Congratulations to one of our favorite couples! Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade wed on Saturday at 6:30pm in an ultra private ceremony at Chateu Artisian in Miami, Fl. The wedding was estimated to cost nearly $5 million dollars and Miss Union-Wade was worth every penny! Guest included Kevin Hart, Chris Bosh, Terrence J, Ludacris, Essence Atkins and many more, not yet revealed. (Get all of the alleged details below!)
E! News obtained the sketch that gives the first full look at what the bride wore. The strapless ball gown style dress was completed with an oversized bow along the back waistline to accent the backless cut. Lovely.
32-Year-Old Miami Heat baller Dwyane Wade and 41-year-old “Being Mary Jane” & Think Like A Man Too star wed at Miami’s “Chateau Artisan” castle Saturday evening. And from the looks of things, it was a royal affair — complete with a moat to keep all random passersby away and 18,000 square feet of fabulousness.
The night before the ceremony, the Wade’s had their rehearsal dinner at Prime 112. About 100 of their friends and family members joined them for dinner and libations. Including Gabby’s Best friend, Essence Atkins, who officiated the wedding.
On Saturday evening, after signing a confidentiality agreement, guest who were asked to wear white and black evening wear, were told to meet at the Fountianbleu Hotel and give up their cell phones. They were then shuttled to the ultra private Chateau Artisian. Once they arrived, the ladies were given flip flops to help them navigate over the grass (where the ceremony was held). Essence Atkins officiated the ceremony and then guest were lead into a tent set up like a juke joint. Mr. and Mrs. Wade sat on a throne as food was lowered from the ceiling. Dancing and drinking began as guest were catered to with late night snacks (after dinner) including waffles and cupcakes. There was no shortage of alcohol and there was even stations themed after a few of Wade’s besties.
According to GossipExtra:
The bride and groom are scheduled to be flown down from Wade’s house on North Bay Road in Miami Beach by helicopter about two hours later, right on time for the 6:30 p.m. ceremony.
The exchange of vows will be performed on one of three islands on the property:
– The chairs for the well-wishers are “ghost chairs,” transparent so as not to detract from the castle in the background
– Each chair will have a set of opera glasses for more comfortable watching
– The ceremony will be officiated by actress Essence Atkins, Union’s bestest BFF
– Guests will be provided with flip-flops and shoe covers to navigate the grass
At dinner, in a giant tent with a large chandelier in the middle:
– Four 72-inch TVs throughout the tent
– There are 18 tables of 10 to 12 people, 200 napkins with the lovebirds’ initials on them
– The chairs are custom-made and covered with black crocodile skin
– The special chairs for bride and groom look like thrones
– There’ll be a candles ceremony during dinner. The guests will be given a candle to light and will wish the newlyweds well. A choir will emerge and gather a group of guests in front of the house and walk down the driveway then pick up the group emerging from the dining tent.
Together, they all will enter a movie set-style juke joint as the choir will perform a last song on the main stage.
By the way, the main stage is 16 feet by 24 feet and will be covered in burlap and shielded with aged velvet curtains — with fringe. The front edge is lined with wooden fruit crates to create a stage skirt. The stage will have stained wood on the platform base and the sides will also be clad in wood. They will resemble large porches with lanterns and sconces. Aged pallet-style corrugated metal walls will be installed behind the two entrances on the stage.
Beside the stage, the juke joint also has themed bars, like the Battier Bar as in Shane Battier and a moonshine bar. Outside, there’s a specialty drink bar in a shack named The Voodoo Backwoods Shack.
Some signs that decorate the juke joint area: Bar Melo, as in Carmelo Anthony; Bosh’s Brewery for Chris Bosh and Ray’s Retirement Home after Ray Allen.
Another sign: Cleveland, this Way! Of course, that refers to LeBron’s return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
For the late snacks, the juke joint will be set up with buffet with market style booths for waffles, cupcakes and cookies.
The food will be on a long wood palette suspended from the ceiling. When the time comes to serve, the palettes will lowered by electrical engines.
We’ll keep you posted as more information emerges! Congratulations!