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Brian McKnight and Leilani Maria Mendoza Are Married!

View photos from the New Year's Eve wedding and listen to a playlist of his music.

Brian McKnight and Leilani Maria Mendoza Are Married!

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Photo courtesy of Brian McKnight's Instagram; Venue: Oheka Castle

A New Year’s wedding was a dream come true for singer Brian McKnight and his bride Leilani Maria Mendoza. The couple tied the knot in an opulent ceremony at the famed Oheka Castle in Upstate New York. The bride wore a jaw-dropping gown embellished with 50,000 Swarovski crystals. Strategic appliqués were the only coverage on the sheer dress with fan detailing throughout the skirt and train. 

brian mcknight and leilani maria mendoza wedding at oheka castle
Photo courtesy of Brian McKnight's Instagram; Venue: Oheka Castle

Just as he posted wedding photos (and some video clips) on his Instagram, the R&B crooner shared news of his engagement to Leilani on the social media site back in May. Brian posted a sweet black-and-white close-up of the pair smiling, with a good view of the bride’s cushion-cut halo engagement ring. 

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Photo courtesy of Brian McKnight's Instagram

No word on if the groom serenaded his sweetheart at the reception, though couples have been swaying to Brian McKnight tunes since the early ‘90s. Some lucky couples have even been able to book the singer at their own nuptials, such as this pair featured in our Winter 2015 issue. 

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Photo by Joe Latter Photographer

If you’re still looking for the perfect song for your first dance, listen to the playlist below with 10 romantic options sung by Brian McKnight. 

See featured weddings held at Oheka Castle and learn more about other recent celebrity nuptials.