This is such a great way to show us your story! Len & I will have to see what we can do about attending. If we can't, know that our thoughts will be with all of you.
I'm very happy for you both. I hope we can make the wedding!
This looks great. Can't wait to see this beautiful lady walk down the aisle to her handsome husband. You guys are great. I'm so happy you guys found each other.
Love this and love you guys! Can't wait!
This is fantastic! So happy for both of you!
All of the events pertaining to the wedding weekend will be overseen by Lizbeth Casasola and the Belize Ocean Club. We encourage our guests to stay at the resort so everyone is and can fully participate.
The resort spans the full width of Placencia offering water views on both sides, ocean views, and lagoon views. All the rooms are full suites that include: a full kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishware, etc.; a full living room; a dining area, a full bathroom with some suites having jacuzzis, and either a private balcony or patio. Suites are available in 1 and 2 bedrooms.
1BR Sunset Suite $269/night
1BR Ocean Suite $299/night
2BR Sunset Suite $319/night
2BR Ocean Suite $349/night
Premier Sunset Suite $399/night
Premier Ocean Suite $429/night
All Prices in USD
*9% hotel tax & 15% resort fee not included in room prices*
*See below website for room descriptions*
Check In: 3:00 pm Check Out: 12pm
We request that you try to arrive at the resort no later than 4:oopm on Thursday, March 14, 2019 if that is your planned day of arrival.
Although we are asking you for 4 days, you are more than welcome to extend your trip by arriving earlier or staying later. Just let Lizbeth know when you book your accomodations.
Contact Lizbeth to make your hotel accommodations as we have blocked some rooms. Room blocks are offered at a discounted rate and reservations must be made no later than November 10, 2018. To avoid confusion contact Lizbeth directly at Lizbeth@belizeoceanclub.com or (501) 670-5035.
Belize is a beautiful country with endless adventures. The Adventure Desk offers tours for snorkeling, fishing, hiking, sightseeing, and more. Trips include a visit to Mayan Ruins, a visit to the jaguar reserve, zip lining through the rainforest, and you can even book yourself a spa day. Visit the website to see your options, pricing, and you can even book your activities before your arrival.
Alternate Lodging Options:
Although we would love and prefer to have everyone stay at the same resort, we realize this may be impossible according to individuals' budgets. We have listed some other resorts in the area that have varying room rates from which you can choose the best fit for you.
I have not personally visited any of the below.
Maya Beach Hotel
-This resort is the closest in distance to the Belize Ocean Club
Caribbean Beach Cabanas
Things to Know:
1). Please ensure you have a valid passport that will not expire until a minimum 3 months of your return travel dates.
2). Make your accommodations as soon as possible to get the best rates.
3). The national language in Belize is English. (For those of you that only speak English and "bad" English, no worries.)
4). The Belizean currency exchange is 2:1, $2 Belizean=$1 USD.
5). The resort offers baby sitting services. The rate is $12/hr. (USD) for up to a max of 3 children.
How to get here:
Placencia is an isthmus just off the mainland in Southern Belize. There are direct flights to Belize City (Delta from LA; American Airlines from LA and Miami; United from Newark), but to get to the resort you will need to take a puddle hopper flight, duration approx. 30 minutes, or you will need to rent a car and drive 3-4 hours.
The puddle hopper is quite nice as you get an aerial tour of the area. The drive is equally as scenic as one winds their way through the Maya Mountains. If opting to take the hop, you can contact Lizbeth to arrange your domestic flight through the local airlines. The cost of a round trip ticket will be $265 USD (if you have your flight booked by the resort). If you prefer a ride to the resort, you can ask Lizbeth about the Muy Ono Explorer. This option will allow you to have the resort van pick you up in Belize City and drive you to the resort for $75 USD one way or $150 USD roundtrip.
Domestic Flight Options (Belize City to Placencia)
Maya Air http://www.mayaislandair.com/
Avg. Price $117-145 USD One Way
Tropic Air https://www.tropicair.com/
Avg. Price $100-117 USD One Way
Rental Car Options
From Belize City:
*All car rental locations are just outside the appropriate airport for convenience.
We have decided to include some poll questions for you - some related to the wedding activities and some just for fun! Please take a few minutes to answer the questions below:
We realize that our choice to have a destination wedding may place a significant financial burden on many of you; therefore, we are requesting that you not give us any gifts - your presence at our wedding is the best gift we could get! However, there will inevitably be some stubborn old souls who insist on giving us gifts anyways. For those people, we have created a registry and a list of gift ideas, which you can access below.
I met R.J. my 1st semester at Columbia University. He was my academic advisor and it was love at first sight. I would not have made it to graduation without this amazing person in my corner. R.J. is a graduate of Columbia, Cambridge, and Harvard Universities. It takes zero effort for me to acknowledge that he is absolutely the wisest man I know. He is one of the most sincere, generous, and selfless people I know. He is the type of person that makes you a better version of yourself just for knowing him. I feel incredibly grateful to call him a friend and have him officiate my wedding.
