Football star Michael Vick married longtime fiancee Kijafa Frink Saturday night in a lavish ceremony at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and under tight security which, alone, set the Philadelphia Eagles‘ quarterback back $300,000.
On the menu: waffles and chicken.
The pre-wedding cocktail party began before sunset at the outdoor, second floor patio overlooking the ocean, and preparation for the resort’s other big event of the night, private pool-side concerts by Gymclass Heroes, Maroon 5 and Flo Rida.
Read full story after the jumpThe Vick party’s vibe was relaxed, with hookahs on the tables and R&B music blaring in the background.
Waiters passed around fruity pink drinks to the gathering of guests — about 300 family members, friends and NFL colleagues of Vick, including running backLeSean McCoy and head coach Andy Reid, Atlanta Falcons wide receiverRoddy White, free agent wide out Plaxico Burress and retired New Orleans Saint Aaron Brooks.
The groom’s party went with a tropical theme, pairing their tuxes with pink and purple shirts, according to a gift shop employee.
The ceremony and reception took place later in one of the large ballrooms on the hotel’s second floor ballroom.
With security tight — police were stationed outside the ballroom to collect the cameras and cellphones from guests – dancing was definitely on the agenda, judging by the numerous women in ball gowns filing in and out carrying four-inch stilettos and wearing flip flops.
The decor featured lots of white candles, white flowers and blinged out chandeliers.
According to a server, the menu was as down-home as the 32-year-old Vick himself: lobster and oysters and shrimp, but also chicken and waffles, something that the Fontainebleau, one of South Florida’s most expensive hotels where wedding dinners start at $185-a-plate, had never served before.
Family of the bride and groom began arriving in Miami Beach Thursday, when they attended a birthday party for Vick at the hotel’s newest nightclub, ARKADIA.
“Miami here we come….this is about to be beautiful,” Vick tweeted Thursday while Frink tweeted photos of herself at the hotel’s stunning pool that day.
Courtney Vick, Vick’s sister, tweeted photos taken prior to the ceremony, saying: ”Getting done up with the glam team, feeling like a Kardashian.”
Frink, who owns a jewelry boutique in Philadelphia called PNK Elephant, famously stood by her man while he served 21 months in prison for taking part in an illegal dog-fighting ring and his bankruptcy filing.
Then he proposed to her in 2009, at her 29th birthday party, getting down on one knee in front of dozens of guests. A year later, Vick gave Frink a fully loaded Porsche Panamera as a birthday gift.
He was signed to a six-year, $100 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this year.