“Orange Is the New Black” star Samira Wiley and her fiancee Lauren Morelli were married Saturday in Palm Springs, California.
Wiley, 29, and Morelli, who is in her mid-30s, wore custom Christian Siriano bridal gowns, according to Martha Stewart Weddings. The afternoon ceremony was officiated by Wiley’s parents, Christine and Dennis Wiley, who have been performing same-sex marriages at their traditionally black Baptist church in Washington, D.C., since at least 2007.
The procession up the aisle was set to Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It,” while at the reception afterward, Justin Bieber’s “Baby” played as the newlyweds entered, the magazine said.
Wiley, who currently stars on the Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” on Sunday posted an Instagram photo of herself and Morelli in their gowns, captioned with the hashtag “#aboutlastnight.” Several hours later, she put up a photo of the two of them posing in regular clothes in a desert landscape, clasping hands and each holding a colorful umbrella. This was hashtagged, “#wifed.”
The couple had met on the set of Wiley’s Netflix show, where the actress played Poussey Washington for four seasons until the character’s tragic death last year. Morelli, one of the show’s writers, had been married to husband Steve Basilone for two years but, as she described in a Mic.com essay in 2014, she eventually realized she was gay while working on the show. She and Basilone amicably divorced.
Wiley and Morelli announced their engagement on Instagram on Oct. 4, smiling together in a close-up photo while Wiley displayed what the magazine describes as an asscher-cut diamond and yellow-gold engagement ring.