When Autumn and James finally said, “I do” on their wedding day, their kiss sealed a love story almost 15 years in the making. The couple first met during their freshman year and stayed close, throughout high school. Eventually, they went to different colleges and began to lose touch over the years. As they neared the end off college, thought, fate reconnected them and they decided not to let love slip from their hands a second time.
They wanted to use their wedding to celebrate their shared love for travel and invited a handful of their closest friends to join them in the beautiful Sandals Whitehouse Resort in Jamaica.
“The entire holiday was planned to make sure people felt relaxed and wrapped in love and celebration. The theme of my wedding was “Our Wedding Holiday” and I captured this theme in a number of ways,
(1) Holiday derived from the notion of a holy day, a celebration, a vacation (UK friends)
(2) We were married on Sunday, June 8, which is a holy day, the Sabbath; it is also the date we got engaged in 2012
(3) Our holiday was a celebration of our love and a vacation to Jamaica!
(4) Guests used the hashtag #AxJHoliday – check it out on Instagram”
Planning a destination wedding isn’t without it’s challenges, but Autumn and James were able to keep their sanity. Their biggest word of advice to couples? Get a good wedding planner!
I’m so happy to see this beautiful couple find love at last! Blessing on their marriage!
– Native and Posh
We end this ceremony with the African American tradition of jumping the broom. Slaves in the US were not permitted to marry, so they jumped the broom as a way of ceremonially uniting. Today it represents great joy and at the same time honors our ancestors.
As the bride and groom jump the broom, they physically and spiritually cross the threshold into the land of matrimony. It marks the beginning of making a home together. It symbolizes the sweeping away of the old and the welcoming of the new; the sweeping away all negative energy, making way for all things that are good to come into your lives. It is also a call of support for the marriage from the entire community of family and friends.
The bride and groom will now begin their new life together with a clean sweep. Everyone count 1, 2, 3… Jump!