Bridal Bliss: Joy Bryant

Bridal Bliss: Joy Bryant
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 16, 2009

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Actress Joy Bryant and stuntman Dave Pope wed on June 28, 2008, during an intimate evening ceremony in The Hamptons. The screen sweethearts met on the set of “Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins” and their hearts have been inseparable ever since. The couple prepares to celebrate their first wedding anniversary and we ask that you join us as we walk down memory lane and reminisce on their big day.

By: Bridgette Bartlett

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Joy and Dave opted not to have a large bridal party. Joy asked her good friend and ESSENCE.com Managing Editor Emil Wilbekin (pictured) to walk her down the aisle and he happily obliged. Another good friend Steve served as her officiant.

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The blush pink Missoni gown that Joy wore for her big day was the very first gown she tried on.

“I didn’t want a traditional gown. When I put on the dress, I felt like a princess,” says Joy.

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The blushing bride is filled with emotion at the altar. The natural beauty walked down the aisle to Aretha Franklin’s “You’re All I Need to Get By.”

“The entire day I was either hysterically crying or laughing,” admits the former Yale University student.

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Dave wears a Hawaiian maile lei as a symbol of good luck on his big day. His better half used a lei as a ponytail holder to keep the good vibes going.

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As Emil and I walked to the ceremony from a neighboring house, we pretended as though it was the biggest red carpet event ever!

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In keeping with their low-maintenance theme, Joy asked for a bouquet that looked as though it had been scooped up from a wild garden. Her good (and artistic) friend Jade made it happen.

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The proud groom salutes his graceful bride with a kiss.

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“I don’t know who told me to get on the swing but I just did. When I got on, everyone started snapping pics,” reveals the happy newlywed.

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“Dave and I vibe off of the same things. There wasn’t a big proposal. It was easy and understood,” Joy reveals.

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Guests lounged on couches and large pillows during the backyard reception. The minimal furniture lent a relaxed Moroccan feel.

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Guests got their sweet-tooth fix courtesy of delectable cupcakes from New York’s Dortoni Bakery. The carrot, red velvet, chocolate and vanilla flavors didn’t disappoint.

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Joy and Dave cut a rug during their wedding reception. The couple changed clothes after the ceremony, Joy into another Missoni dress, so that they could be even more comfortable while they danced the night away.

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Director Malcolm Lee (“The Best Man”, “Undercover Brother”) and his lovely wife enjoy the wedding festivities. The music was provided by crowd pleaser DJ Stretch Armstrong.

“I wanted people to have a good time,” says the Bronx-bred beauty.

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Guest and Hollywood honcho Harvey Weinstein (“Project Runway”, “Good Will Hunting”) admires the beautiful bride’s stylish gown. In lieu of gifts, Joy and Dave asked their guests to make donations to her father-in-law’s charity organization for sick children, Pope’s Kids Place.

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The loving couple chose “A Woman, A Lover, A Friend” by Otis Redding as their musical selection for the first dance. Later on in the evening guests jammed to the likes of Al Green, Etta James, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.

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The bride’s friend Madeline scored these delightful umbrellas at the trendy New York City discount retail location Pearl River Mart.

“It was scheduled to rain on our wedding day and then it was blazing hot so we had these as sun protectors,” shares Joy.

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The Long Island, New York, private residence of a friend was secured just a week and a half before the wedding. It provided the perfect ambiance for the easy romantic vibe Joy and Dave were searching for to tie the knot.

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The sweet confections were topped off with handmade sugar flowers. There were 200 cupcakes in all! Guests also dined on shrimp, veggies and lamb chops.

“I wanted people to have a full belly,” shares Joy with a laugh.

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The dedicated pair have had to endure their share of challenges since they tied the knot last June. Just two days following the wedding, Dave was off to Morocco to shoot a movie and Joy to Vancouver for a film project for three consecutive months. But the committed couple doesn’t let the distance get in the way of their marriage.

“When you’re in it you make it happen,” says Joy.

Please wish the couple a very Happy First Wedding Anniversary!

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my firned jade come up with this

moroccan feel – each station had a rug, pillows, people were just lounging out. that was the most cool, relaxed wedding ever!

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“one of those times, i stopped because i couldn’t believe i was getting married. i heard the guests. boo, you invited them. they’re all here 4 u.”

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