Writer-actress Lena Waithe is on a high—and rightfully so: she made history at this year's Emmys, becoming the first black woman to win Best Writing for a Comedy Series for an episode of Master of None titled "Thanksgiving." The storyline of the episode followed Waithe's character Denise's journey of coming out as a lesbian and the emotional fallout with her family. In her acceptance speech, Waithe thanked her longtime girlfriend, production executive Alana Mayo, saying, "To my girlfriend: I love you more than life itself. Alana, my team, my chosen family, I love y'all."
As if that sweet on-stage moment wasn't enough, Waithe has also shared her plans for a wedding with Mayo, whom she says she can't wait to marry: "I think it’ll be pretty fly,” she said. “She’s pretty fly. It’ll be small and intimate, honestly, but she’s also like a black Audrey Hepburn; she’s old school classic, and I know I have a bit more of a swaggier style, so we complement each other really well. It’ll be something small, intimate and very personal.”
On Monday, after the historic win, Mayo posted a beautiful portrait of Waithe, congratulating her on the accomplishment:
However small and intimate, this wedding will likely feature deeply heartfelt vows if Waithe's Emmy acceptance speech is any indication. After thanking Mayo and her "chosen family," Waithe continued with an equally emotional message:
"And last, but certainly not least, my LGBTQIA family, I see each and every one of you," she said to the 11.38-million Emmy Awards viewers that night. "The things that make us different, those are our super powers. Every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren't in it and for everybody out there that showed so much love, through this episode, thank you for embracing us, a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago. We appreciate it more than you could ever know. Thank you, academy, for this. We love you all, god bless you all."
After a speech like that—and now that she's shared plans for her dream wedding—it's likely that Waithe's fans are just as excited as we are for her marriage to Mayo.