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Malinda shares a laugh with Lewis and Vanessa Williams.
“Dawnn Lewis told me: ‘As women, we have to learn to hold each other up, because this embrace is what helps our true feminine gifts shine through.’ The women here today are some of the women who have held me up over the years,” says Malinda.
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Malinda grooves with her girls Lewis and Vanessa Williams.
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Malinda is all smiles as G. Garvin announces her as the guest of honor.
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Bridesmaids Vanessa Williams and Terri J. Vaughn sit with celebrity fashion stylist and maid of honor Tiffany Hasbourne. “Malinda is the calmest bride I’ve ever met,” shared Hasbourne. “I’ve seen no signs of a bridezilla.”
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Sisterfriends Vanessa Williams and Salli Richardson share a good laugh.
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Malinda’s family and friends savored dishes by celebrity chef G. Garvin. “My favorite G. Garvin dish?” asks Malinda. “That’s a tough call. The yellow bell pepper soup was ridiculous, but the seafood salad was divine!”
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Vaughn gives an emotional speech on sisterhood and the strength of love. But it was one heartfelt sentiment that brought Malinda to tears: “Terri told me I was an angel to her!”
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Malinda moves from table to table, hugging and chatting up guests.
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Chef G. Garvin makes a toast: “This is the bridal shower brunch for Malinda Williams and all of her girlfriends are in the building!”
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Malinda sips champagne after toasting her guests. “The thing I loved most was at the end when I was given a book of recipes,” says the bride-to-be. “Everyone submitted their favorite recipes—yet another way these women shared their gifts with me.”
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Malinda finger tastes a sauce after playing Garvin’s assistant cook.
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Celebrity chef G. Garvin clowns around with the ladies.
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Guests received a parting gift containing a copy of Garvin’s cookbook Make It Super Simple with G. Garvin (Meredith), a heavenly slice of cake, and a satchel of crystals as a special thank-you from the bridal party.
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Sisters Dunn, Sorensen, mom Beverly, Malinda, Vanessa Williams, Vaughn and Hasbourne applaud the guest of honor.
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Malinda’s infectious laugh spreads to Vanessa Williams, Richardson and Smith.
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