Surprise! Issa Rae tied the knot over the weekend to longtime beau Louis Diame in a scenic ceremony on the French Rivera. The wedding came two years after the Insecure star first flashed her engagement ring on the April 2019 cover of Essence. Shortly after, her fellow cast-mates Yvonne Orji and Jay Ellis, who were also in France for the festivities, confirmed the news on the red carpet for the 2019 NAACP Image Awards.
In an Instagram post breaking the news, Rae shared snaps from the big day while remaining coy in the caption. Instead of outright acknowledging the wedding, the Golden Globe-nominee referred to it as an "impromptu photoshoot in a custom @verawang dress" and "then I took a few flicks with Somebody’s Husband," referring to her now-spouse.
Rae's ceremony look was a show-stopping strapless, beaded ballgown with a sweetheart neckline and a chapel-length Chantilly lace veil. She kept the French fairytale momentum going with her reception dress, an A-line V-neck Italian silk gown with a playful tulle skirt—another custom Vera Wang design. Her signature auburn tresses were brushed into a sleek ponytail by her longtime hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood. She opted for a natural, dewy makeup look, courtesy of her go-to artist Joanna Simkin.
The couple exchanged vows in a garden ceremony at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, followed by a luxe outdoor reception in the venue's courtyard. In a clip shared by Rae's wedding planner, White Eden Weddings, we see live violinists playing a cover of "You & Me" by Disclosure and Eliza Doolittle for the couple before guests entered the dreamy reception area.
Music was clearly a focal point for the Raedio label owner's big day, as various Instagram Stories from guests show her costars and childhood friends Swag Surfing the night away. To document the occasion, guests used the hashtag #NiceForWhat, a clever reference to the European setting, and Drake's 2018 music video, which the bride starred in.
On Insecure, which just wrapped production for its final season, plots revolve around the relationship woes of Rae's fictional counterpart Issa Dee. Off-screen, she keeps her love life extremely under wraps. In fact, she has never actually acknowledged her now-husband in public before posting their wedding photos, where the businessman sported a red velvet Dolce & Gabbana suit.
Most of what we know about Diame comes from an interview that Rae's brother Lamine "Enimal" Diop did with US Weekly in 2019, where he shared that the two have "been dating forever" and that he popped the question earlier that year "around the holidays." In a 2019 interview with The View, Rae was quick to avoid questions about her engagement ring. "I wear a lot of rings," she said. "Jewelry, you know."
Speaking of jewelry, Rae wore some eye-catching accessories down the aisle. To make her "photoshoot" extra special, she ordered a set of diamond grillz from L.A. jeweler Grillz By Scotty. Shortly after posting the wedding reveal, she took to her Instagram Story to share that Scotty hand-delivering her grillz from L.A. to France was "the best customer experience I've ever had in my whole life."
Between editing Insecure's final season and filming her new HBO comedy Rap Sh*t, there's no shortage of to-dos on Issa Rae's list. But for the time being, enjoying newlywed bliss is her top priority. After Rae's wedding photos showed up on Instagram, writer Rebecca Carroll tweeted that the leading lady had set a memorable out-of-office message while she's honeymooning: "I am unavailable, unreachable and uninterested for the next two weeks." It goes without saying that we'll be using that next time we're OOO.