As actor Russell Hornsby and his bride, the former Denise Walker, pack their bags for their December 2008 honeymoon trip to Australia, no doubt the couple will carry with them the memories of the summer day when they were pronounced husband and wife.
Like the roar of a theater crowd at one of his New York stage performances, the sound of lapping waves rushing up to shore on an Antigua beach seemed to applaud its approval as the star of ABC Family’s Lincoln Heights stood on the grounds of the Verandah Resort & Spa on August 1, 2008 and became the leading man in the life of his love of the past seven years.
According to Essence magazine, who acquired exclusive coverage of the occasion, 85 guests had gathered to witness the bride walk down the aisle in a strapless white wedding dress, its beauty accented with a bouquet of sunshine yellow and white blossoms and a veil that joyfully danced in the breeze as she took her place by her groom’s side.
Knowing that only their own words could express the love in their hearts, the couple declared their devotion through self-penned vows before the TV star, who had asked for his love’s hand in marriage on August 27, 2007, slipped a band of gold studded with yellow sapphires on his new wife’s finger.
Following the nuptials, the newlyweds enjoyed a reception complete with a first dance performed to a song that encapsulated the couple’s emotions on their special day– “Spend My Life With You” by Eric Benet.