By Katie Stevenson, Photography by Becky Spencer
Jessica Sleeter and Barry Gordon found each other online at OkCupid.com, and although neither were hopeful of finding true love on the site, they now owe Cupid a big thank you!
On their first date to Covent Garden in London, the pair instantly clicked right from cocktails and, unlike most blind dates, neither wanted the evening to end. The night eventually had to come to an end of course, and just like a true gentleman, Barry gave Jessica a kiss on the cheek and some cash to her taxi driver, ensuring she arrived home safely. Afterwards, a starry-eyed Jessica knew, without a doubt, that Barry was ‘the one’.
Fast-forward a year and a half, while the pair were on holiday in Bermuda, Barry proposed after receiving Jessica’s parents’ and brother’s blessing. Barry chose a meaningful beach to Jessica, one where she had many fond memories of growing up with her family. He set up a couple of recording cameras and waited until the other beach-goers had gone before walking down to the water’s edge and getting down on one knee and popping the question. Jessica says she was “completely taken by surprise, which made the moment even more special.”
The pair married on August 3rd of 2015 at Holy Trinity Church, Bailey’s Bay, the same place where Jessica’s parent’s married thirty years ago. Jessica and Barry exchanged their vows in front of 105 friends and family members, some of whom had travelled from as far as California, South Africa and Dubai. After the ceremony, the newlywed couple shared the traditional Bermuda horse and carriage ride to Mid Ocean Club for their reception. It was, according to the newlyweds, a very special part of the day. “It was the only time of the day that it was just the two of us. We had about 20 minutes alone to have a glass of champagne, talk about what we did earlier in the day, and reflect on the ceremony and digest the fact that we just exchanged our vows and were now married!”
The wedding theme was Bermuda inspired with the groomsmen wearing traditional pink linen Bermuda shorts, the bridesmaids long turquoise dresses. Seashells and pieces of coral were used as place cards and table name holders, and sea glass candies were given out as party favours to guests. The magical night included a delicious dinner followed by music and dancing by the popular Kennel Boys.
For future brides-to-be, Jessica says to just have fun and enjoy your wedding day! “If something goes wrong or doesn’t happen the way you planned, just laugh it off. Chances are it’s not that important in the grand scheme of things. Let your wedding day be one of the most wonderful days of your life.”
Video by Keith Steede Video