Hollywood Producer Will Packer Marries Heather Hayslett; Pastor Charles Jenkins Officiates Ceremony

PHOTO CREDIT: SUZANNE DELAWAR STUDIOS
PHOTO CREDIT: SUZANNE DELAWAR STUDIOS

Lights. Camera. True love!


Hollywood producer Will Packer has married his longtime love Heather Hayslett in an intimate, backyard surprise ceremony at their new home outside of Atlanta.

It is only fitting that one of Hollywood’s biggest producers would tie the knot in a fashion reminiscent of a classic romantic movie moment, and Packer and his lovely new bride pulled off a surprise affair to remember.

It was actually Hayslett’s dream to wed in an intimate affair, while busy producer Packer, who is equally known for his lavish parties and A-list guest lists, had been holding off to find time to plan a much larger wedding celebration. After purchasing their brand new home in Sandy Springs, Georgia, the couple planned a large housewarming party to celebrate. That’s when the surprise wedding idea was born.

On Friday night, around 50 of the couple’s closest family and friends arrived for what they thought would be an intimate dinner on the eve of the couple’s housewarming party to kick off Saturday’s festivities.

Upon arrival, guests were given a brief tour of the home and served champagne and wine before being asked to take their seats at beautifully decorated café tables in the couple’s backyard.

Everyone made a grand entrance for the occasion. The groom and his oldest son, who was his best man, along with the bride’s son walked down the aisle together to a mash-up of the epic score of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Rich Homie Quan’s “Flex, Ohh, Ohh, Ohh” (dance moves included!) and the bride’s sister, who served as her matron of honor, and Packer’s two daughters made their way down the aisle to Janelle Monae and Miguel’s duet “Primetime.”

“They came down like runway models,” says Packer. “So much swag!”

Packer’s childhood friend Pastor Charles Jenkins of Chicago officiated the ceremony. For the bride’s big march down the aisle, the couple’s longtime friend singer Anthony Hamilton serenaded the couple with a rendition of Teddy Pendergrass’ “You’re My Latest, Greatest Inspiration.” (Swoon!)

“When I saw her at the end of that aisle I just lost it,” says Packer. “That whole backyard was crying.” In lieu of writing their own vows in advance the Packers chose to speak from the heart at the altar. “Between Heather’s entrance and the vows it was insane. It was very, very emotional,” adds the groom.

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