Raevyn Trai-Joie Jefferson and Stephen Vaughn McLaughlin were married in a Royal Wedding on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at The Potter’s House International Ministries in Jacksonville. Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin, pastor and father-of-the-groom, officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Temolynn White-Wintons, of Apalachicola. The bridegroom is the son of Vaughn and Narlene McLaughlin, of Jacksonville.
The bride was escorted by her mother to “God Has Smiled on Me,” pre-recorded by the late Bishop Daniel White, grandfather of the bride. She wore an ivory princess gown adorned with beads, sequin, lace and diamond accessories with a 12-foot train. She carried a bouquet of lighted, bejeweled, freshly cut ivory roses. The groom wore a black tail tuxedo with ivory accessories.
The spiritual ceremony consisted of the salt covenant administered by Pastor L.D. and Bishop Sheila Martin, of the Love & Worship Center, uncle and aunt of the bride; prayer for the couple by Bishop Ella B. Speed, great-aunt of the bride; communion served by Apostle Shirley C. White, grandmother of the bride; the sanctity of marriage taught by Lady Narlene McLaughlin, mother of the groom; sibling vocal and musical tribute by Bobby Wintons, Jr., brother of the bride, and Angel McLaughlin, sister of the groom;, liturgical dance and solo duet by Michellita Taylor and Shenette Howard; and musical send-off of “This Will Be” by Temolynn Wintons, mother of the bride.
The Royal Court included bridesmaids Clarissa Clark, maid of honor; Jessica Farley, matron of honor; Angel McLaughlin, Tsciena White, Ke’Asha Dorsett, Tamara Robinson, Audreen Robinson, Dana Washington, Stephanie McCorvey and Valisa Coleman.
Groomsmen included Gerald Kohn, Harry Coxsome, Bobby Wintons, Jr., Kenneth McLaughlin, Jr., Ken Owens, Jared Jones, Tracey Tate, Deon Madison, Daron Collins, Nirobie Riley and attendant to the bride Jathan Martin. Flower girls were Madison Garland and A’Zari Coxsome. I’lan Bates served as the ring bearer and Zkhi Taylor as the bell ringer.
The wedding was followed by a grand reception in ministries’ youth sanctuary, during which family and friends were entertained with live music. Following a Hawaiian honeymoon, the newlyweds will reside in Jacksonville.
The bride is a graduate of Port St. Joe High School, Port St. Joe, and earned a masters in business administration from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee. She is the former 2003 Miss Florida Seafood. She is employed with Fifth Third Bank.
The bridegroom is a graduate of The Potter’s House Christian Academy and attended St. Johns Community College. He is currently employed with the Jacksonville Impact House and is head basketball coach at The Potter’s House Christian Academy.
For photos and video footage of The Royal Wedding please visit the newlyweds’ wedding website at www.raevynandstephen.wedsite.com