Dennis “Smashing Pianist” Rushton marries Portmore Singer in Romantic Garden Nuptials (See Photos)


Updated: 5:40 p.m.

Prominent Jamaican pianist Dennis Rushton married his duet partner and sweetheart, Carrialeisa Henry, a Portmore resident and member of Newlands Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church in a romantic garden wedding over the Christmas holidays.

The bride recently started sharing photos of their special day on Facebook, including close-up images of her gorgeous gown and an inside look at her wedding. On Friday, Portmore Citizens News finally caught up with the newlyweds for a quick chat about their special day. I also have more inside photos from the couple’s wedding day to show you, so read to the end of the post.

The bride confirmed that it was a morning wedding and it took place on December 16 on the picturesque lawns of Hope Botanical Gardens in upper St Andrew under turquoise skies and a kind sun.


Ready to play: Carrialeisa makes a striking pose in this ebony and ivory figure reminiscent of the piano keys so loved by her musical husband

Wearing an off-white fitted trumpet gown featuring floral appliques, lace and beadwork from Bliss Bridal Boutique of Barbican, the picture-perfect bride swept into view and serenaded her way towards the beaming groom with Whitney Houston’s “I believe in you and me.”

The ceremony got underway at about 10:00 a.m. and was officiated by Pastor Lancelot Henry of Swallowfield Chapel. The couple exchanged vows and rings before 50 guests made up of family and friends.

The ebony-skinned bride looked elegant in a chic sleeveless design made to flatter and accentuate the neckline and curves of a morning bride in a charming outdoor setting. (She later pulled out a cute white parasol which she used as a fashionable shelter from the warm morning sun).

A sweetheart neckline enhancing its bodice and beaded bridal belt self-tied at the back added a romantic, feminine layer to the dress. The figure-hugging trumpet skirt piece fitted and flaired to the floor with applique scattering the tulle, sweep train.

She also wore a trendy white birdcage fascinator headpiece with the netting partially covering the left side of her face/head. In harmony with the setting and her peacock wedding theme, she carried a combined bouquet made with large retouched red and white roses and white orchids dramatically accented with a cascading fan of peacock feathers.

The Rushton Bowtie

The groom looked debonair in a black suit designed by Mandeville-based designer Tie-hard, and keeping company with his signature bow tie style, wore a turquoise peacock feather accented bowtie against crisp white buttoned up shirt (He emphasised I should mention that the bowties for the groom and groomsmen were all made by his new bride, Carrialeisa who also makes all the bow ties he wears in the judge’s seat of All Together Sing)


Dennis Rushton, talent judge on TVJ’s All Together Sing since 2005

His four groomsmen sported savvy black suspenders and bowties with peacock accents. Boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen also favoured details from the bridal party’s peacock colour palette.


The bridal party (from left) bridesmaids Donesa Green-McKenzie, Melissa Fullerton, Suegen Rhoden and Melissa Cheddan, Maid of Honor, the happy couple Dennis Rushton and  Carrialeisa Henry, best man and groomsmen Andae Campbell, Courick Clarke, Dale Brown, and Christopher Tyrell.

Bridal Party Styled by Cheddan

The bridesmaids, all friends of the bride, wore floor-length Greek goddess Chiffon dresses in vivid shades of red, teal and gold accessorized with a gold braided waistband and gold brooches placed at shoulder closure. More peacock feathered hair accents appeared in the matching buns worn by the ladies. Dresses were designed and styled by Melissa Cheddan (Cheddan Designs) Portmore-based designer and close pal of the bride.


Their Love Story

The couple met back in 2012 when they started singing together professionally as a duet. A friendship developed between them. Although he wasn’t totally blind to her attractiveness, it wasn’t until 2014 that romance sparked.  According to Dennis, while driving from Ocho Rios one day the thought occurred to him, ‘You know a you wife that (You know that’s your wife (English translation)?’ He said he ignored it but he was prompted again as he neared Kingston. This time he accepted it.

And the rest they say is history. They started dating, and in June 2016 he popped the question at a surprise dinner party with Carrialeisa’s family and friends at the couple’s favourite haunt, Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston. Two days later, they shared the good news with Dennis’ family in Florida.

Six months later, the couple culminated their mutual adoration, passion for music and earnest friendship into marriage.

The wedding reception was held inside the Pavilion at Hope Gardens. The gold and white decor flowed from the elegant tablescape, wedding cake (made by the bride and her mother) to the rustic breakfast menu catered by The Pantry.

