Bishop T.D. Jakes's Daughter Sarah's Fairy-tale Wedding: The Reception

Mr. and Mrs. Henson greet their family and friends at their reception as husband and wife. "We were sweating bullets when we told my dad that we were going to get married," Sarah confessed. "It is not a decision we took lightly. We received counseling and prayed about it, so I feel confident about our marriage."
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 28, 2008

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Mr. and Mrs. Henson greet their family and friends at their reception as husband and wife.

“We were sweating bullets when we told my dad that we were going to get married,” Sarah confessed. “It is not a decision we took lightly. We received counseling and prayed about it, so I feel confident about our marriage.”

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Jakes and his son-in-law Robert enjoy the festivities and some alone time as official family members.

“My wish for my son-in-law is that God will vest him with the fortitude to reach his dreams,” said Jakes, “and the daily secretion of love that makes a man support and cherish his new family, providing them with all they need that will let them know they have been loved by a good man.”

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Jakes and wife Serita look on as Tyler Perry toasts the Hensons.

Perry’s toast drew laughter and hearty cheers. “Before my father proposed to my mother, he had to ask my grandparents’ permission. My grandmother never looked at him, but proceeded to pull out her razor and skin an apple as he spoke before she told him, ‘You see my daughter? She doesn’t have a scar on her. If you don’t want her, bring her back the way you got her, ya hear?’ Now, Robert, I don’t know if the Bishop carries a razor, but you see where this is going, right?” Perry joked. “No, seriously, I want you both to know that every day might not be a great day, but every day is a God day, and as long as you keep Him first in your lives, you’ll be all right.”

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Robert Henson removes the garter of his lovely wife Sarah.

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An ice sculpture of a glass slipper adds the perfect touch to the Cinderella-themed wedding.

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The lovely bride and her father prepare for their dance to “Daddy” by Beyonce.

“I wish my daughter the fulfillment of her dreams, the healing of her pains, and the strength to go forward undaunted by the past,” said Jakes. “May God bless her with laughter, without limits, and the liberty of a life not filled with regrets.”

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The groom’s chocolate cake was decorated with the initials of his alma mater, Texas Christian University.

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Sarah feeds her hubby Robert his first slice of their wedding cake.

“What I love most about Robert is that he can make me laugh no matter how sad or mad I might be,” said Sarah. “He’ll just say something goofy and I can’t help but crack up, but I’m working on my poker face!”

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The Hensons greet guests Emmit Smith and his wife, Pat.

“Remember, she’s always right,” Smith said.

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The Hensons greet syndicated radio host Tom Joyner and his wife health fitness guru Donna Richardson Joyner.

“As long as they communicate,” said Joyner, who’s been married to Donna for eight years. “They will be just fine.”

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Robert twirls his mother Samantha Henson during their dance to “Mama” by Boyz II Men.

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Producer Tyler Perry, a friend of the Jakes family who has known Sarah since she was 10, served as the toastmaster of the Cinderella affair.

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Crooner Carl Thomas serenaded the newlyweds with classics such as “I Wish” and “Summer Rain.”

“My relationship with the bride and groom is probably something you don’t want to hear but I’m going to say it anyway… I will probably be the selection of the evening in the bedroom—Hallelujah! Holla back!” said Thomas with a laugh. “No, seriously, the best advice I could give them is not to close the line of communication, because that opens the door for those elements that you unwillingly invite into your relationship. They must stay committed.”

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The family pool house showcased poster-size images of the newlyweds.

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Mimes greeted guests in the enchanted forest at the fairy-tale reception.

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“My blessing for them is to have the kind of spiritual life and abundance that the Bishop has in his marriage and family,” said Dr. Phil McGraw, a close friend of Jakes. “That’s the legacy he has passed on to her, and if she can hold on to that legacy and live with that gold standard, she and Robert are going to be great.”

Dr. Phil’s words of wisdom for the newlyweds:
“Never assume that both of you want the same things in the same way at the same time, like when you’re going to have kids, your careers, and money.”

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Jakes greets media mogul Cathy Hughes.

Hughes’s advice to the newlyweds: “Communicate, communicate, communicate.”

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Jakes and wife Serita celebrate with preacher, life coach, author and motivational speaker Paula White of Paula White Ministries.

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