If you’re a fan of Netflix’s hit show Orange is the New Black, then you’re definitely here for this! Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey Washington, and Lauren Morelli, a writer for the show, made it official last Saturday (March 25th) in Palm Springs, California.
The couple has been dating since 2014, just a little time after Morelli divorced her husband of two years upon realizing she was a lesbian within a few days of being on set. In a piece she wrote for Mic.com in May 2014, she admitted that the show’s storyline between Piper Chapman and Alex Vause gave her the huge push to come out. She stated in writing the script she, “found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like.”
In an interview featured in the February issue of Out Magazine, Morelli shared that she was given the task of writing a rap for Wiley’s character and confessed to instantly having a crush on her after seeing her audition tape. Wiley also shared that she kept coming up with questions to ask Morelli during the scene just to find ways to talk to her. The two instantly hit it off and in October 2016, Morelli intimately proposed to Wiley at home by pulling a ring from behind the couch after taking a moment to dance with her.
According to Martha Stewart Weddings, the couple had a ‘colorful, confetti-themed celebration’ which was planned and designed by Beth Helmstetter Events, not only because they wanted the day to be fun and non-traditional, but because of their joint love for funfetti cake. The outdoor ceremony, where both Samira and Lauren wore custom Christian Siriano pieces, began with a procession down the aisle to Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It,” and the nuptials were officiated by Wiley’s parents. The newlyweds made a grand entrance at their reception to Justin Beiber’s “Baby,” and their first dance was accompanied with a blast of confetti. The guests enjoyed dinner under colorful garlands and strands of lights amongst vibrant floral and citrus centerpieces that dotted wood tables with colorful mismatched glassware.
The couple is now celebrating their “I do’s” with a honeymoon.
Congratulations Samira and Lauren! Wishing you many years of love and blessings! -xoxo