Christina M. Jackson, a marketing assistant, and Tory K. Owens, a real estate investor, met through a mutual friend when Tory relocated to Los Angeles. On July 3rd, 2011, the happy couple were married at the Trump National Golf Course, in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
Stylish bride Christina treated herself to two gowns for her wedding day. Her trumpet style gown took our breath away. “My ceremony dress was custom-made by Liza who is the owner at Brides by Liza in Beverly Hills, CA,” she tells us. “I originally had an idea of what I wanted my dress to look like. I guess I was lucky because prior to deciding on a dress I had only gone to one other bridal shop.”
Christina tells us that Tory’s sweet dinner proposal was a total surprise. “Initially, I was shocked because I was thinking Tory had at least another year before he was ready to propose,” she says. When he got down on one knee, she admits, she was overcome with emotion.
Christina and her bridesmaids strike a fun pose at the altar. The girls wore floor-length gowns from BariJay chosen by the maid of honor. “I never wanted to play down my bridesmaids and have them in a bland, plain grandmother dress. I wanted them to be as glamorous as I was going to be.”
“After our first date, I knew he was different from the other guys I had dated in the past,” says Christina. “However, it was not until after the death of my grandmother that I realized he was really there for me and loved me like I loved him. I knew I wanted him for the rest of my life.”
One of Christina and Tory’s most cherished memories is when they went camping with friends on Pismo Beach during their first week of dating. “We had to sleep on the sand inside of a two person tent, the bathroom was a half a mile away, I hurt my leg on a dune buggy, and had an allergic reaction to something I ate, causing my eye to swell up like Will Smith’s did in the movie ‘Hitch,’” she recalls. “So although we just started dating, let’s just say we got comfortable real quick.”
“I chose the Trump because of everything it has to offer,” says Christina. “I loved the view and the ceremony location was absolutely perfect. It was quiet, the ballroom was romantic, it has beautiful hanging chandeliers, a huge fire place, gold accents on the ceiling, a marble entry way to ballroom, and the food is really good!”
Like so many Black couples often do, the bride and groom wanted to seal the deal by jumping the broom. “Our broom was imported from Nigeria by one of the grooms’ good friend, whose dad is a Nigerian Chief,” Christina tells us about their special wedding keepsake.
“When Tory put the ring on my finger, I saw my two bands for the first time,” says Christina. “He didn’t want me to see my full ring setting until the day of the wedding. It was so beautiful and when he put it on my finger I let out a little scream because I loved it.”
Christina and Tory made the perfect team when it came to pulling off their dream wedding in six months. “We absolutely planned the wedding together,” she says. “We both wanted it to be the perfect blend of both our personalities. According to Tory, my taste is more Kanye and Pharrell while his taste is Donald Trump. I like modern and clean, Tory likes elegant and classy.”