Vanessa Bryant Reveals Kobe Gifted Her Blue Dress and Shoes Inspired by the Movie ‘The Notebook’ during Her Emotional Memorial Speech

While the world gathered at the Staples Center on Monday to say their last goodbyes to Kobe and Gianna Bryant, his wife Vanessa, was the center of attention.

As Vanessa delivered her tribute to her husband, she shared how he always had a way of surprising her with overly romantic gifts and gestures.

As she spoke on, she gave an example of how Kobe had gifted her a prop from The Notebook, a 2004 romantic drama.

Kobe Bryant & Vanessa Bryant at the 90th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball on March 4, 2018 in California | Photo: Getty Images

Kobe Bryant & Vanessa Bryant at the 90th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball on March 4, 2018 in California | Photo: Getty Images

As seen in an Instagram post from February 2013, the light-blue gown is the same one worn by Rachel McAdams in the legendary scene where she embraced Ryan Gosling.

Vanessa  Bryant posted the picture in commemoration of Valentine's Day at the time. She captioned it,

"#ThrowbackThursday One of my favorite Valentine's day gifts from my husband was the blue dress, shoes and THE notebook from the Notebook Movie he gave me years ago."

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Merry Christmas 🙏🏾🎄🎁

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Kobe and his daughter Gianna died earlier this month in a helicopter crash, along with seven other passengers, as they made their way to a basketball game in Calabasas.

The death rocked the world, and commemorations have poured in all month. They all came to an emotional height at Monday's memorial service. Performances came from BeyonceChristina AguileraAlicia Keys, and more.

Vanessa Bryant's tribute to her late husband, Kobe, and daughter Gigi, evoked a rousing ovation.

Also, Michael JordanShaquille O'Neal, Jimmy Kimmel, and host of others delivered eulogies, reminiscing about the memories they had with both Kobe and Gianna, and how their deaths had affected them in some way or the other.

Vanessa, however, brought the house to its feet with her tribute. In her speech, she went much deeper than just describing how she felt over getting a romantic movie prop.

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️

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She spoke about her life with the late Kobe and Gianna, describing them as an inseparable pair who loved adventure as much as they were passionate about basketball. Speaking more about Kobe, she said,

"I couldn't see him as a celebrity, nor just an incredible basketball player...He was my sweet husband and the beautiful father of our children. He was my — he was my everything."

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Vanessa Bryant's tribute to her late husband, Kobe, and daughter Gigi, evoked a rousing ovation from the packed Staples Center.

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