The Wedding of Juanita Bynum

[Update, Aug. 22, 2007:
Evangelist Bynum attacked by husband in parking lot

[Update Sep. 7, 2007:
Evangelist Juanita Bynum files for divorce]

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Like a diamond, real love is durable, shines brightly, and has many facets.

In 2003, couples celebrated some of those facets with creative and stylish nuptials, from an island affair for hip-hop’s most sought-after bachelor to a 50-yardline wedding for a female professional football player to a million-dollar matrimonial extravaganza for a pair of noteworthy ministers.
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Karen D. Taylor singing “God is Faithful” at the Bynum-Weeks wedding..

The “million-dollar” wedding of Dr. Juanita Bynum, well-known evangelist and author of the best-selling Matters of the Heart, to Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III featured a wedding party of 80, all friends and family, 1,000 guests, a 12-piece orchestra, and a 7.76-carat diamond ring. The black-tie wedding cost “more than a million,” the bride said, and included flowers flown in from around the world. “My dress,” she says, “took nine months to make. All of the crystals on the gown were hand-sewn. The headpiece was sterling silver, hand-designed.”

Why did she spend so much time and effort on the wedding?

“This,” she said, “was my once-in-a-lifetime wedding, and I did it this way because I plan to stay married.”
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“Million-dollar” wedding of Evangelist Juanita Bynum to Bishop Thomas Weeks III was held at the Regent Wall Street Hotel in New York and featured a wedding party, of more than 80 men, women and children and over 1,000 guests. Her platinum-colored satin gown was embroidered with Swarovski crystals on the bodice, hem and 25-foot train.
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- Source: Weddings of the year, Ebony, Feb, 2004 by Joy Bennett Kinnon

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