Carla and family fell in love with Saint Lucia a decade ago, so much so that her parents decided to buy a second home here. Little did any of them realise that looking at real estate opportunities would lead to Carla finding love and marrying Mark. Now that’s what TT calls an excellent investment!

Carla and her family are from Broadstairs in England. Ten years ago, when they were searching for property to purchase, they discovered The Reserve condominiums in Rodney Bay. Mark, from Dennery, was working with the developer. He was a young, amiable man and the whole family befriended him, especially Carla’s parents, Carole and Tony, who would spend the winter months here.

Mark went to college to became a certified commis-chef, and then worked for four years at Discovery in Marigot Bay. He kept in touch with the Wilkinson family although Carla did not see him for a few years. When she did, she was impressed with how he had matured into a handsome, polite and hard-working gentleman.

A few more years passed; Carla and Mark were dating people in their own countries but they maintained a strong friendship. By 2016 they were both single. That year, when Carla came to join her parents in Saint Lucia, she and Mark greeted each other with their usual hug, but this time it felt different for both of them. “That’s when I put my spell on you!” jokes Carla.

Mark is a romantic and proposed to Carla on beautiful Mount Pimard, overlooking the waters of Rodney Bay, on Easter Sunday 2017. Their wonderful wedding was on 5th January, 2018 on Pigeon Island.

Tony has a boat and, on his daughter’s big day, he sailed with her from the dock at The Reserve over to Pigeon Island. Family and friends had gathered from the UK and Dennery, even Texas. A steel pan musician played UB40’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” as Carla was escorted down the aisle to join Mark. They exchanged vows and rings and then participated in a sand ceremony, mixing grains from Broadstairs and Saint Lucia to signify their union.

The Cake
Mark made the gorgeous wedding cake! “I’m very good with my hands,” he admits, and proved it with this splendid creation. Baked with love, the bottom tier was a fruit cake while the top tier was a gluten-free sponge cake so that Carla could indulge.

After official photos, the guests returned to The Reserve on a catamaran with saxophonist Rob Zii Taylor and singer Phyness entertaining them. Mark and Carla sailed back on her father’s boat, relishing their time together as Mr and Mrs Regis and toasting the occasion with champagne.

The happy couple are now living in England. Said Mark just days after their wedding: “I am looking forward to my life. The option of going back home to visit friends and family will always be there. The new chapter now is with my wife.” TT wishes Mark and Carla every happiness.

Mark and Carla’s special day was organised with care and precision by Awesome Caribbean Weddings: tel. 450 0300 Email: talktous@awesomecaribbeanweddings.com

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What you need to know to tie the knot in St. Lucia • Passports (valid for a minimum of six months) • Birth certificate • Two witnesses (stand-ins can be arranged) • Deed poll certificate  (if your name has been changed) • Parental consent by way of an affidavit if below 18 • Death certificate and previous marriage certificate (if you have been widowed)  • Decree absolute (if you’re divorced) • Only originals or certified copies • All legal documents should be faxed to the resort you are staying at to start the legal process. Documents in a foreign language require authorised English translation. Fees in EC: • Marriage License: $335 (seven days before marriage) • Special Marriage License: $540 (less than seven days before marriage) • Registrar fee: $160 • Marriage Certificate: $8