Washington: Nine tourist couples tied the knot in the buff at a sun-baked beach in Jamaica on Valentine’s Day.
Getting married nude meant living out a fantasy for Milly Salas, a stay-at-home mom from Bergen County, New Jersey, who had never visited a nudist resort before.
“It was beautiful. It was like a fairy tale,” Fox News quoted 39-year-old Salas as saying shortly after the nude nuptials at Hedonism II, a resort for the pleasure-seeking crowd in Negril, a western tourist town in the largely conservative, tourism-dependent island.
According to Zein Issa-Nakash, a marketing vice president of Superclubs, which owns Hedonism, the promise of a Valentine’s Day wedding and complimentary four-night stay attracted over 100 engaged couples from the US and Canada, but only 10 were chosen as part of a nude wedding contest.
One couple dropped out before the big day, which was filmed by a documentary TV crew.
Kevin Young, of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, said walking around au naturale is what he’s used to since he lives in a nudist community. Getting married without clothes was a no-brainer for Young and his new wife, Shannon Witherspoon. He said that even body paint was too much for him.
“It was easy for us cause we’re used to it. But some of these other people had never been naked before outside their bedroom. I got to give them kudos, cause they really stepped up and did the full monte thing and got naked,” Young said during a phone call from Negril.
Issa-Nakash said that the Tuesday ceremony was the first nude wedding event at the Jamaican resort since 2003. She said there were no angry protests of the event by pastors and others as there were about a decade ago when the resort first hosted group weddings in the buff.
During the controversy over nude weddings in 2001, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, then Jamaica’s tourism minister, said getting married without clothes was at odds with how Jamaica should be marketed.