Befitting a member of contemporary R&B royalty, the majestic strains of Handal’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” rang out at the Dean Gardens estate near Atlanta moments before multi- Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton began to walk down the aisle on April 21, 2001. According to Ebony magazine, Usher, Chante Moore, Tionne Watkins and Rozanda Thomas (better known as T-Boz and Chilli of TLC) were among the 250 guests who stood in honor of the bride as she walked past to the sounds of Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus”, the duchess satin train of her Vera Wang wedding dress gently brushing the aisle runner which led her to her love, Keirston (Keri) Jamal Lewis.
The roses in bloom on that spring afternoon perfumed the air as the couple exchanged vows, the bride receiving a wedding band to accompany her 4.5-carat, three-stone engagement ring.
A dashing figure in his white Ralph Lauren tuxedo, the groom swept his new wife up in his arms after the ceremony, heading to a reception where guests sampled slices of a wedding cake adorned with Tiffany blue icing. Although she had already given him the promise of forever moments before, the bride had one more gift to bestow upon her groom as she presented him with a silver baby rattle and announced that he would be a father.