Wedding story: Phylicia Ann Long and Anthony Leon Browning Jr.

April 29, 2017 GMT

The former Phylicia Ann Long and Anthony Leon Browning Jr. were married in a beautiful late afternoon ceremony by the Rev. Mary Hodge on April 1. The ceremony took place at the Valleybrook Country Club in Blackwood, N.J.

Phylicia was given away in marriage by her mother Leslie Adderley-Long and grandfather, Hulstrum Adderley. She was stunning in her bridal ball gown by Truly Zac Posen. The ivory, strapless design featured a sweetheart neckline, accented with sequins throughout. The creative design featured four layers topped with tulle. A traditional cathedral train added to achieving the simple, yet elegant look that Phylicia wanted.

Phylicia carried a fragrant rose bouquet with assorted purple flowers and ivory ribbon to compliment her gown. She held a photo of her beloved father near her bouquet in loving memory of him on her very special day.

The Bride

Phylicia, 29, is the daughter of Leslie Adderley-Long and the late Phillip Long. The bride’s maternal grandparents are Dr. Ann Adderley and Hulstrum Adderley. Phylicia’s paternal grandparents are the late Dorothy Long and Felipe Penia-Long.

The bride was born in Elkins Park and grew up in Delaware County. Phylicia graduated from Hampton University in 2010. She also earned masters degrees in human resource management and health care administration, both from Wilmington University in 2015.

Phylicia is a member of the Chester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and says she “loves helping others and being involved in her community.”

The Groom

Anthony, 28, is the son of Dawn Harris and Anthony Browning Sr. His maternal grandparents are the late Carrol Harris, George Harris and Johnnie Mae Harris. Anthony’s paternal grandparents are the late Joan Wilson and Robert Wilson.

The groom was born in Willingboro, N.J., and has resided there for most of his life. He attended Benedict College in South Carolina and earned a master’s degree from Wilmington University. Anthony is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He enjoys his career as a high school guidance counselor, and finds coaching various sports and mentoring youth in the community to be very rewarding.

How They Met

Phylicia and Anthony were introduced by mutual friends in 2013. They would occasionally see each other at different gatherings throughout the year. They never thought they really showed interest in one another, but it seemed that everyone else thought differently. Those suspicions were right and the couple describe their “actual connection” in 2014. At a baby shower for friends Jabari and Melissa Adams, they exchanged numbers and the rest is history.

The Proposal

On June 19, 2016, Anthony and Phylicia celebrated Father’s Day with a small cookout for her grandfather at his home. Family and friends joined the intimate celebration. A few hours later, as everyone was leaving, Anthony asked everyone to wait and took Phylicia’s hand. As she turned to him, he knelt on bended knee and asked for her hand in marriage. The only thing anyone could remember was Phylicia’s mother screaming, “Wait, wait let me get my camera!” Phylicia said “Yes!”

Father’s Day has always been very emotional day for the bride as it is a remainder of the loss of her father when she was very young. Her grandfather, who is like a father to her, survived a major illness and gave her away in marriage.

Phylicia expressed that Anthony, “Has changed that day forever.”

The Bridal Party

Mollie Mitchell was the bride’s matron of honor. Phylicia’s bridesmaids were Dariah Jackson, Samaiyah Bashir, Andrea Harris, Melissa Adams, Lindsay Harris and Joi Troutman.

Dawan Browning, brother of the groom, was his best man. Anthony’s groomsmen were his brother, Andre Browning; cousin, Avery Browning; Jabari Adams, Byron Holmes and Harold Woods III.

Reflections … In their words

“Our wedding day was perfect. We received nothing but compliments from our guests. All of the hard work to plan, paid off. It was a great time and we were happy to share this moment with loved ones. We wished the day could have been longer. Our new life is great. We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon and enjoyed every moment together. Everything was perfect. It’s amazing how much time can be spent planning one day and then once it actually happens and it turns out the way you want. It’s all worth it.”

The Reception

Valley Brook Country Club was also the venue for an exquisite reception filled with love and laughter. The couple danced their first dance as husband and wife to “For You” by Kenny Lattimore. The bride, her mother and grandfather danced to “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder. The groom and his mother danced to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. The groom’s sister, Ashley, caught the bouquet and a fortunate friend, Anthony, caught the coveted garter.

The Honeymoon

The couple enjoyed a spectacular honeymoon in Hawaii. Experiencing this beautiful destination together for the first time made it even more special. They loved joining a traditional Hawaiian luau with delectable food and exciting entertainment.

Phylicia and Anthony even wore matching shirts to let everyone know they were newlyweds. It was perfect, just like their wedding day.

Congratulations and very best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Browning!