Michael Oher found his happily ever after. The former NFL player, who inspired the Oscar-nominated film The Blind Side, married Tiffany Roy on November 5, 2022, at the JW Marriot in Nashville, Tennessee, People reports.
During the ceremony, the couple’s son Kobi escorted Roy down the aisle while “Halo” by Beyoncé filled the room. The bride tells People that her first few steps down the aisle felt absolutely surreal. “For a few seconds, my mind was cloudy,” she remembers. “Everything was moving so fast that I could not hear or focus on my own thoughts. Until I felt my dress get caught on my shoe, which prevented me from walking. That’s when everything became clear. I heard my son ask me, ‘Are you ready?’ And I said, ‘Of course I am. I’ve been waiting a long time for this magical day.’ It was filled with so much joy, excitement, and happiness.”
Once the bride joined Oher at the altar, they participated in a unity sand ceremony and recited personalized vows, according to People. For Roy, exchanging heartfelt promises was the highlight of the day. “To hear Mike express his feelings in front of 200-plus people was astonishing and romantic,” the bride gushes. “I really felt like a true queen.”
For the occasion, Roy donned a lace dress with a low back and plunging neckline by ÈLYSÈE, and she had her updo topped off with a crystal headpiece. Oher wore a black silk suit.
After the couple was pronounced husband and wife, their guests sipped on cocktails and watched ballerinas put on a performance. Then, the duo joined their guests in celebrating their newlywed status at a glamorous ballroom reception. They worked with wedding planner and designer Tiffanie Elliott to transform the space into a glitzy affair, decked out in eight-foot-tall floral arrangements, elaborate candelabras, lucite details, glowing votives, and blue linens.
For drinks and dinner, everyone savored espresso martinis and a spread of sassafras braised beef short ribs, wasabi cream red snapper, and marinated chicken with rice and asparagus. When the bride and groom shared a choreographed first dance to “This Is Why I Love You” by Will Davenport, ballerinas encircled them. Once guests joined them on the dance floor, a second line band put on a show as a nod to Roy’s hometown of New Orleans, according to People. At the end of the night, the pair cut into a seven-tier cake engulfed in feathers, a motif that was seen throughout the event, from the invitation to the décor.
After a beautiful celebration of their love, Roy says she’s so lucky to have a husband like Oher. “He is charming, loving, kind, funny, handsome, a great listener, a great cook, and an amazing father to our kids,” she expresses. “Michael has a glow in his eyes when he looks at me. He puts me first, no matter what he has on his schedule for the day. He makes sure his family is taken care of. I love his love for his family and our kids.”
The couple first met 17 years ago at the University of Mississippi’s administration building. On July 12, 2021, Oher got down on one knee and popped the question. The two share four children together.