ABOVE PHOTO: Mr. and Mrs. Corey Maurice Johnson, August 5, 2018. (Submitted Photos:)
By Patricia Gilliam Clifford
Ever since their engagement was announced in November 2017, the wedding day of Elynn Morgan Waller and Pastor Corey Maurice Johnson has been looked upon with much anticipation. There has been conversation about “Philadelphia’s royal wedding” among many who consider The Wallers to be one of Philadelphia’s first families.
The couple married on Sunday, August 5th at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. The beautiful ceremony was officiated by Elynn’s father and Enon’s senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller. The church is located in the city’s East Mt. Airy neighborhood.
A string trio played classical music as the bride’s mother and first lady of Enon, Dr. Ellyn Jo Waller, and the groom’s mother, Carla Lawton-Johnson, were escorted down the aisle prior to the ceremony. There was a touching tribute of light in place for the late Clifford Johnson, father of the groom. The bridal party walked down the aisle strewn with white rose petals with grace.
Elynn’s attendants included her sister and maid of honor, Eryka Waller. Her bridesmaids were Brittany Moore, Brittany Smith, Jasmin Johnson (sister of the groom), Kayce Anthony, Kristen Johnson, Naya McCray and Taylor Hartsfield-Johnson.
Christopher Johnson, Corey’s brother, was his best man. His groomsmen were Anthony Bolden, Charles Eaton, David Selby, James Kelly, Kevin Leacock, Marcus Larivaux, and Stanley Collins. The flower girl, Bailey Davis, and ring bearer, Braylon Brooks, were absolutely perfect.
Everyone was awestruck as the Rev. Dr. Waller escorted his daughter down the aisle. Elynn was radiant in her regal, fairy princess-like bridal gown. Every detail of the full skirt, shimmering embroidery, flattering fitted waist and jeweled straps were stunning. The bride carried a lush, hand wrapped bouquet featuring blue hydrangeas, white roses and calla lilies.
The couple has a wonderful foundation to build upon and a bright future. Elynn, 27, is a native Philadelphian. She earned her undergraduate degree from Auburn University in Alabama. She pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at Auburn and I learned that approximately 28 of her line sisters traveled from Alabama (one from Georgia) for Elynn and Corey’s special day.
Elynn earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and works as a licensed mental health therapist. Corey, 27, earned a master’s degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. and serves as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor in Newark, N.J. He is also a Philadelphian.
Among the hundreds of wedding guests, I spotted some of Philadelphia’s familiar faces. They included former Mayor, the Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, and his wife Velma; music industry icon Kenneth Gamble and his wife Faatimah, philanthropists and co-founders of Universal Companies; prominent attorney George R. Burrell; State Rep. Christopher M. Rabb; Philadelphia Tribune president and CEO, Robert W. Bogle; principal of MKB Global Marketing Solutions, Mariska K. Bogle and prominent attorney and former School Reform Commission chair Robert L. Archie Jr. Popular WDAS-FM radio personality and Enon member Patty Jackson served as the mistress of ceremonies at a dessert reception following the ceremony in the Enon Family Life Center.
I had the opportunity to ask Rev. Dr. Waller about his reflections at the church reception. “This is a wonderful day. I am so excited for my daughter Morgan and, now, my son-in-law Corey. They are both ready for this moment. We have watched Morgan grow up all her life and I have watched Corey for the past six years. It’s just a beautiful day to celebrate God’s honor and glory,” he responded.
It truly was a beautiful day and Pastor and Mrs. Corey Maurice Johnson are wished all the very best!