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Joy Basdeo presides over 2,000th wedding

The waterfront is her chapel and the sands of Seven Mile Beach her aisle. Joy Basdeo, a wedding officiant in the Cayman Islands, presided over another union Friday, when she brought together Marcel Dillard and Shakeira Ebanks in matrimony at the Kimpton Seafire Resort.

Wedding planning – to hire or not to hire?

It’s the time of year for romance and weddings. Cooler temperatures bring brides and grooms outdoors to get married on the beach, in gardens or even on the water.

Happy couple weds in West Bay

After almost six years together, Priscilla Habib and Clem Scott tied the knot last month in West Bay.

Sophia and Peter: A match made in Grand Cayman

Eighty-five guests witnessed the recent marriage of Sophia Flowers of Midland, Michigan, and local boxer Peter Lewison of Prospect, George Town.

Sky and Brad’s Regal Beach wedding

On the afternoon of June 18, more than four dozen guests were present to witness the wedding of Bradley DeSchiffert and Julienne Sky Batoon.

A beach wedding for the Campbells

Joined by 30 of their closest friends and family members, 22-year-old Lavessa Welcome and 25-year-old Travis Campbell exchanged their “I do’s” last month at Smith Cove.

A Bodden Town wedding to remember

In a setting glittering with elegance, Dwayne took the hand of his bride Tiffany and looked into her eyes, as more than 300 guests gathered round and fireworks exploded overhead.

Daughter of former police commissioner returns to marry

Having once called Cayman home, Zoe Butcher, daughter of former police commissioner, the late Ronald “Ron” Francis Pocock, returned to the island for the first time after more than 40 years for her wedding at Surfers Beach in South Sound last week.

A White House wedding in April

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

A spring Sunset Bay wedding

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.

Beach wedding for South Sound couple

Newlyweds Ellie McIver and Wilmer Carcamo of South Sound tied the knot before 30 of their closest friends and family in a beach ceremony held at the Tiki Beach.

50 years ago: Jackson wedding

The April 6, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, contained the following report: “A very lovely wedding was solemnized at the Church of God (Full Gospel), George Town, on March 30, when Emma Jane Jackson was married to Albert Otis Jackson, both of Savannah and both employed by the Cayman Islands Electricity Undertaking."

Church wedding for the Hunts

Tying the knot before 150 of their closest friends and family in a traditional wedding were Shellen McDonald, 19, originally from Puerto Cabeza, Nicaragua, and Oshane Hunt, 24, originally from Kingston, Jamaica.

50 years ago: Pesky mosquitoes, fishing and a wedding

In the Jan. 26 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote: “Mosquitoes are once again...

50 years ago: A peaceful Christmas, sad passings and a wedding

In the Jan. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates reported on Christmas in the district, as well as funerals and a wedding.

50 Years ago: Golden wedding anniversary celebrations

In the Jan. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, under the headline, “Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Foster celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary,” Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

50 years ago: Holiday news and an anniversary

Arrivals and departures for the 1965 holidays.

Husband recovers ring lost at sea

A ring in the ocean caused quite a commotion when it slipped off the finger of the husband of a New York couple on their first trip to Cayman.

Run in the Dark raises $1,600

The inaugural Run in the Dark 5K in downtown George Town on Nov. 11 raised more than $1,600.

50 Years ago: Marriages celebrated

Leila Yates reports on a shower and a wedding in West Bay.

Shakespeare on stage at St. Ignatius Catholic School

Shakespeare fans should buy their tickets now for the St. Ignatius Catholic School's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, opening on Nov. 19.

Big plans for East End, North Side Heritage Days

Offering a pirate’s booty of ways to eat, drink and be merry, East End and North Side are once again ramping up for their very popular Pirates Week Heritage Days.

Run in the Dark made them glow

There is a new annual event for sporty people to get involved with which also supports a worthy cause – Life Style Sports Run in the Dark.

New church in the works for Breakers

For the first time in 63 years, the congregation of Breakers Church of God is preparing to move into a new building.

Riding school donates horse to therapeutic program

Bandy, the horse that used to pull the carriage carrying Cayman brides around the island on their wedding day, will now be assisting in the therapeutic riding program at Cowboy Town Stables.

Cayman and Honduras congregations mourn pastor

A service for Pastor Esau Brooks, who passed away last month at his home in Breakers, will be held on Sunday.

Webb struggling to fund NY home, security

Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb claims he is struggling to fund his house arrest in New York.

Anniversary surprise a big success

An anniversary surprise arranged by a husband with a tribute in the Cayman Compass and delivered to his wife via social media was, by the couple’s account, a huge success.

A special paper anniversary

A groom wanted to wish his wife a special "paper" anniversary by putting his greetings in the newspaper.

Webb bail: Homes, cars and jewels

Jeffrey Webb's family risks millions to secure his release from prison.

UK coroner records open verdict in hotel fall death

A U.K. coroner's inquest into the death of Shakara Taylor, who fell from the Caribbean Club in 2013, reached an open verdict.

Lights, camera, action for Cayman film fest

The Cayman Islands is rolling out the red carpet this weekend with a host of screen stars in town for the territory’s first film festival.

Living Show returns showcases local businesses

The Cayman 27 Island Living Show returns with local businesses displaying their products and services.

