Vince Hudson met Jennifer Holiday in New Orleans during the 2002 ESSENCE Music Festival. He thought it only right to propose to her at the Festival in 2009. The two headed back to the Bayou to tie the knot in Dillard University’s Lawless Memorial Chapel on March 13, 2010.
The radiant bride checks out her ’do before walking down the aisle. Her half up and half down hairstyle was created by Shawndrea Tucker from Ambiance Hair Studio.
Jennifer’s girlfriends helped her choose her wedding gown, holding up score cards that read numbers from 1 to 10 to rate their approval. When she tried on her embroidered gown by Pronovais, she got 10s all around.
Vince buttons up and checks his bow tie before heading to the altar to meet up with his wife-to-be.
Jennifer and her seven bridesmaids strike a pose reminiscent of the Supremes before sending their girl off to be married.
Vince made sure to gather his best men for a pow-wow before saying “I Do.”
Vince and Jennifer got married at Dillard University, the groom’s alma mater, in the campus chapel.
A cute little flower girl turns for the perfect photo-op.
“She looked beautiful from the back of the room,” Vince remembers, “I was overwhelmed with emotion when she walked into the chapel. I was filled with love and grace and happiness.”
Before walking down the aisle Jennifer looked to her father and said, “Daddy I’m about to cry. They were tears of joy.” Later she and her dad danced to “Ballerina Girl” by Lionel Richie.
After saying their vows, Jennifer and Vince seal their bond with a passionate kiss.
Before they made it official Vince and Jennifer had to jump the broom.
Guests stare in delight as Mr. and Mrs. Hudson stroll down the chapel aisle arm in arm.
Vince’s guys are all crazy about Jennifer. They know he’s found a woman who has got his back.
On their way to the reception, Vince and Jennifer look like a beautiful Hollywood couple fit for the silver screen.
“Vince is probably the most genuine person that you’ll ever meet,” Jennifer says of her new hubby. “He’s just an overall amazing man.”
“We both have passion and common views on life and the friendship that I think can sustain no matter what happens,” Vince says of choosing Jennifer to be his wife.
Byrd House Catering provided little chocolates detailed with the Fleur De-Lis for guests with a hankering for something sweet before dinner.
“The future looks brighter with Jennifer than it looks without her,” Vince adds.
The dining tables at Gallier Hall were decorated with tall bunches of white Hydrangeas with magenta orchids underneath.
Vince and Jennifer danced the night away at their reception, beginning with their first dance as husband and wife to “At Last” by Etta James.
Gallier Hall is all lit up in blues and purples and ready to get the party started.
Famed Louisiana violinist Michael Ward serenaded the crowd with New Orleans jazz.
Sushi appetizers whet wedding guests’ appetites during the couple’s reception.
The couple’s exquisite five-tiered wedding cake from The Royal Cakery almost looks too beautiful to eat. With layers of white chocolate, butter and silver almond cake, wedding guests were glad that they did.
Jennifer giggles as Vince slides the garter off of her right leg.
“I think about who I’d want to be the father of my children and I can’t deny that Vince is that person,” Jennifer says.
A traditional second line band closed out the New Orleans wedding celebration as guests held sparkling lights over the new husband and wife.
Vince and Jennifer, who honeymooned in Hawaii, look forward to being together as much as possible now that they are husband and wife.