Jontell & Boyd’s Wedding at Bethel AME Church & Tin Roost in North Liberty, IA

Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Living in separate cities, it was friends and family who brought Boyd and Jontell together. While Jontell was visiting her niece in Iowa City in 2012, her and Boyd met and remained friends for several years before taking their relationship to the next level. With Jontell living in Des Moines and Boyd living in North Liberty, the intimate relationship sometimes proved to be a challenge with the distance. With sacrifice and investment, their love rose above the obstacles and they created a sacred bond with each other.

Celebration for Both

For Boyd’s 36th birthday, Jontell planned a surprise getaway to Chicago. When she got to North Liberty, Boyd was surprised to see her in a hat with a noisemaker and asked her to come inside. That was the moment that Boyd got the ring and popped the question. After saying yes, the couple was able to head up to Chicago and celebrate not only Boyd’s birthday, but also the start of their future together. Soon after, Jontell closed their distance and moved to North Liberty with her 7 year old to create a blended family with the man she loves.

Micro Wedding Magic

With Covid running rampant, their original plan for a July 4 wedding was nixed and instead they moved their big day to May 29, 2021. Still being cautious about the pandemic, the couple decided to have a small, intimate wedding with their parents, siblings, and a few of their close friends. Deciding to do a micro wedding to put more money towards their honeymoon, the couple chose Soiree to make sure their big day was fun and organized for everyone involved. Congratulations to the James’! We loved having the chance to make your wedding day memorable.

Special thanks to the vendors who helped make it happen:

Photographer: David Jenkins
Wedding Venue: Bethel AME Church in Iowa City
Reception/Catering: Tin Roost
Rentals: Unique Events of Iowa
Beauty: Hair Affair by Kim
Florist: Hydrangea Bloom
Bakery: Suzie’s Sweet Treats LLC
DJ: DJ TMax Da Kid
Hotel: Hotel Chauncey
Officiants: Reverend Kim Abram-Bryant & Reverend Frederick Gaddy
Bridal Gown: Weddings by Design