The former Ashley N. Johnson and Scott T. Williams were married Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 at The Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia.
Ashley arrived at her home church with her mother by horse and carriage. She wore an elegant “Audrey Hepburn” look so that she could keep her wedding gown a surprise for guests who may have arrived at the church early. Ashley’s mother, Pamela Johnson, also arrived to the church on her wedding day and was also married at St. Thomas, arriving by a horse-drawn carriage. A beautiful family tradition was established!
The Very Rev. Canon Dr. Martini Shaw, rector of St. Thomas, officiated at the formal afternoon ceremony where the bride was given away in marriage by her proud father, Kelvin Johnson.
Ashley looked exquisite in her one-of-a-kind Stephen Yearick Couture wedding gown. Her gown represented the ultimate in high fashion glamour. The off-white, mermaid style was embellished with beautiful embroidery and beading. The train was a showstopper stretching over 5 feet. It was extremely full with eight layers of lush tulle and an illusion style back. The talented seamstress, Nicolette at Bijou Bridal, created her custom bustle.
It took top stylist Cheryl Ann Wadlington and two other stylists to achieve the perfect look. Ashley’s bouquet was a beautiful assortment of soft pink roses and white hydrangeas.
Ashley is a native Philadelphian. She is the daughter of Kelvin and Pamela Johnson. Ashley attended the University of Pennsylvania where she double-majored in political science and communications. She also earned a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Ashley is a reporter with 11 Alive, the NBC station in Atlanta, Ga. Prior to that, Ashley worked at Fox’s Chasing News which aired throughout the tri-state area on Fox 5, Fox 29 and My9NJ. Ashley was a general assignment reporter with Fox 26 KRIV in Houston for two years and also worked at WPHL 17 in Philadelphia for Tribune Broadcasting’s morning show Eye Opener. She got her start in TV as a multimedia reporter for WPTZ the NBC affiliate serving Burlington, Vt., and Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Ashley credits the Emma Bowen Foundation, which was a six-summer internship program, for helping her realize her professional passion.
Scott is from Rock Hill, S.C., a suburb of Charlotte, N.C. His parents are John and Marva Williams. He is an Emmy Award-winning meteorologist and celebrated news personality at Fox 29. Scott graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina State University with degrees in meteorology and atmospheric sciences and holds the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal from the American Meteorological Society. It is the highest certification awarded to broadcast meteorologists. He also holds the seal of approval from the National Weather Association.
Scott joined the Fox 29 News team in 2012 as a meteorologist and weather anchor. Before joining Fox 29, he spent three years at The Weather Channel in Atlanta, Ga., covering weather across the country. He began his career in Texas and has also worked in South Carolina.
The Bridal Party
The bridal party included the maternal grandmother of the bride, Mrs. Edith B. Jones; paternal grandparents of the bride: Mr. and Mrs. James A. Johnson; parents of the bride: Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin Johnson and parents of the groom, Mr. and Mrs. John Williams.
Ashely’s matron of honor was Mrs. Kristen Tulear Jackson and her bridesmaids were Mrs. Jessica Moore, Miss Keir Harris, Miss Stacy Williams, the groom’s sister, Miss Breonne Ludrick and Miss Jalyn Thomas
Scott’s best man was Mr. Sterling Smith and his groomsmen were Mr. Kelvin Johnson Jr. and Mr. Julian Johnson, the bride’s brothers, Mr. Ian Pulido-Jones, Mr. Ashley Sims and Mr. Jordan Thomas
Flower Girls were Miss Elise Ellison and Miss Grace Jackson and Ring Bearers were Master Charles Foster and Master Cody Foster.
Wedding hostesses were Miss Brandi Brockman, Miss Erica Dean and Miss Devin Jefferson and pages were Scarlett Scales, Ava Archey and Noah Archey.
How They Met … The Proposal
Ashley met Scott several years ago at a party in Philadelphia’s Center City. Ashley’s first cousin Ian made the initial introduction, but not too long after the introduction, Ashley moved to Houston, Texas, to report for the Fox station. They reconnected when Ashley moved back home to Philadelphia. After their first official date at Rats Restaurant in Ewing, N.J., the couple spent every day together.
“Our common backgrounds in media ignited an initial spark, but our shared passion for life serves as the true power behind our magical love affair.”
Scott surprised Ashley by proposing to her on bended knee in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in early 2018. Under the guise of a simple sightseeing tour of Paris with a photographer on hand, while standing beneath the Eiffel Tower, a question was asked. “Will you marry me?” It was the couple’s last day in Paris. Ashley had no clue that Scott had strategically planned every detail, and placed a beautiful princess-cut ring on her finger.
Reflections … in their words
“Our wedding was just the beginning of a beautiful journey. We look forward to growing together and always putting each other first. We are both so blessed to come together with the love and support of so many dear family members and friends.
“Looking back at our wedding day, love is the one constant throughout the entire day. The outpouring of love and support was palpable. Family and friends were present from 28 states across the country, including all three of my grandparents.” (Ashley’s)
Ashley was serenaded with the Delta Sweetheart Song by her sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. It was a truly special moment because it represented three generations of Deltas: Ashley, her mother Pamela and her grandmother, Edith B. Jones.
The reception took place at The Merion in Cinnaminson, N.J. Guests feasted on delectable hor d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour with a lavish dinner to follow. The couple danced their first dance as husband and wife to “Ribbon in The Sky” by Stevie Wonder and topped off the night with a sparkler send off.
The father of the bride and his lovely daughter danced to “Always and Forever” by Heatwave and the groom and his lovely mother danced to “A Song for Momma” by Boyz II Men. Nancy Kamba, Ashley’s friend from Episcopal Academy, caught the bridal bouquet and the coveted garter was caught by James Ford, the bride’s first cousin.
Ashley and Scott enjoyed a fabulous honeymoon in Barbados. It was absolute paradise and luxury at the Royal Sandals Barbados where I’m certain the couple enjoyed the natural beauty of the sun, surf, culture and beautiful weather.
Congratulations and very best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Scott T. Williams!