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This is a story all about how...the Fresh Prince of BelAir married his true love on December 31st, 1997. We're throwing it all the way back to 18 years ago, when Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith got hitched in an ultra romantic (and secretive) New Year's Eve wedding.
The couple met when Jada auditioned for the part of Will's girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Belair (she didn't get it), and had been dating for a couple of years when he popped the question that November. At the time, Jada told People that things got serious fast, "One day we got engaged, and the next day we found out we were pregnant." So the race was on for the bride, groom, and parents-to-be.
In what People described as "the most lavish and secretive celebrity wedding of the year," the Smiths went full out glamorous to surprise and delight their celebrity (and non-celebrity) guests.
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He may be "west Philadelphia born and raised," but when it came down to picking a venue for the future Mr. & Mrs. Smith's nuptials, the bride-to-be got hometown rights. The couple selected the Cloisters, a medieval-style mansion near Baltimore, where Jada grew up, for the big day. The couple's wedding planner David Weinschel told People, "Jada wanted it simple but elegant." That being said, it took eight decorators 10 hours to make the venue up to the couple's standards.
Secrecy was the name of the game for the big day, the soon-to-be-Smiths didn't want any media leaks. No invitations were sent, guests were just told to arrive at their hotel in Baltimore and were given an envelope with directions to hand to their limo drivers.
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As for fashion — well the couple that dresses together stays together, right? Jada opted for a long-sleeved, high-necked, champagne-colored, velvet Badgley Mischka gown. The groom wore a matching Badgley Mischka suit. This was the '90s after all, decade of couple coordination (Posh and Becks, Britney and Justin we're looking at you), and Will and Jada were masters of the game.
Oh, and what about the tunes at the former half of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's nuptials you ask? Will's 90s chart topper, Gettin' Jiggy With It, crowded the dance floor, natch. Ah, those were the days.