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Guests attending Saturday’s wedding for Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wayde were instructed to leave their cellphones and cameras at home, in an effort to keep a lid on a barrage of unofficial wedding photos. Signed confidentiality agreements were said to be a must.
But Dennis Basso didn’t need a single snapshot from the Miami affair to describe the bride — he designed her dress.
The actress said her vows in a sweetheart neckline gown embellished with bugle beads, pearls and crystals. A hand-sewn fitted bodice accented Union’s slim waist, and the dress’ high-slit skirt and very low, plunging back silhouette revealed her fit physique.
“Dennis Basso was the perfect choice for my wedding day. He is a classic American designer, and knew perfectly how to harness both my inner Grace Kelly coupled with a touch of sensuality through his designs.” Union said.
The “Think Like A Man” actress was calm during a fitting with Basso less than two weeks ago. “Having done this a number of times, I have to say she was very easy to work with, fun and no diva whatsoever, which is always good,” Basso said.
After checking out the designer’s collection online, Union’s stylist Jason Bolden (who also works with Mel B) connected her with Basso. The two first met privately at the bridal store Kleinfeld which carries Basso’s bridal collection. “Every bride comes in with a preconceived vision of what she will be wearing. I showed her a few things and she changed her mind,” Basso said. “We decided on something that accented her figure – she has great legs.” (A variation of her dress retails for $17,000 in Basso’s boutiques and other stores that carry his line.)
Union has been known to make the occasional front-row appearance. Last year she appeared in “The Door,” an Ava DuVernay-directed short for Miu Miu’s “Tales” short series.
Wade, meanwhile, is a power guard with the Miami Heat. The Olympic gold medal winner has been known to be a risktaker with fashion, having stepped out in overalls, and another time in a head-to-toe orange ensemble. “DWade” launched neckwear and accessories with The Tie Bar last fall and developed a collection of conversation-starting socks with Stance. The NBAer is so serious about style that his Web site quotes Oscar de la Renta’s take on it.
With his spring show days away, Basso stayed in New York over Labor Day. But Wade’s new bride had some fashion reinforcement on her guest list, since Rachel Roy planned to be on hand.
Union proved Saturday that she too can be discerning when it comes to fashion. The “Bring It On” star had Basso design two dresses for her wedding and “like the Academy Awards you don’t know until they wear it,” the designer said. As of Sunday morning, even Basso wasn’t certain which one of his creations Union had worn to say, “I do.”
The couple’s wedding guests celebrated in what was supposed to be a Thirties-inspired juke joint. Union provided the vino — her very own Vanilla Puddin’ Chardonnay direct from Napa Valley. And John Legend knocked out a few tunes.