Jada Pinkett and Will Smith were married on December 31, 1997 at the Cloisters Castle, just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. One hundred guests were in attendance for the 8 p.m. ceremony, including Jasmine Guy and Tisha Campbell. A fleet of 35 limos transported guests from their hotels, the Harbor Court Hotel and Tremont Plaza, to the castle. There were no wedding invitations. On the morning of the wedding, guests were given sealed envelopes with directions to give to their limo drivers.
At the Cloisters, Will and Jada entered and walked down the aisle together. Jada, who was pregnant at the time, wore a high-neck, champagne-colored, hand-dyed, silk and velvet Badgley Mischka gown. Will wore a matching Badgley Mischka suit and ascot. During the ceremony, the couple read love letters to each other. At the conclusion of the vows, Pastor Marvis May of Baltimore’s Macedonia Baptist Church pronounced them man and wife.
A reception followed, planned by David Weinschel of Celebrations Catering & Special Events. Gold floodlights, twinkling lights and burgundy ribbons filled the room, and each window in the castle was covered with sheer curtains. Floral arrangements included burgundy-kangaroo paws from New Zealand and white hydrangeas from Holland.
A large buffet table included poached salmon and smoked turkey. For dessert, a three-tier wedding cake was served with layers of carrot, lemon poppy and Lady Baltimore. The groom also sliced into a white chocolate groom’s cake with the logo for Will Smith Enterprises.
On the second floor of the castle, a DJ spun dance music. At one point, Smith hopped onstage with son Trey and sang “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.”
Around 1 a.m., the newlyweds retreated to a rented condo overlooking the harbor, and the following day, left for a three-day honeymoon in Miami.