LeBron James (left) and Savannah Brinson attended the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award presentation. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Entertainment)
LeBron James married Savannah Brinson, his longtime girlfriend, at a wedding ceremony in San Diego on Saturday, according to multiple reports.
US Weekly reports that the couple exchanged vows at the Grand Del Mar hotel and that Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade was among the celebrity guests in attendance. The Associated Press also reports that James and Brinson are now officially husband and wife.
PageSix.com reported earlier this week that the three-day wedding celebration would include a "welcome barbecue" on Friday and a "farewell brunch" on Sunday. NBCSanDiego.com reported that Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, rapper Jay-Z and pop star Beyonce were rumored to be be in attendance while CBS8.com addedClippers All-Star guard Chris Paul to that list.
In March, TMZ.com reported that the couple was planning an extended celebration that would stretch from Sept. 13-15 in San Diego. The wedding invitations included images of James, Brinson and their two sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce, flying on an airplane towards a beach.
The NBA’s reigning MVP proposed to Brinson on Jan. 1, 2012, at a New Year’s Eve party in South Beach. At the time, James told Oprah Winfrey that he was “nervous … like before a Finals game” when he popped the question. One estimate placed the retail value of Brinson’s engagement ring at upwards of $250,000.
James, 28, has known Brinson, 27, since high school. Since proposing, James' Heat have won the 2012 and 2013 Finals and he was named MVP and Finals MVP in 2012 and 2013. He also won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics and was named 2012 Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.
The Grand Del Mar pitches itself as "San Diego's premier wedding venue" on its website.
Reminiscent of a Mediterranean estate and nestled in the storybook setting of the breathtaking Los Peñasquitos Canyon, The Grand Del Mar is the perfect venue to take your first steps toward forever. It’s the day you’ve dreamed of your entire life, and it’s our pleasure to manage every detail . From selecting the perfect suite for the bridal party to share time-honored rituals, or scheduling a pre-wedding tee time for the groomsmen, your day will unfold just as you've always imagined.
At The Grand Del Mar, your wedding party will enjoy personalized experiences, exquisite details and lasting impressions, all designed to create an unforgettable wedding experience. Surround yourself with love and splendor. Make this luxury San Diego resort the backdrop for your happily ever after. Your journey begins when you request more information about weddings at The Grand Del Mar — a premier wedding and events destination.
The sprawling hotel is located about 25 minutes north of downtown San Diego just off Interstate-5. The resort is flanked by a golf course and boasts multiple pools and tennis courts on site. Check out overhead views of the Grand Del Mar via Google Maps below.
The Grand Del Mar is located 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego and is flanked by a golf course. (Google Maps)
Located a few miles away from the famed Torrey Pines golf course, site of the 2008 U.S. Open, the Grand Del Mar's website notes its numerous awards.
Serenely nestled amidst Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, this premier San Diego resort destination seamlessly combines the old-world charm of a Mediterranean estate with the modern luxury of an elegant resort. The result: a destination unparalleled by San Diego hotels and lauded by Forbes Travel Guide as one of the world’s six elite Triple Five-Star resorts. Little wonder, given the sun-kissed San Diego luxury hotel’s stunning natural beauty, championship Tom Fazio golf, one of only 38 Five-Star spas in the U.S., and irresistible dining – epitomized by Addison, helmed by Relais and Châteaux Grand Chef William Bradley. This is The Grand life – just east of the Pacific and well beyond compare.
A closer view of the sprawling Grand Del Mar resort hotel. (Google Maps)