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Essence Atkins to Officiate Gabrielle Union’s Wedding! (VIDEO)

Gabrielle Union's got the urge for Essence! ('90s Herbal Essences reference, anyone?) Essence Atkins recently revealed that she will be marrying Gabrielle Union to Dwyane Wade! Read on…

At a pre-Emmy party on Saturday, August 24, the 42-year-old actress informed HipHollywood that she and her husband will officiate bestie Gabrielle's wedding to her Miami Heat beau.

(Essence and Gabrielle have shared the screen in the movies Deliver Us From Eva, Football Wives, and Straight From the Horse's Mouth and in episodes of the TV series Malibu Shores and Smart Guy.)

Fellow actress Garcelle Beauvais, who was standing right next to Essence on the red carpet, quipped, "She's going to marry me when I find a man!"

"Exactly," piped in Essence. "This is going to be my new side gig."

The Half & Half star said that this will be her first time officiating nuptials, but that hubby Jaime Mendez previously officiated Fresh Prince star Alfonso Ribeiro's wedding.

"No pressure," Essence said of her impending duties. "No pressure whatsoever."

In case you're curious, Essence has been a busy woman since her days on Half & Half. She starred in the TV series Are We There Yet? and recurred in Mr. Box Office. And on the big screen, she has appeared in A Haunted House and its sequel.

But we have a feeling that being the one to marry her best friend to her dream guy might just be her favorite job of the bunch!

Source: HipHollywood