The date 11-11-11 was a special day for David Foster and his lovely bride, Yolanda Hadid.
On this auspicious day, the 16-time Grammy-winning producer-songwriter married the former Ford model in an intimate ceremony held in Beverly Hills, California.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) learned the details of the wedding from Grace Mendoza, Philippine manager of international singing sensation Charice.
The 19-year-old singer was supposed to attend and even perform at the wedding reception but she was still mourning the death of her slain father, Ricky Pempengco.
Charice’s father was stabbed to death last October 31 and was laid to rest in Laguna last November 5.
After weeks of mourning, Charice is ready to work again, starting with her November 19 concert in San Francisco.
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Charice is also slated to return to the Philippines for her December 2 concert at the Newport Theater of Resorts World Manila.
THE HITMAKER AND THE BRIDE. David has been married and divorced three times.
He has five daughters who were all present during their 11-11-11 wedding date.
Meanwhile, Yolanda is a mother of three and the former wife of real-estate developer Mohamed Hadid.
David and Yolanda met four years ago and became engaged in January 2011.
Their wedding took place at the Beverly Hills estate of business mogul Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl.
A 40-piece orchestra played while David walked down the aisle along with his five daughters Jordan, Erin, Sara, Amy, and Allison Foster.
They were escorted by two uniformed Royal Mounted Canadian police.
Yolanda wore a "blush colored" beaded gown by international Filipino fashion designer Monique Lhuillier.
She was accompanied by her 12-year-old son Anward Hadid as she walked down a "Cathedral length runway lined on both sides by thousands of candles."
Yolanda’s daughters, Gigi and Bella, served as bridesmaids during the ceremony.
David’s protégé, Jackie Evancho of America’s Got Talent fame, performed "Pie Jesu" at the start of the event.
As a fitting finale, Andrea Bocelli performed David’s own composition, "The Prayer."
David reportedly became emotional as he told Yolanda after the ceremony: "You aren’t the first woman I’ve ever loved—that distinction goes to my mother—but you will for sure be the last woman I ever love."
A 50-piece gospel choir was also tapped to provide music, including the hit Beatles’ song, "All You Need Is Love."
Guests learned more about the couple when Saban, the Best Man, and Matron of Honor Danica Perez, read aloud love letters written by David and Yolanda to each other during their courtship in 2006.
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck prepared a five-course dinner served on custom-made mirrored tables decorated with hundreds of candles.
The bride and groom had their first dance as a couple while Eric Benét sang "The Last Time I Fall in Love."
During the reception, guests were serenaded by Michael Bublé, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, Peter Cetera, Baby Face, Kenny G, The Canadian Tenors, and Neil Sedaka.
David also took the opportunity to perform on a piano himself and coaxed Avril Lavigne and Kate Hudson to do back up vocals for the song "Change the World."
The source recalls that at "exactly 11:11 p.m., the Fosters cut their five-foot-tall pearl wedding cake wrapped in music notes."
CELEBRITY GUESTS. The event was attended by famous personalities from the world of entertainment and the recording scene.
They include Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Heidi Klum, Dr. Phil and Robin, Lara Fabian, and Diane Warren.
Former Canadian Prime Minister Mr. and Mrs. Brian Mulroney also graced the occasion as did boxer Muhammad Ali and former professional ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky.
Other guests present during the 11-11-11 affair were John Corbett, Bo Derek, Rob Lowe, Suzanne Sommers, Steve Wynn, James Brolin, Gayle King, Chris Botti, Carol Bayer Sager, Brian Grazer, Sandy Gallin, and Larry Ellison.