Gayle King celebrates son William Bumpus Jr’s wedding in 'magical backyard' party at pal Oprah Winfrey's house

Gayle King celebrates son William Bumpus Jr’s  wedding in 'magical backyard' party at pal Oprah Winfrey's house
Gayle King shares the glimpse of her son William Bumpus' wedding at her friend’s house (@gayleking/Instagram)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: CBS news anchor Gayle King is making headlines for sharing candid photos from her son William Bumpus Jr's wedding, held at her longtime friend Oprah Winfrey's house. 

Additionally, King posted behind-the-scenes photos and videos of the grand weekend wedding on Instagram, as per People.

Her 1 million followers on social media have been congratulating the couple and cherishing the memorable wedding moments, wishing them many happy years ahead.

Gayle King shares glimpse of her son William Bumpus Jr's wedding at Oprah's house

In an Instagram post on June 5, 2024, King shared a glimpse of her son William Bumpus Jr's wedding ceremony through a carousel of ten photos. 

The collection included a picture of the bride in a strapless Amsale gown and the groom in a matching white suit jacket and slacks. The couple held hands in Oprah Winfrey’s garden, where the nuptials took place. Another heartwarming photo showed King hugging her son before the wedding ceremony. 

She also posted images of Bumpus Jr, 37, lovingly gazing at his bride from the altar beneath a rose flower arch. The bride's father, who officiated the ceremony, stood behind him, smiling and holding his script. 

Another photo showed the bride holding a white bouquet and walking down the aisle with her mother, Eva, as attendees captured the moment on their cameras, their faces filled with smiles and laughter.

In the sixth snap, King appeared in a blue one-shoulder Amsale dress, posing alongside her son and Winfrey, who wore a pale rose-colored gown. The remaining photos showcased the newlyweds' reception, including selfies with their wedding party and the couple feeding each other cake. 

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The post concluded with romantic shots of the couple gazing lovingly at each other as sparklers lit up behind them. The final video featured the couple driving away in a mini golf cart adorned with a makeshift sign reading “We Married” along with trailing strings and cans.

Gayle King welcomes her daughter-in-law as official member of her family

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The Instagram post was accompanied by the caption, "Favorite son Will found the girl of his dreams and now lovely @elisemariesmith is an official member of the family. It was truly a spectacular family wedding!" 

She also expressed her gratitude to her longtime friend, Oprah, by adding, "Thanks to @oprah—the wedding was magical in her “backyard!” She pulled out all the stops with Chef @meilin21, David & Marco Events, @dianadolan4 from @porch_summerland….and secret weapon Urania Greene they all added up to an epic wedding! Happy couple is now planning a dance party for friends!"

Gayle King reveals moments and rehearsal videos of couple before the wedding ceremony

The CBS News anchor didn't just post photos of the wedding itself but also shared moments from the preparations. In a separate Instagram post, she shared a rehearsal video showing the bride and groom holding hands as they walked down a staircase toward the altar. 

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King included several other fun rehearsal photos, including one of her, Bumpus Jr, and Elise posing together in the garden and a group shot with the wedding party. 

Oprah took an active role in the ceremony, as seen in a photo where she directed staff. King noted that her best friend was "weighing in" on the ceremony, adding, "Turns out she's a pretty good wedding planner!"

The festivities extended beyond the rehearsal, with King also sharing the setup for the welcome dinner at Rosewood Miramar Beach. The entrance was decorated with a multicolored rose flower arch, and the dining tables were adorned with multicolored flowers, blue silverware, and candles. 

The event was lively, as King posted a video of the bride and groom singing along to Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" with their wedding guests while musician Moses Lin played guitar. Another video showed the couple dancing to Earth, Wind & Fire's "September." 

She concluded her posts with the caption, "The night ended with an impromptu dance party in a room that didn’t have a dance floor! Black people always find a way—especially my family AND @moseslinmusic at the controls ! 💃🏽🕺🏽"

Internet extends wishes to the new couple

Numerous Instagram users have acknowledged and commented on King's carousel posts, which captured a series of events from her son's wedding.

One user claimed, "Congratulations Gayle and family! Thank you for having us be a part of this happily ever after. Wishing blessing for you and your family!"

A second user claimed, "Beautiful. I keep thinking this is my favorite picture/video then I’d see something else I loved. Congratulations to the new couple." 

The third claimed, "Absolutely beautiful and I see you son appreciate everything you done for him I see the love he has for his Mom by the way he looks at you he in Awe with you." The fourth wrote, "So beautiful. Keep posting. There is no such thing as thing as too many pics!💕💕💕".

The last user claimed, "Gayle, Oprah & family, you deserve all the joy and happiness this world has to offer! Congratulations!! 💜"

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