Details From the Wedding Events of Denyce Graves and Robert Montgomery

Monday, September 14, 2009


Denyce Graves and Robert Montgomery deliberated at length about whether to let the WeTV reality show "Platinum Weddings" cover their nuptial extravaganza, but ultimately opted not to. It's too bad. Here's some of what the cameras could have captured during the five-day affair orchestrated by master event planner André Wells:

-- A kickoff party Wednesday night in a private airplane hangar bathed in fuchsia light;

-- Graves and Montgomery donning traditional Masai outfits from their second wedding celebration in Africa. Montgomery had his hair and goatee braided in cornrows to complete the ensemble;

-- Graves participating in a belly-dancing performance by local troupe Third Eye Tribal;

-- A rehearsal dinner party at Graves and Montgomery's Bethesda mansion catered by Ledo Pizza;

-- Two wedding dresses tailor-made by Graves's longtime costume designer, Donna Langman, who was clipping threads right up until Graves walked down the aisle (the groom chose a traditional Scottish kilt);

-- A four-foot-tall ivory cake by New York City's most renowned cakemaker, Sylvia Weinstock;

-- And a cake replicating Montgomery's beloved car, a Shelby GT500 Cobra, made by Mike's Amazing Cakes and flown in from Washington state;

-- A reception at the lush Anderson House that included a string-trio, a guitar duo, a jazz quartet and a dance band, plus a three-course meal by Susan Gage Caterers;

-- The couple's first dance, a steamy tango that transitioned into hip-hop halfway through;

-- A day-after picnic on the lawn of Graves's alma mater, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

-- Ellen McCarthy

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