Issa bride! Or at least, she will be soon enough.
The couple, engaged in October 2020 after meeting on dating app Raya, initially wanted to keep things so low-key that they were considering not having a wedding at all.
“The entire time we have been engaged, I’ve always been like, ‘No, we shouldn’t have a wedding,'” Sidibe said in the cover story. “Maybe we’ll throw a barbecue, get married in the bathroom, and then we’ll come out and tell everyone we’re married.”
After having a change of heart, she knows wants to have some type of upbeat, one-of-a-kind event to celebrate their love.
“It cannot be a traditional wedding. Really, it can’t be,” she said. “I don’t want anything done the ‘traditional’ way. Our relationship is very much on our terms and I want it to be fun, like a true party.”
And in keeping with the anything but traditional theme, the bride-to-be sees herself shirking a white gown for bold colors and prints, the usual curls and updos for Senegalese twists or cornrows.
“Honestly, whatever I wear on the wedding day will probably be African print. It might have a little white, so it looks like a wedding dress, but it’s definitely going to be colorful,” she said.
And nothing adds color to a celebration that culture. The actress plans to integrate her Senegalese roots with Frankel’s Jewish background, likely through a speciality menu.
“Including my culture [in the wedding] is important to me for sure. I’ve been feeding him some Senegalese food in the last few years—especially in the pandemic,” she said. “It will be a nice mix of African and Jewish touches. I want his background to absolutely be there because this is a partnership.”
However things pan out, this opportunity to feel like a bride a year early was something she treasured.
“This was a lot more fun than I was expecting! She’s a Bride, a Cover Girl and a very Loved Woman. Lucky me,” Sidibe wrote on Instagram. “Thank you @brides for having me and my groom, my partner, my love @brandontour who looks so handsome in his suits!!!!! We appreciate the rehearsal for our actual wedding!”