An actress and a sports agent ride horses
Ashley Blaine Featherson, who plays Joelle Brooks in the Netflix series “Dear White People,” and Darroll Jenkins, a sports agent, were not immune to the anxiety inherent in a 2021 marriage. planning our wedding, a lot has happened, “from Covid to hurricanes, said Ms Featherson, 33, who is also a television producer and philanthropist.
The two met through a mutual friend in the summer of 2010, at a house party in North Hollywood, California. “It kind of lit up the room,” Ms. Featherson said. “We just clicked and picked up a vibration,” Jenkins added. “I knew I wanted to see her again.
Their sparks first led to a simple friendship. “The romantic aspect of our relationship came around 2011, but we didn’t officially become a couple until 2018,” said Mr Jenkins, 34.
“But once we got into a relationship,” Ms. Featherson said, “it was like we had entered into a relationship. We moved in together, we had a dog, and then we got engaged three more years. late.
Mr. Jenkins has scheduled a trip to Santa Barbara, Calif., On September 18, 2020, to ask the question. “I told him that maybe we could go to a wine tasting or something,” he said. “I minimized it. I would say, “Let’s just enjoy being boyfriend and girlfriend,” even though I bought the diamond a year ago. I knew I was going to propose.
Mrs. Featherson didn’t see it coming. “Our guide said to me, ‘Hey, do you want to get off your horse and explore the beach? And I was like, ‘Not really’, because I didn’t. I liked being on horseback. I was reluctant to come down, ”she said.
When she finally got off her horse, Mr. Jenkins suggested that she look at the beach while he took pictures of her. “When I turned around he was on one knee in proposition,” she said. “We drank champagne on the beach and then had dinner in a good French restaurant.”
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On September 5, 2021, the couple got married at Q Vineyard on Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California. Ms. Featherson had 16 “honored sisters” while Mr. Jenkins selected 10 “honored brothers”. A total of 180 guests were present for the outdoor event.
All participants, vaccinated or not, had to provide their negative Covid test results. “We had a QR code where people uploaded their results. They had to take the test within 72 hours of the wedding, ”Ms. Featherson said.
The couple also had a wardrobe request for their guests: “We asked everyone to wear black, and our honored siblings were in a pink, burgundy and wine color scheme,” said Mrs. Featherson. The bride wore a custom dress with a 10-foot-long train by Selina Howard of Vainglorious Brides and Mr. Jenkins, a costume by Davidson Little Brother.
The ceremony was presided over by Ms Featherson’s friend and actress colleague, Aisha Hinds, who was also an honorary sister.
After the exchange of vows, the couple simultaneously had a glass of tequila. “We love a good adult drink,” Mr. Jenkins said.
For their reception, the couple donned different outfits and hit the dance floor. Ms. Featherson, a native of Maryland and a graduate of Howard University in Washington, enjoyed the go-go sounds of the party, an emotional genre of music.
Mr. Jenkins, a Detroit native, made sure his hometown club music was also on rotation; the couple brought in DJ Mo Beatz, who kept the dance floor crowded. The couple also asked the group Philly featuring the Hour to perform soul music during their reception.
A proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Ms. Featherson also incorporated the organization’s wedding traditions into the evening: “We were walking around, we sang the hymn and my lineage sisters sang the darling song for Darroll.” , she said.
Regarding the event as a whole, she reflected on the “extra anticipation and gratitude” that comes with marriage during a difficult year, and said: “It was wonderful that so many people came together. come together in one place to celebrate our love. “