Lennox Lewis Weds in Jamaica

Who: heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis and former Miss Jamaica runner-up Violet Chang

When: July 15, 2005

Where: As both the bride and groom are of Jamaican descent, the William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church at Falmouth, Jamaica was chosen as their wedding locale.

The Ceremony: Her eyes fixed upon her husband-to-be, the bride walked with her mother and uncle past 200 guests down an aisle sprinkled with fragrant rose petals and orchid blossoms. It was the same path taken moments before by the groom, who carried the couple's young son as he strolled to the altar alongside his mother. Witnesses were treated to a rendition of the classic ballad "Our Love Is Here To Stay" before the ceremony's conclusion, at which time the newly dubbed Mr. and Mrs. Lewis partook of the age old custom of jumping the broom.

The Dress: Roger Gary, whose fashions have appeared on beauty pageant runways, provided a lace veil embellished with Swarovski crystals which draped over the bride's sleek chignon and skimmed over her strapless Ann Barge gown, its form-fitting bodice flowing into a full satin skirt complete with a bustle.

The groom looked dapper in a dove-colored suit accented with a dark lapel-- the creation of Oswald Boateng, a British designer favored by Seal and Robbie Williams.

The Reception: After a 20-minute drive from Falmouth, a light lunch was served to guests at Good Hope Country House, a Georgian plantation constructed in 1755 which is situated on 2,000 secluded acres. As the day wore on, attendees convened at the 7th hole of the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course on the grounds of the Wyndham Rose Hall Resort, where a six-course banquet was served by the remains of an aqueduct. Music and dancing commenced after guests sampled the four-tier wedding cake-- miniature boxing gloves replacing the traditional bride and groom cake topper. The pugilist motif continued with boxing glove cufflinks, which were presented to the men attendees as parting gifts, while the ladies carried home silver compacts.

The Honeymoon: The newlyweds remained in Jamaica for a week before hopping a plane to Belfast, Northern Ireland as production on the movie "Johnny Was" commenced. Lennox Lewis, who caught the acting bug while on the set of "Ocean's Eleven," plays the role of a Rastafarian DJ in the 2006 thriller, which co-stars Eriq La Salle, Samantha Mumba and Roger Daltrey, frontman of the rock band The Who.


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