Technically, they’d already said their “I dos” during an intimate ceremony in New York. So as Sam Champion and Rubem Robierb exchanged vows for a second time before a larger crowd in Miami on New Year’s Eve, they forgot to wait for one thing: permission to kiss. By the time they heard “by the power vested in me,” “we’d kissed twice already,” Champion admits. Jokes MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, who officiated: “They kind of threw me off with all their kissing!”
After their sunset vows, the Good Morning America weather anchor, 51, and Robierb, 36, a fine-arts photographer, continued the celebration with a Tuscan feast and bossa nova music-a nod to Robierb’s Brazilian roots.”It meant so much to us to be able to share this with the people who’ve been a part of our lives since we met,” Champion says. “It was everything we hoped for.”
Their Big Days
For their legal ceremony in New York on Dec. 21 (above), the couple invited close friends, including GMA‘s Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott. On Dec. 31, the couple (left) said their vows in matching metallic sneakers.
“They wanted it to be simple, inviting and comfortable,” says wedding planner David Tutera, who used all white flowers.
“It was our favorite food, our favorite people and our favorite place,” said Robierb.
Chef Max Guerri made millefoglie, an Italian confection of pastry and cream. “It was wonderful,” says Champion (with Robierb, and from left, Robierb’s mother, Lia Freitas, and his mother, Sylvia.)
Robierb surprised Champion with an engagement ring by designer Julie Miro last New Year’s Eve, and the couple worked with designer Beverly Novick to create custom gold-and-diamond wedding bands.
When it came time to legally wed his partner of two years, Rubem Robierb, in New York City Dec. 21, Sam Champion couldn’t help but get emotional. Getting married “isn’t something we take lightly at all,” says the weather anchor, whose ceremony was officiated by N.Y. State Supreme Court Justice George J. Silver. With Robin Roberts, who’s recovering from a bone marrow transplant, on hand to celebrate, he adds, “It was a really special night.”