Worth the wait

Jamaica Gleaner - - FLAIR COUPLE - Krysta An­der­son Gleaner Writer

JEANNA SEALE-BAILER and Ryan Mat­alon ini­tially met five years ago through a mutual friend be­fore they made the jour­ney down the aisle. “We were in­tro­duced by my brother’s wife – Rae Mat­alon. Rae and Jeanna have been best friends for many years, be­fore ei­ther of them knew my brother Daniel or I,” Ryan ex­plained to Flair.

Jeanna con­fessed, how­ever, that while there was a mutual at­trac­tion, the tim­ing wasn’t right. “I was very at­tracted to him when I first met him. We al­ways had fun with each other. I knew that he was too young for me. He was in col­lege and en­joy­ing his col­lege years.” So they went their sep­a­rate ways. Lit­tle did they know that Cupid had other plans.

Time passed, then one day, Jeanna met up with her best friend, Rae, and her hus­band. “I was sup­posed to go on a date to a Chelsea

Han­dler com­edy event when it got can­celled. I was looking at Face­book and saw that my lon­glost best friend, who I never see any­more, was at a bar in Buck­head, where I lived. I de­cided to just show up, have a drink, and catch up on old times. In the back of my head, I won­dered if Ryan would be with them.”

Ryan was miss­ing in ac­tion, but that did not stop Rae from putting in her brother-in-law’s ré­sumé. “She said that Ryan had grad­u­ated col­lege and was ready to set­tle down in a re­la­tion­ship. She said she knew that we were meant for each other. She set us up on our first of­fi­cial date at Dave and Busters – a video ar­cade and bar!”

The video games brought out their com­pet­i­tive streak in a fun way. They even played on the same side, when the oc­ca­sion called for

it, and later took the fun out­doors where they “made out like teenagers”. They have been to­gether ever since.


Ryan re­vealed that while they were both in Spain for his friend’s wed­ding, he de­liv­ered a ro­man­tic pro­posal on the most fa­mous bridge in Girona. Called the Eif­fel Bridge, it was de­signed by Gus­tave Eif­fel, the same ar­chi­tect who de­signed the Eif­fel Tower.

How­ever, get­ting Jeanna to go to that bridge proved to be al­most mis­sion im­pos­si­ble, but the smooth op­er­a­tor cruised his way right into “Will you marry me?” Jeanna im­me­di­ately said yes.

Ac­cord­ing to Jeanna, “I felt so bad! I was com­plain­ing about want­ing to go to bed be­cause I was tired. He wanted me to go out to this bridge that was built by the man who built the Eif­fel Tower. It was late at night, so I couldn’t un­der­stand why. It had been pour­ing rain ear­lier that day and he didn’t have the op­por­tu­nity to pro­pose. He also wanted to do it be­fore we ar­rived in Cadaques for his friend’s wed­ding, which was the next day. When he did, I was so sur­prised and happy to be­come his wife.”

The At­lanta cou­ple de­cided to plan a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding and jet­ted off to par­adise – Ryan’s roots, Ja­maica. Wed­ding plan­ner Tie Di Knot’s Shelle Parch­ment, along­side the in­sight­ful groom-to-be, han­dled all of the nup­tial de­tails.

“I was in­tro­duced to Shelle by Ian Banks the manager of Frank­fort House, who utilised her as his own wed­ding plan­ner. With­out Shelle, it couldn’t have been half of the success it was, so for that she de­serves amaz­ing praises,” Ryan de­clared. While Jeanna noted, “Shelle was an an­gel and couldn’t have been more per­fect to plan this with Ryan!”

The night be­fore they were to get mar­ried on the beach at Frank­fort House, na­ture seem to cloud the next day’s pro­ceed­ings. “Hun­dreds of sea tur­tles hatched and were crawl­ing all over the beach and we were to be mar­ried the next day. A man by the name of ‘Boxer’, who lives in Port An­to­nio, told us that sea tur­tles are a bless­ing.”

On Septem­ber 5, two hearts be­came one in front of close friends and fam­ily, who trav­elled from near and far to wit­ness the grand oc­ca­sion. The ra­di­ant red-themed wed­ding pro­vided a rich back­drop for the blush­ing bride.

The fes­tiv­i­ties turned up the fun fac­tor for the re­cep­tion and the two, as newly-weds, con­tin­ued to cel­e­brate with close ones the next day by the beach.

Beam­ing with joy, the bride is em­braced by her groom. AT RIGHT: The happy cou­ple seal it with a kiss by the sea­side.


The beau­ti­ful bride shares the spot­light with her flower girl, Tay­lor Mat­alon.

The cou­ple’s sand cer­e­mony, us­ing Red Stripe bot­tles and a ma­son jar – a beau­ti­ful com­bi­na­tion for hap­pily ever af­ter.

AT LEFT: From left: Claire Mur­ray, Ja­nis Copeland, Falon McGaughy, Rae Mat­alon, flower girl Tay­lor Mat­alon, the happy cou­ple, ring bearer Ash­ton Mat­alon, Daniel Mat­alon, Mark Mur­ray, Jor­dan Trupp­man and Nick Ben­zine.


Newly-weds bask in nup­tial bliss af­ter they said ‘I Do’.

The beau­ti­ful bride is es­corted up the aisle by her mother, Lodi Soder­holm.

Repli­cas of the bride and groom atop their beau­ti­ful cake.

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