Couple: Deidre Pinnix and Danny Yancey
Date of Wedding: June 4, 2005
Place: St. James Presbyterian Church (Greensboro, NC)
Officiant: Rev. James Isaac III
The couple met on Blackplanet.com in January 2003. They were both seniors in college--the bride at UNC-Chapel Hill and the groom at North Carolina Central University. The groom sent the bride an online message and she responded.
The couple began communicating on Instant Messenger but the groom distanced himself a bit when he thought the bride was in Charlotte rather than Chapel Hill since she used the words UNC-CH in an online chat and he mistakenly thought that meant UNC-Charlotte. When the bride mentioned hanging out with friends on Franklin Street, the groom realized that a long distance relationship was not necessary.
When the couple finally spoke via phone they talked until 3 am on the first night and talked daily for about a week until they decided to meet in person.
Their first date was at Miami Subs on Franklin Street.
What drew the couple to one another was their shared love of music and their faith. The groom attended NCCU as a Teaching Fellow music education major. The bride was a music double major at UNC.
After dating for 2 years and being engaged for 1 year, the couple married.
The couple chose to have their wedding ceremony at 10 AM so that they were able to enjoy the entire day as a newly married couple instead of being exhausted after a late-afternoon or evening wedding.
The couple had their wedding reception at the Regency Room, an event venue in downtown Greensboro. They were the first people to hold an event at the center.