Distance Couldn’t Keep These Young Lovers From Saying “I Do”!

Whitney Henry and Joel Durand met in 2006 at Grambling State University in Los Angeles. It was at a College Honors ceremony, where Joel was being inducted and Whitney was attending in support of a friend. When she first set eyes on the tall, handsome chemistry major, Whitney says she couldn’t help but take notice. A friend whispered that he was from Dominica, but during his induction, he was introduced as an Atlantan, disappointing St. Lucian-born Whitney. She says she couldn’t help but go up to him after the ceremony to ask him why he didn’t acknowledge the fact that he has Caribbean roots. The two admit that even during this exchange, there were sparks between them. The rest of their relationship rivals the best that any Hollywood writer could produce.

Although the next seven years of their relationship was spent long-distance, their relationship only grew stronger. On September 14th , 2013, on a romantic trip to Charleston, South Carolina, Joel got down on one knee and asked that question every girl looks forward to: he asked her to be his partner in life for the rest of their days. Now came the fun part – why Saint Lucia? Whitney and Joel say they were looking for a few things when deciding where to get married: a convenient location to accommodate both families, a place that offered a gorgeous outdoor venue that would be easy to plan a wedding, a place guaranteed for a great vacation and minimoon options, and somewhere that held sentimental value. All of this added up to one destination – Saint Lucia.

Planning and Details! 

Whitney and Joel wanted a wedding that was elegant with a touch of whimsy and with the help of a stellar team – Lisa Samuel of Capella Marigot Bay as wedding coordinator, Daniel Marcion and Alberta Henry as photographer and videographer, and Mike Celestin as creative director, the couple had the perfect wedding they always dreamed of. On June 11th, 2016 at Capella Marigot Bay, Whitney walked down the aisle to John Legend’s “You and I”, played by saxophonist Augustin “Jab” Duplessis, and, in the presence of forty-five of their closest family and friends, vowed to love and honor each other for the rest of their lives.

The reception was an intimate affair; the guests enjoyed cocktails while the newlyweds took pictures to capture their special day. A buffet dinner of Caribbean cuisine was prepared by the staff at Capella, which Whitney, Joel and their guests only had rave reviews for. The food was accompanied with speeches by loved ones that brought tears and laughter to everyone. There was the traditional tossing of the garter and bouquet, then the wedding party began “Hora Loca” or Crazy Hour, a Dominican custom where guests were given a bag with party props and masks, which felt like a fusion of mardi gras and carnival . . . a winning combination for sure, as everyone had a fantastic time.

Mr. and Mrs. Durand had a mini-honeymoon at Sugar Beach Resort and they said it couldn’t have been better. It is clear to us the love and joy the couple brings to each other and Tropical Traveller wishes them many years of the same.

Best Wishes To The Newlyweds - From Tropical Traveller