November 14, 2019
Jemele Hill is married! The sports journalist and podcaster tied the knot recently with her longtime love Ian Wallace in a lavish California wedding that paid tribute to their Detroit roots.
Hill, 43, made the happy announcement via Instagram yesterday with a screenshot of her wedding story on Essence Magazine.
"So I did a thing yesterday," she captioned coyly before directing folks to read about the ceremony on the website.
"I wanted something that can transition into the reception. The dress was so comfortable; I wanted to keep it on as long as possible."
That, however, did not stop fans and celebrity friends from showing up in the comments with heartwarming words and best wishes.
"Power" star, Naturi Naughton, gushed:
"Omg! Your wedding looked sooo beautiful and so did you!!! Congratulations girl! So happy for you both!"
"Continuous Blessings," chimed in R&B crooner Musiq Soulchild who performed at the event. "It was a beautiful wedding."
According to Essence, fans may not get to see a lot of photos from Hill and Wallace’s wedding on social media because the couple enforced a strict no cell phone policy for their big day. The news outlet, however, shared exclusive photos and got to speak with Hill and Wallace, who got engaged in 2018.
For the ceremony, which took place on November 10 at California’s Monarch Beach Resort, Hill donned a custom high-low Vera Wang wedding dress. The strapless outfit featured an adjustable bustle that helped the former ESPN anchor transform seamlessly into her reception dress.
"I wanted something that can transition into the reception," she explained. "The dress was so comfortable; I wanted to keep it on as long as possible."
Wallace, 39, also matched his bride in a custom-made white tuxedo made by a black tailor in Atlanta. To pay tribute to their hometown of Detroit, Wallace and Hill reportedly hired Detroit-based and Black-owned vendors.
According to the New York Times, Hill and Wallace first met in September 2014 during their alma mater Michigan State University’s homecoming weekend. The two first shared a conversation with their mutual friend before meeting up later at a party and exchanging numbers.
Four years later, in December 2018, Wallace popped the big question during a helicopter tour of Los Angeles, and Hill said, "Yes."
"I have so much heaviness in other parts of my life, and he really makes me lighter; he makes my spirit lighter."
"I was so floored I had to collect myself," she told the Times. "He got me good."
Earlier this year, the "Jemele Hill Is Unbothered" podcast host opened up about knowing Wallace is "The One:"
"In addition to being hot, the one thing that has always been important to me in a mate is somebody who is comfortable in their own skin and who is very secure. A lot of women will tell you, especially if they’re ambitious, driven, successful, that it is hard to find men who are secure. There’s a lot of insecure dudes out here."
"I have so much heaviness in other parts of my life, and he really makes me lighter; he makes my spirit lighter," Hill added.
Happy married life to the newlyweds!