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Love among the stars

By Wayne Bowman wayne.bowman@trinidadexpress.com

After a decade-long courtship two of the local entertainment fraternity's most loved people will today say their, "I dos" on a beach somewhere in Tobago. 2011 Groovy Soca Monarch, Kees Dieffenthaller, will marry his sweetheart—actress/model/mas bandleader, Terri Leigh Bovell.

Everyone connected to the couple are very tight-lipped about details of the wedding, which the Express learnt was postponed a couple of times because of scheduling conflicts connected to Dieffenthaler's performance itinerary.

The ceremony and reception will be an intimate affair with only the bride and groom's family and several very close friends as well as a couple business associates.

Dieffenthaller and Bovell have always kept their relationship away from the limelight and very few people outside of the entertainment fraternity were aware they were an item until the last couple of years.

The trend these days, it seems, is for local celebrities to try and keep their relationships out of the eyes of the public. This, however, does not spare them falling prey to the rumour-mongers out there who will claim to have the dirty on anyone just for the attention or to simply create a bacchanal.

And speaking of bacchanal, only last Saturday Mr Bacchanalist himself, Kerwin Du Bois, married the love of his life (yes soca come in second), Shelly Edwards in a very private ceremony in Jamaica. Here, too, only family and close friends were invited to witness the nuptials between Du Bois and his bride.

Interestingly, this was also a beach wedding and one of the guests was reigning International Power Soca Monarch and Groovy Soca Monarch, Machel Montano, who served as photographer.

Du Bois and Edwards (who is of Guyanese and Canadian parentage) have been together for the past eight years.

As quiet as these couples wanted to keep their weddings Facebook and Twitter lit up within hours after the Du Bois ceremony as fellow artistes and fans began to send the couple congratulations.

The same has been happening for Dieffenthaller and Bovell with social media and entertainment websites speculate on exactly when and where their wedding will be taking place.

As an artiste, especially a very popular artiste, one has to accept people will want the inside info on every aspect of one's life. That's why TMZ is such as success.

The last time the local entertainment scene was so abuzz over romance was the courtship between former soca monarchs, Bunji Garlin and his wife, Fay Ann Lyons.

From the moment word got out that the two were seen hanging out in New York back in 2004 people began to speculate. Bunji's manager, Ian Pantin, even had to issue a statement saying the two were not engaged in October that year.

A little over two years later, however, the couple was married in quite a lavish wedding after a courtship that was as open to public scrutiny as a Youtube video. And they have not really had much privacy since.

Even Lyons' pregnancy and birth of their daughter was closely followed almost to the same degree as was Brian Lara's innings towards his record breaking 375 runs in Antigua in 1994.

Everyone seemed to know when the baby was born before the parents had the joy of holding her. That's the price artistes seem to have to pay for their success and popularity and why they sometimes recluse.

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