Less than a month after getting engaged on New Year's Eve — and ringing in 2016 with some stunning new engagement ring bling — former Cosby Show star Keisha Knight Pulliam is already a married woman! The actress is officially wed to her NFL beau Ed Hartwell. A wedding in three weeks? We think that's a record-breaker!
The new wife, who played Bill Cosby's daughter Rudy Huxtable on the iconic '80s series, took to Instagram to make the surprise announcement, E! News reports, using a photo of the newlyweds kissing during their nuptials with the caption, "The most AMAZING day of our life!!! New "Kandidly Keshia" available on play.it/Keshia. Listen as we share our magical wedding day. #IAmOfficiallyMrsHartwell"
The actress used her podcast "Kandidly Keshia" Friday to gush about her wedding at their Georgia home. "It was my dream," she 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."
As for the décor and ambience, she noted, "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."
This is the first marriage for Pulliam, 36, and the second for Hartwell, 37, who was previously married to Real Housewife of Atlanta Lisa Wu and had previously appeared on the show in 2008, four years before their split.
In addition to spilling all the deets on her wedding on her podcast, the new bride also revealed when she realized Hartwell was the one she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. "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."
She continued, "I was a little more reserved, a little more quiet but still myself [with this relationship]. I allowed him to show me who he was through his actions. 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."