Misty Copeland proves you don’t need an elaborate wedding

Copeland and longtime beau Evans tied the knot in an intimate setting on July 31, 2016. And there wasn’t a tutu—or a paparazzo—in sight. Just friends, and love.

Ballerina Misty Copeland and Olu Evans at the 2015 Time 100 Gala at Lincoln Center in New York City. Taylor Hill | Getty Images

Congratulations are in order for famous ballerina Misty Copeland and her longtime beau, lawyer Olu Evans! The pair wed this weekend after dating for ten years. Copeland is perhaps one of the most famous dancers in the world—known for being the first female African-American dancer to become a principal in the prestigious American Ballet Theater. According to Time Magazine she effectively “[changed] the face of ballet.

Though the bride is a celebrity, paparazzi and fanfare were not on the guest-list. Instead, she and Evans chose to have an intimate ceremony at the breathtaking Montage Resort, overlooking the ocean in Laguna Beach, California, with only a hundred guests in attendance. The ceremony was decorated with pink and white roses and pink hydrangeas. The affair was so private that photos of it have not yet been released.

I get to become a fairy princess on stage … so I just want [my day] to be simple.”

Copeland wore an Inbal Dror gown, complete with Christian Louboutin shoes, and before you picture a stage-worthy, frilly, fairy-princess gown, consider that she told E! News in an interview she was hoping her entire day would be simple and classy. “It’s interesting that I’m a ballerina, which is so girly and feminine and what every little girl dreams of,” she told E! “But it’s a character I’m playing, and that’s so much fun to be that. It’s, I guess, how people envision their wedding days, and that’s my life.”

Misty continued, “I feel like I get to become a fairy princess on stage and wear incredible costumes and gowns to galas. So, for me, I just want to have a simple, as easy-going day as I can have and just not have it be a big show. I just want it to be simple and classy and not feel like I’m in a tutu.”

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Copeland and Evans’ day was small and private, and perhaps unlike some of their celebrity counterparts, they focused on the actual act of tying the knot, of the coming together as one. How inspiring to see someone so accomplished and accustomed to the spotlight choose to focus on the act of marriage itself, rather than the usual hullabaloo and attention-seeking that often goes along with modern weddings.

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Perhaps Copeland has the right idea about weddings—that while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a big production, sometimes simplicity is better. So many modern brides get caught up in having the “perfect day,” but perfection means different things to different people. Is perfection found in the flowers, the food, the décor? Or is the “perfection” of the day found in marrying the one whom your soul loves, in the act of entrusting yourself to another, ‘til death do you part?

It seems as if the pressure to have the perfect day only increases as we’re exposed to photos and details of weddings of just about any size and bridal budget. Plans and preparations for one’s wedding can sometimes start even years in advance of the big day, and we’re all familiar with the picture of the harried and stressed-out bride. But Copeland’s approach was laid-back and relaxed. In an interview with Vanity Fair she said, “I think I’m a pretty simple girl, so I like for there to be no drama. I just want to enjoy the day, and not have it be about the preparation.”

It seems as though Misty’s day was just as straightforward, smooth and intimate-feeling as she had hoped. In a world that sometimes celebrates excess, Copeland’s laid-back, paired-down approach is indeed refreshing.

Ashley Jonkman
Ashley Jonkman
Ashley is a freelance writer and editor. She lives with her husband, two sons and two rambunctious dogs in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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