Family Travel

Shipboard romance

Originally published in The Toronto Star on Thu Jan 25 2007 By Heather Greenwood Davis St. John’s, Antigua– Tor Baker, 32, is drumming his fingers against the mahogany pews in St. John’s Cathedral. His caramel-coloured leather shoes are alternately tapping and rocking (toe-heel-toe) as he stands in an off-white suit about three metres from the spot where he was supposed to say “I do” to the love of his life an hour ago. His bride is late. But if he’s anxious – and he is –it can’t be that he doubts she will show. After a year and a half of planning the meticulous details of this wedding, he knows that the chances are slim to none that Michelle Grant, 33, isn’t going to attend. What is more likely on his mind, is the same thing that is on the minds of many of the guests who are frequently checking their watches and shifting to take in the harbour view at the back of the church: “Will the ship we came in on leave without us?” Baker and Grant are one of thousands of couples who opt, each year, to add another level of excitement to their destination wedding by…

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