Yolanda Foster shares throwback snaps from her 2011 wedding to David Foster | Daily Mail Online

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By ALEXA RAE JOHNSON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 01:10 GMT, 12 November 2014 | UPDATED: 09:49 GMT, 12 November 2014

Three years ago Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster had a wedding fit for a queen.
And on Tuesday the wife of hit songwriter and music producer David Foster shared numerous photos to Instagram from what she calls ‘the most romantic day in my life’.
In the snaps, the former model is seen wearing a strapless beaded Monique Lhuillier wedding gown, and asks her followers to ‘please join me on a little journey today as I view some of the most memorable moments with my love @officialdfoster #OurAnniversary #RomanceAtItsBest’.

The couple’s ceremony began, set to music by a 40-piece orchestra, with British Columbia-born David being escorted down the aisle by two uniformed Royal Mounted Canadian Police and his five daughters from his various three previous marriages
Yolanda revealed, ‘I designed a ceremony with 120 of our closest friends and family gathered in a circle around us #MostRomanticDayInMyLife’.
His 50-year-old bride walked down the aisle with her then 12-year-old son Anwar and her two daughters Gigi and Bella Hadid acting as bridesmaids.
She said of being escorted by her son, ‘I know my daddy was looking down from Heaven, knowing I was in the best hands walking down the isle with my most precious man’.
Alongside a picture from the ceremony Yolanda shared a sentiment about husband David: ‘Nothing more meaningful & precious then my Love’s own written vows #MusicToMyEars’.

Speaking of music, performances during the ceremony included a breathtaking version of Pie Jesu by 11-year-old opera singer Jackie Evancho, a 50-member gospel choir who sang The Beatles’ All You Need Is Love, and finally David’s song The Prayer, which was performed by legendary Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
One of Yolanda’s anniversary-themed posts on Tuesday read: ‘After 5 years of dating and a life time full of practice we finally were pronounced Mr & Mrs David Foster on 11-11-2011 #Blessed’.
The ceremony was followed by a reception, where guests were treated to a five-course meal created by Chef Wolfgang Puck.

Of the tented candlelit space, Yolanda wrote: ‘I choose a grey palette for the interior with a pop of pink from my favorite flower the Peony’.
During dinner, reception performers – including Eric Benet, Michael Buble, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, Peter Cetera, Baby Face, Kenny G, The Canadian Tenors and Neil Sedaka – kept guests entertained.
At one point David got up to perform Change The World with singer Avril Lavigne and actress Kate Hudson acting as back-up vocalists.

At 11:11 the newlyweds cut the first slice of their five-foot-high wedding cake, which was intricately decorated with music notes.
Yolanda gushed of the elaborate confection, ”Needs no explanation #11-11-11 #DarkChocolate’.
If the cake wasn’t enough for the wedding’s attendees, a dessert station was set up with various other options, framed by enlarged black and white photos of the couple’s parents.
‘Both our parents on their wedding day #WithUsInSpirit #OurSpecialDay’, Yolanda wrote with the matching snap.
The sixteen-time Grammy award winner’s fourth wife Yolanda can be seen on The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills fifth season premiere airing November 18.

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Caritas Gala honored David and Yoland Foster – Los Angeles Calendar

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The Irene Dunne Guild and Saint John’s Health Center Foundation co-hosted the 2014 Caritas Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Event honored David and Yolanda Foster with the “Caritas Award” and Tonian Hohberg, president and founder of FIDM, with the “Spirit of Saint John’s Award.” Evening featured a special performance by David Foster; Guild member Evelyn Guerboian, chairs.

Source: Caritas Gala honoring David and Yoland Foster and Tonian Hohberg – Los Angeles Calendar | Guest of a Guest.

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David Foster Theatre officially opens

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By Kyle Wells – Victoria News
Published: May 07, 2013 12:00 PM
Updated: May 07, 2013 12:11 PM

Amid a camera flash-heavy atmosphere, composer David Foster watched as a rope was pulled in the lobby of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel on Friday to reveal a tribute wall dedicated to the man and his successes.

An acclaimed music producer and philanthropist, the Victoria-raised Foster was at the hotel to officially open the David Foster Foundation Theatre and celebrate the partnership between the hotel and the foundation.

This was Foster’s first trip to the hotel since its opening last year. With his wife Yolanda Hadid at his side, Foster shook hands with familiar faces and congratulated owners Shawna and Kevin Walker on their work.

“It’s so rare to find two people that are as committed as the two of you are to everything we do,” said Foster. “I don’t think we can underplay the importance of what the two of you mean to this community and to our foundation.”

The tribute wall features an autographed photo of Foster, along with framed showcases of three eras of his career. There is also a multimedia touchscreen on which guests can bring up video clips of Foster and the music he has helped create over the years, along with information about the foundation.

“How do we pay tribute to a man who has done so much?” foundation CEO Mike Ravenhill asked. “Not only in the music industry, but as a humanitarian, a philanthropist.”