I was first introduced to R.J. through my Orientation sessions at Columbia and then through his University Studies course, a non-credit course designed help incoming students navigate through Columbia's often grueling and soul-sucking demands. His advice not only helped me survive, but also thrive in the midst of the rigors of my Ivy League education. Like most people who are fortunate enough to be graced by his presence, I was impressed with his wisdom, wit, sincerity, and his generous and utterly selfless spirit. When Morgan and I were discussing options for who we would like to officiate our wedding, R.J. was the first person who came to mind and we were absolutely delighted when he agreed to do it!
Groomsmen and Groomsmaids:
What can I say about Jay except that I'm super lucky to have him as a brother-in-law. While he may seem reserved when you first meet him, if you take the time to get to know him, you will understand why I love him so much. Although he is not bookish, his intelligence and sharp wit shine through in conversations. Jay is a great cook and loves to eat "fat kid" food just as much as I do. He is a hard and talented worker, but he also knows how to chill, let loose, and have a fun time. Jay is a wonderful brother-in-law and a good friend and I'm excited to have him as my Best Man.
Cellus is Morgan's son and now he's mine too and I love him to pieces. Initially, I was nervous when I found out that Morgan had a son who was already a young adult, but Cellus welcomed me with open arms from the very first day we met. Cellus is fun and charming, with a great sense of humor, and has one of the biggest hearts of anyone you'll ever meet. He has already grown to be fine young man and I know he has a bright future ahead of him. I am grateful to have him in my life and proud to call him my son.
Jeff and I went to middle school together and we quickly bonded like brothers. Despite the fact that he is a quiet and introverted person, or perhaps because of it, Jeff is one of the best people to go to for a deep and meaningful one-on-one conversation. Jeff is a very wise and knowledgable person, but he is also disarmingly humble and down-to-earth. Besides Morgan, he is one of the few people I know that I can guarantee that, simply through our interactions together, will help me learn something new, interesting, even profound and thought-provoking and help me do some self-reflection and become a better person as a result. He is married to his lovely wife, Ellie, has a master's degree in literature and currently works as a writing instructor at MiraCosta College. Jeff has been a loyal confidante, who has been a supportive friend through all of my ups and downs in life, and I am deeply thankful for his friendship.
Nick and I met when we were only 5 years old and he has been one of my best friends ever since. Growing up together, he truly became a member of my family. We've literally seen each other mature through the decades and we've been there every step of the way for each other, from ours days as little kids who traded in juvenile humor and talked about our secret crushes, to young adults playing on worship bands and going to Bible studies together, to even living as roommates for a few years and continually getting frustrated by the growing pile of dirty dishes left in the kitchen sink by our other roommates. After high school, Nick moved from San Diego to be near us in Kansas City and he still lives there today and currently works as a paramedic. Nick has a nearly perfect balance of introversion and extroversion, being one of the most chill and laid-back persons I know, but also being a person who loves to socialize, party, and have a good time. During some of my rougher years, when I became withdrawn and somewhat anti-social and isolated myself from many people, Nick never failed in being that good friend who would reach out to me and kindly prod me to get out of my shell and go out and have some fun. Nick is an incredibly loving and warm-hearted person, with a great sense of humor, and I'm grateful that I get to have him as a friend.
Franklin is one of our favorite friends from our time at Columbia and it won't take you long to figure out why. Despite being a social butterfly and participating in nearly every club and social function Columbia had to offer, he still managed to graduate with honors and get a full-ride scholarship to study for his master's degree in architecture in the U.K. Hailing from Morgan's hometown of Brooklyn, Franklin is well-read, well-traveled, intelligent, witty, fashionable, ambitious, kind-hearted, and the life of the party. We love his friendship and are super excited for him to join us in Belize and be a part of our wedding!
Layan and I met as classmates in a couple of Arabic courses we took at our community college in San Diego and we quickly hit it off and realized we were destined to be great friends. Not only does she have a heart of gold (being one of the sweetest and most generous people I know), but she is also incredibly ambitious, dedicated, and passionate when it comes to civic engagement and trying to make the world a better place – she never ceases to inspire me! Currently, she is living in Portland, Oregon and finishing her Master’s degree in Public Policy at Portland State University. Layan is super-fun, creative, and a constant source of positivity and I’m incredibly thankful for her friendship and delighted to have her in our wedding party!
Bridesmaids and Bridesmen:
Before she was Carolyn Parker she was Carolyn Young, one of my best friends and my partner in crime. She and I have known each other since elementary school and she is one of my oldest and dearest friends. She and I went through bad bangs, broken flat irons, bad boyfriends, 90's urban fashion, and miraculously, still turned out alright.
Some of my favorite memories with her are us joyriding in her '97 Volkswagen, hanging out in Brooklyn, taking her children to chop down their 1st Christmas tree, and splitting huevos rancheros and blueberry pancakes over brunch. She suffers from my affliction of brutal honesty, shares in my love of all things food, and understands and embraces the fundamental truth that red wine solves almost everything (at least for awhile).
Although she and I have lost touch at times over the years, we are each others "bad" penny that keeps turning up. She's stuck with me I guess. I love her for being perfectly imperfect. She is beautiful, intelligent, passionate, and fierce. Carolyn has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, is a practicing nurse at Hartford Children's Hospital, and is currently working on her APN. She is also married with 3 beautiful children.
