Though the security and secrecy surrounding Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union's wedding was tight, it turns out the pair got married at a moat-surrounded castle in the Redland.
Yet despite the signed confidentiality agreements, key details about #TheWadeUnion still leaked.
The NBA superstar and his Hollywood actress bride got hitched at Chateau Artisan in the Redland.
It's a home built to resemble a castle (and is on the market for a cool $10.9 million), with its most noticeable feature being that it sits in the middle of a manmade lake.
The location was kept a secret to guests. Shuttles picked up attendees at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach and took them on a 50-minute ride down to rural South Miami-Dade. Guests who wished to drive themselves were asked to call a special number for directions just a few hours before the 6:30 p.m. wedding began. Wade and Union, however, arrived via helicopter.
According to the New York Daily News, Union wore a gown by designer Dennis Blasso, while Wade wore a tuxedo from DSquared2, with a bowtie from his own collection.
According to Gossip Extra, the couple spent about $5 million on the affair. To maintain secrecy during the planning phase, documents referred to the wedding as Sheik Noinu Edaw -- "Wade Union" spelled backward.
Yes, LeBron James reportedly attended. Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Carmello Anthony, and comedian Kevin Hart were also on hand.
John Legend was there to serenade the couple.
Essence Atkins, a Union pal and actress best known for starring in the TV shows Half & Half and Smart Guy, officiated the wedding.
The theme for the wedding was black and white.
Guests sat in Philippe Starck-designed transparent ghost chairs during the ceremony and then sat in custom-made chairs covered in black crocodile during dinner. Meanwhile, the couple sat in chairs that resembled thrones.
The theme of the reception was "juke joint," and there were even live chickens in crates behind one bar. Custom signs in the reception tent read, "Battier Bar," "Bosh's Brewery," "Ray's Retirement Home," and most notably "Cleveland, This Way."
Union's own Vanilla Puddin' Chardonnay was served as the official white wine of the ceremony, naturally.
All of these details leaked despite the fact that guests were instructed not to bring phones or cameras and asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.
However, noticeably no pictures have leaked. We can only expect to see them in a magazine sometime soon.
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