Photos by: David Wears
As a girl Shelly Dass always found comfort in watching the
sunset. There was something I used to say to make myself
feel better, I have a God who paints the sky just for
On September 6, after the CNC3 anchorwoman exchanged nuptials
with her soulmate and fellow journalist Robert Clarke at the
Plantation Villas in Tobago, it was under a canopy of blue
with brilliant orange red streaks that the couple frolicked
on the sand.
On this the happiest day of her life, it seemed that God simply
couldnt resist painting another amazing skyscape for
his little girl.
Still on a high from her wedding, an excited Dass told WomanWise:
I still cant believe it is actually over.
was just absolutely fantastic. We couldnt imagine that
it could be that good.
Flashback to June when Dass met this writer on the steps of
the Trinidad Guardian building, just before picking up duty
at the tv station, frantic about having missed most of the
Bridal expos for the earlier part of the year.
you believe I havent been to any yet? she had
said with a nervous laugh.
dont even know where to begin.
can you believe I am getting married in a few months.
But having seen the wedding come together, one can argue now
that when youve got friends and family like Dass and
Clarke, a bridal expo is hardly relevant.
Her beach wedding was fitting of her status as this countrys
revered anchor woman.
From the beautiful champagne coloured Vera Wang dress (yes
the famous Vera Wang who dresses Hollywood celebs for their
Red Carpet events) a gift from her cousin Cliff Hassanali,
her Jimmy Choo shoes with the amber stones, a gift from her
parents, her Barbara Jardine designed earrings, the beautifully
decorated tables of tropical flowers, the towering mocha fudge
wedding cake from Food Networks Christine Hasler and
the groomsmens outfits designed by Anthony Reid for
Centre pieces on guests tables featured sprays of orchids,
while tropical flowers of ginger and anthuriums, all in white,
from Kairis Blooms were also used in the fantasy-like
décor, the handiwork of Hassanali.
The actual wedding ceremony itself was avant-garde.
Dasss bridal party wore white dresses her brother Travis
did the scripture reading from the Bible verses displayed
on his Blackberry phone, both Dasss parents gave her
away and when the bride ditched her Jimmy Choo shoes to join
her husband in baring her feet, she casually handed her stilettos
to former co-anchor John Victor, much to the amusement of
all the guests.
and I always wanted to get married on the beach because we
both love the beach.
was the only thing we knew for sure about the wedding.
When Clarke proposed to his lady love it was also on the beach.
told me he wanted help in looking for shells for his niece
and when we got to a particular spot he took this ring out
from the sand and showed it to me.
was clueless, I said but how somebody could lose a ring
like that, she said with a laugh.
was until he told me it was for me and proposed.
Dass and Clarke met on the job some years ago, she said, while
they both were on duty at a post cabinet meeting.
But if you ask her she would say that she fell in love with
his writing first.
was working with the Guardian at the time and wrote a piece
of commentary with the headline A Ministry of Truth.
didnt even know who he was at the time. I thought, by
the maturity of the tone in his piece, he was someone older.
stuck up the commentary on the notice board in the office
and called him to say that the piece was well-written.
It was only at the post cabinet meeting, that Dass said, she
finally put a face to the name.
Its a face that Dass is looking forward to waking up
and seeing every morning.
On Thursday the couple left for their honeymoon destinations
Panama and Cuba.
At the time of our interview, Cuba was being battered by Ike.
But even that failed on put a damper on Dass cheery
are still looking forward to it. Both Rob and I have read
about Cuba and we both want to see the place while (Fidel)
Castro is still alive.
just feel so blessed right now.
had a dream wedding and it wouldnt have been possible
without our friends, family and prayer.
think that Rob and I have the most amazing families.
(See Section B Inside Out)