Melissa and Hervan met at a family gathering, where Melissa happened to be the caterer. Hervan offered to stay behind to help clean up, but also, to get Melissa’s number. Well played!

Nine months into the relationship, Hervan developed a romantic plan to ask for Melissa’s hand in marriage. At a birthday dinner with all of her family and friends, he got down on one knee. “He made a lovely speech about how much I meant to him,” Melissa recalls. “I was overwhelmed and excited that I had found someone who loved me for me, who wanted to nurture me, and wanted for us to grow old together.”

Initially, Melissa was set on getting married in Europe. Hervan was open to that plan, but knew he could persuade his bride-to-be that his home country of St. Lucia was a better bet. But not just any St. Lucia destination would do. The island’s luxurious, five-star resort Jade Mountain was too breathtaking to pass up. “He clearly knew I would be blown away by Jade mountain, and I was.”

Scroll through for the best photos from Melissa and Hervan’s St. Lucia ceremony.

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