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Shaq’s Mom Officiates Wedding in Detroit For Prestigious Non-Profit Black Founder and Motown Photojournalist

Nationwide — The union of Alison Vaughn and Andre Smith became an extraordinary affair on Sunday, June 25, 2023, as they exchanged vows at the picturesque Meadowbrook Estate in Rochester, MI. The wedding was nothing short of grandeur, with a distinguished guest list and memorable moments that will forever be etched in the hearts of all who attended.

Adding an extra touch of splendor to the occasion, Rev. Dr. Lucille O’Neal, the esteemed mother of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, officiated the ceremony. “I was thrilled to be a June bride and to have my dear friend Dr. O’Neal officiate our wedding,” shared Vaughn, brimming with excitement.

The couple intentionally chose the month of June for their nuptials, as it holds great significance as a lucky month for weddings. June takes its name from Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage, symbolizing the couple’s desire to embark on their marital journey with good fortune and blessings.

The celebration began with a cocktail hour, during which guests had the opportunity to tour the magnificent 88,000-square foot, 110-room mansion that once belonged to Matilda Dodge Wilson, the widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge. The historic estate provided a captivating backdrop for the festivities, exuding elegance and charm.

Dinner was accompanied by the delightful humor of BET comedian Mike Bonner, who entertained the guests and kept the atmosphere lively throughout the evening. Laughter filled the air as friends and family enjoyed a sumptuous meal, celebrating the newlyweds’ love and happiness.

The bridal party received a special introduction by the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders during the reception. The cheerleaders showcased their energy and enthusiasm, announcing the bridal party members.

Among the distinguished bridal party were notable media personalities, including Shaun Robinson, Lifetime TV movie producer and former Access Hollywood host; Gordon Alderson, Retired Executive for Capital Records; Lloyd Jackson, Senior News Analyst at WJR News Talk 760; and Gerald Smith, Former Senior Manager of External Affairs for Comcast NBC Universal.

Alison Vaughn and Andre Smith extend their heartfelt appreciation to their parents, loved ones, and friends for their unwavering support throughout their journey. They are excited to begin their married life together, cherishing the cherished memories created on their special day and looking forward to a future filled with shared adventures and continued success.

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