Celebrating Black Brides: Profile #44

Couple: Leslie Smith and Frank Seaton Turner

Date of Wedding:  November 28, 1970

Place: Grace Protestant Episcopal Church (Norfolk, VA)

Officiant: Joseph N. Green

Fun facts

The church was decorated with baskets of white and yellow chrysanthemum, palms, and royal blue lighted tapers.

The bride wore a wedding gown of ivory Skinner satin styled with an empire-waist appliqued in Alencon lace. The English net train was trimmed in lace and pearls.

The couple joined guests in a wedding reception held in the Parish Hall of the church immediately after the ceremony.

The bride graduated from Fisk and Columbia Universities.  The groom graduate from North Carolina Central University and was in law school there at the time of the wedding.

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Celebrating Black Brides: Profile #15

Couple: Auldlyn Higgins and Edgar Thomas Williams, Jr.

Date of Wedding:  May 23, 1964

Place: St. James Episcopal Church (Baltimore, MD)

Officiant: Reverend Donald O. Wilson

Fun facts

The bride wore an empire gown of white silk linen.  Her chapel-length illusion veil was attached to a halo of silk linen trimmed with pearls.

The groom was an Ebony magazine Bachelor of the Year.

The bride graduated from the Westover School in Middlebury, CT and from Fisk University in Nashville, TN.

The groom graduated from Brooklyn College.

The couple's wedding was featured in the New York Times and the New York Amsterdam News.

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