Bride: Sheree Elizabeth Zampino, 41
Groom: Terrell A. Fletcher, 36
Occupation: Sheree, CEO of Whoop Ash, Director of WOW! Women’s Ministry, City of Hope International in San Diego; Terrell, full-time pastor of The City of Hope International
Homebase: San Diego
Wedding Date: May 26, 2007
Wedding Location: Yorba Linda, California
Playing the Field: After attending a San Diego Chargers football game, Sheree (the first wife of actor Will Smith) and Terrell met through a mutual friend in December 2002, and dated on and off again for five years. After four years of dating, Sheree finally called it quits when the eight-year pro-footballer wouldn’t commit.
Steamy Proposal: A lot can happen over a coffee break, including a proposal. Following a one-year separation, despite declining his lunch invitation after a yearlong separation, Sheree reconnected with Terrell at a church conference where she served as one of the speakers. Eventually the two ended up at Starbucks, window shopping and heading back to their respective hotel rooms, but not before Terrell tucked Sheree in and dropped to his knees, professed his eternal love and popped the Big Question. “I was thinking, it’s about time!” says Sheree with a laugh. “I finally had a sense of peace and of being settled, like this is exactly where I’m supposed to be!”
Tie The Knot: Amid the backdrop of the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California, the happy couple wed. Sheree was guided down the aisle by her father, Les, and son, Trey, 16. Stevie Wonder sang “My Cherie Amour,” a gift from her bridesmaid Joesette, the mother of Stevie’s daughter Sophia. The Fletchers had communion before exchanging traditional vows before their guests, eight groomsmen and brides, nine flower girls, which included Willow, Jada and Will’s daughter.
Bridal Budget Bite: Don’t be afraid to get busy and be hands-on as the bride. You can do a lot of the legwork yourself. Also, try to cut costs on things like invitations and perhaps find an indie rather than a known stationary house. Rely on your close friends and family who might be able to pitch in or grant you favors in their expertise, make referrals or cite sources to help plan your big day.