It was always a question of “when” rather than “if” when it came to Jarrod Farley asking Arikka Ebanks, his wife to be, for her hand in marriage.
“We knew for a long time that we wanted to marry and grow old together,” he said.
On March 26 at Sunset Bay in Prospect, the couple exchanged their “I do’s” in a spring ceremony officiated by Rev. Rohan Forrester.
The couple first met at work and had been together for nearly four-and-a-half years. Both Arikka, born in Grand Cayman, and Jarrod, born in England, are lawyers.
Their journey to the altar started at The Muse Hotel in New York City.
A business trip took Jarrod to New York, and Arikka joined him for the long weekend. Despite her mother’s suspicion that this would be “the” trip where Jarrod would propose, Arikka thought otherwise.
“I didn’t think he would,” Arikka said, “because he was traveling for business and that meant that he would have to carry my engagement ring around with him every day when he visited Toronto, Boston and New York.”
Jarrod thought otherwise.
“I’d planned to ask Arikka on a big night out in New York,” he said. “But in the event, I was simply too excited to wait.”
He proposed just minutes after she walked into their hotel room, where Arikka was taken by surprise.
“Of course, I was excited and said yes immediately,” she said.
Before 75 guests, Anthony Ebanks walked his daughter down the aisle in a dress she fell in love with instantly online. “It was non-traditional, beautiful and suited the bohemian theme I had chosen for our wedding perfectly,” she said. “When I tried it on, and it was a perfect fit, I didn’t even bother trying on anything else because I knew it was ‘my dress.’”
The bride was supported by a maid of honor and seven bridesmaids, three of whom were the groom’s daughters.
As for the groom, he had his best friend fly out from England to be his best man on his wedding day.
Before the ceremony began, the West Bay couple took a “first look” photography session, which caught the groom’s reaction to the bride in her gown.
The kiss and embrace at the end of the ceremony was Jarrod’s favorite moment of the wedding. “All the tension of anticipation was released, and I felt pure joy and excitement about our future together,” he said.
For Arikka, everything about her wedding day was perfect, she said. Some of her favorite memories included the catering from Mise en Place, the decorations and flower arrangements by Ann Odgen and her team, and her husband’s speech, “which was sweet and funny and showed how happy he was to officially become a part of my family,” she said.
“It made me feel so lucky that we were going to be spending the rest of our lives together.”
On Easter Monday, two days after the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Farley left the island for their 10-day honeymoon in South Africa, which included a trip to the wine region in Stellenbosch, a day in Cape Town and then on to the Madikwe Reserve for a five-day safari.
South Africa was the choice destination for the Farleys, as they both dreamed of visiting South Africa for many years, and with their friends also getting married in Stellenbosch, “we jumped at the chance to celebrate both marriages,” Mr. Farley said.