Kendall Martin and the former Patricia Lorraine Lewis were married on Oct. 5 at Christ Community Church of Philadelphia. Michael E. Slawson, the bride’s father, lovingly gave her hand in marriage. Patricia looked amazing in her wedding gown by Rina di Montella. The diamond white satin design featured a sweetheart neckline. She floated down the aisle in Christian Louboutin pumps that glittered like stars. The Rev. Terry M. Davis, senior pastor of Christ Community Church of Philadelphia, officiated at the beautiful formal ceremony.
Patricia, 36, grew up in West Philadelphia. She is the daughter of Michael E. Slawson and Susan Slawson. Patricia is pursuing a master’s degree in health information management as she continues to settle into her life as Mrs. Kendall Martin.
Kendall, 31, is also from West Philadelphia and was educated in Philadelphia’s public schools. His parents are Esther Martin and the late Kenneth Martin. Kendall has worked in private industry for more than 11 years.
How They Met
Patricia and Kendall first met in grade school. Patricia was responsibly escorted by Kendall and his older sister, Kenya, to the school bus stop every day. Kenya and Patricia have remained friends for more than 20 years. After two decades, Kenya, affectionately known as, “the matchmaker,” suggested that her brother and her close friend go out on a date. That was in January 2010. Kendall and Patricia took Kenya’s advice and the rest is history!
Kendall proposed to Patricia on March 28. He insisted they go out to dinner that evening. Patricia thought it odd, since it was the middle of the work week. The restaurant where Kendall had planned to propose was closed, but that did not stop him. After dinner at another local restaurant, they went to Kendall’s home. There, he presented her with a 2-carat princess -cut white gold diamond engagement ring. Kendall, on bended knee, asked Patricia, “Will you be my wife?” Patricia excitedly accepted the proposal.
Shortly thereafter the couple planned a family engagement dinner at the bride’s parents’ home. The mother of the bride prepared a wonderful dinner and the couple shared the news with their family and friends.
The bridal party posed for photographs at The Philadelphia Horticulture Center as the wedding reception began at the Philadelphia Hilton Hotel on City Line Avenue.
It was a joy to have Patricia’s grandparents, Gilbert Hyden and Linda Hyden and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Slawson Sr. there to enjoy the special day.
Guests enjoyed a fantastic cocktail hour with signature apple martinis and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres. Guests selected from two delicious entrées. The bride surprised the groom with a chef’s special rib-eye steak from Delmonico’s Restaurant.
The bride and groom danced their first dance as husband and wife to “Love Ballad” by Jeffrey Osbourne. They prepared by taking dance lessons from the bride’s grandfather, Gilbert Hyden. Patricia and her father danced to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw. Kendall and his mother danced to “Mama” by Boys II Men. Patricia and Kendall honored their parents with, “I Look to You” by Whitney Houston. The bridal party serenaded the couple with, “If It Isn’t Love” by New Edition, the bride’s favorite group.
The Bridal Party
The beautiful bridal party included: Tupee Bueh, maid of honor; LaKesa Bond, matron of honor; bridesmaids Dianna Conyers and Lia Key; and the lovely flower girl, Hannah Bond.
Kenneth J. Martin served as best man and groomsmen were Joseph Brown Jr., Jamal Hyden and Thomas Legare Jr. The handsome ringbearer was Michael J. Slawson.
“Our wedding day exceeded our imagination. The Lord truly blessed us. It actually rained every day during the week of our wedding, but not on our wedding day,” said Patricia. “Our wedding day was gorgeous, the weather was spectacular and the ceremony was astonishing. Our wedding day exceeded all of our expectations and left us in awe. The two words that we would use to describe our wedding would be ‘beyond belief.’
“There were so many memorable moments that we could share. The special look from Kendall brought tears to my eyes. Our parents felt such great joy by our union and we believe God chose to put these two together,” she added.
Kendall and Patricia spent nine amazing days in the Dominican Republic. They honeymooned at the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana Resort Hotel. When they arrived, they were greeted by their personal butler, who presented them with refreshing glasses of fruit punch. “Our butler made suggestions about all of the amenities, including seven restaurants, a buffet, 13 bars and 24-hour room service. We stayed in the honeymoon suite that included a Jacuzzi in our suite as well as the rooftop. Our private balcony overlooked the pool and the beautiful beach. There were even rose petals on the bed in the shape of a dove. Candles were lit, there was chilled champagne, a fruit and cheese tray, personalized bathrobes, slippers and a bar stocked with all of our favorite beverages,” Patricia said.
Kendall and Patricia also enjoyed a candle-lit dinner on the beach, a special honeymoon breakfast in bed, a spa day, their first couples’ massage and even learned how to snorkel.
Congratulations and very best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Martin.