In November 2017, Mia decided to try BlackPeopleMeet.com. A few days later, William discovered Mia’s profile and wrote her a message. “I appreciated the time and care William put into his meaningful messages,” says Mia. “One night I happened to pick up the phone to call William. Our conversation lasted well over three hours. We clicked immediately and made an official appointment for the following week. “

Within their 18 months of dating, William was beaten by Mia and knew she had the potential to be his forever. True to their habit of surprising one another with random journeys and experiences, William devised a seemingly sporadic but romantic sunrise proposal for a hot air balloon that knocked Mia down.

Your upscale wedding was originally intended to be shot for a reality show. However, just days before the big day, the venue decided not to allow filming on their property. Mia and William had two options: look for a new wedding venue in 72 hours or miss the opportunity. They decided to follow their heart and miss the show’s offer. “William and me [realized] The circumstances are either God’s direction or protection, ”says Mia.

In retrospect, the couple is not only happy to have kept their original wedding plans, but also to have successfully acquired various providers for their wedding. “We wanted our money to flow through the hands of those who understood us best,” the couple told ESSENCE. “We are proud that 99% of our suppliers were colored.”

Scroll through the gallery to see Mia and Williams’ beautiful, upscale North Carolina wedding.

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