Monday, April 29, 2013

A View of the Wedding of Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto

Security stand guard at the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.
The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Fla. was the site of the wedding of NBA basketball legend Michael Jordan and former model Yvette Prieto, Saturday, April 27.

There was tight security, including the Palm Beach Police. Media and onlookers were told to remain in a designated grassy area across the street from the church, which faced the front entrance. As motorists passed by they would ask us, "Who's getting married?" Someone in the crowd would yell, "Michael Jordan."

Most motorists responded, "The basketball player?" with their eyes wide in disbelief. Others immediately took out their smartphones to take a picture of the church and the crowd to document the moment.

About 3 p.m., guests, transported in mid-size tour buses, started to arrive for the 4 p.m. scheduled ceremony. Attendees included former NBA greats Scottie Pippen and Patrick Ewing, director Spike Lee and his wife, author Tonya Lewis Lee. Though celebrities and the families of Jordan and Prieto were able to be seen entering the church, security used large white umbrellas and formed a line to obstruct the view of the bride entering. Jordan could not be seen entering either.

Church bells began to ring a little after 5 p.m. indicating the ceremony ended. As the hundreds of guests left the church, the bridal party and family members remained inside to take photos. The photography ended close to 6 p.m., when the remaining headed to their designated vehicles. Many thought the married couple might come out of the church and wave briefly before leaving. But, that didn't happen.

A black SUV with tinted windows, which waited at a side entrance of the church, began to slowly move, make a right at the corner and pull-up to the front entrance. The left, backseat window of the vehicle lowered halfway, and a man wearing dark sunglasses, who looked a lot like Jordan, began to wave. The crowd assumed it was Jordan and began snapping pictures; paparazzi shouted asking the man to lower the window more.

However, at the same time, a white Rolls-Royce also coming from the same side entrance of the church began making its way up the street, made a left, and headed in the opposite direction of the SUV. Jordan and Prieto were in the Rolls-Royce on their way to Jupiter Island for their reception at The Bear's Club.