Bridal Bliss: Shawn and Eric Roberson

Eric Roberson shares his wedding photos
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 28, 2009

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Eight years ago, singer and songwriter Eric Roberson got more than he bargained for after one of his shows: he met his future wife, Shawn.

“We’re both Howard University alums but had never met,” says Eric. “She told me my first album,”Esoteric," was amazing and that’s all she wrote after that."

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Eric Roberson helps one of his groomsmen and Shawn’s big bro, Richard Harvey, Jr., prepare for the ceremony.

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The groomsmen stay cool before the ceremony.

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Shawn inspects fabulous jewels she will wear down the aisle while getting picture-perfect for her special day.

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Matthew Christopher strapless, pleated gown with floral applique.

“I loved my dress; it was very detailed without being too gaudy,” says Shawn.

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Knowing that Eric is a die-hard New York Giants fan, Shawn had a Giants garter custom made just for her hubby.

“He didn’t want to toss the garter,” says Shawn laughing. “He wanted it as a keepsake.”

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Sporting a blinged-out “Bride” T-Shirt, Shawn inspects her and Eric’s wedding certificate.

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The pretty bridesmaids stay on their toes minutes before the ceremony.

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Handsome in chocolate Calvin Klein suits and cranberry ties, the groomsmen chill out and wait to play their part and support Eric.

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Roberson walks down the aisle with his best man, his father.

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Shawn’s niece Crystina Coffer spreads love with the simple toss of red rose petals.

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The youngest members of the wedding party strum their guitars during the ceremony in honor of the groom, Eric, singer and songwriter.

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Eric awaits Shawn’s stroll down the aisle with his groomsmen by his side.

“We wore chocolate Calvin Klein suits with cranberry accessories,” says Eric. “We were sharp!”

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Shawn decided to have her brother, Richard Harvey, Jr., grandfather, Haywood Rodgers (shown), and father, Richard Harvey, Sr., escort her down the aisle.

“I wanted all the men who were instrumental in raising me and helping shape the woman I am today to walk me down the aisle.”

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Walking with her father, Richard Harvey, Sr., Shawn wipes away tears as she listens to her hubby-in-waiting serenade her with the classic “You Are So Beautiful.”

“I lost it when I realize Eric was singing to me,” says Shawn.

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Jean Baylor, formerly of the duo Zhane, sings “The Lord’s Prayer” for her friends Eric and Shawn.

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Eric and Shawn blow out their unity candles to symbolize their Holy union.

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Eric and Shawn seal their blessed union with a kiss.

“I proposed to him to reassure him that I wasn’t going anywhere and wanted to spend the rest of my life with him,” says Shawn.

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Shawn and Eric share laughter after saying “I do.”

“When the preacher announced us man and wife he mistakenly introduced us as Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Roberson,” says Shawn with a laugh. “I kind of like that!”

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The newlyweds take their first walk together as husband and wife after the ceremony.

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Shawn and Eric chose legendary rap trio Tribe Called Quest’s anthem “Bonita Applebaum” as their introduction song as a married couple.

“I love that my wife loves rap music and can go lyric for lyric with me on just about any song,” says Eric. “We both love Tribe and the song was perfect for us.”

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Eric admires Shawn’s bridal gown.

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The couple shares an intimate moment before heading inside the reception.

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“I promise to put my wife first and always treat her like the first day we met,” says Eric. “I want to be the best husband and father to our future children.”

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Shawn and Eric share a tender moment.

“I want us to continue to love and cherish one another, have children and always be friends,” says Shawn.

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With only eyes for each other, the newlyweds enjoy a sweet kiss.

“Eric taught me the true meaning of love and patience,” says Shawn. “I haven’t felt more secure and safe with anyone else.”

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Eric steals a kiss from his lovely wife as they celebrate spending the rest of their lives together.

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Eric cuddles his beautiful bride before entering the reception.

“She completes me and makes me a better man,” says Eric.

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“Our love was a gradual one,” says Shawn. “That’s the good stuff that lasting relationships are made of.”

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Eric can’t get enough of his new bride.

“I absolutely love it!” he says.

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Eric and Shawn are surrounded by their blended families. Left to right: Richard Harvey, Sr., Shirley Rodgers (Shawn’s mom), Charlotte and James Roberson.

