February 28, 2012 ⋅ by Ben Baller ⋅ 48 comments

the final level of the game… and the best weekend wrap ever!
now I will have all my professional photos in about 10 days or less which is stupid fast, so let me do this before I do anything. I need to send praise and thanks to the following people BIG TIME!

WOW. JUST FUCKING WOW! amazing job you guys, I hope to get you much business as you are the best wedding photographers in the game right now!

you completed my camera crew as the bad motherfuckers who came to clean house! I cannot wait to see the video! you guys are something else!
seriously though, my camera crew from photos to videos were the dream team for real!

thank you to my man for 2 decades… DJ Coolwhip aka the eye doctor!
you came through like Kobe in the Clutch! wow! all the audio! the mixing board! the sound and equipment all by your damn self!!!!! I owe you crazy fam! thank you 100,000,000 times!

the others who were glue to this amazing and beautiful wedding! our wedding coordinator: Vic Perez(greenlight entertainment enterprise) without him expediting our wishes and demands and truly organizing all this together, this would have been a disaster! THANK YOU VIC!

much love to our co-host and main entertainment: Antoinette Taus wow! angelic voice for real! your entrance serenade to our ceremony got me real emotional and that set the tone and energy for the entire evening! I owe you as well!

and to our MC: TK Tony Nguyen, bro, I had my doubts about you. I actually side-eyed you when you walked in because I didn’t think you could pull it off, but you proved me wrong and now I get to beat your head in. thank you so much and the way you handled those wedding crashers? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! wow! you escorted them out like they were some cockroaches! at a 5 star hotel!! smh! glad you won that premium LE XBOX 360 bro! much love and let’s get some Pho soon!

And lastly to our amazing Photo Booth vendor! Wackyface Photobooth wow times a billion!!!!! you guys broke the ice and lightened up the entire party! you were one of the highlights of the night! everyone loved you guys and you guys were a hit! thank you so much. I’ve had some amazing photobooth experiences from clients & friends like Ice T and Coco’s wedding to Paris Hiltons halloween party and you guys killed their photobooths!!!! slayed them. not even competition! thank you!

so with the thank you’s, I will briefly break down that this wedding was seriously everything I could have wanted and it was more than I asked for. I obviously can’t tell you all enough how coveted and how sacred marriage is to me. But I want to share this with my readers because I never thought growing up that I could afford a fancy wedding. I have never been scared to marry, I just never met the right one…. but I waited a long time and for the right time, when it’s right, it’s right. and I was in no rush to get married, but you don’t pass up on something this wonderful so even after a postponed wedding in september due to my best friend/best man passing, we went with February 25th. Nic wasn’t having some vegas wedding or a walk to the courthouse… she’s dreamed of this day all her life since she was a little girl…. so I wanted to give her what she wanted. and this set date was before the NBA lockout was over and due to that NBA lockout ending, the all star game date was set the same day, leaving about 12 guests in my already very very small party not being able to attend due to the fact that a majority of their yearly income depends on all star weekend, so fuck it… I know we will celebrate another time. so with that, we had a very small intimate 87 person wedding and at a beautiful venue(CASA DEL MAR in Santa Monica Beach, CA)
let me start by saying that this wedding was expensive. it stressed Nic and myself out big time and without Vic’s help, this might not have happened the way we wanted it to. We went all out with everything. held no bars, veuve and dom p rose champagne flowing stupid…. flowers on another level, lighting, tables, chairs, place settings …. I mean we went down to the special table cloth even for our wedding. and still I had doubts and anxiety about it being just right. I was nervous as shit the day before, not only because the time flew by so fast, but a majority reason why we were so stressed out was because the Hotel catering department that handled the logistics of our wedding at the Casa Del Mar should be fired for being the worst possible staff in professional and wedding history. I won’t get too deep in how disrespectful they were, but booking an event on the same day as ours with a 1 hour lead time to get ready? really? on the actual day of, we had extra workers and they worked super hard and super fast and this was a very small wedding and we didn’t even use the 2 extra spaces in the main ballroom and it still took over 2.5 hours to set up properly! unbelievable… thank god the “day of” staff and management canceled that event and thanks to the actual help who work there were on point and I thank them and MY team for coming together to give us the most amazing wedding a newlywed couple could hope for. Our beachfront suite was also incredible, wow. that amazing view! and the bathroom to the 1000+ thread count sheets and actual bed and everything in our room was heavenly. the room service was incredible and the hotels restaurant and bar are all top notch. but the most important parts being our event/catering host for the hotel: Elizabeth Mendel was just flat out awful, her back up Helena was terrible too. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE! that is all I have to say that is bad about the wedding because the outcome was lovely and ONLY because we turned it up and around!

here are a few very choice early pictures from Tony Chu… there will be more to come and of course photos from the genius of Art Torres soon!

enjoy: (in chronological order)

the girls and Nic took a long time to get ready…. lol
bridesmaids: Mila, Masha, Sara & Bella(maid of honor)

I got ready quick!

