Three celebrity weddings took place this weekend as noted by the Washington Post on Sept. 1. Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, and Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg all chose the Labor Day weekend to tie the knot. Highlights of all three weddings are below.
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
Gabrielle and Dwyane had the most lavish of the three weekend weddings, with a price tag of $5 million. The wedding was held at the Chateau Artisan, a castle in a remote area of Florida which even has its own moat. Wedding guests were sworn to secrecy and had to sign confidentiality agreements. Cell phones and cameras were not allowed.
People magazine reports on Sept. 1 that Gabrielle wore two different wedding gown. Both were designed by Dennis Basso. Dwyane wore three very distinctive DSquared2 looks custom-designed by Dean and Dan Caten – a tux for the wedding, a dinner jacket look for the reception, and a more casual look for the afterparty. The guests at this highly fashion-oriented wedding had to adhere to a strict dress code, with the men dressed in black tuxedos and the women clad in white.
This is a second marriage for both Wade and Gabrielle. Wade has two sons from a previous marriage.
Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross
Evan and Ashlee were married at the Connecticut estate of the groom’s famous mother, Dianna Ross. According to Us Weekly on Aug. 31, Ashlee wore a pearl-embellished long sleeved wedding dress with $750,000 worth of jewelry from Neil Lane. The groom wore a black velvet tux with white silk trim. The couple’s wedding had a Bohemian theme. In addition to planning the wedding, Diana Ross also officiated, and sang at the wedding of her son.
Jessica Simpson served as her sister’s matron of honor. Her children Maxwell and Ace served as flower girl and ring bearer for the couple. Ashlee’s 5-year-old son, Bronx walked her down the aisle. This was Ashlee’s second marriage, and Evan’s first.
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg
Jenny and Donnie were married in the ballroom of the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois, which also happens to be where they first met. Jenny wore a strapless white gown with a sheer white veil. Jenny and Donnie probably had the most low key wedding of the three.
According to X17.com on Sept. 1, the intimate ceremony was only 20 minutes long and was attended by family members and close friends. It was a second marriage for both. Donnie has two son ages 21 and 13 from a previous marriage. Jenny has a 12-year-old son. The couple began dating last year.
Mark Wahlberg did not attend his brother’s wedding because of his 11-year-old daughter’s birthday. But he sent his brother a special congratulatory video clip.