Jeezy and Jeannie Mai marry in surprise ceremony

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The couple had planned to marry in Italy but COVID meant a change of venue and plans

Atlanta-born rap star Jeezy and The Real co-host Jeannie Mai have married.

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The couple who first started dating in 2019, has been engaged for a year. They met when Jeezy was a guest on The Real and after Mai’s 2017 divorce from Freddy Harteis, the two started dating.

“Years later, he asked me out on a date,” Mai told Vogue who covered the ceremony. “We shared a romantic sushi dinner in Los Angeles and salsa danced the night away. Later that evening, he asked if I could picture spending the rest of my life with him. And crazy enough, I could.”

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Mai, 42, and Jeezy, born Jay Wayne Jenkins, 43, originally planned to get married in Italy or France but COVID changed those plans, as well as Jeezy’s hopes to propose to Mai in Vietnam where her parents are from. He ended up proposing to her at his Los Angeles apartment. They were married on Saturday at the home they share in Atlanta, with friends and family present.

Referring to it as a mini-mony, Mai said an intimate group traveled to the nuptials, with negative COVID-19 tests required 48 hours before the wedding. The couple also provided tests on the day of the ceremony.

One of the reasons they went ahead and tied the knot at home is that Jeezy’s mother, Sharon Denise Jenkins, passed away unexpectedly in February, which Mai said made them recognize that life can change at any minute.

And the couple contended with Mai’s own health scare last year. In the midst of competing on season 29 of Dancing with the Stars, Mai was diagnosed with epiglottitis, a condition that swells the epiglottis, a lid of cartilage on the windpipe, that blocks air from getting into the lungs.

“After Jeezy’s mother unexpectedly passed,” Mai told Vogue, “we quickly learned that life is too short. And at the end of the day, Jeezy and I really just wanted to become husband and wife. So we decided to turn our original wedding into a mini-mony, where we exchanged our vows in front of our immediate family and a few close friends.”

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Author and pastor John Maxwell married the couple. Jeezy’s father was there, as were Jeannie’s brother and parents, including her mother Mama Mai, a popular social media personality herself, due to her appearances on Jeannie’s “Hey Hunnay” YouTube channel. Jeezy’s mother was acknowledged with a pink rose laid on a chair to symbolize her presence.

Jeezy walked down the aisle to Kem’s “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and Mai walked down to the Bee Gees classic “How Deep Is Your Love,” followed by a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony officiated by her brother, and then an exchange of vows.

The couple’s first dance was to Tyrese’s “Sweet Lady” – and not the recorded version. Mai surprised her new husband by bringing Tyrese there to sing it himself.

“The entire night was filled with speeches and funny memories from all our guests,” Mai said. “Not to be outdone, my mother, Mama Mai, kicked off the after-party with a special performance of her own.”

Rapper Jeezy (L) and Jeannie Mai attend the Badgley Mischka front row during New York Fashion Week: on February 08, 2020, in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Badgley Mischka)

The newlyweds ended the night in matching Versace pajamas with the memories of a night celebrating their love story lingering in the air.

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“We both went through enough in our life to connect on the understanding that love should feel safe, honest, and pure,” Mai told PEOPLE last November. “Immediately that was a magnetic attraction. We are very attracted to each other’s passions to serve. So because we have a mutual joy of having purpose, we’re going to find a way to do that together.”

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Jeannie Mai and Young Jeezy Just Secretly Tied the Knot!

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It’s always the relationships you never see coming that turn out to be the couples you route for. While celebrity relationships are always a hot topic, fans always love when unlikely couples stand the test of time and find lasting love. And that’s the situation at hand with The Real host Jeannie Mai and rapper Young Jeezy.

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While the two were considered to be a random pair, they’ve been giving us all a strong dose of couple goals since their pairing. And we have been eating it up. After all, Jeannie’s divorce was heartbreaking to watch and fans wanted to see her find love again. So, when the announcement that Jeannie and Jeezy got engaged was announced fans were thrilled and anticipating their nuptials.

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However, it looks like the anticipation is no longer needed. Jeannie and Jeezy have officially jumped the broom. Keep reading to get all the deets on the newlyweds.

So, when did Jeezy and Jeannie tie the knot? We all know that Jeannie and Jeezy are a solid couple. After all, they have both professed their love for each other during media interviews and on their respective Instagram pages. And while many of us have been waiting to see their glitzy wedding come to life, the pandemic reared its ugly head and halted their plans. Article continues below advertisement Jeannie hasn’t been shy about stating that a double wedding would be ideal — since a traditional Vietnamese wedding and another ceremony would allow the couple to celebrate their cultures. However, the couple was delayed like many engaged pairs due to COVID-19. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vogue (@voguemagazine) Article continues below advertisement But, it turns out that love won and they didn’t allow the state of the world to get in the way of them tying the knot. According to Vogue, the couple tied the knot at their home on March 27, 2021, exactly one year after their engagement. “We were really looking forward to having all of our friends and family there to celebrate,” Jeannie told the outlet. “But we had to change all of our wedding plans due to COVID. After Jeezy’s mother unexpectedly passed, we quickly learned that life is too short. And at the end of the day, Jeezy and I really just wanted to become husband and wife.” Article continues below advertisement

Inside Jeezy and Jeannie Mai’s Intimate Wedding Ceremony at Their Home in Atlanta

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Harper’s Bazaar

After World War I, as formal weddings became more popular, those without full-time social secretaries realized they needed help wrangling the caterer, the invitation printer, the florist, and the seamstress—and so, the wedding planner was born. Silent film actress Natalie Talmadge married Hollywood great Buster Keaton in 1921, carrying a bouquet of roses intertwined with long ribbon streamers, a popular bouquet style in the U.S. at the time. In February 1922, Princess Mary of England married Viscount Lascelles at Westminster Abbey in London, considered by many to be the wedding event of the year.