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by Carlena Ritter
Love is in the air and with June considered the romantic month for Antigua and Barbuda, a celebrity couple is set to tie the knot this weekend.
Grammy Award-winning ’90s R&B singer-songwriter Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Redd and Jamaican-born Theresa O’Neal, general manager of Realemn Productions, which does the public relations for several Broadway shows including MJ the Musical and For Colored Girls managed, will participate in the newly launched Destination Wedding Initiative by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA).
The couple, along with ABTA officials, attended a brief press conference at Ring sponsor Abbott’s Jewelers’ Heritage Quay store.
ABTA CEO Colin James said it was a “great time for love” in Antigua and Barbuda.
“Today is a very, very special day. It’s June, it’s romance month and it’s really a great time here in Antigua and Barbuda and I’d like to thank Jeff and Theresa for entering the contest and winning.
“You know, when I heard the story of this lovely couple, their first words to her were ‘You are beautiful’ and now here they are in the most beautiful place on earth to actually get married and that cements Antigua and Barbuda’s position as … the most romantic destination,” said James.
James also thanked all the other sponsors and staff who will play a part in the wedding ceremony at Carlisle Bay Resort on Saturday.
Both Redd and O’Neal thanked Antiguan and Barbudan officials for their efforts in creating perfect wedding memories for them.
The Destination Wedding Initiative integrates authentic elements and traditions unique to Antigua and Barbuda, emphasizing the ease of getting married here as there is no residency requirement.
The initiative offers a couple the opportunity to come to the country, celebrate and cement their love with a once-in-a-lifetime destination wedding. This year’s competition was a scaled-down affair, but previous competitions have asked couples to submit a video or story detailing why they believe they should win the wedding, at all its costs.
The dress, rings, venue, reception, bridal shower and accommodations are just a few of the complimentary perks included in the package.
Redd and O’Neal will also travel to Barbuda for a special day of glory.
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