The heat is on for Gabrielle Union and Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade as they prepare for a happily ever after. Wade and Union are both victims of unsuccessful marriages in their past but have agreed to go at it once more. Wade has had his share of rings fit for a champ in the last couple of years this time he wanted to put one on his lady to solidify his intentions.
Wade proposed to Union, his longtime girlfriend, on Saturday prior to the team’s Christmas party and the Think Like a Man actress happily accepted. Wade and Union announced their exciting news by way of their social media accounts.
This is the second time for both, 41-year-old Union and nearly 32-year-old Wade, and they have no doubt that the second time around will be better than the first time. The wedding date has not been made public yet but it’s sure to be an all-star ceremony.
Wade and Union have been together since 2009 but they agreed to take their time and let their love grow. For those close to the couple their engagement announcement was no big surprise because there were recent signs that indicated that marriage was in the plans for the two.
The Christmas cards that the couple sent out this year list their names as the “Wade-Union Family” on the return address label as well as inside of each card. The inside message reads “Happy Holidays from the Wade-Union Family” and included family pictures with Union and Wade together and with Wade’s sons and nephew.
Wade publicly announced their engagement on Sunday. Wade, who is definitely a team player, said that his children and nephew helped with the proposal; it was a family affair. This comes as no surprise to those that know him or are true fans of his because Wade is known to ensure his children are included in the things that are important to him.
Wade and Union both have very successful careers. Wade is a three-time NBA Finals champion and Union has starred in several movies and is recently headlining the new BET series Being Mary Jane.
Last year Union was asked if she’d ever consider getting married again following her 2006 divorce from Chris Howard and she answered unequivocally yes. The issue was never whether or not she should take the plunge again she had just made up her mind that she would not rush into it ever again.
Union said her relationship with Wade is seriously awesome. She said they both sort of rushed into their last marriage and ended up with the same results – divorced. Union said when the goal is forever there no reason to rush into it.
Wade presented Union with an 8.5 custom carat cushion cut diamond ring made by Jason Arasheben, the CEO of Jason of Beverly Hills. Its value is close to $1 million. Arasheben said Dwayne had been planning the proposal for months but was looking for the perfect stone to present to his bride to be. Arasheben said he visited Miami three times with options until he and Wade agreed on the one of Gabrielle’s dreams.
Wade said Union makes his eyes sparkle and he knows that her love goes deeper than just him. She also loves his sons, Zaire and Zion. Union supported him through his 3-year contentious court battle over custody of his sons; his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, did not go easy on the NBA star.
Wade said he knew a long time ago that Union was it. He said they are already a family and are growing stronger every day. The heat is on for Gabrielle Union and Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade as they prepare for their happily ever after. Congratulations Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union, better known as the “Wade-Union Family.”
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)