Mendham, New Jersey
Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston were married at Houston’s sprawling $11 million New Jersey estate on July 18, 1992.
Among the 800 guests at the lavish affair were Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick, Donald Trump, Dick Clark, Gloria Estefan, Clive Davis and many more celebrities from the music and film world.
Houston walked down the aisle on the arm of her father, John Houston, as a string orchestra played Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.”
She wore a $40,000 form-fitting beaded Lyon lace gown by Mark Bouwer and a beaded headpiece.
Brown wore a double-breasted white silk tuxedo and the bridesmaids wore purple silk floor-length gowns.
The couple exchanged vows in the backyard under a gazebo covered with 8,000 lavender and purple roses and orchids.
The 35-minute ceremony was officiated by Reverend Marvin Winans and included a performance by BeBe Winans of an original song entitled “Enough Said,” which he wrote for the couple.
Whitney and Bobby presented each other with platinum wedding bands with the inscriptions “Love, Bobby” and “Love, Whitney.” At the conclusion, seven white doves were released into the air.
Following the vows, a reception was held in a tent erected over the swimming pool. The party was decorated like an Arabian palace with lavender and purple fabrics draped from the ceiling and orchids wrapped around the columns. Silver cards were placed on each table with phrases such as “Lover For Life” and “Love Obsession,” scripted in lavender.
The dinner menu included chilled peach soup, grilled chateaubriand, jersey chicken breasts stuffed with collard greens, and grilled herbed vegetables. For dessert, fresh berries were served along with an assortment of chocolate delicacies.
The six-tiered wedding cake had 18 different layers which alternated between strawberry lemon mousse and banana. The confection was decorated with hand-molded lavender sugar violets.
The newlyweds honeymooned on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise aboard a 140-foot yacht.