Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson planned to tie the knot at the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs this month, but changed their venue at the last minute at the pastor's request, CNN reports.
"Because of the fact that we were black, some of the members of the congregation had got upset and decided that no black couple would ever be married at that church,"
Charles Wilson told CNN on Sunday night.
"All we wanted to do in the eyes of God was to be man and wife in a church that we thought we felt loved. What was wrong with that?"
Pastor Stan Weatherford told the TV station WLBT that some members of the congregation asked that the couple not be allowed to get married in the church.
"This was, had not, had never been done here before, so it was setting a new (precedent) and there were those who reacted to that," Weatherford told WLBT. "I didn't want to have a controversy within the church, and I didn't want a controversy to affect the wedding of Charles and Te'Andrea. I wanted to make sure their wedding day was a special day."
Instead, Weatherford married the couple at another nearby church.
But Te'Andrea said it didn't feel the same.
"I had dreams of having my wedding the way I wanted it and I also dreamed of having it at the church, and unfortunately, it didn't happen," she told CNN.
Other members of the church expressed shock and surprise when told about the Wilsons.
"I'm hoping the church body will address this, but myself, personally, I would like to apologize to the Wilsons, to their family and friends, and to the entire black community because this has happened," churchgoer Ralph Miley told WLBT.
"I would say I'm sorry this happened and would you forgive the people who caused it? Because we're gonna try to," Bob Mack told WLBT. "We hope we can straighten them out, you know, get them to understand what Christianity is all about, because they have some misconceptions about it."
But Charles said it's too late to "step up and be Christ-like" now.
"If it was such a minority of people, why didn't the majority stand up and say, 'In God's house we don't do this'?" he said.