My sister has been a part of every major event in my life so why should this time be any different. Some of favorite memories with her include taking her dress shopping for her first school dance, our 25 mile ride to support MS, girl's night at my place, and eating our way through NYC. Her keen fashion sense, attention to detail, and charming personality more than qualify her to be in my bridal party, even if she wasn't my sister. I know she'll turn out to a be a "hostess with the most-est" offering assistance when needed and welcoming all of you and ensuring you have a great time.
Jamie is the sister that I didn't know I wanted, but now that I have her I can't imagine my life without her. What's better than having 1 sister, having 2. Jamie is an amazing woman and the beauty of her character is almost beyond comprehension. Jamie is living proof that one should be the change they want to see in the world. I admire Jamie for her selflessness and continued participation in missionary work all over the world. Whether at home or abroad, if there's someone in need Jamie will find them. Jamie is a free spirit who is quick to laugh and seems always a moment away from her next adventure. I am so proud to call her my sister and I look forward to all our adventures to come.
Stacy and I have known each other since 7th or 8th grade. Like most young girls we traveled in packs and we met because we had a mutual friend in Carolyn, and another "sister" of mine Lea Ann. I was/am the tallest in our group at nearly 6ft. tall whereas Stacy is/was the shortest just breaking 5ft. This led to her affectionately being called "Tweety" or Tweet" in reference the lovable but tiny, cartoon character.
In highschool, my girlfriends and I held a sleepover party every weekend where a different parent was given the privilege, or burden, of hosting all 7 or 8 of us. Stacy loved when it was my weekend because my mom would bake with us and until this day Stacy will tell you my mom makes the best chocolate chip cookies. she's ever had. Stacy, Carolyn, and I are were often seen during junior high and highschool hanging out at the local roller skating rink, Ron-A Roll, where we all eventually ended up working part-time, briefly after we had graduated.
After highschool and the birth of our children , Stacy and I lost contact for awhile as we both went off to college, and I to the service. We later connected at a friend reunion hosted by Lea Ann and she and I have continued to have great times and laughs, whether its celebrating a birthday or getting our families together for the holidays.
Stacy attended Goodwin College where she studied Respiratory Therapy and she has been employed by the UCONN Health Center for the past 9 years. Stacy enjoys traveling, fashion, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She is outgoing, funny, and sensitive. She likes to live to the fullest and is the mother of 2 beautiful daughters.
I cannot tell you exactly when I met Emilio because it seems he's always been there. He has known and been best friend's with my sister since the 4th grade, and in turn adopted the rest of the family as his own. Emilio is quiet, outgoing, and charismatic. He enjoys video games, music, photography, anime, cooking, dining out, and traveling. Emilio has a great sense of humor and, although Puerto Rican, is known for randomly and effortlessly switching to a Jamaican accent (usually inspired by reggae music playing).
Emilio has become a great additon to our family. Some of my favorite moments with him are family board/card game nights, cooking together, quiet clubbing from Manhattan to Coney Island, and Hayao Miyazaki movie nights. Aside from being my adopted sibling and best friend to my sister, he has embraced his role as "Tio" for Marcellus. The 2 are quite inseparable these days with Emi always there to share in a game of Destiny or to offer some words of wisdom. I'm grateful that in them both being only children, they have found a brotherly relationship with each other.
Emilio has recently relocated to Brooklyn from Connecticut and is in the pursuit of his next great adventure.
I have known Timmy since junior high school and he is one of my favorite people in the world. He is the life of any party and the most loyal of friends. Timmy and I share a love of hip hop and have spent many a late night rapping along to Nas and Biggie, debating who the "greatest" is. He is the friend that always has time for you and is always the first to congratulate and celebrate your happiness. Timmy lives and enjoys life to fullest whether he's hiking on a beautiful day, participating in charity events, going to a great concert or ballgame, or enjoying great Thai food. Timmy enjoys spending time in nature, fashion, cars (especially his BMW), and spending time with his family and friends. He takes nothing for granted and appreciates everything. I'm sure you'll come to find out why he's one of a kind.
To kick off the wedding weekend Travis and I will be hosting a meet and greet Thursday evening. We recognized that for many of you, the wedding could be the first time you will be engaging with the friends and family of Travis' and I's. The meet and greet will present an opportunity to learn names and faces accompanied by music, food, and drinks.
We hated the idea that people would be looking at each on the day of the wedding only to realize the person they've been conversing with at the beach and at breakfast are actually someone they're soon to be related to. So take this opportunity to find your new BFF, snorkeling buddy, or lazy day on the beach companion.
Immediately following the Wedding Rehearsal the groom's parents will be hosting a rehearsal dinner for the Bridal Party and immediate family.
The wedding ceremony will be an outdoor event and will take place at the Sunset Lawn and Pier which is located immediately behind the 16 Degrees Restaurant and Ballroom. The event will be formal. Attire specifications TBD.
We recognize that many of you have children. Please note that if your children are not included in the guest book or included on the wedding invitation, they are not invited to celebrate with us. Children whom are guests will be under the care of their parents whom are expected to ensure that your children behave appropriately for the occasion. Should your children "need a moment" please excuse yourself and your child so they are not disruptive.
