Actress Essence Atkins and financial executive Jaime Mendez made their love official in a star-studded outdoor ceremony on Saturday, September 30, 2009. The duo first connected through match.com on Valentine's Day 2008 and are now happily husband and wife.
“My parents always encouraged me to be happy. Coming from New York where it is very multicultural, they always encouraged me to find happiness wherever I could. I happen to be marrying someone who is Puerto Rican. He is very aware of the rich history of his island—the African, Spanish, the Native American history. I’m just grateful that I happen to fall in love with somebody brown,” says Essence with a laugh.