POR­SHA SUM­MERVILLE & TERRY BAAWUAH

JUNE 24,2017/ SANDY BAY, JA­MAICA

Martha Stewart Weddings - - CELEBRATIONS - —Chrisanne Grisé

Por­sha Sum­merville was ex­hausted—but didn’t mind a bit. As an ac­count man­ager for a fash­ion de­signer, she had been in Paris for 10 days—and had spent ev­ery night on the phone with Terry Baawuah. The two had re­cently con­nected at a party in New York City and, feel­ing an in­stant spark, dis­cov­ered they could talk about any­thing. “We were head over heels, chat­ting eight hours a day,” she says. When she re­turned home, they be­came in­sep­a­ra­ble; af­ter a month of dat­ing, Terry in­vited Por­sha on va­ca­tion in Ja­maica. They ex­plored the is­land—and left even more in love.

Six years later, Por­sha was again headed to Paris, and Terry, who is now a se­nior man­ager for a data-and-an­a­lyt­ics com­pany, joined her. He planned to pro­pose but knew she’d be sus­pi­cious, so he took her to jew­elry stores and played dumb—never hint­ing that he al­ready had a ring. Later, in the Tui­leries Gar­den, he popped the ques­tion while a pho­tog­ra­pher he’d hired snapped shots on the sly. “It seemed sim­ple at the time, but the pic­tures look so glam­orous,” Por­sha says. The pair knew they wanted a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding. “Terry has fam­ily in Ghana [his birth­place] and London and all over,” says Por­sha, “and we like to travel.” They de­cided on Ja­maica, in honor of their first trip, and chose the Tryall Club for its el­e­gance and “wow fac­tor” views. “We didn’t want to get mar­ried on a beach,” Terry says. The fes­tiv­i­ties be­gan with bach­e­lor and bach­e­lorette par­ties on Thurs­day and con­tin­ued Fri­day with a wel­come party at Half Moon re­sort. “By Satur­day, we’d got­ten to hang with ev­ery­body, so we didn’t have to spend much time greet­ing at the wed­ding,” he says.

The Chris­tian cer­e­mony took place on a hill over­look­ing the ocean; after­ward, guests moved to the wa­ter­front reception. “When we en­tered, we didn’t even get to the dance floor—they were all so ex­cited, they met us on the walk­way,” says Por­sha. The cou­ple even­tu­ally shared their first dance, sway­ing to­gether to Sade’s “Kiss of Life,” per­formed by a friend. “She has a lyric in the song: ‘Look at the sky, it’s the color of love,’” re­calls Por­sha. “And dur­ing our dance, the sky was the most beau­ti­ful pinks and blues we’d ever seen! It was a per­fect mo­ment.”

The bride’s Ru­bin Singer gown fea­tured ac­cents of gold in a nod to Ghana (once known as the Gold Coast), where Terry was born. The groom wore a tux by Musika Frère.

Din­ner was served on the lawn,where guests were treated to a prime view of the ocean.

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