Singer and actress Monifah Carter and her girlfriend Terez Thorpe got married in February this year, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The R&B Divas: Atlanta episode that features the wedding aired on June 25 on TVOne as the first televised African-American lesbian wedding in the U.S.
Their first date was at Sushi Samba in New York City, where they found out that they were both "super foodies" and chatted for hours. "Food has been kind of at the center of it all," Terez explained to Out.
Back when Terez only knew of Monifah through "friends of friends," her favorite restaurant had ran out of garlic roasted chicken, so she and her best friend took a detour to Monifah's concert, where there were buffalo wings.
"It was the first time I'd heard her sing live and she blew me away!" Terez explained. "The rest is history and we've been inseparable ever since."
After two years of dating, the couple were engaged when Terez paid a visit to Monifah in Chattanooga, Tennessee, during the latter's busy filming schedule.
"Thank God she said yes," Terez said of the proposal by the world-renowned aquarium in Chattanooga, which was featured in season two of the reality show.
The engagement rings are diamond and amethyst, to represent happiness, healing, and eternal love. And as a reminder of the couple's shared interests, the small and intimate wedding was filled with music, food, and dancing.
To satisfy their sense of style, Monifah designed her own wedding dress with a couturier, Giselle James, from Atlanta, while Terez wore a jumpsuit that she created with a New York couturier, Walter Foster.
Wedding planner Brit Bertino commented on the wedding day: "No design, special menu feature, or guest book could overshadow the significance and beauty of a day that joined two lives together despite the odds." She also added: "Not many people in this world have been able to witness a same-sex wedding like this one, and to do so was an absolute honor."