Following the ceremony and before the reception there will be a Cocktail Hour. This will allow guests to take in the sunset behind the Maya Mountains while overlooking the lagoon, mingle, freshen up, and partake of some drinks and canapes. We have also arranged for a private musical and dance peformance by the local Garifuna performers so that guests get a chance to appreciate the local culture.
Immediately following a Cocktail Hour on the 16 Degrees Deck, guests are invited to join us in the ballroom for food, drinks, conversation, dancing, and music.
We have decided to allow children for a portion of the reception but not its entirety. We ask that children depart the festivities NLT 7:30 p.m. After said time, it becomes an adult only affair and gives parents an opportunity to let their hair down and fully engage with other guests. Babysitting services are available through the resort. Details to follow on the traveler's info page.
"After the show it's the after-party, and after the party it's the hotel lobby, and after the Belve' then it's probably Cris,' and after the original it's probably this--Fiestaaa. Fiesta. Fiesta."
For those inspired by R. Kelly's lyrics, for those that don't want the night to end, and for the night owls of the world, there can, and will most likely be, an after-party at the Tipsy Tuna. Following the reception and quick change into some casual clothes, head "downtown" for more music, dancing, and fun.
Every great event has a closing ceremony and so perhaps shall we. We are considering an optional, pay-your-own-way. brunch before our guests depart. This will be informal and allow for us to thank each of you, for everyone to share stories, photos, and contact information, and to close out what will have been an amazing weekend.
Please RSVP so that we can notify the resort and they can plan accordingly.
Here we will introduce you to the members of our immediate families:
The Davis Family:
"Mother" as she is affectionately called is the matriarch and backbone of our family. A full-fledged Brooklynite, she has lived there most of her life. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, thereafter teaching for awhile before transitioning to the Housing Authority from which she retired in 2000.
She has a wonderful sense of humor, and loves to entertain. Of all the people in my family, I am most like her in that we are both strong, passionate, ambitious, women, who place family first. To her I owe some of the best parts of myself: my good looks, generosity, alcohol tolerance, character, resiliency, and drive ("Git and Git!").
My grandmother has been my greatest champion offering support in every conceivable way. She has greatly assisted me in raising my child, helping care for him when I was on deployment. She has always encouraged me and reminded me to carry my head high and be proud of who I am. She has always reminded me that failure doesn't have to be an ending but is often a beginning in disguise. She is the definition of unconditional love.
My mom is our family's resident hippie. Although a New Yorker, through and through, having been born and raised in Brooklyn, in a past life she must have come from Southern California. In line with her spiritual nature, she studied massage therapy and was a practicing massuese for many years. She can often be found surrounded by fish and Himalayan rock crystals, speaking of chakras and zen over a cup of hot tea while dressed in tie-die or a lovely, floral pattern.
From my mom I get my sense of optimism. She has gracefully mastered the arts of kindness and compassion, along with strength and durability. She sees the best in everyone and everything, and has infinite patience. I got her optiism but am still working on the patience thing.
My mom has had many careers (and lives as I'm convinced she's been reincarnated numerous times) and yet her greatest accomplishment was that of a mother. No she wasn't perfect, but she allowed us to see those imperfections and wisely asked us to be better. She was the bakes cookies, soccer mom who when she said she it would be okay you accepted it wholeheartedly. She was the source of my strength as a young mom, soldier, and student. She was always behind the scenes supporting the woman I am today. There is no me without her.
My dad was born in Barbados, raised in Brooklyn, and raised his family in Connecticut. He studied drafting at Alfred State College and has been a draftsman at Pratt & Whitney for more than 30 years. He is a naturally shy person until he gets to know someone. He has a huge heart even if he isn't entirely comfortable with PDA's. Those of us who know him best know there's much more to him than meets the eye.
From my dad, I inherit my love for running. My dad was my first coach and one of my biggest fans. There were times I hated running that 2.5 miles on a Saturday morning, my little brother trailing behind me, but it was nice that it was something just the 2 of us shared a love for..
My dad also helped to instill my strong work ethic. Whether academics or sports, my dad insisted that I give 100%. and that I had to be willing to work hard because success didn't come without sacrifice. It is in part to those lessons that allowed me to thrive and excel at whatever I set my mind to.
My brother was my first best friend. I have loved him since I first saw him and I will love him forever. My brother is an old soul, quiet, reserved, observant...wait maybe not reserved but all the rest holds true. He is an amazing pool player whose team has earned the privilege to compete in tournaments in Las Vegas and Hawaii. My brother and I both share a love of anime and classic martial arts films. Most of our text messages consist of recommendations for what either of us should be watching next on Crunchyroll. He is currently studying Industrial Technologies at Manchester Community College (my alma mater) near our home town.
My brother is the still river that runs deep. He is almost always composed and measured but just beneath the surface there is charm, humor, tenacity, and fierceness. I never had a big brother but my little brother didn't know that. He has always been my champion and defender. I will never forget the times he was willing to dole out a proper whooping on my behalf. He has watched me struggle and been there to see me rise. He is the peanut butter to my jelly.
I am incredibly proud of the man my brother is and all of our adventures. I know it will only get better. My brother is the man my son looks up to and admires. He is my calming mind of reason and reassurance. He is a man who speaks few words but whose character speaks volumes.
