High school sweethearts tie the knot

West Bay residents Michael Taylor and Kimberlee Rivers-Taylor at Simply Weddings, moments after being pronounced husband and wife.

For Kimberlee Rivers and Michael Taylor, officially tying the knot was naturally the next step, after spending four years together and being engaged for nine months.

On May 25, officiant Joy Basdeo married the couple before a number of guests in an intimate ceremony at the Simply Weddings studio in George Town. The bride, an early childhood education major at Northern Caribbean University, and the groom, a safety officer, both met five years ago at Cayman Academy, where they were students.

Mr. Taylor waited three years to ask his now-wife for her hand.

“He proposed to me on the 27th of August,” she said the bride. “We were at Camana Bay.”
Said Mrs. Rivers-Taylor, who has always wanted to get married, “I giggled and said, ‘Of course.’”

She was given away in a flower-embellished, ivory knee-length dress by Tamykal James, a close friend of her husband’s.

She said her favorite part of the wedding was when the couple exchanged their vows.

“It reminded me that we’ll be in this for the long run, [and] that I’ll get to spend the rest of my life annoying my very best friend.”

Newlyweds Kimberlee and Michael in George Town. - Photos: Travis Thompson
Newlyweds Kimberlee and Michael in George Town. – Photos: Travis Thompson

As for the groom, sealing their marriage with a kiss was his favorite recollection.

The bride decided to adopt her husband’s surname and retain her own, “as there is only a handful of us with that last name,” she said.

“The majority of my father’s family is in Honduras, so I’d like to keep the only real thing that I have to represent them.”

Mrs. Rivers-Taylor, who turns 20 in July, was born in Stake Bay, Cayman Brac. Her husband, Michael, who hails from Georgetown, Guyana, is 20.

The couple reside in West Bay, and will be taking their honeymoon this summer.

“It has always been my dream to visit Sea World and Disney World. I never had the opportunity as a child,” she said.

“However, now that I’m married, I would love to fulfill my childhood dreams.”

“We’re still contemplating on whether [our honeymoon] should be on a seven-day Caribbean cruise or in Orlando for seven days where we could visit Sea World and Disney World and tackle shopping simultaneously,” she said. “I think we are beginning to gear towards the Orlando trip.”

For the couple, who held their reception at Alfresco, another ceremony and reception in December are in the works to allow members of both their families to attend, as the majority of the bride’s family was absent.

When asked of what had prompted him to ask Kimberlee for her hand in marriage nine months ago, Mr. Rivers said: “I love her endlessly, and she has always been a wonderful encouragement to me. As a man, I appreciated that and knew that it was she that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.”

“I would like to give a little piece of advice to other young couples wishing to marry each other, whether it’s in the near or distant future,” said Mrs. Rivers-Taylor.

“You should always ensure that both parties love each other and are somewhat if not fully compatible. Other than that, everything and everyone else is irrelevant.”