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Amar'e Stoudemire got married!

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Woo!

Bruce Bennett

We were all very excited when Amar'e Stoudemire got engaged to his "lioness" (Amar'e's badass words, not mine), Alexis Welch over the summer. The wedding date was set for sometime in 2013, but as it turns out, the two quietly got married last night, right before they left for the 12-12-12 concert. Sounds like they were as excited about the unique date as the rest of us were (I was VERY VERY excited all day yesterday). From the Daily News:

Amar’e Stoudemire and Welch, who have three children together, married on the roof deck of their apartment on Jane St., the same one that was flooded during Hurricane Sandy.

The intimate ceremony was attended by a mere 12 guests, signifying the special date they tied the knot: 12/12/12.

"They decided to do this because of the date, and they wanted to do something spiritual and private for themselves," says one insider, who adds that the couple plan on throwing a bigger wedding this summer which Stoudemire’s teammates, who were not aware he was getting married, will be invited to.

Lovely. Follow that link for more details about the little wedding (there was a chuppah!). Mazel tov to Amar'e and Alexis and the little Stoudemires. I look forward to seeing at least one of them on the court in the near future.