Celebrating Black Brides: Profile #34

Couple: Isabel Washington and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Date of Wedding:  March 8, 1933

Place: Abyssinian Baptist Church (New York City)

Officiant: Rev. William P. Hayes and Rev. George Simms

Fun facts

The bride was a dancer and actress who appeared on Broadway several times in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Spectators began to congregate near the church 3 hours before the ceremony began.

3,000 guests packed into the church with hundreds more standing outside in the rain.

The church was decorated with potted palms, ferns, and four jardinieres of long-stemmed roses.

The bride wore a dawn blue crepe dressed trimmed with lace.

The marriage ended in divorce in 1945.

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Celebrating Black Brides: Profile #33

Couple: Beyonce' Knowles and Shawn Carter (Jay-Z)

Date of Wedding:  April 4, 2008

Place: Groom's penthouse in New York City

Officiant: Pastor Rudy Rasmus

Fun facts

The couple invited only 40 guests to the private ceremony.

The couple chose not to have a wedding party.

The bride's mom designed her strapless ivory wedding gown.

70,000 white dendrobium orchids, the bride's favorite flower, were flown in from Thailand.


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