Amar’e Stoudemire wed his “best friend” Alexis Welch yesterday in a private ceremony on the rooftop (on an extra cold NYC night) of the couples’ Meatpacking District apartment in NYC. And even though Amar’e’s currently on the injured list, he’ll be making a big comeback–as a married man–at the Knicks’ big Christmas Day game against the Lakers.
The intimate affair was witnessed by the couples three children Amar’e Jr., Ar’e and Assata (shown atop) and sevenfamily members. And instead of a traditional wedding dress, Alexis wore a custom designed garment while their kids also donned custom attire as well. Meanwhile, Amar’e wore a Calvin Klein tux under his draped attire.
Alexis’ stunning engagement ring was designed by Shayan Afshar and Harry Glinberg created her wedding band. Amar’e wears an Afshar wedding band (shown above).
Following the nuptials, the wedding party made a stop at the 12.12.12. Concert at MSG (we told you previously about their home and cars sustaining hurricane damage) and also a trip to STK for the reception. His NBA rep tells us Amar’e was quoted saying, “I feel blessed.”
And if you’re wondering why such a high profile couple would have such a small seemingly impromptu wedding, a source told the NY Post, “Less than seven other people were there, no Knicks teammates. It was just about them. They are planning a big bash next year for friends and family to have a great time.”
The couple, who got engaged last June at their Le Meurice Hotel Belle Etoile Royal Suite overlooking the Eiffel Tower, say they chose 12.12.12. to get married for spiritual reasons. Amar’e shared a special photo of their wedding ringssaying “12.12.12 now has a special & spiritual meaning for us.”
Congrats to the newlyweds!