My friend and mentor, "Mr. New Yorker," Chris Nelson left the wedding and quickly wrote a story on the big day hoping to land a post in the newlywed section of The New York Times.
Imagine his surprise when he found the story should have been submitted before the wedding!
Now that he has forgotten all about this story- I thought I'd dig it out of my email to share.
The Noble Jones Wedding
By Christopher Nelson
Brittany Loren Noble and Michael Fulton Jones II were married Saturday, August 31 in St. Louis, Missouri. Reverend Ralph Irving of Greater Leonard Missionary Baptist Church performed the ceremony at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church where the groom’s father is the senior pastor.
The bride, 27, is a reporter at KMOV-TV the CBS affiliate in St. Louis. She will be now be known as Mrs. Noble-Jones. She graduated from Alcorn State University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with a concentration in broadcast journalism. Later she earned a master’s degree in radio & television from Arkansas State University. Earlier in her career she reported in Jackson, Tennessee and Flint, Michigan. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and of the National Association of Black Journalists.
She is the daughter of Mr. Mark Washington and Ms. Beverly Noble-Barnes of St. Louis. Mr. Washington is a member of the United States Army Reserve. Ms. Noble-Barnes now retired was the first female major and first black female major within the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
The groom, 27, is an Academic Advisor for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s. His primary focus is advising students who are a part of the university’s (SOAR) Student Opportunities for Academic Results Program, a program designed to offer support to students from underrepresented backgrounds. He earned bachelor’s degrees in African American Studies, Sociology, and Theological Studies from St. Louis University where he was also a walk-on member of the university’s basketball team. He also earned his master’s degree in higher education administration, and is pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education administration from St. Louis University. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
He is the son of Reverend Michael Jones and Mrs. Phyllis Jones of St. Louis. His parents are the Senior Pastor and First Lady of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church.
The couple met at a fraternity party seven years ago and despite Brittany’s insistence that she would never date an Omega man, the two began dating. Over the course of seven years the two dated mostly long distance as Brittany finished school and began pursuing her career in television. They attribute the success of their relationship to their faith in God, support of family and friends, and shared loved of good food and company.
Following the ceremony at Friendly Temple, 370 family and friends joined the couple for a reception at the Norwood Hills Country Club. Their guests closed out the special evening with a wedding after party at the Horizon Room at Harry’s Restaurant and Bar in downtown St. Louis where guests took in magnificent views of the city skyline as the celebrated the newlyweds.