Affectionately referred to as "Brat," Mallory is the baby of our family. She is a native "Nutmegger," born and raised in Connecticut, but now calls Brooklyn home. She and I enjoy the phenomenon commonly referred to as brunch, dancing, fashion, and traveling. In recent years she has made trips to China, Mexico, and Thailand. She studied Anthropology at Utica College where she was a star basketball player. She now works in sales and marketing at a community center in Manhattan.
My sister and I have survived sharing a room, broken hearts, our unbelievable competitiveness, and Donald Trump becoming president. She and I haven't always seen eye to eye but we have always loved each other and have been there for each other when it matters. My sister is daring, creative, beautiful, messy, charming, and most importantly she is mine.
When my mother told me I was getting a sister 30 years ago I wasn't impressed. I had a brother what more could I need? However, as time passed she grew on me and I am so proud of the woman she has become. She is the "cool" aunt for my son and my best friend in the making. I love her more than she loves my bourbon ham which is nearly impossible. I love her most for being unapologetically herself.
My son is my parents' "favorite" grandson, my siblings' "favorite" nephew, and my "favorite"-period. I have accomplished many things in my life, but being my son's mom is hands down the most rewarding. He is a young man who has been through his share of trials and tribulations but has come through all of it beautifully. He graduated high school in 2016 and since then has been working part-time. He has expressed a desire to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering and will be enrolling in college this fall.
My son is quite eclectic. He has participated in everything from karate to bowling leagues, from hip hop dance classes to high school football and surf lessons, from starring in his high school play (he was Prince Eric from "The Little Mermaid" and even did his own stunts and singing) to recording his own music. He is a poet and gentleman. My favorite thing about him is his gracious and loving heart. Marcellus is drawn to the "misfit toys" of the world and he instinctually reaches out and wants to know how he can make life better. This has led to more than a few kids crashing on my couch, eating in my home, or seeking some motherly advice.
Marcellus is confident and silly, loving and bright. He enjoys sports, video games, traveling, and collecting sneakers. I admire his resiliency and his ability to love so openly and selflessly. He is a wonderful young man with a brilliant future ahead of him. I cannot love him more or be more excited for what awaits him.
The Williamson Family:
While it may be a common saying that men tend to marry women who are like their mother, in my case, I'm marrying a woman who is like my dad. Despite vast differences in their backgrounds and experiences, my dad and Morgan are two peas in a pod and they are similar in surprising ways. That being said, if you are able to understand why I love Morgan so much, you will also understand why I love my dad.
My dad (who is affectionately called "Pop Pop" by many friends and family) grew up in Southern California, but was raised by two parents from Iowa who instilled their Midwestern hard work ethic in him, which he, in turn, passed on to me. Dad works as an electrician and a general contractor, professions he has worked in since the 1970's. Even though he never finished college, he is more intelligent than he likes to admit (he says that "good English" is his second language) and he will surprise you every once in a while by casually throwing a million dollar word into a conversation that leaves you scratching your head and forces you to open a dictionary.
Dad works hard, but he also plays hard too. Pop Pop has a great sense of humor and can be the life of the party. He has dozens of different hobbies, from body-boarding, to planting Torrey pine trees, to collecting guitars, to watching Nascar and college football, to sewing ties and building just about anything that comes into his mind. Dad is also an avid music lover (particularly of blues, rock, and country) and will most likely be a lead guitar player in his next life.
Although Dad is not a "religious" person per se, he is deeply spiritual and is willing to take major risks and make big changes in his life when he feels God is calling him to do so (such as when he and Mom decided to move our family to Kansas City to be a part of the International House of Prayer and their recent decision to move to Santa Barbara to participate in a ministry that helps out victims of human trafficking). In spite of his sometimes gruff and grumpy exterior, Dad is one of the most loving and affectionate people I've ever known and he has never failed in his personal parental goal of always letting his children know how much he loves us. Dad truly embodies the character of the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son and I rest assured knowing that, no matter how badly I've failed, he will always be waiting for me with open arms. There are no words to express the depth of my gratitude for all of the love and support he has given me throughout my life and I can't imagine having a better dad.
If every family has their own resident hippie, then my mom ("Mama Jo") fills that role in the Williamson family. An adventurous and free-spirited woman, Mom spent her youth and college years traveling nationally and internationally on many adventures before settling down to become a nurse, marry my dad, and eventually become a full-time stay-at-home mom. A Spanish major in college and fluent in the language, my mom influenced my love of learning foreign languages and my openness towards learning from other cultures (even if I never gained fluency in a foreign language to the degree she has).
Mom is a very creative person and she expresses her creativity through many different mediums, from her work as a seamstress, to her paintings, to her personalized and homemade videos and greeting cards, and more. She also loves to read and greatly influenced my own love of books and reading.
Mama Jo is naturally empathetic, compassionate, nurturing, generous, hospitable, and kind-hearted and really acts like Jesus in her openness and love for all people, especially the misfits, the poor, and the vulnerable. Despite her many health problems, which will often leave her bed-ridden for days at a time, she will use every last drop of her energy to go above and beyond to make sure that everyone in her presence feels welcome and is having a good time. A mother-like figure to countless individuals, I love her dearly and am fortunate to have her as my mom.
