Keshia Knight Pulliam rang in the New Year by getting engaged to former NFL star Ed Hartwell, now the former child star has announced that the two have officially tied the knot. She took to Instagram to make the surprise announcement, using a photo of them kissing during their nuptials.
“The most AMAZING day of our life!!!,” she captioned the photo. #IAmOfficiallyMrsHartwell,” she added.
This is Pulliam’s first marriage, and she shared details about her “dream” wedding during her podcast Kandidly Keshia on Friday, E! Online reports.
“It was my dream,” Keshia said. “We did it literally in our living room in our home. We come from large family. I’m one of four, Ed is one of six. We invited people. They had no clue they were coming to a wedding. They thought they were coming to a New Year’s party.”
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Every blushing bride loves to brag about her wedding, so naturally Keshia explained how the floral arrangements were the most important detail.
“I love flowers. For me that was my biggest thing. I just want to be surrounded by flowers. That’s something I do in our household regularly. We always have fresh flowers in the house. There’s something about it. That’s so inviting, so warm, so welcoming. It’s kind of like a show of love,” she said.
Pulliam’s beau played college football at Western Illinois and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2001. Hartwell also played for the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, and Las Vegas Locomotives. He made appearances on seasons 1 and 2 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, when he was married to cast member Lisa Wu. They divorced in 2012 and have one son together.
Keshia is best known for her role as Rudy Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–92). She also played reformed con artist Miranda Lucas-Payne on the TBS comedy-drama Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (2007–12). The role earned her the 2009 and 2010 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Late last year, Keshia briefly addressed Bill Cosby’s sex scandal, and while she called her experience working on The Cosby Show “amazing,” she did refer to her former TV dad’s fall from grace as “an unfortunate situation.”
“Happy to spend not only my new year but my life with this guy!!! #BlessedBeyondMeasure,” the 36-year-old captioned her Instagram early this month when she announced her engagement. During her podcast, she also shared what many have been wondering, how exactly did she and Ed meet?
“I had known Ed in passing for years. We never really connected in that way. He was married previously, I was dating someone else…He was so not on my radar. He came actually and helped with my nonprofit and that’s what opened the door. I tried my best not to like him.”
Pulliam admitted that she’s “a little more reserved, a little more quiet,” than her man, and she also talked about the magical moment she knew Hatrwell was the one she wanted to spend the rest of her life with.
“There were so many times he would say things verbatim what I prayed for. He would speak and his priorities and the things he valued were completely in alignment with who I am…and that’s when I knew it was real,” she said.
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ABC News reports that ordained minister Raymond Coleman officiated the ceremony, and he also shared his thoughts on the nuptials during Keshia’s podcast.
“It was one of the most beautiful ceremonies that I had the opportunity to officiate,” Coleman said. “And I mean that in terms of the energy that was emitted. There was so much love in that room that it was phenomenal.”
Keshia Knight Pulliam says she’s not worried about the criticism she may receive on social media for marrying so quickly because “Everyone does not live every moment of their life on social media.”
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