Foster poked a little fun at himself about the display.

“You see on there Alice Cooper, St. Elmo’s Fire the movie, Dionne Warwick, my solo albums – which were kind of pathetic and nobody bought them,” he joked.

“I did,” came a voice from the crowd.

“You’re the one that bought them? Because I saw that statement: one sale,” Foster laughed.

“I’m not going to get maudlin about this or go on and on, but it does make you reflect.”

The David Foster Foundation raises money to support the families of children who are receiving organ transplants. The money allows families to temporarily live near the hospital while their child is being treated, without having to worry about the financial stress.

A portion of the profit from every ticket sold to events at the David Foster Foundation Theatre goes toward the foundation.

About 800 families have benefitted from the foundation. Nearly $300,000 has been raised so far at the hotel for the cause.

“When you can find a partner that actually speaks, talks, eats and breaths our foundation, it’s amazing,” Ravenhill said. “We can’t do it without the great support of the community and of corporate sponsors and partners, such as the Walkers and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.”

An intimate evening with David Foster

An intimate evening with David Foster
MICHAEL D. REID / TIMES COLONIST
MAY 6, 2013

Piers Morgan wasn’t at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel Saturday night, but you could say he was there in spirit, says David Foster.

The colourful British CNN talk show host’s reputation as a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants personality inadvertently inspired Foster to be able to pull off his impromptu David Foster Foundation fundraiser, his Victoria-born friend said.

“I just thought of Piers and how impressed I am with how he can do those interviews on the fly,” said Foster, whose ritzy black-tie dinner and concert that also opened the David Foster Foundation Theatre brought to $284,000 the amount raised for the foundation by the hotel since its $52-million makeover.

Owners Kevin and Shawna Walker have pledged $2 million over 10 years.

The Grammy Award-winning musician hastily enlisted Fernando Varela, the Puerto Rican tenor he discovered on YouTube; classical crossover sensation William Joseph; and Los Angeles singer and longtime collaborator Nita Whitaker for the loosest concert yet in the 26-year history of the foundation that assists families with children who need organ transplants.

The anything-goes “intimate evening” was full of surprises as Foster, 63, breezed along on a wing and The Prayer, his pop-opera hit sung by Whitaker and Varela, whose high notes almost shattered wine glasses.

After Foster predicted he had Pavarotti potential, Varela thanked him for his support.

“Yeah, five years from now when I call him it’ll be like, ‘How’d you get this number?’ ” Foster joked.

Georgia Murray, the Victoria-based singer there with father Craig, owner of Nimmo Bay Resort, was cajoled onstage to deliver an impassioned take on Summertime.

“You’re a lot hotter than your brother,” Foster quipped, referring to The Tenors’ Clifton Murray.

“And he wears more makeup than me!” she replied.

Offstage, Murray recalled Kevin Walker gave her her first job when she was 18, singing on the hotel’s dinner cruises.

She also recalled her childhood at Nimmo Bay, where dad played guitar and she and Clifton sang for guests, adding with a laugh: “I learned The Little Mermaid when I was five and, unannounced to my parents, I sang it for the guests.”

Guest services attendant Daniela Jackson got her 15 minutes of fame, wowing guests with Bonnie Raitt’s Something to Talk About. Walker has been singing her praises since hearing Jackson sing Happy Birthday to guests.

Kathleen Burton, Victoria Hospice director of development, also got an ovation after singing Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.

Other highlights included Whitaker’s soaring versions of It’s Got to Be Real and I Will Always Love You; Varela’s rendition of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma; and Phoenix-based Joseph’s wizardry on the grand piano starting with Led Zeppelin’s Cashmere.

“The best way to describe my music is that it sounds like soundtracks to films that haven’t been written,” said the genial musician who has performed here four times since Foster discovered him 10 years ago.

This visit was more relaxing than his last, he said.

“We drove to the wrong side of the Island the day of the show, three hours in the wrong direction,” he recalled.

Foster was relaxed and self-deprecating, even acknowledging his blunders.

“If you do that song, it’ll ruin your career,” he said, recalling his reaction when Celine Dion said she wanted to do My Heart Will Go On.

“I hated that song then, and I still hate that song,” deadpanned Foster, whose musical flashback included passages from Chicago’s Hard to Say I’m Sorry and You’re the Inspiration; the Earth Wind and Fire hit After the Love Is Gone; and Wildflower, the 1970s Skylark hit he wrote with David Richardson, the retired Saanich cop who used his proceeds to feed the homeless in Israel.

Foster also elicited laughter recalling his years playing at the old Century Inn and Red Lion.

“I couldn’t play in the bar because I was only 16, so they cut a hole in the wall and I played on a platform beside the bar on the restaurant side.”

Foster didn’t even mind being overshadowed by his wife Yolanda Foster, one of the stars of the reality TV show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

“I’m just a girl from Holland,” she said, smiling. “I’m not really from Beverly Hills. I just try to fit in.”

mreid@timescolonist.com

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