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By Cherisse Moe
IT WASN'T QUITE LOVE at first sight, but
Gregory Prescott and Toni Archer-
Prescott's love story reads like a real life
A chance meeting on Instagram in March
last year resulted in a proposal, a wedding
and a honeymoon. The newlyweds, who
tied the knot on March 15, believe that they
have found their happily ever after -- and it
all began with a simple post about coffee.
"One day I posted my coffee on Instagram,
with a caption saying if I don't have one of
these every morning my co-workers walk
on egg shells around me. Some days after,
I saw a notification from Toni T Berry
(Archer-Prescott's Instagram name) a
London native, who commented on the
post. She said if she doesn't have her
vanilla latte every morning, she's like a pit-
bull coming off steroids," recalls Prescott, a
local radio DJ, at Sangeet 106 FM who
goes by his sobriquet, DJ Simply E.
"I thought that was so hilarious. I clicked on
her profile and I saw she posted a video. I
commented on it and told her I loved her
accent. She replied, saying she loved my
Trini accent, too."
Two weeks later, the father of three
recorded a 15-second video, thanking
Archer-Prescott for her "Instagram shout
outs." Flattered that Prescott took the time
to recognise her comments, Archer-
Prescott, a receptionist at the National
Health Service in England, reached out to
him again, this time asking if she could add
him as a friend on another social network-
ing site --- Facebook.
"We would message each other periodi-
cally. There was never any real attraction
between us," she admits.
That is, until Prescott added her to his con-
tact list on BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).
"That first night, we messaged each other
all night. I didn't sleep at all. I went to work
the next day without even closing my
eyes," she notes.
"We spoke every day after that, about any-
thing and everything. From that first con-
versation on BBM I knew there was
something there. We never got bored of
each other. What I loved about him was
that there was no sleaziness. He never
came at me in a sexual way. He wanted to
get to know me, genuinely."
Despite being 4,000 miles away and hav-
ing a five hour time-difference, the two be-
"I admired her strength, but it was her hu-
mility that caught me. The fact that she's
always smiling despite the things she's
been through. I loved everything about her."
After three months of virtual courting,
Prescott, 43, decided to take matters into
his own hands. He bought Archer-Prescott
a commitment ring and sent to her via
mail. He also bought a ticket to London for
a ten-day trip. Two months after purchas-
ing the ticket, Prescott arrived in London,
where he saw his future wife in person for
the first time.
"The money I used to buy the ticket was
money I set aside to buy a piece of music
equipment, but seeing her was more im-
portant," he says.
"When she picked me up at the airport and
we had our first kiss, I knew then and there
that she was the woman for me. It felt like
we knew each other for years."
Archer-Prescott, 38, introduced Prescott
to her entire family, including her two
"Everybody loved him. They all knew him
from our video chats so he fit right in," she
The couple would be apart again until
March 1 this year when Archer-Prescott,
who had never travelled outside of the UK,
flew to Trinidad for two days for Prescott's
birthday. They then visited Barbados for a
vacation. It was there Prescott proposed.
Twelve days later, the two sealed the deal
with a small, intimate wedding on the front
porch of Prescott's Arima home in the
presence of his family and closest friends.
"It was a beautiful day. Everybody got in-
volved to assist with the wedding. The out-
pouring of love and support we have
received is amazing," Archer-Prescott says.
Although the couple will have to rely on In-
stagram and social media a little while
longer, as Archer-Prescott has gone back
to London, they vow to make things work
until Prescott migrates there at the end of
"Long-distance relationships only make
sense if there's a plan to end the distance,
and we have a plan," Prescott says. "We are
soul mates. We are two hearts, but one
soul. This is the woman I have always been
waiting for. Every day I look at her and
every day I fall in love."
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