Faces of Cayman: Joy Basdeo
Photo of Joy Basdeo taken by photographer, Maggie Jackson
This week's face of Cayman is wedding planner and civil registrar of marriage, Joy Basdeo who is well known in Cayman for her trademark colourful and elegant hats.
Joy has been planning weddings for two and a half decades and owns her own business, Simply Weddings, for which she serves as a planner and wedding celebrant, providing services "for those couples looking for a simple, elegant, and personalised weddings that don’t cost a mint." Simply Weddings also offers Wedding Blessing Ceremonies (for couples married less than 2 years) and Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremonies.
Joy is also a Marriage Officer, a Justice of the Peace, a Notary Public, and was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001 with the Member of the British Empire award (MBE) for services to the Cayman Islands in the fields of Education and country- planning.
Joy Basdeo PHOTO CREDIT: MAGGIE JACKSON
Officially retired from government, Joy and her husband of 48 years, Sam, take all the uncertainty out of a Destination Wedding providing a wedding experience which is rich in meaning and deeply spiritual. The couple have 4 adult children, all successful in their fields, and 8 grandchildren.
Post-Covid 19, while the Simply Weddings Office in The Chestnut Centre off Smith’s Rd is temporarily closed, the couple continue to officiate a limited number of weddings either at their Wedding Room or on the beach.
When asked what she enjoys about living in the Cayman Islands she says it’s a family kind of place, where you know a lot of people and they know you, many of us are related to each other through the original families. But we also have the opportunity to form strong bonds of friendship with people from many parts of the world, and these friendships enrich us as we learn about each other.
"I also like the fact that Cayman is small but cosmopolitan, and it is easy to travel and enjoy what the world has to offer. In our retirement, Sam and I do a lot of travelling. Lastly, I like the very real sense of community as people reach out to each other and help each other in times of adversity. We saw it after Hurricane Ivan and we are seeing in now during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Follow the chronicles of Joy's adventures as a Grand Cayman wedding celebrant and planner in “The Joy of Weddings” which can be found at www.joyofweddings.blogspot.com. Joy can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and phone her at (345) 949-9933 or (345) 525-6551 or ask your Grand Cayman concierge or planner to contact her as she works with hotels across the islands.
"We have a little piece of paradise here, and rebuilding our island post-2020 should give us a second chance to put some things right that had begun to go wrong," she says.