On September 9th, Ariana Austin and Joel Makonnen swapped vows during a lavish Maryland wedding but their love story isn’t an ordinary one–it’s a royal one. 

Makonnen happens to be the great-grandson of H.I.M. Haile Selassie I, the last emperor of Ethiopia which means, he is indeed a prince. 

Known as Prince Yoel, the 35-year-old met his 33-year-old bride in a Washington D.C. nightclub and the rest, well it’s what happily ever after, fairytale dreams are made of. 

Austin, who is of African American and Guyanese descent, is a graduate of both Fisk and Harvard University so the new Mrs. is both beauty and brains. 

According to the couple’s wedding website, the two met on the dance floor nearly 10 years ago and sparks instantly flew. 

“Not even five minutes later I said, ‘You’re going to be my girlfriend,’” Makonnen recalled to the New York Times of knowing almost instantly that he and Austin were meant to be. 

We love an amazing wedding, especially when it involves a Prince Charming and a beautiful bride–literally in this case!


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