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Sunday, September 15, 2013

LeBron James marries Savannah Brinson on Yom Kippur

Basketball's MVP LeBron James married his longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson in a lavish San Diego ceremony on Saturday.

The 28-year-old multimillionaire and his new wife held their ceremony at the Grand Del Mar hotel less than three months after he won his second straight NBA title with Miami Heat.

A ceremony was said to have been held in the hotel's Capella Chapel at 4.30pm, with celebrations lasting three days.

The high school sweethearts, who have two children, announced their engagement in January last year.

Guests, including James's teammate Dwayne Wade, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, were welcomed to the wedding on Friday, with a barbecue and the festivities are expected to last until a farewell brunch on Sunday.

Hotel staff and pretty much everyone involved with the wedding were asked to sign non-disclosure agreements, but one tell-tale sign about the venue is about to host something out of the ordinary is the large tent that's been erected outside.

The extravaganza was organized by celebrity wedding planner Preston Bailey, who also oversaw internet entrepreneur Sean Parker’s $10 million ‘Lord of the Rings’-themed wedding to Alexandra Lenas back in June.

King James' big day was expected be a slightly more muted affair. The guest list was expected to only number in the hundreds, rather than the thousands that have attended some NBA All-Star’s nuptials.

‘He cut the list down because he didn’t want to have 1,000 people at the wedding,’ a source told the New York Post. This weekend’s wedding also clashes with Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.

Guests started receiving their ‘save the weekend’ cards, which featured an illustration of the happy couple along with their two kids, back in March.

The reception is expected to include cocktails, dinner and dancing to DJs and a live band, as well as an after-party in a different part of the resort.

LeBron’s mom Gloria will be in attendance and is expected to take along her boyfriend Da Real Lambo, an obscure rapper who has posted a series of photos on Instagram of him enjoying the good life at LeBron’s expense on the family's recent European vacation.

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