Glass Window Bridge Woos Couple To Wed In Eleuthera
GOOSE CREEK, South Carolina (November 13, 2014) – The Glass Window Bridge – considered the “8th Wonder of the World” was enough to entice Anthony Harley and Ar’Breauna Brown to exchange their wedding vows in Eleuthera.
The couple will exchange wedding vows under the theme: “Barefoot Lover’s Bliss” on the island, which name means “Freedom”.
Anthony or A.J. as he is affectionately called and Ar’Breauna met in high school in South Carolina, James Island actually, where he believes one of her older brothers set them up.
“She was a couple of years behind me in school and we went different places so we were pretty distant, both having our own personal relationships within that time,” he says.
Then in 2011, when she came home for the summer; what started out as “just innocent” hanging out developed into the two forging a relationship.
On February 13, 2013, A. J. a Financial Services Professional with New York Life in Charleston decided to popped the question to Ar’Breauna, a Senior Advisor for Apple who was pregnant at the time.
A.J. seized the opportunity to enter the wedding contest in early 2014 via The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s online promotional page. He and his fiancé had already discussed their wedding plans but with large families, particularly his, and friends, the couple was financially unable to have a wedding at that point.
“So conveniently, a destination wedding would allow for us to take the stress out of planning a wedding and having our honeymoon at the same time,” he says.
No stranger to The Bahamas, A.J. said “in 2010 after graduating from college, my parents gave me a gift which was a trip to The Bahamas, ” so I already know how amazing it is. We went to Freeport and Nassau,” he says.
And about Eleuthera? A.J. said he heard about the island from a fraternity brother who recently visited the island, which, on the eastern side faces the Atlantic Ocean while the western side faces the Great Bahama Bank.
“I had never heard about Eleuthera but after investigating each island it was a no brainer. The people in the video reminded me a lot of the people here at home and the way the Glass Window Bridge looks in photos is amazing. I can’t wait to see it in person!” he says.
According to A.J he and his “bride-to-be are very grateful of the support from both of their families over the past two years – from buying their home to the birth of their daughter to planning their wedding”.
“I leave most of it up to Ar’Breauna since I want it to go exactly how she wants,” he says. “I told her I’m just here to look good. It’s your wedding.”
She also designed a webpage for family and friends to surf for travel and hotel arrangements.
The couple participated in The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s “16 Islands, 16 Weddings, One Priceless Day” contest. The contest resulted in more than 3,000 entries and gave 16 lucky, newly engaged couples the opportunity to have a complimentary dream wedding on any of the 16 islands in The Bahamas’ 700 islands chain. All 16 weddings will take place at 16:00 hours on January 16, 2015.
The wedding experience will take place on Acklins, Crooked Island, Abaco, Andros, The Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Harbour Island, Grand Bahama, Inagua, Long Island, Nassau, Paradise Island and San Salvador.
Among the prizes won by the couple are round trip airline transportation from South Carolina to The Bahamas, cash rewards from Mastercard®, hotel accommodations with meals for four at Pineapple Fields Resort, wedding rings from Steven Singers Jewelers, a Mon Cheri bridal dress designed by David Tutera or Sophia Tolli, tuxedo from 1888-mytuxes and a gift basket from John Bull.
Other contest partners include hotels: Kamalame Cay Resort, Stella Maris Resort, Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Acklins Island Lodge, Carriearl Boutique Hotel, Resorts World Bimini, Pigeon Cay Beach Club, Tranquility on The Bay, Valentines Resort & Marina, Sandals Resorts, Grand Lucayan, Island Ocean Villas, Hilton Hotel, Atlantis Resort and Riding Rock Inn.
Written By: Lindsay Thompson