• Meet the First Couple Ever Married at Sandals Resorts

Meet the First Couple Ever Married at Sandals Resorts

Gabriela V.

Created: Feb 29, 2024

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2024

Meet the First Couple Ever Married at Sandals Resorts

Marriage has been SPECIAL at Sandals Resort since the very first wedding!

Famvia loves telling a good love story, and this one is about of the first-ever couple married at Sandals Montego Bay back in 1981. This couple has come full circle as they returned to renew their vows as proof of the enduring power of love when you get married at Sandals Resort. Oh, and also when you marry your soulmate. So cute!

Gordon “Butch” Stewart was one in charge to conceptualize the idea of a wedding at Sandals Resort in Montego Bay. He imagined a luxurious escape where guests could wake up to stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and experience the best hospitality near to their friends and loved ones. The resort, inaugurated on November 27, 1981, perfectly realized Stewart's vision of creating the dream wedding destination!

Leonard and Barbara Barnes became pioneers of Sandals when they stayed in December 1981 and spontaneously decided to exchange vows right there at the resort! 

They held an intimate ceremony, orchestrated with improvisation by the Sandals team, pioneering a new way to enjoy the resort... tying the knot in paradise!

Since then, Sandals has hosted thousands of weddings, and each one is a testament to the legacy of Leonard and Barbara's fairy tale that started over four decades ago.

If you're curious about Leonard and Barbara's current life, despite health challenges and the passage of time, they returned to Sandals Montego Bay to reaffirm their commitment to each other in the resort's Over-the-Water Wedding Chapel. What a truly romantic moment!

The ceremony was so special that Leonard surprised Barbara with a symbolic ring representing their two weddings. This is a beautiful reminder that true love can be celebrated at Sandals resorts not just once, but twice.

Now, are you convinced to celebrate your past, present, and future at Sandals Resorts with those amazing views? Famvia is ready to help you, and if you want to know what Couples activities to ENJOY at Sandals Resort, we your perfect ally.

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