Jamie is the spunky and feisty fireball in our family. Stubborn and opinionated in the best of ways, Jamie is never one to shy away from speaking her mind, even if that means addressing uncomfortable truths and the elephant in the room. Jamie is passionate in her devotion to her faith and a fierce advocate for the causes that she holds dear to her heart, but she is always humble enough to be open to perspectives that are different from her own.
My sister must have inherited the travel-bug from our mom and I can only hope that someday I might be able to travel to as many places around the world as she has already been. She is also a social butterfly who is amazing about staying in touch with her myriad of friends from around the globe and who rarely turns down the opportunity to go to a great party. Additionally, she has a keen eye for fashion and served unofficially as my go-to fashion adviser until I met Morgan.
Having dreamt about serving as missionary from the time she was a small child, Jamie graduated from Biola University (one of the premier Christian universities in Southern California) with a Bachelor's degree in Intercultural Studies. Her compassion for the poor and vulnerable shows in nearly everything she's done, from working with orphans in Kenya to her current job of nannying and caregiving for a young boy who has Down Syndrome. A fun, spirited, and lively individual, Jamie always kept our family from getting too boring. Jamie has consistently been a loving and loyal friend to me and I'm lucky to have her as a sister.
As we got further along in our relationship, and we fell more deeply in love, Morgan and I talked about getting married, but we weren't sure exactly when we would do it; generally, we thought that we would focus on getting through graduation and then we would decide if we wanted to get married afterwords. However, as our last semester approached and the realization dawned upon me that jobs or graduate school might take us in separate directions, I decided that I should propose to her before we graduated. When Morgan suggested that we travel to Barbados for spring break and bring along her dad and his mother, "Nana," (who were both from Barbados), as well as my sister, I felt this would be the perfect occasion to propose.
I kept my decision to propose to Morgan a secret from everyone, including our families and closest friends, except for a few people at school who I knew did not run in the same social circles as Morgan. Upon booking our stay at the resort, I made a reservation for the two of us to have a private dinner on the beach, which I told Morgan would be for us to have a "date night." One day, when I was supposedly studying with a classmate, I traveled downtown and bought Morgan a ring, which I subsequently kept hidden in my backpack. I also spent a few weeks online creating a LoveBook for Morgan, in which I told Morgan the myriad of reasons I love her and which I decided I would incorporate into the proposal. (Morgan had previously given me a LoveBook for Christmas and I told her that I would make one for her someday too).
On the evening of March 15, 2017, Morgan and I headed down to the beach for our private dinner. I had the ring in my coat pocket and a PDF of the LoveBook saved on my phone. (The LoveBook company did not deliver the book to me on time, so they sent me the digital version as a courtesy). Our dinner was lovely and included a few amusing distractions (including a couple of cats running around and climbing up palm trees). At the end of dinner, I told Morgan that I had made a LoveBook for her and that I wanted to read it to her. I then moved my chair next to hers and we went through the LoveBook page by page. Towards the end of the book, there's a page with a cartoon caricature of me bending on one knee and asking her, "Will you marry me?" After reading the page, I then proceeded to actually get on one knee, fumble around in my coat pocket to pull out the ring, and then I popped the question to her. Fortunately, she said "YES!", thereby allowing me to officially be the incredibly lucky man who gets to spend the rest of his life with her!
As an early graduation treat to ourselves, Trav and I planned a vacation in Barbados. We were joined by Jamie, my dad, and my nana. As we knew the trip would packed with sightseeing and family get togethers, Trav, before our arrival, scheduled a private, romantic, dinner for 2 on the beach for date night..
The day of the proposal, Jamie and I had some sister-bonding time visiting the spa, nail salon, hot tub, and hanging out on the beach. In the meantime, Trav, remained in the room finishing some schoolwork. When I returned from our girl day, I began to get ready for my date while Jamie enjoyed the resort ammenties a bit longer.
While staying at the resort we had met a lovely, retired British couple, Barry & Jenny. When Jamie returned to the room, as Trav and I were finishing getting ready, she shared that she would not be dining alone that evening and that Barry and Jenny had offered her their company. She then described how Barry had inquired if the private dinner had special significance, perhaps an engagement. As Trav and I listened to her story she calmly stated that she informed Barry, "probably not," as Trav and I hadn't seriously discussed engagement and weren't going to until after graduation. It was true, we had not ring shopped nor had we had my finger sized. Although for nearly a year I regularly informed Trav I would be his wife someday, as it was a forgone conclusion we'd probably marry, we knew it would happen but when was uncertain. At the conclusion of Jamie's recounting, Trav nodded in a agreement to her dismissing the idea of a planned proposal and said "One day, maybe, but not tonight. Tonight it's just dinner."
We bid Jamie goodbye and then Trav and I headed down to our semi-private dinner. The food was amazing and the moon was full. After finishing our meals Trav mentioned that he had a gift for me; it was a Love Book. He explained that I had given him one previously and he too wanted an opportunity to share his feelings for me. So we began reading the book together, on his phone, as the paper one was delayed in the mail. I laughed as I read our history.
