Congrats are in order for Eddie Murphy’s daughter, Bria Murphy and her now-husband, Michael Xavier. On Saturday, the 32-year-old actress and 36-year-old actor said “I do” in front of 250 of their closest family and friends in Beverly Hills, California, during a private ceremony.
For the occasion, Bria looked gorgeous in a white off-the-shoulder gown by Netta BenShabu. The groom was dapper in a tux by Knot Standard, styled by Dion Lattimore.
The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father. Bria’s mother, Nicole Murphy, also attended the ceremony. The bride and groom’s big day was picture perfect in images captured during the ceremony.
Murphy had two sons in quick succession around the end of the 1980s: Eric (born c. 1989), with then-girlfriend Paulette McNeely and Christian (born c. 1990) with then-girlfriend Tamara Hood.
Murphy began a longtime romantic relationship with Nicole Mitchell after meeting her in 1988 at an NAACP Image Awards show. They lived together for almost two years before getting married at the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel in New York City on March 18, 1993. Murphy and Mitchell have five children together: Bria, Myles, Shayne, Zola and Bella. In August 2005 Mitchell filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences“. The divorce was finalized on April 17, 2006.
Following his divorce from Mitchell, in 2006, Murphy began dating former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who became pregnant and said the child was Murphy’s. When questioned about the pregnancy in December 2006, by RTL Boulevard, Murphy told Dutch reporter Matthijs Kleyn, “I don’t know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test. You shouldn’t jump to conclusions, sir”. Brown gave birth to a baby girl, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, on Murphy’s 46th birthday, April 3, 2007. On June 22, 2007, representatives for Brown announced that a DNA test had confirmedMurphy was the father. Brown had stated in an interview that Murphy has not sought a relationship with Angel, although it was later reported in 2010 that Murphy was getting to know her.
In one photo, the newlyweds stand in the middle of Bria’s father, who looks sharp in a black tux, and her mother, who stuns in a crimson lace gown, while a floral arch sits tall above them. In another photo, Bria sits on her husband’s lap as they look at the camera.
In video captured by photographer Blair Cadwell, and shared on their stories, Eddie takes the stage to deliver a speech to the happy couple. “I’m just very, very proud. Very, very happy,” the Coming 2 America actor said. “It’s very, very nice to see all of you and I wish Bria and Michael nothing but love and happiness.”