The interest of the public in the affair seemed to be so great that not only was the church filled to overflowing, but the streets surrounding the church were so packed with humanity that it was almost impossible for the carriage bearing the wedding bridal party to reach the church door, Ms. Wells wrote in her autobiography. The bridesmaids wore lemon crepe dresses set off with white ribbons, slippers and bows, and the bride strolled down the aisle in a white satin trained gown trimmed with orange blossoms. Newspapers, for both white and black readers, reported on the affair. Ms. Wells, an originator of leaning in, did not allow marriage or motherhood to change her focus on career. Having always been busy at some work of my own, I decided to continue to work as a journalist, for this was my first love, she wrote. And might be said, my only love. Nikole Hannah-Jones is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. In 2016, she helped found the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting .
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