Elephants, Fireworks Among Surprises At Michael Jai White And Gillian Waters’ Wedding
Actors Michael Jai White and Gillian Waters tied the knot in a lavish Fourth of July weekend ceremony in Thailand, BOSSIP can reveal.
White and Waters wed July 3 in front of less than 40 guests at the estate of film producer and finance exec Michael Selby, and his wife, Jantana.
“We decided to get married in Thailand after completing our new Sony Pictures film, ‘Never Back Down 3,’ which we are both starring in,” Waters told BOSSIP, “so it seemed like a great idea to have a Thai style wedding.”
The “Spawn” star and his Tyler Perry actress bride were escorted down the aisle by a procession of elephants. The couple then greeted their guests before a Thai officiant performed a traditional Thai water blessing. Then the ceremony moved to the estate’s riverfront lotus pond, there the couple exchanged vows and platinum and diamond wedding rings.
The bride wore a white and gold Thai silk number in traditional Thai design, with an asymmetrical top and mermaid bottom.
“My dress is gorgeous!” Waters gushed to BOSSIP. “I feel like an exotic queen in it.”
Following the ceremony, guests feasted on a wedding dinner of pad thai with prawns, crab fried rice, curried chicken satay, Thai fruits and sticky sweet rice with mango and coconut milk. The wedding cake was a three-tiered creation from Bangkok bakery Coffee Beans By Dao.
The night ended with a fireworks show on the river.
Waters said she and White met in 1997 in an LA club.
“We were both attracted to one another, but neither one of us is very forward or overly flirtatious, we are kind of really cool nerds, so we just started casually dancing and talking.” Waters recalled.
They dated for a while and then broke it off as their careers took over.
“We remained friends for 18 years,” Waters said. “In 2013, we reconnected romantically. Michael was sick in the hospital and called me and told me he had always loved me, I was the one that got away and wanted to try our love again…I most definitely said yes!”
Now that the wedding is done, the couple is taking some time off for their honeymoon.
“We plan on taking a relaxing vacation on the beautiful beaches of southern Thailand and then heading back home to the states,” Waters said. “Michael had to start editing the movie we just finished and we both have projects lined up.”