Without fanfare or the flash and dash some of his current and former players have been known for, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra got married over the weekend.
Spo, 45, exchanged “I do’s” Saturday with Nikki Sapp, a former Miami Heat dancer and art dealer 18 years his junior, in a sunset ceremony in the gardens of Villa Vizcaya.
Spoelstra and his squeeze of more than three years marched past about 150 family and friends in the garden on their way to the altar for a secular ceremony officiated by family friend Ron Book, several sources at the wedding told Gossip Extra.
The bride and groom had asked their guests to refrain from taking photos and putting them on social media. They also asked guests to greet reporters’ calls with silence.
Sapp looked gorgeous in a romantic, floor-length lace-bottom mermaid-cut dress. She sported a delicate tiara in her pulled-back hair.
The double world champion coach wore a white dinner jacket, black pants and a bow tie.
During their five-course dinner at the famous historic house, the lovebirds did their first dance under the flicker of hundreds of candles.
Guests didn’t include many current Heat players. Recently departed Dwyane Wade, who’ll be lining up with the Chicago Bulls in the fall, is on a trip in China and couldn’t make it.
Heat President Pat Riley, who handed Spoelstra his current head-coaching job in 2008, was spotted in the gardens — as was Spoelstra assistant coach Juwan Howard.
“They are very private people,” said a guest of the new Mr. and Mrs. Spoelstra. “There were very few players and no top NBA talent there. They wanted to keep it very low key, and they managed to do just that. It was a beautiful wedding.”