The book begins with our meeting and builds to what our future could look like. It made me "Aww" all the way through . I read every word, unsuspecting, and then, as we neared the end I turned the page and there before me was a stick figure version of Trav holding a ring. When I looked up at him he was down one knee, in the sand, desperately and nervously trying to pull the ring box from his coat pocket. He finally got it out and asked me if I would marry him; I emphatically answered, "yes." He then placed the ring on my finger (which fit nearly perfectly) and we cried it out right at the table, as we embraced, over the moon for our happiness..
I was beyond surprised (so was Jamie when we found her) and I was in disbelief Trav could keep that kind of secret. He had not told a soul and had been carrying the ring for 2 weeks in preparation. It was a perfect night. Well played Trav! I can't wait to become his wife.
The next day my dad, Jamie, Trav, and I went sightseeing around the island with a family friend. Out of curiosity, I did not immediately tell my dad what transpired the night before. I waited to see if he would notice the new jewelry. I would wave my hand near his face, or casually place my hand on the car door to try to catch his eye. I wore the ring all day and he hadn't noticed my ring until we told him later that evening after dinner. LOL. (It was great to surprise him.)
Morgan and I met in a required writing class during our first semester at Columbia (Fall 2014). With only about 14 people in the class, everyone knew each other pretty well. Morgan and I did not really hang out together outside of class that semester, except occasionally when a group of us would stand outside of the building and chat for a few minutes before or after class. However, she did flirt with me from time to time (saying things like, "You're the sexiest ginger I've ever met!"), which piqued my interest and led me to think about the possibility of there being something between us.
Shortly after I returned to NYC after visiting CA during my winter break, I received a text from one our former classmates inviting me to celebrate Morgan's birthday with a group of people at Mel's, a local pub and burger joint down the street from Columbia. I decided to go because I thought it might be a fun time and it was - so much so, in fact, that we decided to all get together again the very next night!
Morgan continued to flirt with me at these get-togethers (although I wasn't sure if she was serious or just teasing me). I also found out that she loved jazz music, which is one of my favorite types of music, so I asked her out on our first "date" (she would probably contest that classification): dinner and a jazz concert. We then began to see each other regularly and even had our first kiss on our "date" on Valentine's Day.
Being a late-bloomer, not having had much dating experience before meeting Morgan, I thought that by that point we were at least dating, even if we weren't yet in a committed relationship together. After experiencing an awkward situation at a Lauryn Hill concert, we realized we had different understandings about the nature of our relationship and decided to have our first serious conversation about it. Ultimately, we agreed to keep seeing each other, but we would take things slowly before deciding whether or not we wanted to officially be a couple.
That summer, I spent a lot of time with Morgan in Connecticut, where I got to meet many of her friends and family. The more time I spent with her, the more I realized what a truly special woman she is and how lucky I was that she was even considering being in a relationship with me.
In January 2016, after traveling to CA with me and meeting my family, Morgan and I decided to make our relationship official. A few months later, we moved in together and about a year after that, on March 15, 2017, we got engaged!
Travis and I met our 1st semester at Columbia University, fall 2014, in a class called University Writing. We had a very small class, less than twenty people, so it made it easy to get to know everyone. At the end of our semester, new friends were made, and when we returned in the Spring we decided to keep in touch. My birthday, being in January, was right before classes started so I called up Trav, and a few other classmates, to come celebrate with me. And so it began...
Afterwards, Trav and I began to meet up during the week to grab a meal or go listen to a band. We would call each other and share our stories, of woe and horror, at the end of add/drop period and during midterms. He became my favorite ginger, beating out our mutual friend Ali for the title. I had a new BFF. We were both single for Valentine's Day and spent it together, and the following month we went "together" to a Lauryn Hill concert. This is when things got complicated.
At the concert, I met a beautiful, older woman who seemed to take a liking to me after we'd been conversing. At some point during our chat, she decided she wanted to match me up with her grandson, a recent Columbia Business School graduate, whom she was at the concert with. As she was calling her grandson over, and began introducing us, Trav arrived and stood next to me slightly curious of my new acquaintances. The woman then surprised and slightly confused by his sudden appearance asked if Trav and I were dating--I said, "no," and he said, "yes." AWWWWWKARD. It seemed Trav and I had some talking to do. So after the concert, over chicken and waffles, at 3 o'clock in the morning, we decided to get on the same page. What page was that? Well, that we weren't officially dating but were going to continue to do "dating" stuff until we figured out if we wanted to be a couple or just friends.
Over the course of the next year, we spent time together, met each other's families, and measured our relationship status by a series of percentages. This began in March 2015. By the end of the summer of 2015, I was 60% Trav's girlfriend, by the holiday season I was his 85% girlfriend, and only after meeting his family in January of 2016, and falling in love with them too, did I become 100% Trav's girlfriend. For me, it was "officially" official in January 2016. That Spring, we moved in together. The following March we got engaged, and next March we are getting married. C'est la vie!
Hello everyone! Thanks for visiting our wedding website! Morgan and I feel very blessed to have such wonderful family and friends and we're excited to share this special time in our lives with you.
