Though casual basketball fans might shout "LeBron" when one mentions the Miami Heat, the truth is, the franchise has been sculpted by Dwyane Wade, Miami's $20 million man who brought the franchise its...
Actress Gabrielle Union and her fiancee Dwyane Wade have banned cell phones and cameras from their upcoming wedding. The Bad Boys II star is set to marry the basketball player on 30 August (14) in Miami, Florida, and an invitation, obtained by TMZ.com, reveals security at the bash will be tight.
Guests will meet at a local hotel before being transported to an undisclosed location for the wedding, and they have been asked to allow "at least 30 minutes to process through security at the venue".
They are instructed to leave cameras and cell phones behind to "protect our privacy" and bring along photo identification.
Guests have also been asked to dress in formal attire with all men wearing black, and women in white.
Gabrielle Union has left all the planning for her upcoming wedding to her basketball player fiance. The actress became engaged to Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade shortly before Christmas (13), and they will reportedly exchange vows later this year (13).
Union now admits she has relinquished control and left her partner to do all the planning, even comparing him to hands-on groom Kanye West, who married reality TV star Kim Kardashian in Italy last month (May14).
She tells People.com, "I am the girl that would just rather be at a sports bar with a cold beer... We are pretty deep (into the wedding planning), and by 'we,' I mean he and the wedding planner. Once he realised I was trying to turn it into a frat party with beer pong he would take over. He really 'Kanye-d' himself and really doubled down - I'm really just along for the ride!"
Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx, pop star Kelly Rowland and comedian Kevin Hart were among the guests who turned out for Gabrielle Union's engagement party over the weekend (15-16Mar14). The actress accepted a proposal from her basketball player partner Dwyane Wade in December (13) and the couple threw a lavish bash for friends and family in Miami Beach, Florida on Saturday night (15Mar14) to toast the engagement.
The evening included a dinner at steak/seafood restaurant Prime 112 and a party at the Nikki Beach venue, during which actor/singer Foxx sang for the happy couple, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Actress Gabrielle Union is adding celebrity vintner to her resume with the launch of her first wine. Vanilla Puddin' Chardonnay features "characteristics of pears, light French Oak (and) white chocolate with dollops of vanilla" and was created in collaboration with Jam Cellars and Brand Elite in California's Napa Valley.
Announcing the venture on Instagram.com, Union writes, "So excited about my new wine @vanillapuddinwine... It's a fun Chardonnay with hints of vanilla, super yummy and great for all occasions".
She popped a bottle of her new wine during an appearance on U.S. talk show Chelsea Lately last month (Feb14) and revealed she hopes to serve it to guests at her upcoming wedding when she and basketball star Dwyane Wade exchange vows later this year (14).
The 2012 bottles will retail for $16.99 (£10.60) from Monday (17Mar14).
Union joins the likes of Drew Barrymore, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Sting and Fergie, who have all launched their own wine lines.
"I love Red Lobster, so people always give me gift cards... That's where I celebrated my engagement, with some wood-fire grilled shrimp." Actress Gabrielle Union shunned posh restaurants and headed to the U.S. seafood restaurant chain to toast her impending nuptials to basketball star Dwyane Wade.
"The pastor who married me the first time didn't even get my name right. He refused to come to the rehearsal dinner and then didn't say my name correctly... That should have been a sign it's not gonna work." Actress Gabrielle Union on her nightmare first wedding ceremony to former American footballer Chris Howard in 2001. The star is now engaged to wed basketball player Dwyane Wade later this year (14).
Actress Gabrielle Union has a shock is store for family members and friends who think they'll be invited to her lavish wedding - the guest list has been slashed by her husband-to-be Dwyane Wade. The Bad Boys II star, who became engaged to the basketball player just before Christmas (13), admits many people who think they should be at the ceremony will not be getting an invite.
She explains, "This is the second time around... It's just us... There's a lot of people who think they're coming - and they are not. He's (Wade) the executioner; he's like, 'Let's go through your list...'
"If you're not about us and we don't both have a relationship with you, you're not gonna make it."
And Union isn't recruiting bridesmaids, adding, "Trying to wrangle a bunch of broads... (and) somebody wants one kinda dress, somebody wants something else; you start to not like them after a couple of months."
The actress, who was married to sportsman Chris Howard from 2001 to 2006, has also revealed she's insisting on a pre-nuptial agreement before she exchanges vows with Wade.
She tells U.S. talk show host Arsenio Hall, "For this marriage, the biggest difference between this and the last marriage will be a pre-nup at my insistence... The reality is I've never seen Dwyane balance a cheque book, so I gotta protect my stuff."
Actress Gabrielle Union has joined the list of celebrity winemakers after creating her own label, called Vanilla Pudding. She hopes to serve it to guests at her upcoming wedding when she and basketball star Dwyane Wade exchange vows later this year (14).
Newly-engaged Gabrielle Union stalks porn stars at the gym because she's convinced that following their diet and exercise habits will lead to the perfect butt. The self-confessed "a** gal" admits she's happy her man, basketball star Dwyane Wade has an excellent behind, but hers needs some work.
She says, "I love a good butt... Jessica Biel has an amazing butt. My daily butt inspirations are at the gym... I'm all over them (women)... I am blessed to work-out at a gym that has a lot of adult entertainment actresses... I recognise them.
"I'm like, 'I've seen your work, I love it... Let me get some tips... 'cos your butt looks great.'"
"I also compete with them... I'm on the next one (Stairmaster), going, 'You're not getting off before me. I'm not gonna lose to you...' I'll follow them... to the juice bar and I watch and see what they're ordering."
And Union has kicked off the new year on the "porn diet" after picking up a secret from the X-rated stars at the gym: "They don't eat meat!"
"I think he's so delicious. Watching him get out of the shower never gets old. Never. It's not like he ever wonders what I'm thinking, but usually he's thinking, 'She needs a cold shower!'" Actress Gabrielle Union loves watching her fiance Dwyane Wade clean-up in the morning.
Led the Miami Heat to their first franchise championship
Helped lead the Miami Heat to back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013
Drafted by the Miami Heat
Won a Gold Medal at the 2008 Bejing Olympics with the Men's Basketball Team
Though casual basketball fans might shout "LeBron" when one mentions the Miami Heat, the truth is, the franchise has been sculpted by Dwyane Wade, Miami's $20 million man who brought the franchise its first NBA title in 2006, and comprises a third of Miami's Big 3 behind Lebron James and Chris Bosh. The nine-time All-Star has countless accolades and playoff appearances, but at the ripe age of 31, doesn't seem to be slowing down one bit, bringing yet another championship to a Miami team he helped rebuild out of years of mediocrity.