Celebrating Black Brides: Profile #41

Couple: Janaka Bowman and Daryl Lewis

Date of Wedding:  June 9, 2007

Place: Duke University Chapel (Durham, NC)

Officiant: Rev. Johnny Hill

Fun facts

The bride and groom met during their first year of college at Duke.

Their wedding featured a "Pretty in Pink" theme with Breast Cancer Awareness favor cards to honor Daryl's late mother and her fight against breast cancer.

The couple's story was featured on Good Morning America that fall.

The couple celebrated their wedding night with friends eating tacos at their favorite Durham restaurant, Cosmic Cantina.

The bride's older sister served as the wedding coordinator, decorated the entire venue, touched up the bride's hair, and was a member of the wedding party.



Celebrating Black Brides: Profile #38

Couple: Kendrea Tannis and Ángel J. Gallardo

Date of Wedding:  October 23, 2010

Place: The Pergola at the Duke Gardens (Durham, NC)

Officiant: Dr. William C. Turner

Fun facts

The bride and groom met in a Divinity School class while the bride was in law school.

The couple honeymooned in Italy where they attended an AC Milan v. Juventus game in Milan.

The couple got engaged and married in the exact same location.

The couple dated for a little over a year and were only engaged for 4 months.



Celebrating Black Brides: Profile #32

Couple: Krystal Reddick and Jonathan Pollard

Date of Wedding:  May 25, 2018

Place: Park in New York City & New York City Clerk's Office

Officiant: Pastor Jeffrey Crenshaw

Fun facts

The bride is a former high school English teacher and she is currently pursuing a second career as a social worker.

The bride and groom both attended Duke University and graduated in the same class; however, they did not actually meet one another until 9 years after graduation.

They credit Facebook for (re)connecting them.

The bride is the one who proposed!

The couple had an intimate courthouse wedding.




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Celebrating Black Brides: Profile #28

Couple: Taineisha Sledge and Dorian Bolden

Date of Wedding:  August 18, 2007

Place: Pine Lake Pavilion (Mebane, NC)

Officiant: Pastor Nate Davis

Fun facts

The couple met at the information desk in the student union during the first day of the bride's freshman orientation at Duke University.  The groom was working at the information desk.

The couple got engaged in the frame of the first house that they purchased.

At their wedding, the couple danced to Stevie Wonder's "You and I" for their first dance and to Luther Vandross's "Here and Now' for their last dance.