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High school sweethearts Abigail and Chevaughn find the recipe for romance

Published:Tuesday | November 8, 2022 | 12:07 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter
Abigail signs the marriage certificate to officially become Mrs Witter, while her husband, Chevaughn, looks on in approval.
Abigail signs the marriage certificate to officially become Mrs Witter, while her husband, Chevaughn, looks on in approval.
Mrs Witter turned heads on her wedding day in her stunning wedding dress from Unions Bridal Boutique.
Mrs Witter turned heads on her wedding day in her stunning wedding dress from Unions Bridal Boutique.
TOP: A kiss into forever has never looked more perfect.
TOP: A kiss into forever has never looked more perfect.
Is love blind? For The Witters, it was always right in front of them. It just took time, maturity and effort to get to ‘I do’.
Is love blind? For The Witters, it was always right in front of them. It just took time, maturity and effort to get to ‘I do’.
Beside every strong and successful man is an equally successful and supportive woman.
Beside every strong and successful man is an equally successful and supportive woman.
A tropical oasis fit for an enchanting romance. The newly-weds reminisce on the journey that led them to be husband and wife.
A tropical oasis fit for an enchanting romance. The newly-weds reminisce on the journey that led them to be husband and wife.
The bride and groom are joined by their supportive family members. From left: Patrick and Maxine Morris, parents of the bride, and Maxine Boothe and Rohan King.
The bride and groom are joined by their supportive family members. From left: Patrick and Maxine Morris, parents of the bride, and Maxine Boothe and Rohan King.
The regal groom and bride are accompanied by their elegant bridal party in royal blue.
The regal groom and bride are accompanied by their elegant bridal party in royal blue.
When Abigail and Chevaughn met in the seventh grade, they didn’t know that they would go from schoolmates to soul mates.
When Abigail and Chevaughn met in the seventh grade, they didn’t know that they would go from schoolmates to soul mates.
Before God and in the presence of their loved ones, this woman and this man joined hands and hearts in holy matrimony.
Before God and in the presence of their loved ones, this woman and this man joined hands and hearts in holy matrimony.
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Abigail Morris and Chevaughn Witter’s road to becoming soul mates started when the two attended Holy Trinity High School together. As if being in the same grade and sitting in the same class weren’t kismet enough, they also got the opportunity to spend quality time under the tree while waiting for their parents to pick them up. This foundation of friendship and the establishment of a strong connection became the recipe for this romance.

First impressions certainly last a lifetime, and Chevaughn was happy to see Abigail’s intellectual side from the get-go. “She was a nerd, and she took good notes. She rarely spoke to people, ensured that she sat at the front of the class, tried to understand the lessons, and answered as many questions as possible,” he told Island Wedding. He found this personality trait admirable.

On the other hand, Abigail only saw Chevaughn as a friend because she had no intentions of going steady with any guy who went to the same school. She also wasn’t a fan of his rebellious nature. Over time, however, she discovered his kind and compassionate side.

Their first interactions in 2008 saw the friends drifting apart due to changes in classes and interests. But this didn’t deter the trajectory of becoming high-school sweethearts in the 10th grade. “Luckily, we found each other back in 2012. We developed a strong bond [and] we decided to take to the next step,” Chevaughn added.

The young couple went to a festival together for their first date. And Chevaughn was already showcasing chivalry from an early age. “He brought me to the festival and bought me food and drink. We had a fun night. It was a good one,” she revealed.

Chevaughn couldn’t help but fall in love with his beloved’s beautiful, compassionate, determined, supportive, and very adventurous ways, “She livens up every single room she enters. Whatever she puts her mind to achieve, she will execute without hesitation. She steps in to help others in any way she can. I’m always coming up with new ideas, [and] things to better the future for us. Whether I’m successful or I’ve seen failure, she will always be by my side to support, guide and advise me.”

He continued by stating that Abigail is an amazing dancer, “You will find her dancing along to the latest trends on TikTok. We have been to many places because of her. I love her positive energy. Ever since this beautiful woman has come into my life, not a day goes by that I’m not doing something exciting; I have her to thank for that.”

He’s a very talkative man, Abigail confessed, and his articulate trait has assisted her in her educational pursuits. “He makes me laugh. If there is ever a dull moment, I can guarantee that he will engage me in conversation and have me laughing at the end of it. He’s very affectionate and ambitious in our relationship and with his family. No matter what level he is at, he wants to accomplish more. He is also very dependable,” she said.

Being girlfriend to her handsome boyfriend was one of the best decisions she has ever made, because “I wouldn’t have accomplished so many things without him. He really inspired me. He has been financially and emotionally supportive. And he’s always willing to work things out and nurture a healthy relationship. I’m very grateful that he came up to me and said he liked me and that he wanted to be with me. I’m happy that my what-if is a reality.”

After knowing each for what seems like a lifetime and courting for almost a decade, Chevaughn decided to ask Abigail to be his wife on September 11, 2021.

Because Chevaughn wanted to give his perfect woman a perfect proposal, it took him almost a year to find an idyllic location that would be secluded and private. “I wanted balloons, red carpet and roses,” he revealed. So he decided on the Chinese Garden at Hope Botanic Gardens. “I had to convince her that I was away doing something important with my co-worker. When the day came, we rolled out the carpet, got balloons, confetti, petals and signs saying, ‘Will you marry me?’.”

He convinced his wife-to-be that they would be going on a double date with his friend. But along the way, the plan was that his friend would cancel on them. Chevaughn would take Abigail on a tour of the Hope Botanic Gardens to make up for the date. The coordinator got loved ones in place for the proposal. Seeing their loved ones assembled was a big surprise for Abigail and the perfect moment for Chevaughn. Abigail, of course, said yes.

She was ready to plan the wedding, and since he wanted similar features, they went forward together, working with the location for the nuptial execution. For the attire, the bride said yes to a beautiful wedding dress from Unions Bridal Boutique.

On August 27, with the support of close family members and friends, Abigail and Chevaughn declared their love for each other in holy matrimony. City View Hotel provided a scenic backdrop for the wedding ceremony. From there, the newly-weds kept the celebrations going with an elegant reception at Struan Castle Garden.

Their wedding day was everything they could dream of, and more.

With love in their eyes and forever in their hearts, The Witters shared an entrancing first dance as husband and wife to the international hit track, You are the Reason, by Calum Scott and Leona Lewis, and are ready to spend the rest of their lives together.

“After all these years, I’m looking forward to the next adventure with my wife,” Chevaughn said.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com