Three time Grammy Award-winner Chance the Rapper married his longtime love Kirsten Corley at Pelican Hill resort in Newport Beach, California on Saturday. While the pair also wed in a civil service in December of 2018, this time they recited vows before 150 family and friends—including David Chappelle, Kim Kardashian, and Chance’s longtime mentor Kanye West—in a ceremony overlooking the ocean. Chance, né Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, was in a white tuxedo jacket and black bow-tie for the occasion, while the bride wore a strapless Galia Lahav ballgown with a structured bodice. She was styled by Chicago-based designer Azeeza Khan, who previously worked with her on her bridal shower and engagement looks. Kristen’s wedding dress was paired with midnight blue velvet Jimmy Choo flats, and her hair was pulled back in an updo with loose pieces framing her face.
Chance and Kristen go way back, and the groom took to Twitter to tell the world about their love story in the lead up to the wedding. It all started in 2003, when Chance was just 9 years old, and his mother took him to an office party:
“My mom used to work as a real estate agent at a black owned franchise called Re/Max Exclusive Properties,” he writes. "One night, she took my dad and my brother and I to one of her office parties to get better acquainted with her co-workers. I was 9 yrs old at the time so I was prolly oblivious to what was going on and had no say in how I spent my evenings, anyway. That being said I was probably playing a gameboy in a corner or eating candy, initially unimpressed by my surroundings. But THEN…out of nowhere, we were all told to make room, to spread out and make a circle for a presentation. This is where my memory comes back in a photographic manner. We were instructed to make way for an exclusive performance by DESTINY’S CHILD!!”
Destiny’s Child wasn’t actually performing—but three adorable young girls were. The girls, who Chance thought looked a bit older than him, danced and lip-synced to “Independent Women” by Destiny’s Child.
“Now I’m locking eyes with the prettiest girl I ever seen in my almost-a-decade of life on Earth,” Chance goes on. “I really shouldn’t even say locked eyes cause really, I was just staring at her.”
According to the recounting of events years later, Chance’s dad nudged him and tried to encourage him to join the girls on stage. At that point, he’d already become an accomplished dancer and won talent shows, but something held him back.
“This wasn’t the time or place,” Chance explains. “Not just because it wasn’t my party, not because it was their moment to dance, not even cause I was nervous about dancing in front of folks. It’s cause I knew I was gonna marry that girl,” he wrote. “And I ain’t wanna jump the gun.”
That night, he didn’t even introduce himself. They didn’t get to know each other until 9 years later, in 2012, when the pair crossed paths again at South by Southwest and “eventually when back in Chicago we connected the dots,” Chance says. The couple now have a three-year-old daughter, Kensli, and their love story came full circle with Saturday’s celebration.