16 Lucky Couples Chosen to Wed in The Bahamas
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PHOTO: Nicole Vogel and Michael D’Aoust of Sherwood, Alberta will exchange vows on Inagua in the Bahamas. (Courtesy Bahamas Ministry of Tourism)
Love is in the air as 16 couples prepare to have the wedding of a lifetime on The Islands Of The Bahamas, after being chosen as winners of the Bahamas 16 Weddings Invitation Competition.
The lucky Canadian couples will be a part of 16 weddings on 16 islands all transpiring simultaneously with one thing in common, their love.
The weddings will take place on the alluring islands of Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Harbour Island, Grand Bahama, Inagua, Long Island, Nassau, Paradise Island and San Salvador on November 16, 2016.
As the various hotels across The Bahamas host the lucky couples, the islands will all provide a distinctive cultural experience.
The Bahamas’ 16 Weddings competition asked engaged couples to submit creative photos or video that enhanced a theme wedding designated by The Bahamas by creatively incorporating something from a selected island into their wedding. The submission was required to be supplemented with a brief story of their love and their reasons for wanting to marry in the Bahamas. The most creative entries were short-listed by the consumers by voting on social media and bahamas16weddings.com. The contest officially closed on June 10, 2016.
The 16 lucky couples that will exchange vows in November in The Bahamas are; Dawn Saunders & Darryl Flowers of Pickering, Ontario exchanging vows on Abaco; Tiffany Jones & Nabil Badre Ottawa, Ontario exchanging vows on Abaco; Krista Coward & Christophe McMahon of Mitchell, Ontario exchanging vows on Andros; Olivia Muc & Robert Surgeoner of Winnipeg, Manitoba, exchanging vows on Bimini; Alycia Park & Ryan Yaremko of Stoney Creek, Ontario, exchanging vows on Cat Island; Tessa Peterson & Matthew Boyko of Winnipeg, Manitoba, exchanging vows on Eleuthera; Laura Lortie & Patrick Cain of Niagara Falls, Ontario, exchanging vows on Harbour Island; Lana Newell & Mark Voisin of Bedford, Nova Scotia, exchanging vows on Exuma; Kristen Cormier & Adam Morris of Burlington, Ontario exchanging vows on Grand Bahama; Jessyca Sylvestre & Jason Danyluk of Niagara Falls, Ontario exchanging vows on Grand Bahama; Megan Cull & Curtis McDonald of Cochrane, Alberta exchanging vows on Grand Bahama; Nicole Vogel & Michael D’Aoust of Sherwood, Alberta exchanging vows on Inagua; Maryse Bourgeois & Daniel Cormier from Grande-Digue, New Brunswick exchanging vows on Long Island, Debbie Thompson & David Carrington of Toronto, Ontario exchanging vows on Nassau, Dayna Sawatzky & Tyler Pugh of Edmonton, Alberta exchanging vows on Paradise Island and Katrine Martyn & Curtis Streeter of Pickering, Ontario exchanging vows on San Salvador.
Sr. Director of Bahamas Tourism Office (BTO) Canada Paul Strachan believes that with this unique social media campaign, The Bahamas has solidified its position as the number one destination for weddings and honeymoon destinations.
“We're quite pleased with the results of the promotion so far, and with the use of various media channels, we've successfully delivered the message that The Islands Of The Bahamas is a premier, award-winning wedding and honeymoon destination, with multiple islands and multi options for all things romantic,” Strachan said.
“We've just completed the contest phase of this promotion with a selection of 16 Canadian couples anxiously waiting to exchange vows in 16 exotic locations throughout the Islands of The Bahamas. With the ongoing efforts of this promotion, we're very optimistic that we'll benefit from an increase in Canadian visitors within the romantic travel segment in the next 12 to 18 months.”
The couples will receive complimentary round-trip airline tickets to The Bahamas, hotel accommodations including meals for three nights, a wedding ceremony, cake, flowers and a reception for up to four guests. Wedding rings, a gown, a tuxedo and a personal wedding coordinator will also be provided for each couple.
SOURCE: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism press release
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