The townspeople of Crystal Springs, Miss. have rallied together to support Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson after they were banned from marrying in their local Baptist church.
The Wilsons planned to marry in the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, but were informed the day before their wedding that a group of congregation members didn't want a black couple to marry there. The Wilsons were married at a nearby church instead.
The Clarion Ledger reports that community members gathered with church leaders and city officials in a local park for prayer to show support for the couple in the aftermath of the Wilson's wedding controversy.
The incident quickly made national news and caused a firestorm of negativity aimed at Crystal Springs residents. But community members have since been trying to combat the racist image. One resident, Greg Duke, has invited the Wilsons back to the predominantly white First Baptist Church "so they could get to know the majority of the congregation who didn't know what happened until after the wedding and stand firmly on their side," according to the Ledger.
Biases have been getting in the way of many a wedding lately. One gay couple in Colorado was denied a wedding cake by a Lakewood shop, and another gay couple in Nebraska wasn't permitted to have their wedding announcement printed in an alumni newsletter.
Click through the slideshow below read see some gorgeous wedding announcements and show your support for the Wilsons in the comments.
Abisola & Akin Omotosho
Abisola Savage and Akin Omotosho were married on October 8, 2011 in Arlington, TX. They reside in Dallas, TX., where the bride, 27, is a financial analyst and the bridegroom, 29, is a certified public accountant. Although both are originally from Nigeria the couple met while attending college in Abilene, TX. <strong>The bridegroom on meeting his bride:</strong> <em>"I was instantly smitten by her easy-going nature, and willingness to laugh at my not-always-funny attempts at jokes. Even though we hit it off, she definitely made me work to earn the rights to her attention and when we finally began officially dating, I felt like I had won 3 marathons in a row."</em> See pictures from their beautiful wedding here. <a href="http://munaluchibridal.com/real-texas-wedding-abisola-akinyemi/" target="_hplink">here</a>
Shira & Kevin Granderson
Shira Taylor and Kevin Granderson were married on December 31, 2011 in Houston, TX. The bride, 26, owns an online boutique and the bridegroom, 29, is a math teacher and minister. A mutual friend introduced the the two Texas natives when they were undergraduates at Texas Southern University. After a bit of persuading and a phone conversation that lasted seven hours, the two knew they were meant to be. <strong>The bride on her love inspiration: </strong> <em>"As a young girl I always admired my grandparents for their unconditional love. My grandfather was so protective and treated my grandmother as a precious jewel. She loved and catered to him like a King. For sixty-five years until my grandfather passed, they exemplified Christ-like love and the true meaning of 'til death do us part.' The two of them together made magic! They really inspired me to love with my whole heart."</em>
Maria & Albert Motley
Maria Joan-Margariete Wing & Albert Bernell Motley were married on November 26, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA. The bride, 32, is an attorney and the bridegroom, 34, is the assistant director of technology at Mastery Charter Schools. After being e-introduced by a mutual friend, the couple corresponded through email and occasional phone conversations for several months until they finally met and have been inseparable since. <strong>The bride on her husband:</strong> <em>"Albert is the kindest, most patient person I know. He is my rock. When I am in the middle of a hurricane, with the sea squalling around me, he is the calm shore awaiting me. Every time he holds me, I feel safe, calm and secure. Every day he teaches me the true meaning of quiet strength and patient love."</em>
Chinyelum & Ifeanyi Olele
Chinyelum (Chi-Chi) Umejei and Ifeanyi Olele were married on November 26, 2011. The bride, 28, is a pharmacist and the bridegroom, 31, is a medical doctor. They reside in Augusta, Georgia. As undergraduates at Hampton University, the couple connected through Facebook and quickly realized how much they had in common. Their love is inspired by their parents who have been married for over 25 years. <strong>The bride on the couple's bright future: </strong> <em>"Our hopes and dreams for the future are to grow old together, start a family and see our grandchildren grow up. Through all of life's trials and tribulations, we'll strive to never forget to laugh together and say 'I love you.' Our love is inspired by our parents who have been married for over 25 years and are supportive of us and each other."</em>
Atoya Janae Harvin and Samuel Earl Garner
<strong>Our <em>Munaluchi Bridal</em> feature couple...</strong> Atoya Janae Harvin and Samuel Earl Garner were married on November 11, 2011 in Atlanta, GA. The couple reside in Jacksonville, Florida. Harbin, 31, is a college advisor and professional makeup artist and Garner, 36, is a minister. <strong> To read about Atoya and Sam's amazing love story and see pictures from their glamorous wedding day check out their <a href="http://munaluchibridal.com/real-atlanta-wedding-atoya-sam/" target="_hplink">full feature at MunaluchiBridal.com. </a></strong>