visited we knew it was the place. The scenery was quintessentially Caribbean with the palm trees and the clear blue ocean in the background. It was also a blank canvas, with nothing to constrain our creativity."
"My dad walked me down the aisle," says Roshal. "I am definitely daddy’s little girl, and he has been dreaming about walking me down the aisle since I was a little girl. There was no chance that we were breaking with that tradition. Zwade cried when he saw me for the first time during our first look photo session and then when I walked down the aisle. He tries to deny it, but luckily we have the pictures to prove it!"
"I walked down the aisle to Bach’s “Air on G," because it was the song that Zwade asked our friends to play for us when we got engaged," Roshal shares. "I felt excited and happy looking into his eyes at the altar."
"I felt unbelievably happy that day," says Roshal. "We had been planning the wedding for months and we were finally married. It felt like a dream realized. And the best part was that the night wasn’t over. We had hours left to celebrate with our family and friends."
"We had a cocktail hour immediately following the reception. We had passed Caribbean-inspired hors d'oeuvres, a steel band playing traditional music and men walking on stilts like you would see at carnival in the Caribbean. Luckily, our wedding, cocktail hour and reception were held at the same location."
"We gave boxes of traditional Jamaican rum cake," says Roshal. "Rum cake is the traditional wedding cake in Jamaica. Because we went with an unconventional passion-fruit cake for our wedding cake, we decided to give the traditional cake as a favor."
"During our cocktail hour we snuck off and had our first dinner together as husband and wife," says Roshal. "It was a special moment and one of our best decisions. We were able to mingle with our guests throughout the entire reception without once hearing our stomachs rumble."
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