I was antsy! and anxious!!!
groomsmen: Johnny, Steve, Vince & David(my brother & best man)

and this is just one shot, one angle of the wedding rings…

I love my wedding ring! damn; 27 diamonds, all bezel set flawlessly with 9 diamonds going around evenly in a full revolution eternity style and then a diamond on each end of the each side of the ring going down symmetrically. Definitely the classiest ring I’ve ever made for any man. I got the inspiration off a magazine I was reading while taking a deuce at our new years eve penthouse suite lol! of course 18k yellow gold and again… so damn classy! I will wait for more professional pics of the wedding rings, then post my own up-close joints for y’all to see! and of course Nic’s wedding band is the classic eternity style as well, but all VVS’s and all french pave’/prong set and set in platinum! and that could be the best picture of any ring I’ve ever seen that we made. shit looks straight out of a HW catalog. super clean!

the ceremony was beautiful… so elegant…

it was unforgettable

then it was party time…
(so many pics that need to fill in the space, but here’s a few for now)

my little nieces were fist pumping! #partyrockin

we had a little limbo…. some busted their ass, some didn’t lol

we had a raffle and most importantly, we had a LOT of fun!
here’s some of the key photobooth pics! courtesy of Wacky Photobooth! please like their FB page! I’m asking you!

again, please like their facebook page! thank you Wackyface Photobooth!

there are so many pictures of the wedding on instagram, but I didn’t get to take any at all! I did keep a couple that I will post now, but it really is only a few and I want to wait to post the professional pictures only because it does my wedding true justice!

that was 35 minutes prior to the actual walking down the aisle! some of my fam and Nic’s fam there early and wow again, the place was so beautiful!

me and Nic cutting the cake! yes we had diamonds on our shit! mane! by this time we literally had no room left to eat… I had few bites and the cake was good, but I was drunk as hell and full from the delicious amazing food and damn I missed the cocktail hour! the hor dourves were incredible, but I only had a few bites! 🙁 haha…. and I didn’t know until after that most people only do a 1 hour open bar and then from there it’s a hosted bar or a pay on your own bar… I’m the asshole who has a 6 hour OPEN PREMIUM BAR! and Rose’ flowing!!! haha, smh! oh well. everyone had a damn good time! we stayed til midnight and left when we got asked to leave! lol

I’m most proud of Cat Dicc Jr. this motherfucker might be giving me a job in a few years smh… fool walked in like he owned the place. smh and much love to George and Jack from Platinum having the front of the hotel stunted out crazy! the SLR/Aventador boys don’t play! and the hotel was stupid packed already due to the spirit awards party! saw seth rogan and kate beckinsale walking around and the upstairs bar was crazy!

again, the night ended so fast, I was spinning but I was high off of life. I never thought I would actually get married before I was 40, but my lifestyle has changed so much in the last 3 years… slowed down a LOT and got my grown man all the way on. late, but that’s ok though! and man, the party continued in our suite and I got to bed late and we still had 2 jeroboams left! shit was lightweight crackin! haha… I have never been happier in my life, I have never seen my mother happier in my entire life… my in laws are incredible! I love them to death. I always look forward to spending time with them and they know how to party! they also have great strong family values.

the highlight of the evening was me making my special announcement after the first dance…. yep, we’re having our first baby (due in august) a DRAGON! we find out the sex/gender very soon! I posted a pic on instagram of the ultrasound from over a month ago, but here’s one from just over a week ago:

we had to wait until we were well into our 2nd trimester before we let anyone know to make sure we were all healthy and green lit! crazy!

so after the wedding… woke up on the beach and thanked god that we had a beautiful day while it was gloomy the day before our wedding and the day after…. amazing! walked right next door to shutters to have brunch with Nic’s family and that was amazing too… then got my pig on! I lost 14lbs. to fit into that damn tux! smh… after that it was fried chicken and shakey’s pizza and mojos all day long! watched the all star game and kicked it at home and watched my sister kick ass at the oscars….