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The ring bearers give a live performance: Cedric Coffer (cornrows), Richard Harvey, III, Dante Wright.

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Songstress Vivian Green serenades the newlyweds with “Ain’t Nothing But Love,” which Eric wrote. The cut is Shawn’s favorite song.

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The happy couple enjoys their first dance at their sizzling reception.

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Richard Harvey, III, better known as Little Ricky, takes on his new uncle to steal a dance from Auntie Shawn.

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Shawn’s nephew interrupts his auntie’s first dance with her hubby to give her some love.

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During the reception, Shawn tears up while sharing a special dance with her dad, Richard Harvey, Jr., to Beyoncé’s song “Daddy.”

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Eric and his mother, Charlotte, dance to Boyz to Men’s “Mama.”

“My mother was so happy and emotional,” says Eric. “I was happy to make her proud by marrying the love of my life.”

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Eric and Shawn are surrounded by their bridal party after their first dance circle.

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Soul singer Vivian Green shares her well-wishes with the couple after performing at the reception.

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The happy couple drinks to their loving future together.

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Eric feeds Shawn a piece of cake.

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As a new wife, Shawn tosses her bouquet to the next future bride.

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Eric, who is a self-professed jokester, puts the moves on his lovely bride as he does his best James Brown slide to go in to remove her garter.

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Eric admires his wife’s red shoes as he takes off her garter.

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Eric attempts to keep it PG as he tries to retrieve Shawn’s garter.

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Eric’s a kid in the candy store after retrieving Shawn’s special garter. Fortunately, he survived the rest of the evening despite all the Philadelphia Eagle fans closing in on him.

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Eric proudly displays his lovely bride’s Giants garter, custom made especially for him.

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Although Eric had a hard time parting with his wife’s NY Giants garter, Shawn finally convinced him it was the right thing to do for all the awaiting future hubbies.

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Eric is more than proud of Shawn’s special surprise—a New York Giants garter, and congratulates the lucky brother who caught it, Curtis Chambers, his guitar player, who happens to be an Eagles fan. Well, you can’t win ’em all.

“When I saw that garter, I was thinking, ’That’s my boo right there!’” says Eric.

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Eric sizes up his lovely competition and prepares to get his groove on.

“I was drawn to her the first day we met,” says Eric. “And have been by her side ever since.”

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Eric tries to keep up with Shawn’s sexy moves.

“There’s not a moment that I am bored with her,” says Eric. “She’s my best friend.”

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Eric and Shawn get into the swing of things and takeover the dance floor.

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Shawn’s brother Richard and sister Crystal make it a family affair as they celebrate with the Cha-Cha slide.

“The funny thing is that my father’s side of the family loves to party,” says Shawn. “So I guess it’s in our blood!”

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Shawn and her sister get the party started right.

“We had to end up paying for extra because we extended the party,” says Shawn. “Everyone was having such a great time.”

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Eric takes on his nieces and nephews in a dance battle to the bass-heavy club banger “Hot.” Needless to say the children showed him out and proved the victors hands down.

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Shawn is surrounded by her beautiful bridesmaids and flower girl.

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Eric’s iron-clad support team of groomsmen and ring bearers hold him down.

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The groomsmen show they have Eric’s back by holding him down—literally.

“I promised myself that I wouldn’t cry or get emotional,” says Eric. "Whenever I felt the tears coming on my boys would shout, “Code Blue,” and I’d regain my composure—right in the middle of the ceremony!"

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The fellas surround Eric, center right, on his big day. Gospel artist Tye Tibbett, center left, and of course his best and dad, James Roberson, were in Eric’s corner.

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Eric and his boys fall back with style and grace.

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Gospel great Tye Tibbett and stylist Andre McDonnell show Eric some love.

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The Robersons’ wedding cake was topped with roses and adorned with flowers.

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Eric’s sister Alisha Bell is the owner of Blooming Elegance, a Philly-based floral design company that provided the crimson centerpieces.

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Guests retrieved their wedding favors—Swedish fish candy (think Gummy Bears)—and their seating assignments were inscribed on the top of the jar.

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Shawn holds on to her man.

“I love him more and more every day,” says Shawn. “He’s truly amazing.”

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