Long before they took their vows, since the very beginning of their relationship, Jordan and Naomi Jackson have supported each other through thick and thin.
The couple studied at the University of Virginia. They met on campus in 2011 after she mistook him for her twin brother and they ended up striking up a conversation. They would quickly become friends, a company where both parties wanted to see each other flourish and made the effort to make sure that happened. In 2013, they were officially a couple (even sharing the news on Instagram) and for seven years they traveled together, lived together and went through hell and came back together.
When they were in college, Naomi was a great support for Jordan, helping him with his homework and securing important internship opportunities that would make a difference in his pursuit of a career in finance. Over the years, he was a great support to her when she went through a serious health crisis. Naomi found herself struggling with a painful tumor in her liver, and during their relationship she is expected to have two tumor resection surgeries and weeks (sometimes months) of recovery in the hospital. Jordan was there as a part-time nurse and “full-time protector” as she struggled to get back to 100%. As he shared with us, he knew that no matter how long his recovery took, there was nowhere else he would rather be than by his side. And as she explained, she couldn’t have been more grateful for his presence and constant care. The devotion that was manifested during this time would solidify what they both knew: they found the one they could not live without.
In March 2019, Jordan was ready to ask for his hand in marriage and make Naomi his wife. He planned the proposal by taking it to the American Airpower Museum in Long Island, New York for a flight lesson to learn how to fly a small plane. When weather conditions prevented it, she was then blindfolded in the pilot’s seat as the plane was pulled into a nearby aircraft hangar where 50 of the couple’s closest friends and family were in attendance . There he knelt, champagne and roses in tow, and proposed. She of course said “Yes! “
Over two years later, on May 31, 2021, Memorial Day, they took the extravagance of the proposal and multiplied it. The couple said “yes” to Oheka Castle on Long Island in front of 150 guests. “Ever since I was a young girl I have always wanted to be a Queen, and after several years of recovery it just felt like having an extravagant wedding to celebrate all that Jordan and I have accomplished and manifested over the course of our journey together, ”Naomi told ESSENCE. “Of course a queen must marry in a castle.”
Opulence was everywhere, from the castle itself and its massive, ornate garden, to the Rolls Royce Cloud and the luxurious decor with hydrangeas and roses. The couple, who’ve been a team since their UV days, once again worked together to plan every detail of the big day, using a plethora of black salespeople. What they managed to do was a fitting celebration of black royalty and years of love in the making, tested and triumphant.
Check out images of their special day, taken by acclaimed wedding photographer Stanley Babb, and learn more about their lasting love story.
Photography – Stanley Babb
Entertainment – Finer Touch & DJ Sparkx
Videography – Bricks Group Media (Enny Olamide)
Make-up – Tia Codrington
Florist – Christine Ferguson
Hair – Mohan Jean Mary
Dress – Bridal Viero
Costume – Sam Parker
Crown – Bridal Pantora
Bride and Groom Shoes – Jimmy Choo
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The most memorable moment (for the bride)
“As I was walking down the aisle I saw Jordan at the end and literally had to get some air,” she says. “He was crying and as I looked at the aisle seats my family and closest friends were crying and the atmosphere was thick with genuine love; you might just feel it. It was a manifestation of everything we hoped for.
The most memorable moment (for the groom)
For Jordan, he had two moments that stood out for him on their wedding day. They include her walking down the aisle, then watching Naomi walk down the aisle. “For me, those two moments encapsulated a lot of emotions; On the one hand, my walk down the aisle represented the journey past to that point, while watching her walk down the aisle represented the future, ”he says.
An important sand ceremony
The couple were led in a unity sand ceremony by the officiant, Pastor Ameer Natson. “He blessed our marriage and gave all aspects of the purpose and intention of the ceremony,” says Naomi. “As Jordan and I poured our sand together to symbolize unity and love as a coming together, the once dreary Memorial Day weekend turned into a perfect day with birdsong. You could feel that God was blessing our union. It couldn’t have been more poetic and perfect.
As well as being a beautiful location, the couple were drawn to Oheka Castle on Long Island because they wanted, as Naomi puts it, to display black love in a setting that often seems inaccessible to people who we know. look alike. So it was black excellence in a castle. Surprisingly, there are several castles in the New York tri-state area. “We organized tours and Oheka was amazing considering the venue also doubles as a hotel meaning our guests can stay on the property the night of our wedding which no other venue offered and which helps to create a royal experience. ”
“In terms of colors, my favorite color is purple and Jordan’s is blue. We thought lavender would be a perfect color for spring and navy would add a royal touch, ”she says. It integrated well into the whole place, including the floral arrangements. The couple also made sure to include silver accents and pearls as a nod to Naomi’s sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
The bridal party
Lavender and navy blue have also charmingly come to life through the Bridal Tribe and Groomsmen sets. How fierce is this photo?
The wedding they dreamed of
Although the couple initially feared they would be affected by the restrictions put in place because of Covid-19 which capped events in New York at 50 people in early 2021, things have changed. “There was just no way to have a wedding with only 50 people, so we seriously considered postponing our wedding,” Naomi said. “Fortunately, the state eased restrictions just two months before our wedding day, and we were able to increase our number of guests to 150 people.” She adds: “We were able to organize the wedding we have always dreamed of because the vaccinated people were able to attend, without wearing masks, and were able to dance. With just about all of our guests fully vaccinated and / or having tested negative for PCR, everyone felt very comfortable enjoying every aspect of the wedding to the fullest.
The imposing pearl-adorned cake (an example of AKA nod) was a feast for the eyes and the taste buds.
As the couple shared, “the dream of marriage was to be a true reflection of black love and excellence and all the elegance and beauty that comes with it.” We would say they succeeded.
Family fun fact
Just like Jordan and Naomi met at the University of Virginia, Jordan’s parents also met at UV. As the couple told us, “Looks like we’re going to send our kids to Virginia!” #Wahoowa “
Before the wedding
Before walking down the aisle to her king, as she calls Jordan, Naomi took some lovely solo photos in the castle. Every corner of the room was a perfect backdrop for the images taken.
It is a party
The couple changed their outfits for the second half of the reception, letting their hair down (literally). One of the most colorful moments came when they rapped Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares” using microphones. “Everyone went wild,” says Naomi.
A castle built for a queen
The bride was breathtakingly photographed at the top of the winding stairs of Oheka Castle.
A thank you
While the couple have always leaned on each other, they couldn’t have gone this far without the support of their loved ones. “Thank you to all of our family and friends for supporting us and investing in us throughout our journey together,” the couple said jointly. “It has truly been a blessing!
After residing in Harlem for a while, the Jackson’s are considering settling into married life in DC “We recently bought our first home together in Washington, DC earlier this year and are happy to start our new life in the district!”