Miss Courtny Joe Klement and Mr. Brandon Gene Strom were united in marriage on June 22, 2013, at five o’clock in the evening at Treasure Sands Club in Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.
The bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. 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 on Wednesday before the ceremony, an island themed dinner of barbeque and peas’n’rice were 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 an hour engaging guests in the traditional dance. The Rehearsal Dinner on Friday was hosted by the groom. Dinner was served at The Spinnaker restaurant with a menu consisting of minced lobster and baked chicken along with various starters, sides and desserts.
On Saturday, the ceremony was officiated by Reverend 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 was a six course meal prepared by Chef Antonio Huyler which 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 Mr. and Mrs. Karl Klement of Decatur, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Mildred Tredenick and the late Mr. Robert Tredenick of Gainesville, Texas, and Mrs. Edna Klement and the late Mr. Martin Klement of Muenster, Texas. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan and Athena Strom of Lake Dallas, Texas. He is the grandson of Mrs. Jimmie Hammond and the late Mr. Gene Hammond of Dallas, Texas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Ervin and Myra Strom of Dallas, Texas.
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, Mr. Gene Hammond.
A firework display was held immediately following the dinner. The five and a half minute firework 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 father of the bride and the bride 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 in Decatur, Texas. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a minor is Psychology. The groom is a graduate of Liberty Christian in Argyle, Texas. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Following their week long honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis, the bride and groom reside in Fort Worth, Texas.