KJ Smith, 38, and actor Skyh Black, 35, married at The Malibu Dream Resort on Sunday, Sept. 3.
Smith never wanted a big blowout wedding. “I wanted Skyh and me to go off and elope on a mountain somewhere. But then, when we started planning it I got more and more excited about friends, family and loved ones being involved,” she says.
“It turned into a very large wedding ceremony and I’m really happy we decided to do this because we were able to experience it with our family and friends. And we were able to get loved on and give love. Our wedding ceremony was a gift to our friends and family.”
Smith and Black were on the same page when it came to location. “Malibu was the place we had our first date, the location where we started this journey” says Smith, who first met Black at an airport after he had landed a recurring role on Sistas. “She stuck an iPad in my face and said ‘Hello, who are you, why are you at the show? I’m video-blogging’,” he recalls.
The pair began dating in January of 2021 and were engaged that December. Having Perry as a guest at their nuptials was extra special for the pair, who have now been added to the list of happy couples who have met while working on the mogul’s productions. Says Black, “He gave us our first major starts in Hollywood.”
For the ceremony, officiated by Pastor Aventor Gray, the couple exchanged heartfelt handwritten vows and made sure to honour their shared roots. “We jumped the broom, which is my favourite tradition because, for many years and centuries, actually, Black people couldn’t get married in America,” says Smith. “So, we decided to keep with that tradition because of the legacy our ancestors created for us.”
Most importantly, they never left each other’s side. “We had a lot of laughter, crying, fun stories, dancing and holding Skyh’s hand the entire night,” says Smith. “My one rule was to spend it together and by each other’s side. We were at a huge venue where you could easily get lost, and I just wanted to be with him the whole night.”
“I wanted to get lost in my bride because this was the beginning of our legacy, and I wanted those memories to last until my last day on earth.” – Black.
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