Emmy award–winning TV host and activist Jeannie Mai and Grammy-nominated recording artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Jeezy were married in an intimate wedding ceremony (a mini-mony) at their home in Atlanta on March 27, 2021, one year after their engagement.
Intimate Home-ceremony Instead of Destination Wedding
The couple met when he was a guest on her daytime talk show The Real. “Years later, he asked me out on a date,” Jeannie remembers:
“We shared a romantic sushi dinner in Los Angeles and salsa danced the night away. Later that evening, he asked if I could picture spending the rest of my life with him. And crazy enough, I could.”
“These stairs are our favorite place in our home,” Jeannie says to Vogue. “They symbolize our aspiration to help each other grow.” Photo credits: Denis Reggie
The couple wanted to get married at Lake Como or in the South of France and were really looking forward to having all of our friends and family there to celebrate. But like all weddings that are hit by the worldwide health and safety restrictions, they had to change all of our wedding plans due to COVID.
The wedding guests. Photo credit: Denis Reggie
In order to make their event as safe as possible for everyone in attendance, they took all necessary COVID measurements for and with everyone attending.
“Once everyone was tested and confirmed negative, our guests were shuttled to the surprise location—our home,” Jeannie shares with Vogue.
At the end of the day, Jeezy and Jeannie Mai really just wanted to become husband and wife. So we decided to turn our original wedding into a mini-mony, an intimate ceremony in which you invite only immediate family and a few close friends.
Jeannie's dad walked her down the aisle. Photo by Denis Reggie
Photo by Denis Reggie
Magnolia Wedding Backdrop
The service of the happy couple took place in the open garden at their home and was situated against a backdrop of magnolia, birch, and maple trees — a setting that was both intimate and familial. “Everywhere you went, there were tall glass candles lighting your path,” Jeannie says. “And, we had a live band, Trap Jazz, perform our favorite songs.”
The vows. Photo by Denis Reggie
The kiss. Photo by Denis Reggie
After each family member proceeded down the aisle, the father of the groom laid a single pink rose on a seat reserved for the late Sharon Denise Jenkins, Jeezy’s mother. To continue the celebration, the group ultimately moved the after-party into the couple’s lounge, where guests were gifted custom pajamas and slippers to dance the night away in.
The happy couple. Photo by Denis Reggie
Ending the day in matching PJ's. Photo by Denis Reggie