Countdown to Our Wedding in Paradise | #APbride Phyllis

Kunbi O / Friday October 17, 2014


The suspense is finally over….drum roll please….Calvin and I are getting married on July 19, 2015 at Iberostar Rose Hall Resort in beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica!!! Jamaica was on my list for our 2015 b-day vacation, but God took my dream and blessed me with His vision. Yes, we are going to Jamaica next year, but it will be for our wedding. Whoooop! The countdown begins…


Our main goal for the Givens Wedding Weekend is fun, fun and more fun! We needed a location that was not only all-inclusive and cost-effective for our guests, but also not far from the airport and family-friendly for the little people involved in our wedding ceremony.  On top of that, we wanted local attractions and activities, so that our family and friends who plan to celebrate with us could also enjoy this vacation for themselves. I plan to have some group wedding events, but there will be plenty time for people to go off on their own and explore Mo-Bay. With this list of must-haves, we settled on Iberostar.



It’s an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING resort! We will have our wedding ceremony on the beach later in the evening before the sun goes down. The reception will be indoors and then we will party into the night.




When we picked our wedding date, we didn’t know that it would be during the week of Reggae Sumfest, which is an annual festival that unites people with life’s most common thread – music. In addition to our fabulous wedding, our guests will be able to enjoy the festival events and concerts (which has been a big draw for some of them). With 24-hour dining, nightly activities and shows and all the glory that Montego Bay has to offer with its beaches, culture, and food…this is going an extraordinary Givens Wedding Weekend!

I haven’t traveled with my whole family for a tropical vacation, so we are all looking forward to creating lifelong memories with our new blended family.


Here’s a video from my photographer (who I will discuss in the next blog): https://sungoldphoto.com/slideshows/Shannon-Tom/. Caption: Iberostar Rose Hall Resort. This video gets me so excited! I can feel the love and happiness captured from their special day ☺

It feels soooo good to have all my headache-filled tasks completed. Now that we have our date set, website completed, save the dates mailed and wedding photographer booked, it’s time to shop for my dress. Yay!