Bunji Garlin (second from left) is congratulated by fellow
soca artistes Shurwayne Winchester (left), Fireball (second
from right) and Maximus Dan during his wedding reception.
What could one expect at the wedding of two of socas
top artistesone of whom is a three-time International
Soca Monarch and the other a Road March Queen?
Clichés would not do justice to the ceremony and the
couple, Ian Bunji Garlin Alvarez and Faye-Ann
Lyons, but one cannot resist the temptation to gorge on the
trite phrases in an attempt to capture the moment.
A STAR-STUDDED AFFAIR
From ragga soca master Maximus Dan to soca songstress Destra
to 2006 Soca Monarch Shurwayne Winchester, members of the
entertainment fraternity gathered to witness the wedding ceremony
at the Holiness Revival Christian Church, French Street, Port-of-Spain
Neil Iwer George, Mr King, Bajan producer Peter
Coppin, Jadee, Fireball, Singing Sandra, Nikki Crosby, Scarface,
promoters Cliff Harris and Signal II Noise were but a few
of the familiar faces at the Centre of Excellence
Add a gorgeous Bits and a sparkling Candy Hoyte, two of 13
bridesmaids, and Brian Manning, son of Prime Minister Patrick
Manning, the line-up was just about complete.
WEDDING OF THE CENTURY
Despite reports to the contrary, the bride, daughter of four-time
Soca Monarch and eight-time Road March King Austin Super
Blue Lyons, got married in a stunning white wedding
gown, complete with an intricately-designed train and a crown
well fit for a soca queen.
In fact, the groom complimented his intended as he was garbed
in a white three-piece ensemble complete, with a pair of snazzy
Soca Monarch and eight-time Road March King, Austin Super
Blue Lyons escorts his daughter and one-time Road March
Queen, Faye-Ann Lyons down the aisle to meet her husband-to-be,
three-time Soca Monarch Ian Bunji Garlin Alvarez
at their wedding ceremony held at Holiness Revival Christian
Church, French Street, Woodbrook, Saturday. Photos: Andre
His 12 groomsmen, a few of whom were his Asylum band members,
were outfitted in black suits, mirroring the look of Alvarez,
with each sporting black shades.
The iridescent appearance of the bridesmaids gowns kept
one guessing their true colour, which fell somewhere between
the shades of aquamarine and turquoise.
The hall, decorated by none other than the bride and her wedding
party, was a royal blue and a white garden filled with caricatures
of butterflies perched on walls, tables and floral arrangements.
Bunji Garlin and his bride Faye-Ann pledged their love and
steadfastness for one another no less than three times in
a ceremony conducted by his brother, Pastor Marlon Alvarez.
Holding each others right hand in a solid grasp, the
couple recited their vows with booming voices, dispelling
any doubt that their minds were not fixed on a joint future.
Pastor Alvarez intoned duty and fulfilling the will
of God to the couple and those gathered, also speaking
of his disappointment that marriage is no longer highly valued.
Later, at the reception, mother of the groom, Henrietta Alvarez
told her son and daughter-in-law to remain humble and always
be willing to forgive one another whenever differences occurred.
Father of the groom, Ted Benn, stole the show with his lyrics
and levity, including advice to Bunji to become the fourth
greatest lover the world has ever known, he being the third,
Romeo the first and King Edward VIII the second.
Father of the bride, SuperBlue, captured the sentimentality
of the moment.
Dressed inwhat elsebut a three-piece blue suit,
SuperBlue briefly serenaded the couple before reminding Bunji
that his daughter was not an easy one to catch.
And, it was he who introduced the couple. SuperBlue left them
with a mild warning that hell forever be watching.
June Alvarez, accompanied by the Trinidad Guardians
Marvin Smith, serenaded her brother and his wedding party
with a semi-operatic portrayal of The Prayer.
Grandmother of the bride, Ruby Steele, could not resist singing
a love song for the couple.
Terri Lyons, while resting her vocals, took to the dance floor
with her father during a soca parang session, courtesy Los
Dinamicos from the South.
Pannist Dane Gulston opened the reception accompanied by a
live band, led by guitarist Vince Rivers.
Shania Twains Youre Still The One was the chosen
piece for the couples first dance.
FEAST FIT FOR THE GODS
Creole, Indian, Chinese and wild meat were the sub-headings
of the courses offered to delight the palates of guests.
Coo Coo, callaloo, steamed fish, macaroni pie, pigeon peas,
avocado and other offerings piled onto plates of patrons preferring
to dine a la Creole.
Those whose taste buds ached for curried chicken, pumpkin,
curried potato, shrimp and buss-up-shut, found them available
Chinese-styled chicken with jasmine rice was followed by an
assortment of wild meats, leaving very little room for a range
of desserts, including fudge and the Christmas must-have of
Corn soup, bake and shark, souse and last, but not least,
a doubles vendor, rounded off the feasting.
It came as no surprise that as the night progressed artistes
gathered and blessed the mike with a song or two.
But it may have shocked some guests to see the bride, in her
second wedding gown, jumping on stage for a soca
From road march winner Display to Bunjis
2006 offering Bombs, the couple gave their guests
a run of their hits which ended the wedding where they will
soon have to start Carnival 2007.
And if symbols are enough to speak volumes, a blinging
silver padlock around the neck of the bride said it all.