The former Shirley “Pumpkin” A. Jordan II and Kevin L. Roberts were married in a beautiful early evening ceremony at Northampton Valley Country Club in Richboro, Pa., recently. Elder Darryl Roberts, the groom’s nephew, was the officiant and Dr. Joseph J. Williams, the bride’s uncle, gave her away in marriage. Shirley, who prefers to be called Pumpkin, wore a traditional pure white custom designed bridal gown. It was lovingly made by by the bride’s aunt, Gloria Richardson. The bride persuaded her aunt to come out of retirement for this very special occasion. Pumpkin’s bouquet was designed by Veronica of Veronica of Flowers in Ambler, Pa. The hand tied bouquet consisted of delicate white roses and yellow calla lilies, accented with rhinestones.

The Bride

Pumpkin, 38, is a native Philadelphian. She is the daughter of Shirley A. Jordan. Shirley was educated in Philadelphia Public Schools. Pumpkin enjoys her career as an electrician and works with various contractors.

The Groom

Kevin, 46, is also a native Philadelphian. He is the son of the late H.B. Roberts and the late Edith E. Roberts. Kevin is a talented musician. He is a drummer. Kevin also works with a government-affiliated agency.

The Wedding Party

Pumpkin’s maid of honor was Renata King and her matron of honor was Leslie Harrison. Bridesmaids were: Tamika Anderson, A’ja Beasley, Michelle Burks, Chante Fredrick and Leah Williams. Daughter Simone Latoi was Pumpkin’s lovely junior bridesmaid and daughter Kayden Sophia was the flower girl.

Kevin’s best men were: Theodore Chupp and Leon Groover III. His groomsmen were: Jamahl Ephraim, Jamal Jordan, Keith Reed, Eugene Roberts Jr. and Mark Wilson. Ta’quon Cuff was the junior groomsman and the dutiful ring bearer was Naseem Bryant.

How They Met

Pumpkin and Kevin met at a choir rehearsal 20 years ago. They shared that they instantly became friends. During that 20-year span, they lost contact. Fortunately, they reconnected thanks to a mutual friend. They’ve been inseparable ever since and the rest is history.

Reflections … In Their Words

“Because we had so many out of town guests, we rented a mini coach from Elite Coach to accommodate not just our wedding party but our guests staying at The Courtyard by Marriott, Bensalem and Homewood Suites by Hilton in Newtown.

Our wedding day was amazing. We had Kevin’s siblings represent his parents for our wedding. It was supposed to be an evening, outdoor wedding. It poured the entire weekend. We were told when it rains on your wedding that it’s a sign of good luck and longevity. It was beautiful inside, and all of our family and friends those local and out of town shared in our special day.”

Reflections from Kevin: “I wish that my parents and my sister Elaine (deceased) were able to be there to witness me embark on a new chapter in my life. As I stood beside my nephew, our officiant, and my best men, I watched my wedding party come in which consisted of family and very close friends. I think the rain eased up just a little when Pumpkin walked down the aisle. She looked beautiful in her dress and her smile lit up the room. I was a little nervous yet excited, but I knew I was marrying my best friend and “team mate,” and love of my life.”

Reflections from Pumpkin: “Kevin is truly my best friend. I couldn’t ask for a better person to spend the rest of my life together. We are a team and work well together. Kevin actually found the venue for our amazing wedding. Although Kevin’s mom passed before she could see us marry, I know that her spirit along with his dad and sister were with us the entire time. As I walked down the aisle with my uncle, I saw my handsome hubby. I wasn’t nervous for I knew that this is my love, my partner, my better half, my future.”

The Reception

The wedding, cocktail hour and reception took place at the Northampton Valley Country Club. Instead of the usual table seating numbers; the couple came up with a clever idea. Authentic looking street signs of major streets throughout Philadelphia were used. Pumpkin and Kevin also had signage around the entire venue from the foyer to the cocktail area which reflected their love for each other. Their custom flower by wall by Backdroppers and photo booth were huge hits. The bridal color palette — Kelly green, white, navy blue and silver matched the flower wall perfectly. DJ Discipline created an excellent party atmosphere and everyone from 2 to 80 years old enjoyed the music.

The bride and groom danced their first dance as husband and wife to “As” by Stevie Wonder, performed by Anthony Hamilton and Marsha Ambrosius.

There was an anniversary dance for all married couples to “We are One” by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. The couple gifted the longest married couple, which was 54 years, with a lovely bottle of Rose. The wedding bouquet was caught by Theresa Haley and the coveted garter was caught by Charles Fredrick, Kevin’s nephew.

The Honeymoon

The happy couple decided to delay their honeymoon until the summer. In part it is so they can take more time off from work. More importantly, they want to keep the wedding fun going! They plan to travel to a beautiful tropical island. They are just not sure which one yet.

Congratulations and very best wishes to Shirley A. “Pumpkin” and Kevin L. Roberts!

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