So much to celebrate! Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Tatyana Ali is a married woman! The 37-year old actress and R&B singer married Stanford assistant professor Dr. Vaughn Rasberry on Sunday, July 17, at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills , and The Knot has all the details!
The newlyweds, who are expecting their first child together, became husband and wife during a morning ceremony. They were joined by 122 of their closest family members and friends at the upscale California venue.
Ali wore an off-white, fitted, silk Amsale gown with a cathedral-length veil — and was proud to show off her baby bump. “I’m not interested in hiding the fact that I’m pregnant,” she previously shared with The Knot. “I want to celebrate it. Initially, when I found out I was expecting, I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, this throws a wrench in the plans—this is going to make things more difficult and make things harder.’ But no, not at all. It’s made things very clear cut.”
The groom wore a custom bespoke tuxedo created by Octavius Terry-Sims.
The bride, who dazzled in Dena Kemp diamonds, carried white peonies and cream garden roses from Flowers Seed Floral in West Hollywood. Wedding boutonnières were created by Gordon Lee for Gordon Lee Decor, while Monique Peters served as bridal stylist.
Ali’s bridesmaids donned raspberry-colored, tea-length gowns also from Amsale and carried cream and ivory bouquets. The decor included purple and yellow floral arrangements.
Celebrity wedding planner Michael Russo assisted the couple in pulling off the posh affair. They infused personal touches into their dream day – from the food to their favorite tunes.
“You know I love a good DIY!” Russo tells The Knot. “I went to Michaels Arts and Crafts to create one of a kind tabletop decor for Tatyana’s cocktail hour. Michaels has a great selection for the DIY bride. Best part was guests were able to take them home and plant in their garden.”
“My dad is from Trinidad, and his favorite food is Caribbean food, so we’re bringing that into our event,” Ali told The Knot during the wedding-planning process. “We’re going to try to incorporate a bit of that old-world Caribbean feel.”
The bride opened up to The Knot about planning alongside Russo in an exclusive interview earlier this year. “We’re working on making the food that we know and love into something special — and the Caribbean influence will go into other parts of the wedding as well, like our music,” Ali said at the time. “We’ll play music that we love now, but then also music that we and our families both grew up with.”
Music and food weren’t the only pieces of nostalgia to be incorporated into the couple’s wedding day. Several of Ali’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air costars attended the nuptials, making for a welcome reunion.
Guests were able to share their best wishes with the happy couple. They purchased a wishing tree for wedding-goers to write down their hopes and dreams for the newlyweds.
Rasberry proposed to Ali on January 2 during an early morning hike in northern California. The trail opened up into a meadow, where Raspberry popped the question. “It was amazing!” Ali shared with The Knot. “I was totally surprised.”
The couple met on the dating website eHarmony in 2014. They announced their engagement back in March, along with the news that they were expecting a child.