I arrived at Kendi’s hotel suite to find her surrounded by her daughter, her mother, and her best friends in the world. She looked even more elegant than when I first met her, and she was smiling ear to ear. It wasn’t until later that she told me she was sick—both she and Richie were suffering with terrible colds. Since they didn’t want their wedding guests to know, the show went on just as they had planned.

That’s just how these two are — they put their kids and families before themselves. While they might have otherwise chosen to stay in bed all day with cups of tea and boxes of tissue, this was their wedding day. So Kendi donned a gorgeous beaded dress and flashed an unending smile. And Richie was there all day to mirror it back for her with his whole heart. His touching vows, spoken not only to Kendi but to his two new stepchildren as well, had all 10 groomsmen in tears. By the end of the night, it seemed these two, and their adoring families and friends, were riding a wave of complete happiness.

For more from this lovely Bookcliff Country Club wedding, feel free to click here for a slideshow.

Venue: Bookcliff Country Club / Makeup: A Perfect Touch, Hope Carlton / Hair: Trena Martin, Salon Panache / Bridal gown: Victoria Rose / Bridal Shoes: Steve Madden / Flowers: Flowers by Lorraine / Ceremony Musician: Craig Heartsill / DJ: Ryan Griz / Tent & Chairs: Elite Events / Cake: Cake Cottage / Photo Booth: 970 Photo Booth

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