"Half & Half" Star Essence Atkins’ Wedding

Signing up with the online dating site produced a match made in heaven for actress Essence Atkins, who portrayed Dee Dee Thorn for four seasons on the UPN series Half & Half, and her “other half,” Jaime Mendez.

The couple’s online friendship, which began last year on Valentine’s Day, lead to a walk down the aisle at the Ambassador Mansion and Gardens in Pasadena, California on September 26, 2009. Clutching a bouquet of purple, yellow and ivory blossoms, the bride smiled at the gathering of guests as she strolled past in a strapless Stephen Yearick creation, its beauty enhanced with the addition of a diaphanous veil which clung to her neatly coiffed chignon.

According to People magazine, after the I do’s the newly pronounced Mrs. slipped into a silhouette from Angel Rivera for the reception, where family and friends danced to salsa tunes and enjoyed a repast of roasted pork and peach cobbler before receiving their parting presents– for unattached attendees, a six-month membership to the dating site which brought the two soul mates together, and for twosomes– candles and match books to keep the fire of love alive.

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