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Bride: Lynda Johnson, 54
Groom: Alonzo Wright, 47
Occupations: Lynda, Web entrepreneur/college professor; Alonzo, musician
Homebase: New York City
Wedding Date: May 29, 2010
Wedding Location: at the couple’s home in Harlem, New York
Drinks on Me: “Can I buy you a drink?” is a pretty standard pickup line but typically doesn’t lead to anything substantial. Good thing Lynda Johnson and Alonzo Wright aren’t typical. The couple met at a New York City jazz club on an evening Lynda’s girlfriends begged her to hang out when Alonzo offered to buy her a beverage. Lynda informed him that she already had a drink when Alonzo quickly responded, “Well then you’ll have another one.” Sarcasm aside, Lynda was smitten. “There was no pretense, our conversation just flowed,” she recalls. Adding, “He walked me to my car when we left the club and called me to ensure I made it home safely.”
I’ve Got a Love Jones: The next day, Alonzo telephoned Lynda and invited her to watch the sunset. The two headed to Harlem’s picturesque Riverside Park to do just that and Alonzo brought along his saxophone. As he played for an impressed Lynda, people gathered around to listen. Before long the couple began living together and as Alonzo explains, “Everything just kind of happened.” This first date was the beginning of a 13 year relationship. Neither Lynda or Alonzo were pressed to tie the knot but Alonzo eventually caught the marriage bug, Lynda jumped on board and the two decided to make their union official less than two months later.
Lean on Me: Although they dated for 13 years before jumping the broom, Alonzo admits to knowing early on that Lynda was the woman for him when she supported Alonzo after a sudden layoff. “I called her and said, ‘I just got fired’ and she immediately replied, ‘That’s wonderful! Now you can concentrate on your music,” remembers Alonzo who went on to record three albums after that job loss. Alonzo knew then Lynda was special. “When you find the person willing to fight those good battles with you and if you can’t imagine tomorrow without that person, then that’s who you need to be with”, shares Alonzo. Lynda adds, “I was a widower and it was hard to date after my first husband died. Then I realized, I’m not looking for a replacement, I’m looking for an addition. I felt complete [with Alonzo], I didn’t have to go through life by myself.“
Home is Where the Heart Is: The creative couple decided to get hitched in their historic Hamilton Heights (Harlem) townhouse. “It is our mini-oasis,” says Lynda who readily admits that Alonzo planned most of the wedding himself. “He told me the only thing I had to do was get a dress,” she says with a laugh. The duo used the second floor landing of their limestone for the relaxed yet chic affair. They hosted about 20 guests in total. “People get so caught up in tradition and what others are going to say or think,” Alonzo points out. “We wanted the day to feel down to earth and organic…like us,” Lynda says. “It was magical.”
Lynda’s Budget Bridal Tips For Future Brides:
Fashion Sense: Lynda’s sophisticated and non-traditional “wedding” dress was purchased at a no-frills boutique in NYC’s Soho for about $100 and Alonzo wore an Armani suit and sandals he purchased years ago during one of the couple’s many trips to Italy. Don’t be afraid to think outside-the-bridal-box when choosing your wedding day attire and save money in the process.
The Art in You: Lynda and Alonzo were able to rely on their home’s unique characteristics and wonderful artwork to provide most of the “decoration” needed for the day. Regardless of where you decide to tie the knot, take inventory of what you and your sweetie already own before you go on a bridal buying bonanza.
Stick to Who You Know: “We used the same florist we patronize weekly to get flowers for the house to provide my bouquet and an arrangement for the main foyer where guests entered,” says Lynda. The couple also turned to a trusted resource for their catering. “If you go to vendors who you support regularly, they might cut you a deal,” she advises.
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It was a pleasure to read this story. Everything was so beautiful.Congratulations to the bride and groom.
It was a beautiful day and I’m glad I got to share in the occasion. Blessings to you Lynda and Alonzo.
This was lovely. I love to read about non-traditional weddings and also about older couples..we get married too. (I am 37. :))
As guests, we were all connected in some special way to each other as well as to Lynda and Zoe. Their love for one another and attention to detail made this a very special day in Harlem.
Alonzo! congrats brother….. all the best to you guys.
Awesome, stunning, magical, warm, there are so many words swimming in my head about your wedding. God Bless you both!!!
Con funk in grat due lay shunz!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you, Lynda, for being a wonderfully stabilizing force in that crazy man’s life! You two are beautiful together! Much love to you both.
All sarcasm aside Alonzo (well maybe not all)
I am so proud of you both. U doin what we did. Stickin it out, going through it, … it makes you a better person… its REAL love. Linda you look stunning! Absolutely STUNNING and RADIANT!!!! Alonzo, so handsome and so content. Damn! we all growin up…Damn! you did it! Damn! Its beautiful to see…. you my homey bro
Beautiful you two…really beautiful…
Congratulations once again. Everything and everyone looked beautiful. I would never believe you got married if I didn’t see pictures Zo since you were never giving up your player card :-) Now we have to work on getting the angry black man out of you… That might take another 13 years… All my best to you both and continued happiness.
Congratulations Lynda and Zoe! I pray for God’s favor and continued blessings over your life. The pictures are absolutely beautiful, through them you feel the love and warmth that was shared on your special day. Take care and God bless…
My heart is bursting with joy for the two of you. Many happy days ahead.
May God bless your union and the people around you…
Hey Zo & Lynda,
A big CONGRATULATIONS! A beautiful setting, and wishing you lifelong health, wealth, & love.
