Having trouble narrowing down your wedding guest list? Just do what Rev. Al Sharpton's daughter did at her nuptials—invite everyone! Dominique Sharpton tied the knot this weekend at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Queens, New York. On her arm as she walked down the aisle to marry her fiancé, educator Dr. Marcus Bright, was of course her father. And in the pews sat, well, everyone.
On Sunday, October 15, Sharpton and Bright said their I do's in front of the Queens community. "The wedding is open to the general public because much of Dominique Sharpton’s life was spent at public rallies and National Action Network events where many members of the community watched her grow up," reads a press release for the nuptials.
Some notable attendees in the sea of wedding guests included former congressman Charles Rangel and public advocate Tish James, according to Page Six, which also reports that Sharpton kept her guests waiting on her grand entrance, showing up a full hour late to her ceremony.
But the wait was well worth it. When Sharpton did finally arrive, she stunned in a ballroom-ready wedding dress featuring a lace bodice and voluminous tulle skirt by Yumi Katsura Couture. She carried a bouquet of white orchids down the aisle.
After walking his daughter down the aisle, Reverend Sharpton also performed a reading for the ceremony, which was officiated by Rev. Elaine Flake, according to NY Daily News. "We are excited that Dominique and Marcus are coming together into this holy state of matrimony," Flake told the crowd. "And if anyone has a reason why they should not be united just…be quiet."
The couple serendipitously met in June 2012 through mutual friends outside of Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem. Bright was introduced to Sharpton as she was hailing a cab to go home. Before leaving, she mentioned that she would be attending a National Action Network rally—her father's civil rights organization—the following day. And who showed up but Bright!
Four years later, he proposed.