SPECIAL: Celebrity Wedding Review

 Photo Credit: Daily Mail via Pinterest

Photo Credit: Daily Mail via Pinterest



  • Wedding Date: December 31, 1997
  • Theme: The Intimate Blended Family Ceremony
  • Place: The Cloisters – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Wedding Planner: David Weinschel


Actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett married on December 31, 1997 at a medieval style mansion, The Cloisters, outside of Baltimore, MD. Today, they have one of Hollywood's longest marriages. Let's take a look at the distinct way they exchanged vows. The beautiful couple infused energy and personality into their traditional Christian wedding ceremony in three meaningful ways:

1. First down the aisle were three children dear to the bride and groom -- Will Smith’s 8-year old son, his 8-year old nephew and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s seven-year-old goddaughter. They had no other attendants. 

2. The bride was not presented or “given away” by anyone.

3. The highlight of the ceremony was the love letters they read to each other. Guests were swooning!


Keep your ceremony small, meaningful, and focus the attention of the ceremony on the love the bride and groom share for each other and the ones closest to them. If either or both of you bring children into the relationship, consider asking them to be your attendants. This is a wonderful way to formally celebrate the blended family you are founding. Also, reminisce on the gestures of love that have brought the two of you closer. Perhaps read the letters, texts, or love notes that have sparked you to create your loving marriage. 

 Photo Credit: Jada Pinkett-Smith's Twitter Feed

Photo Credit: Jada Pinkett-Smith's Twitter Feed

If you are planning a New Year’s Eve or wedding ceremony anytime, families I have worked with will tell you that Kim Kirkley of Our Elegant Ceremony is always the ideal choice! An experienced ceremony and communication specialist, declared “The Officiant” by New York magazine, I love helping a couple authentically and meaningfully enjoy their walk down the aisle. My goal is to create a singular experience where everyone feels the power of love! All of my clients and their loved ones are treated like celebrities! Contact me today to see how if having me celebrate your vows is a good fit!”