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Michaella Forbes-Conliffe is Kelly’s 21st bride of the year

  • Kelly’s 21st Bride of the Year Michaella Forbes-Conliffe, right, and runner-up Shonel Wilson-Clarke, left, with Kelly’s vice-president Greg Kelly. Kelly’s House and Home at the Mall of Marathon is celebrating its 85th Anniversary this year. VINCENT VAUGHAN

Published: May 18, 2013

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A registered nurse with the Public Hospitals Authority is Kelly’s 21st Bride of the Year.

Michaella Forbes-Conliffe will reign over bridal events at Kelly's House and Home, Mall at Marathon, in 2013, during the company’s 85th anniversary year.

The new bride of the year, a brainy beauty, receives the Kelly’s House and Home $1,000 gift certificate; a Noritake “Pembroke Gold" china service for six; a beverage server by Arthur Court; a Kitchenaid 10 piece porcelain pot set; a Hamilton Beach 40-ounce Smoothie Smart Blender; a five-opening collage picture frame by Melannco and a Wilton Decorator Preferred Deluxe Tool Caddy.

Retiring bride of the year, Shonel Wilson-Clarke told the new bride of the year to be prepared and ready to work with Kelly’s Bridal Department.

"Our bride of the year is always a young woman of very special qualities, attractive and community minded, giving back to others," said Nancy B. Kelly, president of Kelly's House and Home. “These young role models, our brides of the month, represent women who have shown special qualities of giving back to their communities. We feel they will go on to make positive contributions through their churches and other civic organizations.”

In an emotional tribute, Kelly said, “In March, my late husband David and I would have been married 50 years. I wish you all a lot of love and I advise you all to enjoy the fun and compromise and to remember the team effort you must make.”

Kelly was married for 46 years to David Kelly, CBE, Olympic sailor and philanthropist, who spent nearly 60 years in retail.

Forbes-Conliffe met her banker husband, Nigel, while shopping. He proposed rather romantically. At the end of a carpet of rose petals, there were 11 red roses, each holding a message. He held the twelfth red rose in his hand with the message ‘Will you marry me?” Of course she said “Yes!”

Forbes-Conliffe urges brides-to-be to “put God first in everything and be true to your partner and to be as much help as you can be in the community, especially to the children’s homes and with the elderly.”

Her hobbies include traveling, reading, nursing the sick and meeting people. She chose Kelly's for her bridal selections "because they have such a wide selection of quality merchandise, reasonable prices and because of the excellent customer service given by their bridal consultants.”

Merrilyn Wallace-Bain, a medical intern at the Public Hospitals Authority was this year’s runner-up. She received a $250 gift certificate; a Kitchenaid covered roaster; a five-opening collage picture frame by Melannco; a Wilton Decorator Preferred Deluxe Tool Caddy; a Cuisinart Stainless Steel Chopper and a six-tea light candle holder by Elements. She married Ramon Bain after six years of long-distance courtship. He proposed at Cafe Martinique.

An independent panel of judges chooses Kelly's Bride of the Year from Kelly's 12 Brides of the Month.

Kelly's Bridal Department Head Beverley Maycock urges prospective brides to visit her, and enter the bride of the year and month competition, which she said is as easy as registering their bridal choices including china and crystal at Kelly’s.

Kelly’s brides are invited to special events during the year of their wedding. Kelly’s Brides of the Month and Bride of the Year are guests of honor at the events.




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