In remembrance of Whitney Houston we take a walk down memory lane and reminisce over the wedding of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.Â In September of 1992 it was the wedding of the decade.Â Superstar Whitney Houston and pop-soul mogul Bobbi Brown exchanged vows on a hot July afternoon in Houstonâ€™s romantic garden gazebo on her New Jersey estate. Â About 8,000 roses and hundreds of orchids, all in lavender and purple, adorned the gazebo.Â
Houston wore a radiant form-fitting beaded, Lyon lace gown with a four-foot train and a beaded headpiece with floor-length beaded tulle.Â She was escorted down the carpeted aisle, which led from a rear entrance of her $10 million home, by her father, John Houston, as a string orchestra played Mendelssohn’s wedding march.Â
Diane Johnson, who designed Houston’s stage and personal wardrobes for years, also designed the groom’s white double-breasted silk tuxedo and the bridesmaids’ purple silk floor-length gowns with trains. The best man, Brown’s brother, Tommy, and the groomsmen, who included Houston’s brother, Michael, were all attired in purple tuxedos designed by Johnson with matching purple alligator shoes that were custom-made in Italy. The four flower girls and three ring bearers were adorable in white and lavender.Â
The couple exchanged identical platinum wedding bands. The bands were inscribed – hers had the words “Love, Bobby” in cut-out script, while his read, “Love, Whitney.” After the ceremony seven white doves were released outside the gazebo. The couple then sealed the union with a long, passionate kiss during which Brown literally lifted his bride into the air. Â Â
The wedding reception afterwards had 800 guests that were hosted in a huge air-conditioned, carpeted ballroom tent constructed on Houston’s lawn above the swimming pool. Lavender and purple fabrics draped the ceiling and lined the tent, giving the illusion of an Arabian palace. Lilac and purple dendrobium orchids decorated support columns, entrances and exits. It was said that some 15,000 flowers were used for this dÃ©cor.Â Each of the 84 tables in the dining tent was clothed and beribboned in three layers of lavender ribbed satin that highlighted the elaborate wedding centerpieces. The floral arrangements included blue roses and cattleya orchids in shades of lavender and purple. Candles in hurricane glasses created a warm, romantic glow that contrasted with the elaborate and effective light and sound show. Guests were guided to their tables by silver-trimmed white cards with phrases, such as “Lover For Life” and “Love Obsession,” scripted in lavender.
The wedding dinner was an elaborate sit-down feast.Â The wedding menu included chilled peach soup, grilled chateaubriand, jersey chicken breasts stuffed with collard greens, and grilled herbed vegetables. For dessert, there were fresh berries, an assortment of chocolate delicacies, as well as slices of the six-tiered, 18-layered wedding cake. The architecturally elaborate wedding cake, decorated with hand-molded lavender sugar violets, had alternating layers of strawberry lemon mousse and banana cake. Waiters kept glasses filled with Dom Perignon and Cristal champagne throughout the evening.
Among the wedding guests were some of the biggest in show business and beyond, including Clive Davis, president of Houston’s Arista Records, and Al Teller, president of Brown’s MCA Records. Other superstars seen at the wedding were Phylicia Rashad, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick (Whitney’s cousin), Jasmine Guy, Antonio (L.A.) Reid, Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds, Donald Trump, Dick Clark, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Blair Underwood, Clifton Davis, Teddy Riley, Isiah Thomas, Gloria Estefan, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and his mother-manager, Pamela Warner, Freddie Jackson, and Bobby Brown’s former New Edition cohorts, Johnny Gill, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe.Â Â The newlyweds’ happiness was quite evident during the reception as they danced cheek to cheek on an oval purple and white dance floor.Â The last guests did not leave until 2 a.m., which was some 12 hours after the festivities began.
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