LOS ANGELES,CA (PRWEB) September 8, 2006
Two-time NBA Champion and TNT sports analyst Kenny “the Jet” Smith wed Barker beauty, Gwendolyn Osborne September 2, 2006, at their mountain-top estate in Stevenson Ranch, CA.
The bride, 28, walked down the aisle in an original couture pale blue bridal gown created by Canadian designer Ines Di Santo. The groom, 41, wore a tuxedo by Atlanta-based master tailor/designer Joseph Addo.
The newlyweds exchanged custom-made wedding bands by celebrity jeweler Chris Aire, who also designed Osborne’s five-carat, diamond-and-red gold engagement ring. The bridesmaid’s custom chandelier earrings were designed by Renee Pawele of Renee Pawele Bride. A gifted singer, Osborne serenaded her groom with a rendition of India.Arie’s “Truth” as she walked down the aisle.
Surrounded by 250 of their closest friends and family, including NBA greats Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Kenny Anderson and Marc Jackson, the couple shared their love in a garden ceremony elegantly designed by Catering by Ashley, the California-based event planning company helmed by Executive Chef Bill Blackburn. To symbolize the spirit and freedom of their covenant, a flurry of monarch butterflies were released into the sky.
Mixing the sounds of Smith’s native New York with Osborne’s West Indian roots, the couple, who met at a charity event in 2004, danced into the night to music provided by the world-famous DJ Nice and an authentic steel pan band. During the couple’s first dance, guests were treated to an impromptu fireworks display compliments of Six Flag’s Magic Mountain.
Blending two children from Smith’s first marriage and one from Osborne, the Smiths will reside in Stevenson Ranch, California. Smith will continue to commute to Atlanta during the NBA season where he tapes the Emmy award-winning Inside the NBA with colleagues Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson.
Two-time NBA champion Smith is in his eighth full season as an NBA studio analyst for TNT’s Inside the NBA. In 2005, Smith, with support from the NBA and TNT, organized and hosted the NBA Players Hurricane Relief Game raising over $1 million for Hurricane Katrina victims.
Osborne’s TV/film credits include The Price is Right, Huff, Eve, Snow Dogs, Any Given Sunday and the Swedish soap, Ocean Ave.