Al Horford’s wife Amelia Vega was Miss Universe in 2003. That’s a claim that almost no man can actually make about his wife. But, can you imagine being at a cocktail party where everyone knows you’ve married one of the few Miss Universe winners? That puts you pretty high on the totem pole.
Since the competition, Al Horford’s wife Amelia Vega has moved to the United States, and lives in Miami where she opened a high end clothing boutique and recently recorded her first album. The store is called Essence and it is located in Little Havana. It has a four star rating on Yelp, but on only five total reviews.
Al and Amelia were married on Christmas Eve of 2011 at her uncle’s home in the Dominican Republic. Vega’s uncle is Juan Luis Guerra, an award winning singer famous in the D.R. But, reports indicate that the wedding happened right after Al broke up with his ex-girlfriend, Stefanie Gonzalez. The guests arrived assuming it was a regular party. Can you imagine that? I’m guessing some guests thought that Al Horford was still with his ex-girlfriend Stephanie, only to show up for a wedding to another woman. Sure enough, some places reported that some guests arriving to the party had no idea that Horford and Vega were even engaged.
Al Horford’s Surprise Wedding
The wedding clearly came together quickly. In fact, Al realized on the day of the nuptials that he forgot to get the limo for the big day. Gulp. But, even though it took another 5 years for Al to arrive in Boston, another Boston legend came to the rescue.
“We’re down there, and I realize I’m supposed to get a limo for [my wife], to pick her up and take her to where we’re getting married,” Horford says. “And then, obviously being in the Dominican Republic, things never go how they’re supposed to. So three hours before the wedding, we find out that there’s no limo.”
It was also Christmas Eve.
“I literally freaked out,” Horford remembers. “Nothing’s open, I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Eventually he did what one does in the case of Dominican emergencies. He called David Ortiz: “I’m like, ‘Hey man, this is what’s going on. We’re getting married in a couple hours. I need a car. What am I going to do?’”
“Don’t worry,” Ortiz said. “I got you.”
Ortiz wasn’t even on the island at this point, but it didn’t matter. He told Horford to send a friend over to Ortiz’s house to pick up his Rolls-Royce Phantom. “I’ll have it there in 30 minutes,” Ortiz said. “I just gotta get it washed.”
Al Horford’s wife Amelia Vega and kids
Horford and Vega had their first child, a boy Ean, in January of 2015. Their second child, daughter Alia was born the next year. But, in January of 2018 the Horford family had fun announcing they are expecting one more