Paradise found at Las Cascadas

At less than an hour flying time, a trip to Honduras offers adventure, wildlife and so much more.

DMS sues former bank, trust company managing director

DMS has sued Jazeb Jones, the former managing director of DMS Bank and Trust, for allegedly entering into “an unauthorized and improper relationship” with two clients of the bank and receiving “excessive gifts.”

Under and over all in one

Deep Blue Images offers photography with a twist.

Hawks swoop in to renew vows

An American couple who honeymooned in Grand Cayman in the 1970’s returned this week to renew their wedding vows after 40 years.

Tonie Chisholm: Cayman's new 'Queen'

Newly crowned Miss Cayman, Tonie Chisholm, shares her experience of the pageant and her hopes for the future.

Open verdict in inquest for woman who fell from building

A Coroner’s Court jury returned an open verdict on Monday after hearing evidence relating to the death of a woman who fell from the Caribbean Club building on May 29, 2013.

Tonie Chisholm wears Miss Cayman 2015 crown

Tonie Chisholm, the 26-year-old North Side resident, won the 2015 Miss Cayman pageant.

Courtney Platt, 30 years behind the lens

Courtney Platt, 30 years behind the lens.

Trinity to hit new notes, venues in the new year

Trinity hopes to hit new notes in the New Year.

2014 Year in Review

A month-by-month review of the Cayman Islands' top new stories in 2014.

Photography in the new year

Consider a New Year's resolution that will give you a fresh look at your surroundings: Take up photography.

West Bay couple celebrates 65 years together

Ewart and Edith celebrated 65 years of marriage on Dec. 27 with family and friends.

Top story of 2014: Wedding dress duty fee sparks Customs controversy

The Cayman Islands Economic and Statistics Office records $774 million in imports in 2013, more than the annual budget.

Business in brief

A roundup of local business briefs.

Ten men share their stories of surviving cancer

With 2014 being the 10th anniversary of Movember, the Cayman Islands Cancer Society is making available the personal stories of 10 cancer survivors.

Cayman hosts world’s wedding planners

More than 300 luxury wedding planners are meeting this week at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

Free forum boosts Cayman’s wedding industry

International professionals from the wedding industry share tips and trends at a conference at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman on Monday.

Planning your wedding is a snap with this app

Planning your wedding can be pretty tough without any help, so you'll want something like the "Wedding Planner for Brides" app to keep you from going doolally.

Judge: Summary Court may address Bill of Rights issues

The Summary Court has power to deal with Bill of Rights issues, a Grand Court judge confirmed last week.

Floralscapes made easy

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just want to spruce up your front hallway, the perfect floral centerpiece can bring life to a room, creating an energetic ambiance and an eye-catching focal point.

Nurse Josie’s heritage house: A doorway into history

The former Nurse Josie's Senior Center in Bodden Town is now a historical and cultural center.

Event company opens in Cayman Brac

Building on Cayman Brac's popularity as a wedding destination, a new event planning company launches on the island.

Bringing consistency to Customs policy

Believe it or not, we empathize with the plight of Collector of Customs Samantha Bennett.

Chamber slams customs electronics policy

The Chamber of Commerce has asked Customs to do away with its 30-year-old electronics policy.

Celebrating the Brac’s centenarian

Brac resident Myrtle Brown celebrates 100th birthday with family and friends.

Cayman’s duty to modernize

No law should exist in Cayman's legal code that officers cannot, or for some reason will not, enforce equitably.

Newest wedding trends in Cayman

Although we are nearing the peak of Cayman’s wedding season, many anxious brides are already well under way to planning their upcoming weddings.

All hail the pomegranate

The beautiful pomegranate has graced the pages of history and the traditions of ancient cultures for thousands of years.

Ovarian cancer patient beats the odds

A young Cayman resident who lost both of her ovaries to cervical cancer gave birth to a healthy baby boy in May after her sister donated her eggs for in vitro fertilization.

When politicians ignore the issues — and the voters

Lawmakers who do not recognize popular consensus will pay a steep price in the next election.

Cayman ‘honeymooner’ caught with 50 bullets

A man who said he was a honeymooner is arrested after customs officers find dozens of bullets in his luggage.

Alcohol ban for bomb hoaxer

A sacked hotel worker who called in bomb threats at the Ritz Carlton and Caribbean Club in a drunken “act of revenge” has been effectively banned from drinking alcohol.

Cayman weddings: Our beloved aisle

Just when things began to look like they may spiral out of control, Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell intervened to steer Cayman out of a PR debacle.

Duty eliminated on visiting wedding attire

Brides will no longer pay duty on wedding dresses following changes to the Customs Tariff Law.

Wedding dress vs. bureaucracy

Writer says Cayman should not demand duty or deposits on wedding dresses.

Florek makes baby steps back

Beth Florek has taken a break from the running scene for a while. She has good reason too - motherhood.

Online poll: Sniffer dogs answer to drug smuggling

A majority of people reckon the introduction of drug sniffing dogs will alleviate the drugs issue at Grand Cayman’s airport.

Tourism to review wedding fees

Tourism officials are planning a review of procedures around arrivals for weddings amid reports that visiting brides are being charged a 30 percent deposit on their dresses.

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