I really couldn’t have asked for a better weekend in life. I was so damn nervous on saturday though, that I had to drink 16 cups of water and took some valerian root!

but yesterday I woke up and was back on my grind…. fuck that, I gotta get ready for this caribbean honeymoon, so I got orders to ship and jewelry to finish!

here’s some swag shit we recently finished!

you already know if my boy Jefe is gonna ice out a black card, then he’s gonna go hard on every piece he does! this joint is huge! maybe 5″ wide? and heavy as fuck! salute!

and you know I like smaller type jewels and big stones, so we made this 6 carat VS cross with 2 rows of prong set diamonds…. the stud chain has another 16 carats on it. don’t trip!

POW! and that’s all 18k white gold!

so I guess the cats out of the bag…. my lil homey Justin Bieber called me as soon as he heard I was having a baby and sent me and Nic mad love…. he also invited me to his 18th birthday party which I guarantee will be the biggest party of the year! but I won’t be able to go due to my honeymoon so I’m a little bummed, but fuck it, I’ll see JB soon enough.

OUR KITCHEN GAME IS ON SUPER POINT! HAHAHA! I MEAN RIDICULOUS! we got the entire Breville catalog! and williams sonoma! damnnn!!!

and shout out to my boy Q from Worldstar!

who else drops $9k on a Louis Travel Jewelry case???
that’s just crazy! BOSS TO BOSS! thank you fam

btw, we didn’t spend insane money on our wedding…. but we coulda got a new S550 instead… the only thing is, there wouldn’t be the epic memories with the S550 that will last forever…. I don’t regret it. we make this money to spend it! I also think they should make it harder to get a divorce in this country. Make it harder than getting a loan. real spit.

anyways, gotta go and get ready… got a new house to get ready for and my vacation/honeymoon!

ciao bella!



  • jseyfFebruary 28, 2012 8:23 am

    congrats big homie!!

  • S LuuFebruary 28, 2012 8:42 am

    Congrats Ben Baller!!!

  • eweezyFebruary 28, 2012 9:20 am

    congrats benny!

  • Maurice TFebruary 28, 2012 9:43 am

    Congrats to you and your wife. Wish ya’ll the best..oh yeah and no ones touching your essentials on HB

  • Mo PakFebruary 28, 2012 10:04 am

    Beautiful wedding..the professional pics are gonna be so dope!! really good idea with the wackybooth photo!! haha bro i think if it was me getting married i woulda popped a valium or something before the evening started! i love that good nervous feeling though. Congrats on the little dragon homey. Idk how i started following you on myspace and then you making this blog and following it for so long. Very happy for you and Nic and your new family! Congrats bro, and btw werent you shooting a pilot or something? keep ur “fans” posted on that! oh and i forgot…..The wedding rings are so simple and elegant. well done homey

  • G-RocFebruary 28, 2012 10:50 am

    Congrats, Ben, from G-Roc of TheShoeGame.com.

  • JenFebruary 28, 2012 11:00 am

    Congrats to your and your wife, Ben! The wedding looks beautiful and you two are so blessed to start a family!

  • Arthurone1NYCFebruary 28, 2012 11:02 am

    Congratulations Ben & Nic Many Blessing

  • HieuFebruary 28, 2012 11:13 am

    Congrats bro! Wishing you and Nic a long and happy life together!

  • JuniorFebruary 28, 2012 11:26 am

    Congrats again to both of you Ben.

  • richFebruary 28, 2012 12:01 pm

    congrats on ur wedding and ur future little one. u have been blessed

  • GrahamFebruary 28, 2012 12:18 pm

    Way to go Ben! Really beautiful classy looking wedding you had! ENjoy I wish you and yours the best for many years to come!

  • DennLiveFebruary 28, 2012 12:23 pm

    Congrats. Weddings are the absolute peak of what a relationship could and should lead to. Our wedding just over two years ago felt exactly the way you described. Perfect and a blur, some issues, but never anything you can’t over come.
    We are expecting our first child in April as well. Exciting and nerve racking at the same time.
    Congratulations and all the best.

  • James NomadRipFebruary 28, 2012 12:47 pm

    I didn’t know it was this weekend! Ignore that email I sent you – It’s probably too small potatoes for your biz anyway.

    Congrats to you both! I love seeing good things happening with good people.

  • 206February 28, 2012 12:55 pm

    congrats bb to u n ur wife!!

  • GabrielFebruary 28, 2012 1:17 pm

    Congratulations Ben on your marriage & baby on the way.

  • MonicaFebruary 28, 2012 2:43 pm

    Beautiful wedding…can’t wait to see the professional pictures. May God continue to bless you and your family always. Thank you for sharing such a special moment in your life.

