Just when the state of the nation was looking too grim for words, the most gorgeous celebrity wedding ever happens to give us all a little bit of hope again. If you haven't been following the epic romance of Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli, now's the time to do some catch-up — and then check out the first released photo from their picture-perfect Palm Springs ceremony yesterday.
Wiley and Morelli met on the set of Orange Is The New Black, I dunno maybe you've heard of it, while the former was acting in the show and the latter writing it. It would be a pretty run-of-the-mill Hollywood meet-cute if it weren't for the fact that Morelli was married (to a fella) at the time. Morelli wrote an essay in 2014 about how Wiley and the other cast and crew members ultimately helped her find the courage — and the self-awareness — to come out.
As for the March 25 nuptials, Martha Stewart Weddings reports that both stunning brides wore custom Christian Siriano pieces — Morelli's even came with a cape, which we obviously support. The couple wanted to have the wedding in Southern California since it's where they got engaged. And it was not your average celeb ceremony: It was "confetti-themed," according to Martha Stewart, complete with funfetti cake, colorful mismatched glassware, and a confetti explosion. Plus, the recessional was Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It" (hell yes), so it sounds like the whole thing was entirely original and pleasantly Pachelbel-free.
Wiley, who has always been an LGBTQ rights activist, told The Daily Beast that after the Orlando shooting she truly learned the importance of "remain[ing] active, and not necessarily doing anything radical but just living my life openly and honestly in front of people — I think that in and of itself can be radical — and to not hide, and to not be afraid.”
This is more true now than ever, and it looks like Wiley and Morelli are doing a great job of it. Congrats to the beautiful brides, and please invite us to your next Miami girl squad party, please and thank you.