First, Dawn Sherman at Jamaica Elegant Weddings is WONDERFUL. Hereâ€™s whyâ€¦
What was supposed to happen: Fly into Montego Bay (from Seattle) Wednesday night, e-mail Dawn to confirm our appointment with her for the next day, meet with her in the lobby of our hotel in Lucea Thursday at 3:00 (or so I thought) and be married Friday at 2:00 in Negril. Crazy schedule, right?
What actually happened: Mechanical issues in Miami and sent to Kingston (the other side of Jamaica) Wednesday night, no way to reach Dawn to confirm because I had no internet or cell availability, took a 4 hour shuttle from Kingston to Lucea Thursday afternoon, sat in the lobby waiting for Dawn at 3:00 (remember, I thought we were meeting at 3:00) thought she was a no show (Ugh!) and went back to our room devastated and worn out thinking we may not even have a wedding the next day. By chance, at 5:00 Thursday we went to the lobby and happened to see a pretty, nicely dressed woman looking around for someone. IT WAS DAWN! The meeting was at 5:00, NOT 3:00 and she showed up even though she hadnâ€™t heard from us Wednesday as planned and even called the hotel and was told we werenâ€™t there. She said to me, â€œDonâ€™t worry. I wasnâ€™t leaving this lobby until I found you.â€
â€œI wasnâ€™t leaving this lobby until I found you.â€
Talk about dedication! You have no idea how that made me feel as a bride who had such a stressful time from 3:00am Wednesday in Seattle to 5:00pm Thursday in Lucea. From that point on, Dawn made things a breeze.
Dawn handled all paperwork, offered transportation, offered photography, provided flowers (my requested colors), a champagne toast, the Officiant, a rose petal walkway on the sand, a table decorated with flowers for the document signing, waters for us before the ceremony, held my shoes and purse (for crying out loud!) during the ceremony, acted as a witness, and brought the music. I expected a cheesy c.d. or something, but there was an amazing sax player named Fitz Martin who played a couple of Nat King Cole songs for us. I highly recommend him.
On top of everything else, Dawn e-mailed me less than two weeks after the ceremony saying our certified docs are in the mail already. She even sent me an additional e-mail to wish me a Happy Motherâ€™s Day. What a sweet gesture. She is quick to respond to e-mails, makes everything easy and personal, is reasonably (very) priced, and truly seems to enjoy what she does.
I cannot recommend Dawn and Jamaica Elegant Wedding enough. Booking vendors in another country is scary. You wonâ€™t regret your decision to hire Dawn â€“ promise!
Shelly and Steve
Married May 4, 2012 in Negril, Jamaica