Hawkins and Johnson joined in marriage

Nefertiti Akeita Hawkins and Darius Charles Johnson exchanged vows on Saturday, July 23. A private ceremony was conducted for family and close friends at Rip Van Garden Winkle Gardens at 7 p.m. Pastor Derrick Wilson officiated the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Micheal and Bernadette Lockett Thomas of Houston. The groom is the son of the late David Johnson of Four Corners and Mary Charles of Sorrell.

Escorted by her father in a horse drawn carriage, the bride wore a white strapless sweetheart chapel satin gown by designer Jim Hijelm. Her headpiece was adorned with Swarovski crystals and a neckline veil edged with opal pearls. Her reception gown was also a white strapless gown by designer Priscilla of Boston. The headpiece for that gown featured pearls and rhinestones on a flower shaped band. She carried a clutch bouquet consisting of stargazer lilies, hot pink open roses and white hydrangea accented with wispy white feathers.

The bride’s oldest daughter, Janyceia Hawkins, and her sister, Candace Thomas served as maids of honor. Honorary maids were the bride’s sisters NnZinga Thomas, Tyean’Sheye Hawkins and Mary Keeys. Bridesmaids were Geraldine Hawkins, Michelle Jackson, Shontelle Jackson and Katanya Lumpkin.

Dabria Clark and Serenity Smith served as flower girls. The angel was Brooklyn Jackson and Jayla Renter announced the bride.

The best men were the groom’s son, Quincy Johnson, and his cousin, Kendrick Armelin. Serving as groomsmen were Jeremy August, Willie Thompson, Cory Collins, Micheal Thomas, Shawn Charles, Trevor Brown and Terrance Charles.

DaWight Clark served as the ring bearer and the ushers were Jaelon Hurst and Chyreon Charles.

After returning from a honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple will reside in Humble, Texas.

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