As long as it takes

The McKen­zies’ story

Jamaica Gleaner - - FLAIR FEATURE - Kim­berly Goodall Life­style Writer

TRACY-ANN WEDDERBURN and Bro­drick McKen­zie’s jour­ney down the aisle be­gan on the first day at Mead­ow­brook High School.

“I knew Tracy was the one for me from the first day I en­tered Mead­ow­brook High School be­cause she stood out to me,” Bro­drick told Flair. “She was very quiet, re­served, but very at­trac­tive, with the most amaz­ing voice. That was the first thing I fell in love with – her voice, along with her gaze­grab­bing physique.”

Tracy-Ann ad­mits that though they be­came very close friends, aca­demic pres­sures had them fo­cused on school in­stead of a re­la­tion­ship, and af­ter high school, they com­pletely lost con­tact. “I thought he was en­gag­ing, ar­tic­u­late, and very in­tel­li­gent, but school was my main pri­or­ity at the time,” re­called Tracy-Ann.

But to their sur­prise, Cupid was about to strike again. In 2002, Bro­drick stood out­side a phone booth in Golden Spring wait­ing to make a call when the woman of his dreams stepped out and stole his heart all over again. There was no sep­a­rat­ing them this time. All the feel­ings they had came rush­ing back.

“The feel­ings be­came more in­tense as we be­came friends again. Her shy, friendly, car­ing, and mag­netic per­son­al­ity gets me ev­ery time. She would sur­prise me at work with lunch, and we met of­ten at Devon House, and as time went by, I was fall­ing deeply in love with her. I re­mem­ber clearly the first time I vis­ited her house – I was feel­ing a bit ill and she of­fered to make me soup. It was the best­tast­ing soup I’ve ever had. It was at that mo­ment I thought, I have to marry this woman,” Bro­drick ex­pressed.

Tracy-Ann, how­ever, did not make it easy for him. In 2002, Bro­drick was ready to marry the love of his life, but to his dis­ap­point­ment, Tracy-Ann de­clined. This did not stop him from lov­ing her, but he knew he had to work hard to earn her trust and al­lay her fears about mar­riage

– and that he did. “It was worth the wait,” he said. Ac­cord­ing to Tracy-Ann, “He was dis­ap­pointed when I didn’t ac­cept, but never dis­cour­aged. He de­cided to wait for as long as it would take. See­ing his per­se­ver­ance, de­ter­mi­na­tion, and how deeply de­voted he had been over the years, I fi­nally re­alised that our mar­riage, with God as the head, would be a suc­cess if we were de­ter­mined and worked hard at it.”

A PRO­POSAL LIKE NO OTHER

Af­ter 15 years, Bro­drick had al­ready de­cided Tra­cyAnn was the one for him. So, in Fe­bru­ary, he told her to set a date. “It was noth­ing close to ro­man­tic,” Tra­cyAnn re­vealed. “Be­fore the pro­posal, it was very clear to us that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives to­gether, so it was no sur­prise when he told me to set the date.”

At the time of the pro­posal, Tracy-Ann was in her fi­nal year of law school, and had no time to in­vest in plan­ning a wed­ding. Be­ing the sup­port­ive man he is, Bro­drick took on the plan­ning in the ini­tial stages. One day, as he browsed through Face­book, he saw a Bliss­ful Wed­ding Pack­age ad­ver­tised by Fu­turevents Ja.

“Upon meet­ing Ju­lian Hyl­ton, I was drawn to her invit­ing and en­gag­ing per­son­al­ity. She made us feel so safe (as we were clue­less) and with that, we im­me­di­ately de­cided she was the one to take care of our wed­ding. With ev­ery prob­lem we per­ceived, Ju­lian had more than one so­lu­tion.”

Bro­drick fi­nally saw the love of his life walk down the aisle on Oc­to­ber 16 at Straun Cas­tle Gar­dens in Stony Hill, St An­drew.

The wed­ding cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion was beau­ti­ful as the two hearts be­came one. The next day, the newly-weds con­tin­ued cel­e­brat­ing their to­geth­er­ness at the Grand Pal­la­dium Ho­tel.

“There have been rough patches over the years, but Bro­drick stood by me through it all, and I knew he found me to be the right per­son for him when he de­clared both in words and ac­tions that there’s no one else in this world for him.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Bro­drick McKen­zie and his beau­ti­ful bride at last.

The cou­ple with their moth­ers. Mother of the groom Pear­line Camp­bell (left) and Alice Wedderburn.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

The beau­ti­ful bride (cen­tre) flanked by her brides­maids (from left) Keisha Sum­mers, Kerry-Ann Wedderburn-James, La­toya Wil­son, and Danae Thomas.

The man of the mo­ment Bro­drick McKen­zie (cen­tre) with his grooms­men. From left: Steve Effs, David Mitchell, Kevin Bel­navis and Ro­han Hart­ley.

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