October 18, 1993 12:00 PM

HE MAY BE A CONTROVERSIAL, CUTTING-EDGE filmmaker, but as a bridegroom, Spike Lee believes in breaking out the etiquette books and doing the right thing. The parchment program given to guests at the director’s Oct. 2 wedding elegantly proclaimed the union of Tonya Linnette Lewis—a 32-year-old, New York City attorney—and Shelter! Jackson “Spike” Lee. When the 36-year-old groom arrived at Manhattan’s Riverside Church for the 7 p.m. ceremony, he was wearing a dark tuxedo, while the bride wore a while, scoop-neck gown. Even his original come-on line to Lewis was a classic. “Have a minute?” Lee asked last year, when he encountered her on an escalator at a Congressional Black Caucus conference in Washington. “Little did Spike know,” said the Rev. John Wilson, who co-officiated the traditional ceremony, “that she had a lifetime.”

Lewis may need almost that long to write thank-you notes. The nuptials attracted nearly 300 guests, including Bill Cosby, Denzel Washington and Lee’s fellow director John Singleton. “It was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever been to,” said sports analyst Ahmad Rashad, who with his wife, Phylicia, attended the reception held at the city’s American Museum of Natural History. “It made me want to get married all over again.”

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