For those who would like to get to know more about me, here is a basic summary of my life:
I was born and raised in Encinitas, a small suburban beach town in northern San Diego County in California. The summer before I started high school, my family moved to Belton, Missouri (a small town outside of Kansas City) to join the Christian community associated with the International House of Prayer. After graduating from high school, I attended the International House of Prayer's Bible college and participated in their ministry for a few years. Eventually, I realized that I did not want to work as a Christian minister for a career, so I moved back to Encinitas and began attending classes at a couple of local community colleges. In the fall of 2014, I moved to New York City to attend Columbia University.
My first semester at Columbia was when I met Morgan. We will tell you all about how our relationship began in another section, but here it will suffice for me to say that I was incredibly lucky to meet and begin a relationship with such a beautiful and amazingly wonderful woman. In 2017, we got engaged and graduated from Columbia. Currently, I am working in sales while taking an online course in full-stack web development in hopes of eventually beginning a career as a computer programmer.
Fun facts about me:
I'm a naturally curious person and I consider myself a life-long learner, which is evidenced not only by my many years in school but also through my perpetual efforts to increase my knowledge and skills in as many areas as possible.
I love listening to music, reading books, and watching movies and TV shows, and although my listening/reading/viewing habits were more limited prior to meeting Morgan, she has encouraged me to expand my repertoire. Jazz and funk are some of my favorite genres of music, but I love music from almost every genre, including everything from country to microtonal and experimental music. I'm not as well read as I would like, but I enjoying reading everything from classic literature to graphic novels to non-fiction about religion, politics, and science. Sci-fi and fantasy are some of my favorite movie/TV genres, but I've also enjoyed watching some of the classic movies and anime that Morgan has introduced to me throughout our relationship.
I've become somewhat of a foodie since moving to NYC and I've been spoiled with the wide variety and high quality of the food that's available here. Additionally, I've started learning how to cook and it turns out that I'm not too shabby at it (Morgan has been a great mentor).
That's it for now - if you'd like to know more about me, I'd love to speak with you one-on-one! I hope to see you at the wedding if not sooner!
With lots of love,
I was born in Brooklyn, New York and spent my "wayward" youth in Connecticut, mostly in Vernon. My dad, Michael, works as draftsman for Pratt &Whitney, and mom most recently worked as an emergency response operator for C-Med. I am the oldest of three children, followed by my brother, Jason, 3 years younger, and my sister, Mallory, 7 years younger. I am also the proud mom of Marcellus who has become a young man the likes of which is more than I could have asked for.
A little more about me...I enlisted in the Army in 2001 and spent nearly 13 years wearing the uniform. While enlisted, I held several occupational specialties to include being a member of the Signal and Military Police Corps. During my career, I served all over the world participating in various operations from peacekeeping missions in Bosnia to linguist support in Iraq. Along the way, I met the most amazing people and saw some amazing places.
Before, and throughout my military career, I intermittently pursued a college degree. I began my college experience in 1998 as a Chemistry major at Norfolk State University in Virginia and later continued at Manchester Community College in Connecticut. After an 8 year hiatus from school, and after wrapping up my military career, I returned to Manchester Community College in 2013. Having rekindled my love for the law, and having decided I wanted to be an attorney, I changed my major to Criminal Justice and earned my Associate degree in 2014. Upon graduation, I transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where I met Travis my first semester, and earned my Bachelor's degree in Political Science as part of the class of 2017. I am currently still living in the city and preparing to apply to law school and hope to study Constitutional and International law.
Some fun facts about me are: I'm an avid sports fan, jazz and hip hop enthusiast, and bibliophile. I love to spend time outdoors ( New Hampshire is one of my favorite places), to binge watch classic movies or anime, and to stay involved in community services projects. I value my friends and family above all else and use the word "distressing" in conversation when I'm trying not to swear.
I waited for what seemed like forever for "Mr. Right," and Trav was well worth the wait! How else can I say it, "I love him something awful." (with Brooklyn accent pronounced, "I luv 'em sumpin' awful).
Morgan and Travis launch their personal wedsite at Davis-Williamson2019.wedsite.com.
We've decided to get married in Belize and we are inviting all of you to join us for 4 days, 3 nights at the Belize Ocean Club. In effect, our wedding wedsite is our Save-the-Date to you. The Belize Ocean Club is a beautiful location, in a beautiful country, which I am sure everyone will love. Get yourselves excited to journey with us on this adventure of a lifetime.
Over the next several weeks and months, we will include updates on other wedding related events to include: Bachelor/Bachelorette Party details, Bridal Shower details, registry information, etc. Stay Tuned!
Welcome to our wedsite! We got engaged a year ago and we are FINALLY planning our wedding. We've created this wedsite as a fun, convenient, and special way for friends and family, both near and far, to participate and celebrate with us. We hope you'll use it to get to know us better and to keep up-to date on our upcoming nuptials.
Here you can read how we met, meet our families, and RSVP to wedding events that are in the works. We've also included some fun stuff like a poll(s), a photo gallery, and a way for you to leave us a note in our virtual guestbook.
We are so excited and grateful to share this experience with such wonderful people. Thank you all for your unconditional love and support throughout the years. We love you all and feel so blessed. Thanks for sharing our joy!
Morgan & Travis