Dunn and James marry May 28 in Washington, D.C. at Watergate Hotel

Chelsea Briana Dunn and Maxwell Bridford James were married on May 28 at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor James L. Henley Jr. of Fresh Start Christian Church in Jackson.

The bride is the daughter of Lt. Col. (Ret) and Mrs. Jeffery G. Dunn of Clifton, Va. The bridegroom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Maurice James of Jackson.

On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents honored the couple with a rehearsal party at Seasons Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in D.C. The bride’s rehearsal dinner designer dress featured white satin and crystals. Guests were also treated to tours of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The following evening, the bride was escorted down the aisle by her father wearing an ivory designer gown with a sheer appliqued Alencon lace bodice and a custom lace veil. She carried a bouquet of orchards and peonies, all gathered with a pink satin ribbon. Music was provided by the Special Occasions Entertainment Group, and Charles Johnson, soloist.

Ushers were Evan James Moses, nephew of the bridegroom; and fraternity brothers of the groom Joshua Adams, Julian Jackson, Xavier Lee, Jordan Jackson, and Sheridan Fuller.


Following the ceremony, a reception and banquet was hosted by the bride’s parents in the Watergate Hotel ballroom.

Maid of honor was Brittany Dunn of Los Angeles, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Mioshi James Moses of Washington, D.C.; Dana Cogdell and Joivita Bradford of Atlanta; and Constance Torian of Arlington, Va.

Best man was Maurice P. James of Los Angeles, brother of the bridegroom. Groomsmen were Padre Parkman Jr., Matthew Thompson, Devin Jefferson, and John Spann, all of Jackson. Nephew of the bridegroom, Ethan Moses, was ring bearer.

The couple live in New York, where the bridegroom is a medical student at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the bride is a strategy and management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton.



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