  • MichelleFebruary 28, 2012 3:10 pm

    Congrats! The emotional picture is beautiful! I want to start crying when I look at it. :’) Best wishes to you two, you guys are absolutely adorable

  • RogaaDodgaaFebruary 28, 2012 3:37 pm

    Congrats Ben and Nicolette absolutely beautiful wedding.. i always do my best thinking on the throne myself.. lolol that shiet made me geeek out

  • PeeAyyFebruary 28, 2012 4:22 pm

    Wow, congrats Ben. Thats what its all about. I wish you to best. Funny enough, I was thinking “when is he gonna have a seed”, and that was the next section! blessings on blessings B

  • BigfootdoggFebruary 28, 2012 6:00 pm

    As a newlywed for 3 months after a 10 year relationship which included 4 years long distance, I 1000% understand your joy and excitement, happiness! Congrats to you and your bride and much continued success! Much respect Ben!

  • Norman GoldenFebruary 28, 2012 7:55 pm

    Congratulations to Nic&Ben!!!!!! Til death do you guys apart forreal!!!

  • jeff choyFebruary 28, 2012 8:02 pm

    congrats on the marriage! and congrats on the little one on the way! your kid, Jeremy Lin, Bruce Lee and I have something in common. DRAGONS

  • JSnwFebruary 28, 2012 9:34 pm

    congrats to you Ben…don’t ever let her go….

  • CrazyMTFFebruary 28, 2012 9:52 pm

    @Ben Baller
    Congrats Ben your life is fully complete your father in heaven must be smilling right now.

  • deezFebruary 28, 2012 10:16 pm

    Congrats K-Town… One of the OGs. Be well… Baby Baller on the way. Congrats x 2…

  • MLopezFebruary 29, 2012 1:02 am

    Congratulations from my family to yours! You are truly blessed to have soo many great people in your life. Enjoy your honeymoon.

  • natFebruary 29, 2012 2:20 am

    I’m so happy for you guys ! Congratulations !! Nic look beautiful as always 🙂

  • SinclairFebruary 29, 2012 6:10 am

    Congrats to you and your wife homie.

  • marlonFebruary 29, 2012 8:19 am

    Congrats – Loyal reader of your blog. I enjoyed your post on NT and here. I seen the bad and the ugly and I’m happy to see this day for you. I’m a new dad myself – greatest feeling in the world.

  • JacobFebruary 29, 2012 10:26 am

    Congrats! Steve hyung looks like he gained some weight haha.

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  • Michael DiazFebruary 29, 2012 1:59 pm

    Beautiful. Congratulations, my dude.

  • @Mrvn_88February 29, 2012 2:51 pm

    congratz on your wedding, shit looked like a fairy tale. was niceee. i enjoy reading your blog and the stuff you write up about pretty cool stuff. congratz and good luck with everything!

  • MiamihovFebruary 29, 2012 4:54 pm


  • XtinaFebruary 29, 2012 7:56 pm

    I don’t know you personally but the 3rd ceremony picture is so powerful. Congratulations on capturing that moment, and your marriage!

  • TimMarch 1, 2012 2:12 am

    Congrats to you and your wife, homie! You’re truly blesssed.

  • AaronMarch 3, 2012 11:56 pm

    Congratulations Ben I’am really happy for you & Nicole, best of luck to you’re future together. And a baby on the way too, amazing.

  • IsaacMarch 4, 2012 8:35 pm

    Congrats ben !! Bless you guys and glad to see everything is going great

  • nanaMarch 5, 2012 8:58 am

    hey ben i got a random question…. most celebrities have the day date or day date 2 why do you choose to have the submariner?

  • Ben BallerMarch 5, 2012 7:00 pm

    Nana. The gold sub is my everyday sport watch. The yachtmaster II is the king of Rolex watches now; My new watch last shown before wedding. I have a president big face DD II as well
    The gold sub costs the same as the day date II. I will never wear a small day date. Had one a long time ago tho

  • JackyMarch 6, 2012 7:24 am

    been following your blog for years, congratulation! You’re an inspiration, stay balling and best wishes to you and your family!

  • nanaMarch 6, 2012 9:42 am

    o ok i was just wondering… can you post a pic of ur watches u have please if its not too big of a problem? And the yachtmaster is your favorite right now?

  • nanaMarch 6, 2012 11:48 am

    also do you recommend buying rolexs new or used? What have you done in the past?

  • K-ManMarch 7, 2012 11:11 am

    Congrats, Ben! Hope you and Nic wish the best in the future.

  • Invazn aka Love Dr SteveMarch 7, 2012 3:03 pm

    CONGRATS BEN on all of it

  • MASTERDAMMarch 8, 2012 11:56 am

    Awesome B,

    All the luck 2 you!

  • nanaMarch 8, 2012 7:52 pm

    do u buy new or used rolexs

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