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Esa & Tyrell's Sophisticated and Regal Wedding at The Ward Center for Contemporary Art in Petersburg

Updated: Sep 26, 2019

Venue: The Ward Center for Contemporary Art in Petersburg, Virginia

Bride & Groom:

Jamia Aieesa Mills - HR Director

Harry Tyrell Clayton - Clinical Director/Business Owner

Tell us About How You Met.

We met in 2010 at an event at North Carolina A&T State University.

Esa, how did you know Tyrell was "The One"?

I put too much effort into restraining my feelings towards him and I always found myself wanting to be around him.

Tyrell, how did you know Esa was "The One"?

I had those un-explainable feelings for her and often found myself at a loss for words when attempting to express them for her.

Tell us about the proposal.

Tyrell customized an electronic scavenger hunt that a friend of ours led me on. He was waiting under a gazebo of a significant location at the conclusion of the hunt with one of our photographers, Shane.

What was wedding shopping like for you?

Stressful, yet exciting!

What is the best advice you can give engaged couples?

Every wedding decision should be centered on the couple's happiness, desires, and peace, no exceptions. Only compromise among each other.

Describe your wedding style.

Pro Black Love; My dress was royal blue with gold accents. The groom and his groomsmen wore Ivory tuxedos,

What was your first dance song?

"Forever Mine" by the O'Jays

What was your favorite moment from the wedding?

For both of us, it was our first dance and the last dance of the night. We felt like we were the only ones in the room.

What did you gift the wedding party?

The bride's maids received monogrammed satin robes, earrings, and Ethiopian inspired hair jewelry. The groom's men enjoyed cigars and a bottle of their favorite spirits

What were your favorite items off the menu?

Esa enjoyed the baked chicken with mac & cheese. Tyrell favored the fish and the cocktails


Planner - Janelle Garnett

DJ/Barber - Monty OSO

Dress Designer - Donna Holt

Catering - Sweat Teas

Hair Stylist - Brandy Snead

Hair Distributor - Jasmin Snead

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