Vanessa Bryant pays tribute to Kobe Bryant on 21st wedding anniversary after Easter celebration


Vanessa Bryant looked back fondly at her marriage to the late Kobe Bryant on Monday while still vacationing in the Caribbean with her famil.y.

The 39-year-old philanthropist shared a sweet throwback photo to her Instagram account on Monday featuring the basketball legend — who died in 2020 — to mark their 21st wedding anniversary.

The same day, she shared a bevy of sweet photos from her Easter celebrations on the island of Anguilla with daughters Natalia, 19, Bianka, five, and Capri, two.

Looking back with love: Vanessa Bryant, 39, paid tribute to her late husband Kobe Bryant on Monday with a sweet photo of the two commemorating their 21st wedding anniversary

Vanessa initially shared a photo of herself getting a ride on her late husband’s back as she wrapped her arms around his chest.

Kobe was dressed in a sporty gray T-shirt, and she wore a white top with black pants and a black baseball cap over her lustrous dark locks.

‘I love you forever, baby. Happy Anniversary @kobebryant #21 ❤️❤️,’ she wrote sweetly in her caption.

Her eldest daughter Natalia later reposted the same photo to her Instagram Stories, writing ‘happy anniversary’ and adding a large red heart while tagging both of her parents.

Intimate: Her daughter Natalia also reposted the photo. Vanessa and Kobe were married on April 18, 2001 in a private ceremony attended by only a handful of people

Intimate: Her daughter Natalia also reposted the photo. Vanessa and Kobe were married on April 18, 2001 in a private ceremony attended by only a handful of people

Tragedy: Kobe and his daughter Gianna were killed on January 26, 2020, after the helicopter they were flying in crashed in Calabasas, California

Tragedy: Kobe and his daughter Gianna were killed on January 26, 2020, after the helicopter they were flying in crashed in Calabasas, California

Last year, Vanessa shared a photo taken at her April 18, 2001 wedding ceremony to mark the occasion on social media.

She and Kobe met in late 1999 on the set of the rap group Tha Eastsidaz’s music video G’d Up.

Vanessa, who had been working as a backup dancer and a model, was finishing up her senior year of high school at the time. 

Six months after they were introduced, the couple were engaged, and they tied the knot at a small private ceremony in Dana Point, California, which was attended by only a small handful of guests. 

Vanessa lost her husband and her daughter Gianna on January 26, 2020, when a helicopter they were flying in crashed in Calabasas, California.

Family: Earlier on Monday, she shared some cute photos of the family, including one with all three of her daughters as they sat in unusual stone seats shaped like the bottom half of a face

Family: Earlier on Monday, she shared some cute photos of the family, including one with all three of her daughters as they sat in unusual stone seats shaped like the bottom half of a face

Sisters: Vanessa had Bianka in her lap, while little Capri sat with Natalia. The two youngest girls also beamed in a solo shot taken in the same face seats

Sisters: Vanessa had Bianka in her lap, while little Capri sat with Natalia. The two youngest girls also beamed in a solo shot taken in the same face seats 

'Easter kisses': Bianka looked adorable in another snap in which she kissed her mother on the lips on the beach

‘Easter kisses’: Bianka looked adorable in another snap in which she kissed her mother on the lips on the beach

Vanessa was focused on family amid her anniversary, as she was vacationing in the Caribbean with her three daughters.

Earlier on Monday, she shared some cute photos of the family, including one with all three of her daughters as they sat in unusual stone seats shaped like the bottom half of a face.

She showed off a winning smile while wearing a pink floral-print dress and large black sunglasses, while Natalia sat across from her and wore a pleated white-and-brown floral-print dress.

Vanessa had Bianka in her lap, while little Capri sat with Natalia. The two youngest girls also beamed in a solo shot taken in the same face seats.

Bianka looked adorable in another snap in which she kissed her mother on the lips on the beach.

‘Easter kisses,’ Vanessa captioned the picture. 

Special guest: The littlest ones looked overjoyed in another photo showing them meeting the Easter bunny amid their breakfast of fresh fruit and orange juice

Special guest: The littlest ones looked overjoyed in another photo showing them meeting the Easter bunny amid their breakfast of fresh fruit and orange juice

Sunday best: They showed off their pink and pale lavender dress with voluminous skirts at the beach as they placed their easter baskets decorated with pink tulle on the sand

Sunday best: They showed off their pink and pale lavender dress with voluminous skirts at the beach as they placed their easter baskets decorated with pink tulle on the sand

Pool time: The sisters were ready to cool down later as they grabbed some flotation noodles while relaxing at the pool

Pool time: The sisters were ready to cool down later as they grabbed some flotation noodles while relaxing at the pool

The littlest ones looked overjoyed in another photo showing them meeting the Easter bunny amid their breakfast of fresh fruit and orange juice.

They showed off their pink and pale lavender dress with voluminous skirts at the beach as they placed their easter baskets decorated with pink tulle on the sand.

The sisters were ready to cool down later as they grabbed some flotation noodles while relaxing at the pool.

Even though they were out of the country on vacation, they still managed to do some fun Easter activities, including decorating a variety of eggs.

Vanessa included some closeup snaps of their colorful handiwork, which included some eggs decorated with hypnotizing swirls. 

She also snapped a photo of some freshly cut coconuts decorated with vibrant red and yellow flowers that looked as if they were ready to drink. 

Easter activities: Even though they were out of the country on vacation, they still managed to do some fun Easter activities, including decorating a variety of eggs

Easter activities: Even though they were out of the country on vacation, they still managed to do some fun Easter activities, including decorating a variety of eggs

Colorful: Vanessa included some closeup snaps of their handiwork, which included some eggs decorated with hypnotizing swirls

Colorful: Vanessa included some closeup snaps of their handiwork, which included some eggs decorated with hypnotizing swirls

Yum! She also snapped a photo of some freshly cut coconuts decorated with vibrant red and yellow flowers that looked as if they were ready to drink

Yum! She also snapped a photo of some freshly cut coconuts decorated with vibrant red and yellow flowers that looked as if they were ready to drink

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