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(St. John's, Antigua, May 24, 2007) As Antigua and Barbuda continues to celebrate June as the Month of Romance, love was in the air at the Hermitage Bay Hotel, the site of this year's Celebrity Destination Wedding.

Antigua WeddingMelissa Saint-Cyr and Derrick Ward, winners of this year's Destination Wedding Sweepstakes, exchanged nuptials on the island's southwest coast, at a ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and other key stakeholders.

Celebrity couple and award winning R & B performers, Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore, guests of honor at this intimate ceremony, serenaded the couple and guests with a live performance of a Love Ballad against the backdrop of a majestic sunset view, at one of Antigua and Barbuda's newest upscale properties.

The Lattimore's were married five years ago in a similar romantic setting at a Destination Wedding in Jamaica and commented that they "felt honored to be a part of such an important event that symbolized unity between couples, families and the community."

Demonstrating the destination's commitment to this promotion, Minister of Tourism, Harold Lovell was one of the witnesses and signatories on the couple's marriage certificate. Ms. Skepple was the officiating marriage officer and prayers of thanksgiving were offered by Rev. Carlsen Christie.

Antigua Wedding

As the gentle waves lapped the shoreline, flower girls from Verity Dance group, created an exotic pathway of fresh petals as the bride made her processional down the aisle to the sounds of local jazz musician Foster Joseph.

At sundown, the couple was whisked away in a horse and carriage provided by Stella of Bolans.

The romantic shore side event was a fan fare of baby pink and tropical flowers.. The wedding gown was provided by Demetrios Brides and wedding bands provided by Colombian Emeralds. The wedding exuded the true flavors of the destination as most of the resources were donated by local providers: Photography by Photo Fantasy, Flowers by Exotic Flowers, Hair and Make-up by Mingles and wedding cake by Lisa's Creations.

The wedding was attended by tourism officials, stakeholders and sponsors and was carried live on local television station ABS.

Derede Samuel Whitlock, Director of Tourism for the United States, indicated that " the wedding was very special and everyone present could feel the love that this twin island destination has to offer. We expect that with the celebrity involvement that the event will provide significant media exposure for the destination and help to position us as the 'Romance Capital' of the Caribbean."

On the eve of the Celebrity Wedding, the Ministry of Tourism hosted a cocktail reception at the Copper and Lumber Store, to honor both the wedding couple and the celebrity couple. At the event, a Diamond Hunt Contest that features Nelson's Dockyard as one of the most romantic sites in Antigua and Barbuda was also launched as part of the Romance promotions. The Diamond Hunt is being hosted at and will run through the end of October.

CONTACT: Sharon Pomerantz
The Pomerantz Group
[email protected]

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