Courtny Joe Klement and Brandon Gene Strom

Published Saturday, November 9, 2013

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Courtny Joe Klement and Brandon Gene Strom were united in marriage June 22, 2013, at 5 p.m. at Treasure Sands Club in Treasure Cay, Abaco Bahamas.

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Courtny Joe Klement and Brandon Gene Strom

The bride’s parents, Karl and Kim Klement, hosted an intimate five-day celebratory affair honoring the couple where local fare and tradition were infused into the events giving guests a full Bahamian experience.

Beginning Wednesday before the ceremony, an island-themed dinner of barbeque and peas’n’rice was served at The Burner restaurant. On Thursday all guests were greeted to a welcome reception at Coco Beach Bar. The menu was pizza with a specialty on the side of fresh conch salad made by Kirk “The Conch Man.”

With the Sea of Abaco as the backdrop, guests enjoyed a beach bonfire and special performance from a local Junkanoo marching band. The Junkanoo parade lasted for a half-hour, engaging guests in the traditional dance.

The rehearsal dinner on Friday was hosted by the groom and served at The Spinnaker restaurant, with a menu of minced lobster and baked chicken along with various starters, sides and desserts.

On Saturday, the ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Stafford Symonette and was held beachside under a covered canopy. The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father to the traditional “Wedding March in C Major” played by violinist Jennifer Hudson. Later Mrs. Hudson played “Ave Maria” during the unity sand custom.

Kody Klement, brother of the bride, and Ryan Strom, brother of the groom, served as witnesses for the couple.

The bride’s parents hosted a cocktail hour and seated dinner reception at Treasure Sands Club following the ceremony. The dinner, a six-course meal prepared by Chef Antonio Huyler, consisted of citrus-poached shrimp, mushroom bisque, garden salad, mango sorbet intermezzo, hog fish, grass-fed Argentinian filet with chocolate mousse and a three-tiered Italian buttercream wedding cake for dessert.

The bride is the daughter of Karl and Kim Kle-ment of Decatur, and the granddaughter of Mildred Tredenick and the late Robert Tredenick of Gainesville, and Edna Klement and the late Martin Klement of Muenster. The groom is the son of Dan and Athena Strom of Lake Dallas. He is the grandson of Jimmie Hammond and the late Gene Hammond of Dallas, and the late Ervin and Myra Strom of Dallas.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore an ivory silk organza Jim Helm gown. The gown featured a sleeveless, alencon lace bodice with a v-neckline and open back and was accompanied by a blusher. The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of calla lilies while the groom wore a calla lily boutonniere.

The bride wears an antique diamond set in a rose gold band custom-designed by the groom. The groom wears a family heirloom ring which belonged to his late grandfather, Gene Hammond.

A firework display was held immediately following the dinner. The five-and-a-half minute show was choreographed to Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” The bride and groom danced to Adele’s cover of The Cure’s “Lovesong.” The bride and her father danced to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

Sunday, guests were ferried to a neighboring island, Guana Cay, for a day of fun at Nipper’s Bar and Grill.

The bride is a graduate of Decatur High School and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a bachelor of business administration in finance and a minor in psychology.

The groom is a graduate of Liberty Christian in Argyle, and earned a bachelor of science in economics from the University of North Texas.

Following their week-long honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis, the bride and groom reside in Fort Worth.

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