Dec. 11, 2012, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Real Destination Wedding: An Eclectic Mix of Chinese, Indian and the Caribbean!


Beejel Patel & Timothy Chen

Ochos Rios, Jamaica
July 30, 2011

jamaica wedding
All photos by Dwayne Watkins

The Meeting…

“Who would have guessed, a beautiful Indian princess from Michigan would find a ragga muffin Chinese-Jamaican Prince?” Timothy says. “Not in a million years!”

Timothy and Beejel attended Oakland University and both travelled on a medical mission trip to Jamaica. Timothy was doing his residency as a Pediatric Dentist and Beejel was a second year Pharmacy student. On the mission trip, the pair treated patients in rural parts of Jamaica.

“While I was taking care of some kids in a school I was distracted by this exotic girl in pink scrubs,” Timothy remembers. “So, I decided to sneak off and introduce myself. We had a little conversation which I thought went pretty well. I guess it did because here we are now together!”

The Proposal…

“I surprised Timothy with a trip to Greece for his birthday, but the real surprise came when he proposed!” Beejel recalls. Timothy popped the question during his birthday dinner at Mykonos, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea horizon.

beejel & timothy wedding rings

Wedding Destination…

Beejel and Timothy married at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and held their reception at Cary Island, also in Ocho Rios.

cary island wedding reception

The couple chose Cary Island, an exclusive 1930s Tudor House, because “it had so many interesting features and it in itself was a small paradise,” Beejel says. With a full staff, including a chef, Cary Island features a main house with an adjoining cottage, pool and gazebo and a private island.

And the Bride wore…

madeline gardner wedding dress

Designed by Madeline Gardner, Beejel’s stunning ruffled organza wedding gown in ivory featured a strapless mermaid style with a sweetheart neckline. In addition, make-up artist Stacy McNeil, from Kingston, ensured Beejel looked radiant for the entire day. “She did an amazing job!” Beejel says.

The Groom sported…

Timothy stood handsomely awaiting his bride-to-be in a single-breast European cut suit by Jean Yves.

Wedding Party…

bridal party

Bobbie Ghosh (Friend), Digisha Patel (Cousin), Ginelle Moya (Friend), Jessica Uppal (Friend), Sarah Knuth (Maid of Honour - Friend) Sejal Patel (Cousin), Rina Arya (Cousin) Dhruvi Amin (Flower girl - Brides Niece)


Daren Chen (Brother & Bestman), Adam Chen (Brother), Ryan Nunez (Friend), Jorge Solano (Friend), Ticu Patel (Brides Brother), Gonzalo Cortez (Friend), Craig Bernard (Friend)

The Feast…

Beejel and Timothy infused Chinese, Indian and Jamaican cuisine into their reception dinner: