Congrats to the beautiful Couple!
hat’s amore for Amar’e — he’s a married man.
Power forward Amar’e Stoudemire of the Knicks tied the knot with longtime partner Alexis Welch in a secret ceremony at sunset on Wednesday, Confidenti@l learned only hours later.
Stoudemire and Welch, who have three children together, married on the
roof deck of their apartment on Jane St., the same one that was flooded
during Hurricane Sandy.
The intimate ceremony was attended by a mere 12 guests, signifying the special date they tied the knot: 12/12/12.
“They decided to do this because of the date, and they wanted to do
something spiritual and private for themselves,” says one insider, who
adds that the couple plan on throwing a bigger wedding this summer which
Stoudemire’s teammates, who were not aware he was getting married, will
be invited to.
The couple kept their plans under lock and key, playing coy about the details.
A second insider says the strict guest list included mostly family,
including their three children, who participated in the wedding, which
included “a beautiful Jewish chupah.” Stoudemire, who is coming back
from an injury and hasn’t played yet this year, has expressed his
interest in the Jewish faith, although the wedding was more “spiritual”
“It was so pretty and intimate,” adds the source.
Welch, clad in a long, slim-fitting, custom-made wedding dress with no
train, “looked beautiful.” Amar’e wore a Calvin Klein suit, and his
wedding ring was designed by Shayan Afshar.
The newly married couple could barely wait to share their good news
with the world: Welch changed her Instagram name to AlexisAStoudemire
immediately after the wedding, before the athlete could even tweet the
“He wanted to tweet a picture out first, but Alexis couldn’t wait,” laughs a source.
“12.12.12 now has a special & spiritual meaning to us ...”
Stoudemire shared on the social media site, along with a pic of the
pair’s rings (below l.).
The couple immediately jetted to the “12-12-12” concert at Madison
Square Garden, benefitting victims of Hurricane Sandy, after their
nuptials, with plans to celebrate late into the evening.
The two started dating in 2002 and got engaged June 2 outside the Le
Meurice Hotel Belle Etoile in Paris, overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
Stoudemire proposed to Welch with an 8½-carat diamond that cost more
than $1 million, also designed by Afshar.