In true birds-of-a-feather style, guests were entertained by the bridal band consisting of the groomsmen (all talented musicians) who delivered instrumental pieces backing musical renditions from the bridesmaids. Emcee for the evening was NCU FM’s Healthy and Happy host, Pastor Jovan Whyte.

That they met because of music is a fact the couple has chosen to celebrate with a custom designed wedding band with tiny piano key features that the bride has gifted to her jazz impresario husband.

dennis-the-pianistThe groom, fondly referred to as the “smashing pianist” because of his unrelenting and passionate assault of his keyboard while playing is widely renowned and respected among top musicians in Jamaica and North America for his prowess on the piano and is a talent judge on TVJ’s seasonal All Together Sing, a high school competition featuring school choirs across the island vying for a Championship title. Carrialeisa, herself a talented gospel music singer who is well- known in the local Adventist Church music circle in St Catherine is a specialist nurse/midwife.

The groom attends Swallowfield Chapel in Kingston while Carrialeisa hails from Cumberland, Portmore where she and her mom are longstanding members of the Newlands SDA Church.

Asked how it felt to be married, the new husband expressed his excitement. “It’s wonderful… all good!” When asked, Carrialeisa giggled but chose to remain close-lipped about where they spent their honeymoon.

“If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it. . .” ― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

As promised, here are more highlights from the day. . .



Photography: Walters Weddings

Event Design (Including Table, Venue Decor, Accessories): Leisa’s Closet

Flowers, Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Lesia’s Closet




Copyright. Karen Taylor. All rights reserved.


Weekend Conference to Tackle Infidelity in Marriage


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Can there be Forgiveness and Reconciliation after Infidelity?

She was 17, a little more than a child bride, and eight and a half months pregnant at that. He had just turned 18. With their parent’s consent, they got married. Seven years into a love-filled marriage, it happened. He committed what in many wives’ eyes would be the unforgiveable: an extra-marital affair.

An outside child was born. The days that preceded his revelation to his wife were filled with bitter pills of despair, shame and fear. Even suicide seemed like a viable way out. How Maureen and Philbert Bailey survived those dreadful moments when the bottom fell out of their marriage 33 years ago is a story of the power of a praying wife, an enduring love, forgiveness, reconciliation, and second chances; a compelling story with practical advice from hard-learned lessons any couple struggling to find hope after infidelity will want to hear.

Dr. Philbert U. Bailey and Bishop Maureen Bailey, co-pastors and family counsellors of Pentecostal Gospel Showers are among a team of featured speakers who will share their story at this weekend’s Faithfulness: The Essence of Marriage Conference in the hope of inspiring couples looking for practical, professional and Bible-based advice on how to safeguard their marriage against infidelity and move from recovery to reconciliation.

Here are the event details

WHEN:          December 12, 2015; Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:       Conference Room, Manpower and Maintenance Service Ltd, 1 Eureka Rd, Kingston 10

WHAT: The Faithfulness: The Essence of Marriage conference will be facilitated by a team of married couples who will bring practical experience to an extensive body of understanding of the dynamics of the marital relationship. The event is specifically targeted for couples in troubled marriages looking to recommit and fortify their marriage. It is also for those couples in otherwise solid, loving relationships who want to further enrich or ‘rekindle the passion’ and safeguard their marriage against infidelity.

WHO:  Presenters’ Schedule

10:30 -12 noon       Safeguarding your Marriage Against Infidelity

Presenters: Family Life Ministries Counselor, Kevin Bailey & Mrs                                   Muriel Bailey

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.    Overcoming Infidelity in Marriage

Presenters: Pastors Paul and Dorrette Blake

3:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. The Importance of Recommitment and                                                              Reconciliation

   Presenters: Philbert and Maureen Bailey

Break out Session4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (Husbands and Wives separate)

5:20 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Renewal of Vows Service (Open to all couples wishing to recommit)

WHY: Data contained in the most recent edition of the Demographic Statistics, which is published by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) indicates that Jamaica’s divorce rate has increased while its marriage rate is decreasing. In 2014, 2,410 divorces absolute were granted. The divorce rate in Jamaica is 13 in every 100 marriages. More than a half (53 per cent) of divorces granted were to persons who had been married for between five and 14 years. The data also indicates that 78 per cent of the persons who got divorced were married for fewer than 20 years. No doubt, Christian couples are among these statistics.

