Ashley Blaine Featherson, who plays Joelle Brooks on the Netflix series “Dear White People,” and Darroll Jenkins, a sports activities agent, were not proof against the nervousness inherent in a 2021 marriage ceremony. “In the midst of planning our wedding, many things have happened,” from Covid to hurricanes, said Ms. Featherson, 33 who’s also a television producer and philanthropist.
The two met by way of a mutual friend in the summertime of 2010, at a house get together in North Hollywood, Calif. “He kind of lit up the room,” Ms. Featherson said. “We just clicked and caught a vibe,” added Mr. Jenkins. “I knew I wanted to see her again.”
Their sparks led to simply friendship at first. “The romantic aspect of our relationship came about around 2011, but we didn’t officially become a couple until 2018,” said Mr. Jenkins, 34.
“But once we got into a relationship,” Ms. Featherson said, “it was like we got into a relationship. We moved in together, we got a dog, and then we were engaged three years later.”
Mr. Jenkins deliberate a visit to Santa Barbara, Calif., on Sept. 18, 2020, to pop the query. “I told her maybe we can go wine tasting or something,” he said. “I was downplaying it. I would say, ‘Let’s just enjoy being boyfriend and girlfriend,’ even though I bought the diamond a year before. I knew I was going to propose.”
Ms. Featherson didn’t see it coming. “Our guide was like, ‘Hey, do you want to get off the horse and explore the beach?’ And I was like, ‘Not really,’ because I didn’t. I enjoyed being on the horse. I was reluctant to get down,” she said.
When she lastly did get off the horse, Mr. Jenkins steered she look out on the seashore whereas he took footage of her. “When I turned around, he was on one knee proposing,” she said. “We had champagne on the beach then dinner at a nice French restaurant.”
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On Sept. 5, 2021, the couple were married at Q Vineyard on Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, Calif. Ms. Featherson had 16 “sisters of honor” whereas Mr. Jenkins chosen 10 “brothers of honor.” A complete of 180 visitors were in attendance for the outside affair.
All attendees, vaccinated or not, were required to offer their detrimental Covid take a look at outcomes. “We had a Q.R. code where people uploaded their results. They had to take the test within 72 hours of the wedding,” Ms. Featherson said.
The couple also had a wardrobe request for his or her visitors: “We asked everyone to wear black, and our brothers and sisters of honor were in a pink, burgundy and wine color palette,” Ms. Featherson said. The bride wore a customized robe with a 10-foot-long practice by Selina Howard of Vainglorious Brides, and Mr. Jenkins, a go well with from Davidson Petit-Frère.
The ceremony was officiated by Ms. Featherson’s friend and fellow actress, Aisha Hinds, who was also a sister of honor.
After vows were exchanged, the couple concurrently took a shot of tequila. “We love a good adult drink,” said Mr. Jenkins.
For their reception, the couple became completely different outfits and hit the dance flooring. Ms. Featherson, a Maryland native and graduate of Howard University in Washington, appreciated the fete’s Go-go sounds, a soulful genre of music.
Mr. Jenkins, who’s from Detroit, ensured that his home metropolis’s membership music was in rotation, too; the couple enlisted D.J. Mo Beatz, who saved the dance flooring packed. The couple also secured the band Philly Featuring the Hour to play soul music at their reception.
A proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Ms. Featherson also integrated the group’s marriage ceremony traditions within the evening: “We were strolling, we sang the hymn and my line sisters sang the sweetheart song for Darroll,” she said.
As for the event as an entire, she mirrored on the “added anticipation and gratefulness” that got here with getting married in a trying yr, and said, “It was beautiful that so many people came together in one place to celebrate our love.”