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.
“We courted each other the way I think it should be done. We did not rush anything. I didn’t even know who she was initially because I didn’t watch much television back then, so I wasn’t influenced by her celebrity. That made her character even that much more impressive to me,” Jaime, a former NFL player, explains about his early relationship with Essence.