Bridal Bliss: Joi-Marie And Anton Had A Storybook Wedding Inside This Historic Library
Kesha Lambert Photography

“How will we tell people we met? No one will believe us.”

That’s what groom Anton said to his bride, then a perfect stranger, Joi-Marie, when they first met in 2015. They were both hand selected to be part of their friends’ bridal party—where Anton was a groomsman and Joi-Marie was a bridesmaid. The two were paired because they just so happened to be the tallest members of the crew.

So when they walked down the aisle as husband and wife on August 24, they had already made that walk before.

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The heartwarming scene was captured in the bride’s critically-acclaimed memoir, The Engagement Game, which hilariously detailed her bumpy love journey before becoming engaged. So when Anton suggested they wed inside the George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland—Joi-Marie’s hometown—it made perfect sense.

“Once I saw the venue, I fell in love with idea of getting married in a library,” Anton tells ESSENCE. “I love to read and Joi-Marie had just penned her first book. It was serendipitous and almost too good to be true. So I scrapped our original aesthetic [of rustic chic] and selected this as our top choice.”

It’s always exciting to see one of our own tie the knot! To see more of ESSENCE senior entertainment editor Joi-Marie and Anton’s fairytale wedding, scroll below.

Planning & Design: Favored by Yodit (Read her profile here!)
Photography: Kesha Lambert
Videography: Invision Media Company
Florals & Decor: My Flower Box
Catering: The Classic Catering People
Venue: George Peabody Library
Cake: Charm City Cakes
Draping & Lighting: Event Dynamics Inc.
Stationery: Made Divine (Read her profile here!)
DJ: DJ Lil Mic
Musicians: The String Queens
Cotton Candy: Fluffness
Bride’s Hair: Indique
Bride’s Hair Stylist: Aisha At Beautyful Vision
Makeup: Kiate Jones + Ashley Boyd
Bride’s Nails: Paintbox Nails
Bride’s Dress: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld Bridal 
Groom’s Tux: Suit Supply

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