Magazine article Ebony

A Wedding to Remember

Magazine article Ebony

A Wedding to Remember

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In an elegant ballroom transformed into a living garden by thousands of pink and apricot flowers, Johnson Publishing Company President and CEO Linda Johnson Rice and automobile executive Mel Farr Sr. exchanged vows before an audience of bold-faced names that mirrored and reflected the increasingly intersecting worlds of media, fashion, industry, and commerce.

Held at half after six o'clock at Chicago's Ritz-Carlton Hotel the black-tie affair was attended by a select group of 270 family members and close friends, including leading American CEOs and household names from American power centers.

Chicago society columnists said the wedding set new standards of elegance, citing, among other touches, the conversion of the ballroom into a flower-draped fairyland, the Dom Perignon champagne, the elegance of the sit-down dinner, the string orchestra, the Gentlemen of Leisure orchestra with five vocalists, and the spectacularly long dessert table.

A stunning touch, never before seen in Chicago, Michael Leventhal of Ronsley Special Events said, was the use of antique gold fabric "to cover the walls, ceilings and floors of the entire area covered by the entranceway and the two ballrooms." Another first was the use of thousands of flowers to create floral paintings, some of them 8 feet high. Leventhal said the design team that worked with the bride in planning the event wanted "to create the most visual masterpiece ever seen at a wedding."

All these touches--the flowers, the transformed space, the violins and the jazz orchestra--were defined by the infectious joy and celebration of the bride and groom and guests who celebrated one another and line-danced the night away on the custom gold dance floor.

The bride, who is the daughter of JPC Founder and Chairman John H. Johnson and JPC Secretary-Treasurer Eunice W. …

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