[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen the groom, Luther McDonald from the Bahamas, popped the question in 2014, there was never really any doubt of where the couple would tie the knot. A born and bred Saint Lucian, Carla-Marie Cooper knew when this day arrived she’d be coming home to say her vows.

Our young couple met in 2009 while at university in Canada – theirs was the ultimate love story. They met through friends and instantly felt a connection that has lasted them seven strong years. With the location already decided, the pair opted to go a bit untraditional with the venue – at least for a local. The ceremony was held in the Lady of Assumption Church in Soufrière followed by the reception at the nearby Morne Coubaril Estate. The morning started off rainy and overcast; however – as Saint Lucian’s like to say – the showers were blessings as the rest of the day went without a hitch. The cool afternoon saw Luther and Carla-Marie pledge their love to each other in the presence of God and their well-wishers.

When asked why the couple decided to get married in the south, where the logistics of pulling off a wedding of two hundred plus guests can be a challenge, they said the beauty of Soufrière blew them away. With an elegant but rustic theme that flawlessly complimented the location, the most important day of their lives was executed to perfection. The newlyweds made their entrance at the reception and a genuine heartfelt cheer erupted throughout the room. Guests were treated to champagne while toasts were made during the buffet dinner; it was clear that the now Mr. and Mrs. Luther McDonald had touched many persons as expressed through the planned and impromptu speeches.

After dinner, the couple cut their wedding cake and had their first dance as husband and wife to Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph”. This was followed by the dance between the bride and her father. The guests didn’t hesitate in getting the party started. Afterwards Carla, Luther and their guests stayed and danced the night away. With such a beautiful start to their marriage, we have no doubt that theirs will last. Tropical Traveller wishes them many years of love and happiness.