During a recent appearance on the Black Love docuseries, the couple revealed that their decision to tie the knot was partially influenced by Tina’s granddaughter Blue Ivy Carter.
Opening up about what initially sparked discussions of marriage, Lawson explained, “My daughter gave me, for my sixtieth birthday, this boat trip, and we went on that boat trip and all of the other people on the boat trip were married, except us. I think that kind of influenced us a little bit because it was great. We called it the love boat and we just kind of rekindled relationships. So we were in that romantic space.”
She went on to credit her granddaughter for helping solidify their decision to marry. “And then, after that, I went on boat with Beyoncé and Jay and Blue and one night we came down and Blue said, ‘Oh y’all look beautiful. When are y’all getting married?’ I think she was about 3. Not that that made us do it but it made us start laughing about it and thinking about it.”
As if we couldn’t get enough of their candid discussion, Richard Lawson shared the traditional methods he took before popping the question. “I called her children and I asked for her hand in marriage from them. I thought that that was important because I knew without that, based upon the fact that Tina lives for her children, it didn’t stand a chance, unless they were on board. And I was fortunate enough that they were completely on board and they were just over the top excited about it.”
Tina and Richard Lawson tied the knot aboard a yacht in Newport Beach, California on April 12, 2015.