Bridal Bliss: Jeanne and Jay

Bridal Bliss: Jeanne and Jay
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 24, 2009

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Jeanne Delores Roberts, daughter of Black billionaire Michael V. Roberts, Sr., wed her special guy, Jay Christian Johnson, on August 30, 2008, in Nassau, Bahamas.

By Charreah Jackson

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The more than 300 wedding guests received invitations that looked like passports for the Labor Day weekend wedding.

“I knew I wanted a destination wedding,” the St. Louis bride says. “And doing the event on a holiday weekend allowed for my guests to make it a mini vacation.”

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Jeanne’s mom, also named Jeanne, finishes prepping the custom Lea Ann Belter gown. The duo saved tens of thousands of dollars by planning the entire event themselves.

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Jeanne had ten bridesmaids and ten hostesses for her special day. Here, they help her put the final touches on her look. Pink and green was a natural color combination for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., member.

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Jeanne’s twin brother, Michael, escorts their mother down the aisle. The sister and brother share a special bond, including attending Spelman and Morehouse Colleges together, followed by the same law school. He plans to get married next spring.

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Jeanne’s cousin Candice Edwards and her good friend Keshia Knight Pulliam served as her maids of honor. Keshia and Jeanne met when they were freshman on the campus of Spelman College and became the best of friends.

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The wedding was a jam-packed event with multiple affairs throughout the holiday weekend.

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A 15-piece Bahamian band played at the special event, while The Visage provided music at the reception.

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Jeanne’s dad, recently spotlighted on CNN’s Black in America II, walks her down the tropical aisle. Though she admits her two sisters are also Daddy’s girls, she holds a special spot as his first daughter.

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Jeanne and Jay make their bond official after exchanging vows. The bride admits she long felt connected to her husband.

“Mentally, we were already Mr. and Mrs. and the wedding was a celebration of that,” she says.

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“I still feel like I’m on the honeymoon,” Jeanne admits, a year after her wedding. “It always feels too good too be true—but it’s real.”

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Guests stayed cool from the hot tropic sun under a custom tent. Jeanne cut costs by using the same chairs from her ceremony inside at the reception.

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Jeanne and Jay enter their reception ready to party. The two met through mutual buddies when Jeanne was in law school and became friends before growing to more.

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The newlyweds start their first dance to Prince’s “Adore,” as Jeanne reflects on her special day.

“He was looking so handsome,” she says. “He is an angel to me.”

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Jeanne’s dad and boss, Michael V. Roberts, Sr. steps in to finish the dance.

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Jeanne and Jay’s reception was the largest in the history of the Atlantis Resort at The Cloisters in the Bahamas and featured this six-tier wedding cake.

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Jeanne feeds her hubby their wedding cake. Now that they are reaching their one-year anniversary, Jeanne reflects:

“People say the first year is horrible, but it wasn’t for us. When it’s right it’s not hard.”

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All the single ladies gather round for the bouquet toss which ended up being split between three guests.

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Jeanne’s parents have shown her the ropes for a healthy and happy relationship. Her mother, a former teacher turned movie executive, was also her wedding planner.

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Some of Jay’s friends leap high for the garter, while others shy away from the prospect of marriage.

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Jeanne’s cousin Judge Glenda Hatchett flew down for the special event and joins the newlyweds and the bride’s parents.

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Jeanne and her mom decided on the decorations themselves, using a pink and green island theme.

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Wedding guests enjoy a Junkanoo parade, special to the Bahamas, to celebrate Jeanne and Jay’s nuptials.

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Jeanne is surrounded by her immediate family, including her two sisters, twin brother, parents and grandparents. The Roberts are one of America’s few Black families of self-made billionaires.

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Jay’s mother Kathi Houston Berryman, left, and her husband James Berryman, along with Jay’s dad Lawrence Johnson, Jr., right, and his wife Tracey Dowse traveled from Los Angeles for the special occasion.

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The Johnson’s spent a few more days in the Bahamas with their wedding guests before heading to Jamaica for ten days, which was one of their wedding gifts. Jay has come on board to work for the business of his new family.

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Jeanne’s sisters and her good friend Keshia Knight Pulliam served as her bridesmaids. Keshia and Jeanne met when they were freshman on the campus of Spelman college.

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Wedding guests enjoy a Junkanoo parade, special to the Bahamas, to celebrate Jeanne and Jay’s nuptials.

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Lori and Paul

Nana and Akinola

Katina and Royce

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