So delightful! Continued blessings to you darlings. My happiest, heartiest congratulations!
I love the pictures, you both look so happy. I am so happy to call you Sister. You both are very special to Roger and I . Blessings to you
What a beautiful ceremony! Lynda & Alonzo, Congratulations!
A few words came to mind . . . .
AUTHENTIC, NOSTALGIC, HONEST & REAL!
Thanks for sharing your special day. May you have joy throughout the years.
Love this website and what a wonderful story ….. and fabulous pictures! Thank you for sharing this special day!
Lynda, you did it…I am so very proud of you. Wow…I love the wedding, elegant, classy, sophisticated and ethnic…so you. Alonzo, thank you for providing a legal covering over Lynda. May you both be blessed all of your days! Much love…Carolyn
Dear Lynda & Alonso,
What a beautiful wedding. I am so happy for the both of you. You are truly blessed to have each other. I wish the both of you many years of bliss.
I have so enjoyed reading this story. The wedding was simply beautiful and tastefully done, the pictures were gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your story.
CONGRATS LYNDA AND ALONZO! I don’t know you but, I wish you a blessed marriage. I love this site.
You are beautiful and Alonzo is a lucky man!! I’m so happy for both of you!
What a beautiful ceremony. Thank you for sharing.
This is a lovely story!
A beautiful wedding in a lovely setting. Zo, your musical gift was perfect and Lynda, gorgeous dress. Food outstanding, friends/family warm and comfortable.
A truly wonderful afternoon in a delightful home. I will remember the very special ceremony, magnificent guests, and absolutely delicious food for many years to come. Here is to many more years of peace and happiness together!
LOVE THIS STORY! Everything was absolutely gorgeous. May your marriage be full of joy, peace and love.
SO AMAZING!!! The both of you are so beautiful and inspiring. I wish you the blessings and all the happiness and joy you can stand! Lynda you looked absolutely beautiful. Alonzo looked so handsome. I googled the wedding song so I could listen. lol. I loved the inclusion of the B&W portrait. Thank you for sharing your story! Yay!
Lynda & Alonzo, congratulations on your wedding. Your story and special event looked absolutely beautiful! Felicidades!
My heartfelt congratulations to two people I believe are made for eachother. The fact that Alonzo pushed ahead, did all the leg work, attended to every detail, and Lynda found her dress by someone sticking a flyer in her hand and it being the very first and only one she tried on…this could not be any more perfect. All signs of an everlasting union.
The wedding pictures look amazing. Everything fits in so right.
Happiness forever to a beautiful couple.
Congratulations to a couple that I believe will be together forever.
This wedding story and pictures seem fairytale perfect, except this is for real.
Love to you both.
I am so excited for you both. God’s blessings on your union. You are a wonderful Couple.Health and happiness forever.
Lynda, you looked so beautiful, and Alonzo looked so smooth, I assumed you both were not just getting married but walking a red carpet. lol. Congratulations once again!!!
Congratulations Linda and Alonzo, what an elegant ceremony. You guys are such a beautiful couple and I wish you much love and happiness.
The best thing is when you can find someone who you trust and care so much for to spend the rest of your life with! I know my aunt Lynda and if she has choosen you (Alonzo) to be in her life then you must be special. Blessings to you both!!!
This is great Alonzo. You two make a beautiful couple! Congrats man!
I’m so happy for you both. Your home was the perfect backdrop for such a special day. May God continue to bring joy and happiness into your lives. Congrats!
What a beautiful and heart warming story. Peace and Blessings — Dare to Dream!!
Congrats lynda and alonzo!
what a beautiful ceremony. thank you for sharing the pics and story on this site. and wishing you both many blessings always with a life filled with lots of love, good health, happiness, laughs, friendship and wealth–for the rest of your lives!
love ya both, Luzmery
It was my honor to be Zo’s Best Mannette. You know that Lynda has always held a special place in my heart and I couldn’t imagine you marrying anyone else. Lynda is and always has been “the one” for you. Love ya and here’s to many happy years of love and light.
WOW!!! What an awesome day!!! Supporting Lynda as her maid of honor was an honor I’ll never forget. Zo did a fantastic job on planning, implenting, and making their dream come true! I’m soooo happy for you both. I love you both!!! Thanks for showing us true organic love! (Are you guys giving lessons?)
Beautiful Everything!!! I am so very happy for Lynda & Alonzo.
Sure wished that I could have been there in person, because from the pictures everything looked beutiful especially the Bride and Groom
To Alonzo I want to say good job never thought I’d see the day and to Linda an official welcome to the gang from our first meeting you have been family
It is wonderful to read, to see , to know that in the middle of everything that is challenging in our lives – you and Lynda have made room to celebrate the very best that life has to offer- of course I am speaking of love. Wishing you every happiness and a healthy balance of challenges, that in the end help us to find our way!
With love and heartfelt congratulations
Congrats to you both!!! What a beautiful and special day. Many blessings and much love always…I am so happy for you. Thanks so much for sharing!
What great news. So beautiful. I am so happy for you both.
Love, Light and Laughter always!
Some things in life are meant to be , like our friendship and your union. All the best to you my lifetime friends. May your love grow and prosper. May forgiveness and mutual respect flourish and may you always be kind and gentle with each other.
To Alonzo and Lynda,
Your story was very moving. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us. May you both continue to nurture the blessing of having the other in your life.