Orange Is the New Black star Samira Wiley (ex-Poussey) and writer Lauren Morelli were married Saturday, March 25th in an intimate Palm Springs ceremony for close friends and family, officiated by Wiley’s parents.
Martha Stewart Weddings released the first photo of the brides, and will exclusively feature the sweet, confetti-themed ceremony (catering to the couple’s shared love of Pillsbury’s Funfetti-flavored cake) in an upcoming issue. The event was planned and executed by Beth Helmstetter Events, with technicolour tablescapes, rainbow parasols, and tons of confetti, in the same Southern California location as the couple’s engagement six months ago.
Both brides wore Cristian Siriano. Morelli, 34, wore a loose white jumpsuit and vintage-inspired cape with rhinestone lace detail, while Wiley, 29, changed out of her off-shoulder white ballgown with sweetheart neckline between the ceremony and reception – where, during the newlyweds’ first dance, the couple was showered with a blast from a confetti cannon.
The pair of pop music fans switched out a more traditional recessional song, taking their first walk down the aisle together in step with Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.” Walking into their reception together, the DJ serenaded their entrance with Justin Bieber’s “Baby.” But catchy tunes aren’t all the lovebirds have in common.
They met on the set of OINTB in 2012, with Morelli realizing she was gay in the process of writing the series’ multiple same-sex relationships. She began divorce proceedings with her husband, Stephen Basilone, and grew closer to Wiley in the process.
“Samira became my outlet, and through that process I fell in love with her,” Morelli told Out magazine in December. “But I thought, ‘This will be the one that got away.’ Being with her felt too good to be true.”
Despite her fears, the couple just grew stronger, and in October 2016 Morelli proposed while the couple was vacationing in Palm Springs, with an asscher-cut diamond set in yellow-gold. “I was so nervous and terrified she knew it was coming, but she was so shocked that I couldn’t get her to stop crying,” Morelli recalled to Out.