alexis welch and amare stoudemire*For NY Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire 12-12-12 isn’t just a catchy date/number.

Nope, it’s bigger than that. It’s the day he and his now legal wife, Alexis Welch, will always remember as their wedding day.

“12.12.12 now has a special & spiritual meaning for us,” Stoudemire tweeted Wednesday after walking down the aisle with Welch, the mother of his three children, in a secret sunset ceremony in New York City, writes Us magazine.

The New York Daily News reports that the couple tied the knot on the roofdeck of their apartment in the city’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. Their nuptials were attended by just 12 guests — including their kids — in keeping with the day’s numerical theme.

“They decided to do this because of the date, and they wanted to do something spiritual and private for themselves,” an insider told the Daily News, adding that the newlyweds intend to hold a larger ceremony this summer so that Stoudemire’s teammates can attend.

As we previously reported, Stoudemire and Welch – a couple since 2002 – got engaged in Paris in June, when he presented her with an 8 1/2-carat Afshar diamond.

After swapping vows Wednesday, the couple made their first public appearance as Mr. and Mrs. Stoudemire at NYC’s 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden.

alexis welch and amare stoudemire rings

The happy couple show off their wedding rings