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Star Jones and Al Reynolds Marriage Profile

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Al Reynolds and Star Jones in East Hampton, New York on September 2, 2007.

Photo: Bryan Bedder / CP / Getty Images
Having been in the spotlight most of her career, Star Jones chose to be in the spotlight when she married Al Reynolds. Unfortunately, the freebies she received for her wedding planning put her and Al in a negative spotlight.

Read about how Al proposed, their wedding, honeymoon, pending divorce, and more.

News Updates:

9/10/08: Star Jones and Al Reynolds reached a settlement in their divorce.

4/23/08: Star Jones announced that she filed for divorce from Al Reynolds on March 26, 2008, in Manhattan, New York.
Source: "Star Jones files for divorce from Al Reynolds", SFGate.com

Birthdates:

Starlet Marie Jones: March 24, 1962 in Badin, North Carolina.

Al Scales Reynolds: June, 1968 in Virginia.

How Star and Al Met:

They met on November 13, 2003 at the New York City celebration party of the release of an Alicia Keys album.

Engagement and Proposal:

On February 11, 2004, Al asked his mother, Ada, for her blessing on their union. On February 12, 2004, he surprised Star by bringing her family to New York to ask them for her hand in marriage.

On his knees in front of Star, Al promised to love her for the rest of his life as he gave her a promise ring.

At the beginning of the 4th quarter of the February 15, 2004 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles Staraccepted Al's marriage proposal and a princess cut diamond engagement ring.

Their engagement party was on March 27, 2004 at the "Supper Club" in New York City.

Pre-Wedding Events:

  • Bridal Luncheon: November 11, 2004 at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, New York.
  • Welcome Cocktail Party: November 11, 2004 at The Sugar Bar in New York, New York, to welcome out-of-town guests.
  • Bachelor Party: November 11, 2004. Location not disclosed.
  • Bachelorette Party: November 11, 2004. Location not disclosed.
  • Rehearsal Dinner: November 12, 2004. The rehearsal dinner was held at the Central Park home of Denise Rich and featured ribs, chicken, ham, sweet potato pie, and red velvet cake.
    Entertainment was provided by Natalie Cole, Ashford & Simpson, Patti LaBelle and Nancy Wilson.

Wedding Date:

November 13, 2004. Their wedding was estimated to be a $1 million dollar affair. The wedding was held at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City, New York. Al and Star had 500 guests, 3 matrons of honor, 12 bridesmaids, 2 junior bridesmaids, 3 best men, 12 groomsmen, 3 junior groomsmen, 6 footmen, 4 ring bearers, 4 flower girls.

Wedding Attire:

Star's wedding dress was a Reem Acra taffeta, strapless white gown with a 27-foot long crystal encrusted sheer veil. Al and the other men in the bridal party wore custom fitted tuxedos from Sarno Tuxedos.

Wedding Jewelry:

She wore 15 karat diamond earrings valued at $500,000 loaned to her by Fred Leighton. The total cost of the wedding jewelry loaned to Star and Al for the wedding came to over $1 million dollars.

Wedding Reception:

Star and Al's wedding reception was held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, New York.

The guests at the wedding reception received personalized LL Bean canvas goodie bags. The gifts in the bags included jewelry, clothing, shoes, fragrances, makeup, Ninento games, books, bibles, health club certificates, and more.

Honeymoon:

Al and Star spent their honeymoon in Dubai at the "The Royal Mirage" and at the "Al Maha Desert Resort".

They also spent time in The Maldives.

Wedding Controversy:

Star and Al's wedding was controversial not only because it was lavish, but because she accepted not only wedding attire, but quite a few other wedding services and wedding supplies for free from businesses looking for publicity.
Star, about receiving the freebies: "I don't think I took the viewers on the right journey with me, and I want to apologize for that. I was a 40-year-old who, according to urban legend, had a better chance of being kidnapped by a terrorist than getting married. And I was caught in the euphoria. And I think I used, and some would say abused, my celebrity in planning the wedding."
Source: Reuters

Occupations:

Star: Co-host of television show The View for nine years, from which she was fired on June 28, 2006. She worked as a commentator, correspondent and chief legal analyst for Court TV, ABC and NBC. Author of two books. Prior to her television work, Star was a prosecutor and an assistant district attorney for New York.
Books:
You Have to Stand for Something, or You'll Fall for Anything
by Star Jones
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Shine ... A Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Journey to Finding Love
by Star Jones Reynolds
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Al: Banker.

Residence:

Star and Al live in a triplex penthouse in New York City. The penthouse, for sale at $2.25 million, has a sauna, roof terrace, and zebra-upholstered furniture. Photos

Star and Al also have a home in East Hampton, New York.

Pets:

A white fluffy dog, a Maltese named Pinky Michelle Reynolds.

Quotes About Love and Marriage:

Al and Star about their first meeting: Al--"I reached out for her arm and said: "You’re not going to just pass me by." Star--"I was floored. I stopped, looked into his eyes and I literally heard a bell ring ... just like my mother said it would. Al smiled at me and it was love at first sight.
Source: Star and Al - Our Story

Al about Star: "I fell in love with her because of what I like to call the three "S's" of Star... SPIRITUAL, SUPPORTIVE AND SEXY!"
Source: Star and Al - Bride and Groom

Star and Al about marriage: "We take marriage very seriously. We believe that marriage should be a blessed state of commitment, fidelity and love through God. Because of our love of Christ and our commitment to follow his teachings, we know that our marriage will have a sturdy foundation built upon the Word of God."
Source: Star and Al - Our Story

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