A White House wedding in April

Hugh Cotterell and Karen Woon Sam tied the knot before an estimated 36 guests in a ceremony at the White House in Bodden Town on April 2. Rev. Donovan Myers, not pictured, officiated the ceremony.

Hugh Cotterell waited 10 years before asking Karen Woon Sam to spend the rest of their lives together.

Karen, a court stenographer and Hugh, a public transport inspector, have known each other since July 2003.

The couple, who first met at a gym, have been together since 2005.

After making the decision to ask Karen the big question, Hugh went shopping for an engagement ring, taking a friend along. When Hugh did propose, “I was at home,” said Karen, recalling the moment when she realized she was about to embark on an exciting new chapter in her life. “I wanted to get married,” she said.

On April 2, at the White House in Bodden Town, the couple joined hands in marriage before an estimated 36 guests.

“I asked her [to marry me] because I love her,” said Hugh.

The bride wore a train-free, champagne-colored, halter-neck dress embellished with stones.

“I saw it online and liked how it looked,” she said.

The wedding ceremony took place at the grand entrance of the White House, followed by a reception in the Marigold Suite and VIP Lounge area of the Bodden Town waterfront venue.

Rev. Donovan Myers officiated the ceremony and Juliette Heath of Five Star Events planned the wedding.

When asked if there was one notable thing missing on their special day, the couple agreed that for both of them, it was the presence of some of their family members.

Nevertheless, “the ceremony and reception was great,” said Karen. “[It was] more than we expected, and we are happy to be married to each other.”

For Hugh, his favorite part of the wedding was the ceremony, whereas for Karen, it was the moment she became Hugh’s wife.

Both Karen, originally of Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago, and Hugh, born in Kingston, Jamaica, are residents of George Town.

On April 8, the couple left for their one-week honeymoon on the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship.

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