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Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, Amare Stoudemire and more attend wedding in Washington

On Saturday former NFL player Adewale Ogunleye celebrated his marriage to dentist Amira Baker, a graduate of Howard University, in a celebrity-packed reception held in the appropriately grandiose Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. (The place can pack in more than 1,000 guests.)

Rivaling an awards show crowd, the impressive group of guests, which Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade and his finacee actress Gabrielle Union, spent the wedding weekend mapping out the star-approved hot spots around town, beginning with a rehearsal dinner at Baby Wale on Friday.

Later, New York Knicks player Amar’e Stoudemire, his wife, Alexis, and singer Michelle Williams (formerly of Destiny’s Child) were spotted toasting the happy couple at the P.O.V roof terrace at the W Hotel. Less recognizable guests headed to The Park at Fourteenth for pre-wedding fun.

Ogunleye is a New York-native of Nigerian descent, and guests were asked to arrive at the ceremony decked out in either American or African formal wear. Both he and his new bride quick changed into traditional West African clothing in bold purple prints for at least part of the evening. Union opted for a slinky floor-length halter gown in red by Roberto Cavalli while Wade wore a tuxedo with wingtip-inspired sneakers. Williams chose a custom orange and purple African print gown by designer Yvonne Ghyselinck Pearson.

The entire weekend’s festivities were flagged with the hashtag “#ogwedding,” which prompts the question, if a wedding doesn’t have a hashtag did it really happen?

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