“Learning to love and be loved is not an easy task but she has from her very nature made it an interesting and exciting journey.”
The ‘she’ Ainsley Brown is referring to in his quote is his wonderful wife, Ammesha Samuels. The newlyweds share their love story to holy matrimony in this week’s Island Wedding.
How they met
Ammesha explained that she first saw him during his presentation at her Rotaract Club meeting. “We had invited someone from the Ministry of Industry, Investment, and Commerce at the time to speak on the Logistics Hub initiative,” she said. But Ainsley had another tale, one that would reveal a chance encounter long before the meeting.
“Truth be told, the meeting was when she first noticed me. However, we had long been introduced and I most definitely took notice of her,” he pointed out. Like a moth to a flame, he was drawn to her, captivated by her shining effervescence.
He went on further to say that the main reason he even accepted the request to do the presentation was because of her. This would be his chance to not only talk to her more but to impress her. Mission accomplished.
As a bonus, the good agent landed her digits and the pair struck up a friendship from there.
Ammesha interjected, noting that he didn’t give off a vibe of interest, so she cast any form of brewing desires aside. But the smooth operator had other plans. Smitten, he wasn’t pleased by the friend zone, but he decided to use the title as an opportunity to create a solid foundation and build on that, hoping to level up to boyfriend status. “I thought he was a decent professional guy that [I] could possibly date. So I continued to text him, asking him work-related questions in the hopes of it becoming more.” It seems the two had synchronised in sparking amorous synergies.
A few hours of long scintillating conversations would pass, but it took Ammesha’s culinary skills of freshly preparing shrimp for him on Sunday, April 5, 2015, to seal fate. It’s like they always say: the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
Describing Ainsley as an intellect and a motivator, who is determined, nurturing, caring, and honest, her insight into his kind world was the assurance she needed. “I went to his apartment one evening after an eventful day of Rotaract activities, standing for most of the day. I was tired and so I fell asleep. While I was sleeping, he started massaging my feet. That, for me, sealed the deal. It was that simple gesture that provided so much relief, at the time, made me realise that this wasn’t just another relationship, but something worthwhile.”
They would date for three years and two months more until Ainsley levelled up their love with a beautiful proposal.
The couple had planned to travel to Canada on vacation. And it was there that Ainsley put his mission into motion. “I bought the ring online before we left Jamaica and had it delivered to the house in Canada while we were there. The surprise almost got ruined as the delivery truck arrived as we were walking outside to get in a car on an outing to Niagara Falls. But luckily, my mother intercepted the package before she could start asking too many questions. As far as she knew, my parents got a delivery.”
He hid the ring in a place so that she would not be able to find it. He booked a dinner for two at the CN Tower. They sat down to a romantic dinner for two, but closer to the end of the evening, Ainsley started acting nervous, according to Ammesha. All the while, he was timing the rotation to face Lake Ontario before asking Ammesha to marry him. Of course, she said yes.
The event planner, by profession, got to work, orchestrating what would be the happiest day of her life. But they opted to get a wedding planner in the final month to ensure that the day would run seamlessly.
On November 30, 2019, before God and a wave of supportive family members and friends, Ammesha and Ainsley became the Browns. The beautiful ceremony, held at The Church of St Margaret, saw the exchange of vows, a unity tree-planting ceremony, the ‘I dos’, and their first kiss as husband and wife.
The reception, hosted at the Pavilion in Hope Gardens, took a more festive approach while maintaining the celebration of love. “We wanted something intimate and we got that. My most memorable moment was our tree-planting ceremony. We went with something different as the unity ceremony and that was sustainable and will definitely fill our tummies.”
He proudly added: “The best moment for me was the groom’s reply as it was the first time I publicly acknowledged my wife”.
Story by Krysta Anderson