Williams, Mills are wed July 16 in West Virginia

Published 1:01 am Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dorian Lamond Williams and Michelle Brieana Mills were married at 5 p.m. July 16, 2011, in the West Virginia State Capitol Rotunda in Charleston, W.Va. Pastor Matthew Watts officiated at the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Steven and Sheliah Payne of Charleston. She is the granddaughter of the late Joseph and Reta Holland Brothers of Dunbar, W.Va.; the late Ernest and Marjorie Pack Mills of Rand, W.Va.; and the late Andrew and Dorothy Tarter Payne of Montgomery, W.Va.

The groom is the son of Joan Williams and Damon Williams Sr., both of Tallulah. He is the grandson of the late John and Myrtle Jacques Daniels of New Orleans and the late Willie and Emo Pride Williams of Tallulah and Yuba City, Calif.

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Given in marriage by her father, the bride’s chosen colors were purple, lime green and gold. Classical music selections were presented by Brent Stephens, violinist, of Charleston.

Maid of honor was Brooke Johnson of Charlotte, N.C. Matron of honor was Kelli Batch of Dunbar. Bridesmaids were Trina Sweeney and Melanie Mills, sisters of the bride, of Charleston; LaKeisha Brothers of St. Albans, W.Va.; and Jovanna Tyree of Columbus, Ohio. Junior bridesmaids were Brittany Wood of Montgomery, W.Va., and Makaya Pink of Atlanta.

The groom’s brother, Damon Williams Jr. of New Orleans, served as best man. Groomsmen were Lorenzo Freeman of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Marquis Huggins of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Dominique Brown of Memphis; Parker Diabo of Lexington, Ky.; and Michael Jones of Greensboro, N.C. Junior groomsmen were Trinten Sweeney and Cameron Sweeney, nephews of the bride, of Charleston.

Ushers were Aaron Mills, brother of the bride, and Eddie Sweeney III, both of Charleston.

Flower girls were Aareyona Mills, niece of the bride, of Charleston; Elizabeth Jenkins of Dunbar; and MacKenzie Jackson of St. Albans. Ring bearers were Eddie Sweeney IV, nephew of the bride, of Charleston and Kayden Batch of Dunbar.

Pam Watts served as special wedding assistant.

A reception followed at the Embassy Suites Grand Ballroom of Charleston. Hostesses were Jala Carter, Angela Carter, Evita Spencer and France Beasley.

For a wedding trip, the couple traveled to Nassau, Bahamas, and St. Maarten and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

They will make their home in Tallahassee, Fla. The groom is director of environmental services at Capital Regional Medical Center.

Rehearsal dinner

The groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at West Virginia State University in Charleston.


Brooke Johnson and Kelli Batch honored the bride with a shower at West Virginia State University.

The bride was honored with an around-the-house shower hosted by the Research and Development Department at Arylessence Inc., the bride’s former employer, in Marietta, Ga.