Organiser/Convenor of the Faithfulness, the Essence of Marriage Conference, Keisha Ann Thomas, thinks reconciliation is a better and possible option to divorce. Hence, the theme and purpose for this year’s staging: “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

She notes that attendees at this weekend’s conference can expect practical, professional and Biblical advice on how to accomplish reconciliation after infidelity. She hopes that the event will renew couples’ faith in their marriage and help them gain a fresh start. “What I most want to see is a birth of healing and forgiveness for those whose marriages are damaged and who feel it’s over; for those whose marriages are working, this conference will also show them how to safeguard it against unfaithfulness,” she noted. To register for the conference, couples can call 934-1300/524-1103 or 442-2288. Single registrants are also invited.

Registration Cost: $2,500 per couple; Single married attendee: $1500

Light Lunch is  included in registration fee.




Events Calendar – Out and About Portmore This Week

EVENT: Newland’s Crusade Series

EVENT DATE: June 7- July 5, 2015

EVENT TYPE: Evangelistic Series

DESCRIPTION: Newland SDA Church’s evangelistic series billed as Revelation of Hope Gospel Crusade began on Sunday June 7 and continues to July 5, 2015. Worship begins at 7:30 p.m. nightly from Sunday to Wednesday nights and on Friday nights. The speaker is firebrand Evangelist D. CunninghamNEWLAND SDA, a man of God who tells it like it is. Visitors are welcome and can enjoy health talks, youth forum, baby blessings and Prayer power hour. Take your family to enjoy the meetings.

EVENT : Men’s Day at Waterford SDA Church

EVENT DATE: Saturday, June 13

EVENT TYPE: Special Worship services

DESCRIPTION: The Waterford SDA Church Men’s Ministry group presents Men’s day on Sabbath, June 13 under the theme: Crossing Jordan.

The speaker for the midday service is Pastor Derek Bignall. The entire programme will be hosted by the men of the church. An All Male Chorale  and male singers will provide uplifting music.

Come join the Waterford men in a full day of worship starting at 9:15 a.m. All are welcome.



EVENT: Everyone’s a Winner Best Dressed Chicken Road Race

EVENT DATE: Friday, June 12

EVENT TYPE: Charity Event/Race

DESCRIPTION: Now in its 5th year, the 2015 edition of the Everyone’s a Winner Best Dressed Chicken Road Race series brings together family fun and competitive camaraderie to mark this notable milestone. It will be staged at Hope Botanical Gardens. Each race will have its own unique theme and the most ever awards for overall, team and  age group winners under 10 to 70 years and over. According to the organizer, each race is limited to 2,000 entrants, so don’t wait to register, if you want to be a  be apart of this family event.

EVENT: “PRELUDE” Music & Theatre

COST: FREE General Admission

EVENT DATE: Monday, June 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

EVENT TYPE: Performance

DESCRIPTION: On Monday June 15, 2015, at 7pm, at the Theater Place, 8 Haining Road Kingston 10, Jamaica West Indies the curtain will rise to announce the debut of NACTIP and REGGAE GAPPS that are multi dimensional arts & entertainment production groups. Celebrating their synergy, creative discipline and true Jamaican pride they will present “PRELUDE” their mufti-level entertainment showcase of diverse artists; taking center stage will be the electrifying and multi talented artists Splicerr Ras, Marcia Davis and Mark-Anthony Abel in an unplugged performance showcasing their unique individual styles. The evening’s program will lay the foundation of the production agenda for the upcoming year.

This evening, which will also include a reception, shines a spotlight on “what’s new, what’s now, what’s next” and is a true expression of the tapestry that is Jamaica. Enhanced by the NACTIP group’s ‘knack to fill a GAPP” with sophistication and gracious hospitality, this eclectic event will truly be a magical blend of delightful ambiance, delectable Jamaican cuisine and suberb entertainment. Bringing together artists, influential business people and interested members of the public, the evening promises to be spectacular! Proceeds from “PERLUDE” will be donation based and used to facilitate initiatives in Jamaica that promote the empowerment of cancer awareness and youth development efforts.

AGE LIMIT: adults aged 16 and older for the production and reception

Dress code Caribbean Chic! For additional information, free reserved tickets or charitable contributions, please contact


NACTIP GROUP JAMAICA:(876) 339-4102;

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